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Chalkboard Wine Glasses Tutorial

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Chalkboard Wine Glasses Tutorial

I wish I could say I originally had this idea, but I saw the chalkboard wine glasses first on Pinterest. I knew immediately that I wanted to make these for my Bridesmaids Movie party.

Making chalkboard wine glasses looked simple enough so I didn’t bother exploring any tutorials or how-to’s. Now that I’ve completed the project I maybe should have researched it a bit more, but regardless they turned out perfect.

I headed to the dollar store and picked up 8 wine glasses. I already had the chalkboard paint at home so the project only cost me 8 bucks.

Here’s what to look for at the store for paint. I had to find an employee to help me locate it because I had no idea what it looked like. You can also purchase chalkboard paint and wine glasses on Amazon.

Look at all the cool places you can use this paint! This paint goes a long ways so I can easily see us chalkboarding more items in our home.


Basically, this is how I made the chalkboard wine glasses: I laid out a piece of heavy cardboard on my kitchen table (very important). Then I found a container to pour the paint in. If you have smaller glasses you may be able to dip the stems right into the can. That was my plan. However, my glasses were just a touch to big.  Gently dip the bottom of  your glass into the paint.

The paint will be thick on the glass. I wiped the bottom across the lip of my paint container to try to remove the excess.

Figuring out how to let these dry was the challenge. After a couple trial and errors I found a solution.  First attempt: I let enough excess paint drip off my glass, I thought, and then held it up for what seemed like forever. Then ,I turned it over to let it dry upside down.


The paint dripped down the stem of the glass and I quickly had to work to remove that paint. Emma thought putting paint tape around the glass stems would help. Life is all about trial and error and I figured this would be a good lesson for her. She put painters tape around the remaining glasses. We dipped a couple and set them on their sides on the container to let them “dry” a bit. We moved them to the cardboard and set them upside down.

Once again, the paint dripped down them stem :(

So my solution was to take some parchment paper and place on the cardboard. Then I just set the glass upright on the parchment. After about 20 minutes I moved the glass to another area so that it didn’t dry with the excess paint attached to it. It worked like a charm and I ended up with 8 lovely wine glasses for my Bridesmaids Movie party.

These really are very easy to make and if you know of a better drying process I’d love to hear it. My guests ended up designing their own glasses. They were very creative with their designs, unlike my boring name only design above.

Have you found a really cool craft idea at Pinterest and tried it out? How did it turn out?


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12/16/11 UPDATE: Thanks to reader Amanda Bakker for this great tip:

“When I dipped one, I would hold it over the paint can to drip, then took a small paintbrush and wiped much of the paint off the bottom of the glass.  I set them each on wax paper to start the drying process.  When paint would run down and pool around the glass on the wax paper, I would pick it up by the top, and wipe/spin it on a paper towel, focusing on the edges, then set it back down in a new spot.  I only had to do this 2-3 times per glass, til it had dripped enough that it didn’t run off anymore, and then they dried like that for about an hour, then I inverted them and they dried the rest of the way.  It seems to have worked well…they turned out super cute!

12/27/11 UPDATE: Thanks to reader Alyssa from Love, Live and the Little Things:

Deb I absolutely fell in love with these glasses. My mom showed me the idea a few weeks before Christmas, so I decided to try them out. I saw your post about using the can of Rustoleum, but when I went to search for the paint I found spray paint instead, and it worked like a CHARM. No messy drips! I taped off the stem about halfway up, covered the rest of the wine glass with paper towels, and sprayed the bottom. It took a couple coats but it dried super quick and I just set them upside down to dry. I hope this helps you and your readers! 

Be sure to click on Alyssa’s link to see her post about using the spray paint.

11/16/12 UPDATE:

These are not dishwasher safe. Please hand wash the globes and gently wipe the stem/base, if needed, with a damp cloth.


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