How to Paint Glass

Painting glass jars and other glassware is fun, simple, and affordable. Learn how to master this emerging trend with our expert tips.

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Add personality to your home with this quick and easy DIY paint project. Inspired by wine glass painting projects and other glass bottle painting ideas, we used glass painting materials to transform a beautiful vase. Use craft paint and spray primer to create all kinds of painted glassware at a very low cost. Check out the steps below to see how it's done. Then get to painting mason jars and glass lamps with your favorite designs this weekend.

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What You Need

  • Clear glass vessel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Paper plate
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft paints in your colors of choice
  • Kraft paper 
  • Painters tape
  • Rubber gloves
  • Spray primer

Step 1: Prep Glass

First, wet a few cotton balls with rubbing alcohol. Use the damp cotton to clean the inside of the glass vessel. Be sure to reach all the way to the bottom of the container and into the corners.  If desired, mix the craft paint on a paper plate to prepare the colors you want for your project. 

Step 2: Paint Vessel

Dip a generous amount of paint onto your paintbrush. Tap off any excess paint to avoid unwanted drips. Paint irregular lines around the inside of the glass vessel. We made sweeping horizontal lines around the container. Remember to press the brush lightly so you can clearly see the artful brushstrokes. 

Step 3: Protect Exterior

After the paint is dry, wrap the outside of the vessel in kraft paper, securing it around the top with painters tape. Make sure the tape goes all the way to the edge of the vessel but doesn't fold around the edge to the interior. 

Step 4: Add Primer

Finally, put on rubber gloves and spray the inside of the glass vessel with primer. Spray several light coats so that the primer doesn't run. Let dry and carefully remove the kraft paper.

Note: You might want to cover your work surface with protective kraft paper before doing this step. Another option is to spray the glass inside a tall cardboard box. 

Bonus! Learn how to make stained glass art.

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