Skip to Content

how to paint glasses {a tutorial}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #showmetheshine #CollectiveBias

Looking for an easy craft project? Try these confetti drinking glasses! They’re not only easy, but they make a great gift!

confetti glasses

I love crafting handmade gifts for friends and family, and now that spring is approaching, and bringing with it various bridal showers, weddings, and housewarmings, I’m so excited to share one of my go-to gifts with you all!

How to Paint Glasses

These confetti glasses are inexpensive and easily customizable-choose your colors to match any decor style. And, because presentation is everything, I’ll share my not-so-secret secret for getting your glasses sparkly and shiny and ready to gift!

drinking glasses 
paintbrush or cotton swab

Step 1: Gather your materials and wash your glasses. I used glass tumblers from Target, but any kind of glassware will do! I found the paints at a local craft store, and chose paint that specifically said they could be used on glass.

Be sure to read the curing instructions, though. These paints require a 21 day cure time or they can be baked in the oven to speed up the process.

You need a clean and spotless surface to paint, so I use  Finish® Quantum Max™ on all my glassware before (and after!)  painting. Finish® products make my glasses positively shine and are the perfect complement to all my glass and dish crafting projects.

How to Paint Glasses

Step 2: Take your first color, and dab small dots onto your glass. I decided to go only halfway up the glass, starting from the bottom. When you’re finished with one color, clean your brush, let it dry, and begin your next color.

How to Paint Glasses

Almost done! Two colors left…

How to Paint Glasses

Step 3: Let dry and cure, run in the dishwasher with Finish® Quantum Max™ to get them gift-giving ready, and you’re done!

How to Paint Glasses

How to Paint Glasses


And because I’m such a visual person, here’s where you can find Finish® at Target…

How to Paint Glasses

Thanks for reading all about how I paint glasses! Have a lovely day!


Friday 24th of April 2015

I have some ceramic dishes that just seem to collect stains and would love to see if any of these are removed.


Friday 24th of April 2015

Our lassware could always use helpwih cleaning.

Thomas Murphy

Friday 24th of April 2015

My plates and bowls could use a good cleaning and I am excited to try finish products because they work really good!

kelly tupick

Monday 13th of April 2015

I have a beautiful crystal set for 7 that has been handed down to my through family that really could you a nice cleaning. I have excited to try Finish products as i know they work great and would get my dishes clean and sparkly.

Heather Dawn

Sunday 12th of April 2015

Sippy cups always need to be cleaned well! I want to use Finish so I can keep all of my dishes sparkling clean.