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Beautiful DIY Sunflower Glass Painting On Wine Glasses

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Follow this step-by-step tutorial for glass painting ideas on wine glasses. I will show you how to paint pretty sunflowers with glass paint.

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Glass Painting Ideas

If you follow me on Facebook you know quick, easy and inexpensive crafts are my jam!

While browsing my favorite thrift store I spotted a great collection of wine glasses 50% off the already crazy cheap price.

Plus, it was a Tuesday so I also received an extra 10% off for the senior discount. Now that I am in the 55+ category it blows my mind to be considered a senior.

It seems so young! But, I will happily take the 10% discount. 🙂

I’ve been wanting to create a few painted glasses for the summer season so I picked up several and got started.

Supplies for Glass Painting

  • DecoArt Glass Paint – I used green, yellow and brown (you can use acrylic paint with the instructions below in FAQ’s)
  • Narrow Paint Brushes
  • Wine Glasses or glass of your choice – My glasses are from the thrift store. You can also find them at Dollar Tree.
  • Rubbing alcohol
supplies for glass painting

Instructions for Glass Painting

There is a printable craft/DIY card at the bottom of this post so be sure to read to the end. I’ll share some tips for you here.

Clean the Glass

It’s important to remove any dust or fingerprints from your glass. Simply use a paper towel with rubbing alcohol to clean the glass.

Paint the Bottom of the Glass

Be sure to cover your table with parchment paper or cardboard to protect it from paint.

Turn the glass upside down on your table. Use a small brush or a q-tip to add dots with the brown paint.

This will represent the center of the sunflower. Please note I am using glass paint, not acrylic paint.

Quick tip: a q-tip works great for painting glass with polka dots.

You can see how I used this technique to hand paint wine glasses.

brown paint on wine glass

You can go back and fill in any blank spots if you like.

Outline the Flowers

The next step is to use a narrow brush with yellow paint to outline the petals of the sunflowers.

The lines don’t have to be perfect. Flower petals aren’t perfect, right?

4 petals on sunflower

Just have fun with it. Plus, you can easily touch up the paint.

Fill in the Petals

Now you want to fill in the petals with the yellow glass paint. You will need to add layers, so start with a light layer of paint, then let it dry.

Add a second coat. Don’t paint thick layers. Light layers work best.

Look at how pretty the center of the glass looks on the inside:

center of glass with flower

The outside is just as pretty:

side view of glass painting

You can touch up any of the paint with a q-tip dipped in alcohol or nail polish remover.

If the paint is still wet simply wipe it with a paper towel. You can also scrape dry paint off with a craft knife.

Paint the base of the glass

To create the stem of the flower paint the base of the glass with green glass paint. I chose to just paint a light coat to give it more of a stained glass effect.

painted green stems

This makes a big difference and adds a finished touch. If you want the green paint to be solid, simply paint a second coat.

Let Paint Cure

Because you are using glass paint, no sealer is needed. It is made specifically for painting glass. But, it is recommended to let it dry for at least 24 hours and cure a full 4 days.

Hand washing is recommended, however, you can follow the instructions below for top shelf dishwasher safe cleaning.

Also, beverages should not come in contact with the paint. When painting glasses, it is best to leave at least 3/4″ around the glass rim free of paint.

glass painting on wine glass vignette

See how easy that was? I’ll answer some of the most common questions about painting on glass below.

top view of painted glasses

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set of 2 sunflower painted wine glasses

Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!

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How long does glass paint have to cure?

Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Full curing can take up to 4 days for hand washing.

Are painted glasses dishwasher safe?

For top rack, dishwasher-safe finish, place in a cool oven. Heat to 275°F and bake for 30 minutes. Let the piece cool completely in the oven. If hand washing, this is not necessary.

Can you use acrylic paint instead of glass paint?

Yes, you can use acrylic paint, however, glass paint is more durable and does not take as long to cure. For the small difference in cost, glass paint is definitely recommended.

painted sunflower on wine glass

Glass Painting

Yield: 1 Painted Glass
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

All you need is a clear glass, glass paint and a narrow brush to make beautiful handpainted glasses.


  • Glasses of your choice
  • Glass Paint
  • Rubbing Alcohol


  • Narrow Paint Brushes


  • Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol.
  • Paint the bottom of the glass with brown glass paint.
  • Outline the flowers with yellow glass paint.
  • Fill in the petals with 2-3 coats of yellow glass paint.
  • Paint the base of the glass with green glass paint.
  • Let paint cure.   


It's important to use glass paint with this tutorial. If you use acrylic paint you will need to seal the glass.

Did you make this project?

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Where to buy Hand Painted Wine Glasses

If you prefer to buy rather than DIY, you can find painted glasses at most home stores such as Hobby Lobby, Homegoods and on Amazon.

I’ve gathered some of my favorite designs on Amazon that you may like. Enjoy!

Painted Wine Glasses on Amazon

If you would rather buy than DIY, here is a great collection of beautiful painted wine glasses.

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