I love to give gifts, but sometimes I really struggle with choosing what to give the person who has everything. Most of my girlfriends are huge fans of wine, so we often gift each other with wine or new wine glasses for special occasions. I decided to try my hand at something new… hand-painted wine glasses.
I try to make my gifts personal, something with meaning for the recipient. Hand-painting your own wine glasses will let you make something as personal as you want it for your recipient. Maybe you paint a phrase that has a meaning for you, or maybe a funny saying. Maybe they love roses, or sunflowers or bunnies? The possibilities are endless, and it’s so much easier than you think!
First things first, you need your supplies:
Step 1 – It’s super important to start with exceptionally clean glasses, so I run my glasses through a dishwasher cycle. Let your glasses dry thoroughly before you begin the painting process.
Step 2 – Layout your design, or decide to go at it free-handed. You don’t necessarily have to put your design on paper, but having a good clear idea of where you’re headed will make the process a whole lot easier.
Step 3 – Paint! Start slow and don’t be in a rush. The best thing to do is find a place where you can leave your supplies set out for a few days and do this a little at a time. It gives your paint a chance to dry between payers/coats and allows you to add depth to your painting by layering lighter colors on top of darker colors. See how I used lighter colors to highlight the sunflower petals?
Step 4 – Once completely dry – at least 24 hours after your last painting – you want to use the oven to set the paint. Place your glass(es) on a foil lined baking sheet and put them in a cold oven. Turn the oven on at 350° and let it heat for 20 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the glass inside for another 10 minutes to cool before removing it from the oven.