How to Make Glitter Wine Glasses
DIY glitter wine glasses are easy to make and add a unique, decorative look to parties, special events and holidays. You can coordinate glitter in colors that match your special event, wedding, anniversary or birthday party. They also add sparkle to any holiday! Once you’ve learned the basic techniques, you can easily use them to create more complex and detailed designs. First, you’ll need to gather your supplies.
To begin, you will need a few supplies including:
- Extra Fine Polyester Glitter (I’ve used: Regal Red, Pumpkin Orange, Deep Gold, Emerald Green, Sky Blue, Deep Purple, and Black Ice)
- 1” Foam Brush (Optional: circle sponge daubers, fine detail brush)
- Mod Podge (Matte)
- ¾” Blue Painter’s Masking Tape
- Wine glasses (I found some at the local dollar store)
Ready to learn how to make glitter wine glasses? Let’s get started! First, you’ll want to wash and dry your wine glasses. Then you’ll need to decide on your color scheme and pattern(s). Some designs are easier than others, so we’ll start out with the basics and then you can easily apply the techniques to more complex patterns.
Tip: Things can get messy real quick! I recommend using a shoebox, paper plate or something similar to catch the glitter so that you can reuse it throughout the project. Place a sheet of notebook paper between the glass and the container so that you can easily funnel the glitter back into the container after each use. You’ll also want to have a separate sheet of paper when you add the glue so that it catches the drips and doesn’t get mixed in with the glitter.
This setup can be very helpful in catching glue drips, and keeping your glitter from being wasted or mixed up with other colors. It is also handy for easy clean-up! Change out the sheet of paper between glue and glitter layers.
To begin, apply a very light coat of Mod Podge to the base of the wine glass, just below where the base meets the stem. Make sure to cover the entire surface that you’d like to be glittered.
Quickly add a light layer of glue to the base of the glass.
You can add a bit of painter’s tape to keep a straight edge if you’re having trouble eyeballing it.
Add painter’s tape to just above where you’d like the glitter to stop. Add glue all the way up to the edge and a little bit above the tape to assure that the entire area gets covered with glitter.
Next, shake a generous amount of glitter over the base while the glue is still wet. Be sure to turn the glass as you work, allowing some of the glitter to fall off and move around the glue area. Continue until there is no white glue showing. You may notice the first layer is a bit spotty or transparent--this is normal. You will need at least 2-3 layers of glitter to get good coverage and the best result.
Add a generous amount of glitter to the glued area. Shake off onto a piece of paper or container to reuse any excess glitter.
If you want the entire lower half of the wine glass covered in glitter, apply painter’s tape to the main part of the glass (or the “bowl”) to however high you’d like the glitter to reach. I would recommend leaving at least an inch from the rim down to where the glitter starts, so that your lips touch the glass, and not the glitter--the glitter will stay in place once you’ve added at least two coats of Mod Podge, so there isn’t any worry of swallowing glitter, it’s just that it doesn’t make for a very pleasant texture on your lips!
Use the painter’s tape to block off any area you would like to protect from the glitter. In this case, we will be adding glitter below this taped line to the base of the glass.
Apply the Mod Podge the same as before, but be careful not to go too far onto the tape, as it will make removal a little more difficult later on. Also be sure not to apply too much glue, or it may seep underneath the tape and you will get an uneven line. (There is a way to fix that, though! See the “troubleshooting” section below!)
Add a light layer of glue, but work quickly so that it doesn’t dry before you are ready to add the glitter! Don’t add glue too far up onto the tape.
Add a generous amount of glitter, and shake off excess.
A paper plate works well for catching any excess glitter, just be sure to place a scrap piece of paper on top to make it easier to transfer extra glitter back into the jar.
Allow the first layer to dry overnight. Before adding the next layer, lightly brush off any excess glitter that may not have adhered the first time (have your paper handy, as in the photo below).
Have a piece of scrap paper handy to catch any glitter before adding another glitter layer.
Apply another layer of Mod Podge to the glittered area, pour a generous amount of glitter over the glue layer, and shake off excess. Let dry overnight. When you are ready to set the final layer, simply apply a layer of Mod Podge and let dry overnight. Be sure to paint just a little bit past the glitter line--it will dry clear. Add a second coat of Mod Podge and let dry. This should ensure that the glass is now waterproof (safe for hand washing and for dishwashing). Just be sure to let dry for a few days before putting in a dishwasher. You can also use Mod Podge Dishwasher safe glue to ensure that it is safe to wash in a dishwasher.
Apply glue to dry, glittered areas in order to apply another layer of glue OR as a sealant for the final layer.
Be sure to let this layer dry completely before removing the tape, or else you may end up taking off some of the glitter as well. When removing the tape, hold your thumb on the glittered part of the glass just below the tape and slowly remove the tape.
Hold your thumb down over the glittered area just below the tape as you pull the tape off to ensure you don’t pull up any glue and to ensure a straighter line.
If your taped line is uneven, simply add a little bit more Mod Podge above the glitter line with the tip of the foam brush, applying an even line all the way around the glass--it’s ok to overlap the previous glitter layer just a bit.
Fix any “wobbly” or crooked lines or bald patches by adding just a bit of glue around the area that needs fixing. Add glitter and shake off as normal. Repeat as necessary to build up the layer to match the rest of the glittered area.
Add a generous amount of glitter to the glued area, shake off excess and let dry. Repeat a second time to make sure the “patched” area is the same thickness as the previous layer. Up close, you’ll see flecks of different colored glitter in the glue--that’s ok! This is a result of a slightly cross-contaminated foam brush. Also, glitter tends to have a mind of its own and little bits will spread around no matter how careful you are! But once you add the blue glitter, it’ll be covered up!
Use painter’s tape to tape off where you’d like your stripe to go. Taping a straight line on a curved object can be tricky. Use smaller strips of tape one at a time and overlap them as you go to get as straight a line as possible. You could also fill the glass with water (or wine! Although, I cannot guarantee results after you’ve had a few glasses!) and use that as your guideline to get a straight, even line.
Overlapping smaller pieces of tape around the glass can give you more control and a straighter line.
Once you have the bottom edge taped off, repeat for the top edge (leaving at least one inch below the rim free of glitter):
Make sure the tape is completely adhered to the glass where the glitter will be added. You don’t want any glue seeping underneath, as it will be difficult to remove later.
Apply a thin amount of Mod Podge (careful not to get too much on or under the tape):
Apply a thin amount of glue. Be sure not to get too much onto the tape.
Add a generous amount of glitter and shake off excess:
Shake excess glitter onto a sheet of paper. Allow layer to dry overnight before adding additional glitter layers
Alternately, you can hand paint the stripes on for a more imprecise and fun look. Hold the glue-dipped brush perpendicular to the glass with one hand and turn the glass with the other. Or you can just paint around the glass with the brush. Using a smaller, detail brush will help in getting the stripes a little more even. You can add breaks between stripes or just add stripes all the way down.
Hand-painting stripes can work just as well at creating a nice, even design.
Use your 1” foam brush and a very light layer of glue to draw a circle onto your glass. Simply hold the brush perpendicular to the glass and twist in a clockwise direction. Fill in the circle with glue as if you were lightly painting it on.
Hold the brush perpendicular to the glass and twist in a clockwise motion to create a circle. You may need to paint the glue on in some places to fill in gaps or fix any mistakes.
If you’d like a more precise circle, I recommend using a circle sponge dauber. If you are only using one color, you can apply all your spots at once. If you are using different colors, you’ll want to add one circle at a time as you color each spot with a different color glitter--adding the glue, pouring a generous amount of glitter, and then shaking of the excess.
Work around your glass, adding different size spots in different colors. If using more than one color, wait until each spot is fairly dry before applying the next one, waiting a few minutes before adding the next spot. Work on opposite sides of the glass to avoid contaminating different colored spots with different colored glitter. When the first round of spots is completely dry, then go in and add smaller spots, also on opposite sides of the glass to avoid mixing colors.
Use your brush to paint circles of different sizes with the glue.
To apply second or third layers of glitter to the spots, simply allow first layer to dry, brush off any excess glitter, add glue over the top of the circle, apply glitter, shake off, let dry, and repeat as necessary.
Beyond the Basics--Adding Drips, Patterns & Florals
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’re ready to learn how to make glitter wine glasses that really stand out with unique designs! The sky’s the limit here. You can get creative and experiment with different techniques to create something beautiful and fun.
This technique is a lot of fun and can be used to create a creepy look for Halloween. Using black or red glitter is perfect for that! This technique would work just as well with other colors, for other events, or holidays. Use blue or aqua for a summer/ocean/water theme; opalescent or white for a snow/ice/winter theme; or one of each color of the rainbow! A drip layer can also be added to a solid layer for a colorful, layered effect.
To start, dip your foam brush in the Mod Podge and this time, be sure that the brush is a little drippy. Make sure there is paper underneath to catch any glue drips. Drip the glue directly onto the glass and let the glue drip down naturally OR you can take the brush and hold it perpendicular to the glass (about 1” down from the rim) and press the brush into the glass.
Collecting drips in a random fashion around the glass.
This will squeeze out any extra glue out of the brush and produce a nice, continuous drip all the way down the glass. Move around the glass, as if creating a stripe, and press the brush into the glass at various spots to let the glue drip down. You can also add drops of glue to already existing drips and that will help the glue drip down the glass even more.
Pressing the brush into the glass to create drips.
You’ll want to keep the glass upright for this technique, so the glue drips don’t start to move sideways! This makes adding the glitter a little more difficult, but once you have a good first coat on, and the glue begins to set a little bit, you can pick up the glass and tilt it slightly to get more glitter onto the drips without them moving around.
A lot of glitter will stick to the glass, but don’t worry! You can brush off excess glitter after this glitter layer has dried. Give this layer a lot more time to dry than other layers, since it is thicker. Once it has dried, brush off excess glitter with your finger and paint on glue over the drips, trying to stay on the drips and not on the glass. If you want to add more drips at this point, you can do so and just follow the previous steps.
Use the painter’s tape to cut out simple shapes such as triangles, circles, rectangles or squares. Press these shapes firmly into the glass where you’d like the design to show. This will create a reverse pattern look, where the glass will be the shape and the glitter will be the space around it.
Start by adding the shapes to the glass, pressing firmly to be sure no glue seeps underneath. Add tape to the top of the glass to allow at least 1” where there will be no glitter. (In the example below, a layer of glitter has already been added to the bottom half of the glass. If you are just starting on a new glass, you will add the glue to the entire glass all the way down to the base.)
Add shapes randomly around the glass. Be sure to avoid overlapping the shape with the top tape layer.
Once you have all the shapes adhered, gently sponge on the glue (lighter than before). Add a generous amount of glitter and shake off excess. Let dry completely and add another glitter layer.
Carefully remove the shapes with your fingernail or X-acto™ knife. It may be hard to see after the glitter layers are added. Just look inside of the glass to see where the shapes are. If any glitter comes off, simple use a detail brush to fill in any spots that may have chipped away. If any glue seeps underneath, scrape away with your fingernail. Seal with a final two layers of Mod Podge (going over the glitter layer with a fine detail brush with the glue, trying to avoid the glass areas) and let dry for 24-48 hours. Because of the intricacy of this design, I don’t recommend dishwashing.
You can paint petals to transform the glass into a flower (as in the photo below). First, add green glitter to the bottom of the bowl, stem and base of the wine glass.
When the “stem” of your flower is dry, paint on the petals with your foam brush and a little bit of glue. Add 2-3 petals at a time (paint it with the glue and add glitter).
Carefully wipe off any glitter that has stuck to the glass around the petals before painting on the next petals. Work around the glass until your flower is complete.
Once the petals are completely dry, brush off excess glitter and add glue to the entire flower, sprinkling a generous amount of glitter to the entire flower. Shake off excess and let dry. Two glitter layers should cover it pretty good. You can then seal it all in with 2 layers of Mod Podge (allowing a day to dry in between each Mod Podge layer).
DIY glitter wine glasses make great gifts and decorations for the holidays! You can easily choose your favorite holiday colors to match any special occasion. Keep it simple, go all out with some crazy designs or use a combination of the two.
Just a few colors and patterns make for a great Halloween theme!
Make a rainbow set of basics and easily pair them together and switch them around to create quick holiday place settings and decor.
Go from Christmas to Valentines by switching just one color!
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make glitter wine glasses! There are so many colors to choose from and with endless designs and color combos, you can’t go wrong!
Tools & Materials
Extra-Fine Regal Red Polyester Glitter$2.79
Extra-Fine Pumpkin Orange Polyester Glitter$2.79
Extra-Fine Deep Gold Polyester Glitter$2.79
Extra-Fine Emerald Green Glitter$1.49
Extra-Fine Sky Blue Polyester Glitter$2.79
Extra-Fine Deep Purple Polyester Glitter$2.79
Extra-Fine Black Ice Polyester Glitter$2.79
Foam Brush 1"$0.79
Mod Podge Matte - 8 oz$6.19
3/4" Blue Painter's Masking Tape$5.09