December 15, 2018

How to paint confetti wine glasses

With all of the holidays coming up — from Rosh Hashanah to Sukkot to Chanukah — your celebrations deserve something more festive than plain wine glasses. And what’s more festive than confetti? Hand-paint a confetti design on your glassware and you’ll add some stylish pizazz to your get-togethers.

These glasses also make great gifts. Spoiler alert for my friend Nancy: I made the wine glasses pictured in this tutorial for her birthday. And you’ll see from the simple step-by-step instructions that this project requires very little artistic ability. Now, that’s another reason to celebrate.


– Wine glasses
– Rubbing alcohol
– Paper towels
– Enamel acrylic paint
– Paper plate
– Paint daubers
– Pencil with new eraser
– Paintbrush

1. Wash the wine glasses with soap and hot water and allow them to fully dry. Then use a paper towel to wipe them with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any lingering grease or soap. I bought a box of four wine glasses at Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99 and used my 20 percent off coupon. Score! And although I used wine glasses, you can paint any type of glassware.

2. The right paint for decorating wine glasses is enamel acrylic paint, which is specially formulated to go on glass and ceramic. It comes in little squeeze bottles for less than $2 each at the crafts store. Paint labeled “multisurface” also works for glass. So that the glasses are “food safe,” you’ll be painting only the exterior of the glasses, and not closer than 1 inch from the rim where lips would touch.

3. Choose three to four colors of paint to draw the confetti. Squeeze a small amount of each color onto a paper plate. I chose two color palettes — one that was cool blues and purples, and one that was warm reds and oranges.

4. The confetti on the glasses is composed of three sizes of dots in various colors. To draw large dots that are around 3/4 of an inch in diameter, use a paint dauber, which you can find at a crafts store with other brushes. Daubers have a round sponge surface that makes applying circles very easy. Dip the dauber in paint and then press the sponge on the glass to create the circle.

5. To draw medium-size dots, use the eraser end of a pencil. As you did with the dauber, dip the eraser in the paint and then press the eraser onto the glass. If you aren’t happy with the size or shape of the circle you made, you can just dip the eraser in paint again and press another circle on top of the first one.

6. For the tiny dots, which look best toward the top of the confetti, use the wooden end of a small paintbrush — not the brush itself. Again, dip the wooden end in the paint and then press it against the glass.

7. Repeat the painting process with the three sizes of dots in each of the colors. The confetti looks best when the dots overlap; just be sure to wait for the paint to dry before adding the next layer. The paint usually dries in about a half-hour, but you can speed up the process with a hair dryer.

8. Place the painted glasses on a parchment-lined cookie sheet inside a cold oven, then set the oven for 350 degrees. When it reaches that temperature, bake the glasses for another 30 minutes. The baking cures the paint so that it will not wash off. The manufacturers say the paint is top-rack dishwasher safe, but I recommend hand-washing your glasses instead. After all, you hand-painted them.