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How to Paint Glassware with Acrylic Paint

Want to add a bit of character to a set of glasses? Learn how to paint glassware with acrylic paint. With a quick trick they can be dishwasher safe and last for years!
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Painted Glassware – An Easy Way to Add Color to Your Tablescape

Spring is officially here and with that comes more time outside on our patio enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine. I love to sit with my feet up and a fun drink in my hand while I watch my little one play in her water table. To add a little bit more flare, I discovered that you can paint glassware with acrylic paint, and its dishwasher safe!

glasses that were painted with acrylic paint

The energy of our patio space is much different than inside. My decorating style for the inside of my house is calm, light, and cozy. I want my patio space to be a bit more fun and full of energy. Painting a set of glasses to use outside was an easy way to bring more joy and life into the space.

There are so many different ways that you can paint these glasses. You can add a simple band of color at the bottom for a more subtle look. Or you can use bright colors and paint all over for a more bold look. The options are endless!

The best part about these glasses is that they are dishwasher safe and hold the paint incredibly well. I’ve had glasses painted with this technique from college (almost ten years old) and they still look brand new!

Glass Painting Supplies

supplies to paint glassware with acrylic paint
  • Acrylic Paint (can be found at any craft store)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Clean Glasses (glass or ceramic, not plastic)

Prepare Glass for Acrylic Paint

clean glassware before painting

Make sure that your glasses are CLEAN. If there are any oils or residue on them the paint won’t stick as well.

Before you paint make sure you clean them well with soap and dry them with a clean towel or you can wipe them down with alcohol. When you look at the glasses, they should be sparkling clean!

How to Paint Glassware with Acrylic Paint

When painting these glasses I suggest that you don’t paint the top inch or so of the glass. The paint can add a bit of texture to the glass and it might feel strange to have your lips/mouth touch the painted glass.

There are so many different designs you can do! Feel free to create your own, but If you would like a few suggestions or inspiration you can start here!

acrylic dots

You can use the opposite end of your paint brush to make little dots all over your glass. This is a simple and fun way to add a pop of color. To make larger dots you just simply need more paint on the end of your paint brush.

painted confetti design

You can free hand paint some pieces of confetti all over your glass. I liked adding different shapes and sizes of confetti here. To do this you can use just different size brushes. I also like that you can see a bit of the brush strokes in the glass. If you want a more opaque look, add a few coats!

opaque design

You can also use painters tape, washi tape, or electrical tape to block off part of the bottom of your glass to paint larger sections with a clean edge.

Be aware that it is really hard to tape a perfectly level section on a curved glass. Just play around with the tape and make sure it has a nice seal before you start painting. After the paint sets, take off the paint and you can use a fingernail to push any bleeds back into the painted section.

Other Design Suggestions

After I started painting these glasses I came up with so many other fun ideas for painting techniques and designs. Here is just a start! Paint…

  • the bottom portion of the glass a single color. (Would look a little more sophisticated)
  • lemons, limes, oranges for a fun summer theme
  • simple brush stroke florals (practice first on paper)
  • floral vines all in the same color
  • dipped marble
  • color block stripes

Making the Painted Glasses Dishwasher Safe

place glassware in oven to make dishwasher safe

Place your glasses into your cold oven. Make sure that none of the paint is touching the oven. You can place it directly onto the rack or on a baking sheet.

Preheat your oven to 350F. Once it is up to temp, keep it on for another 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn off your oven. Keep the door closed and let your glasses cool in the oven. I usually check on them after a few hours.

Caring for your Painted Glasses

Once cured, your painted dishes can withstand a lot! I did this technique years ago and the glasses have been in the dishwasher dozens of times and they still look great!

If you’re nervous, hand washing is always a safe route!

Bonus: Mocktail Recipe

mocktail recipe

I’m a big fan of mocktails. I do drink alcohol occasionally, but mocktails can be just as delicious without any impending headaches.


  • 2 Tablespoons – Mango Puree (throw some mangos in a blender)
  • 2 Tablespoons – Ginger Syrup (1C sugar, 1C water, 3” of ginger thinly sliced or grated simmered for 10 min, and strained)
  • Limes
  • ½ C – Seltzer

Mix the mango puree, ginger syrup, and a few drops of lime together. Pour in seltzer and mix. Add Ice. Enjoy!

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