Monday, July 26, 2010

Easy Glass Painting

glass painting instruction

Dress up your glassware!

Easy Glass Painting

This is a very easy project, using glass paint markers and stencils. Create jars for the holidays and special occasions. Fill jars with chocolate covered peanut/cashew clusters. Purchase jars from craft supply stores, or use empty jars from tomato sauce, jam, etc.


Glassware: Wash and dry with a lint-free towel.

Stencil or Drawing: NOTE: We found that it was much easier to "free-hand" paint, rather than use a stencil unless you have the right type of stencil. If your glass surface is curved, rather than flat, you will need a thin, flexible stencil.  The stencil we used came with adhesive on the back, and was made by Plaid Folkart.  This type of stencil can be used several times before losing its stickiness.

Stencil Adhesive (if the stencil does not come with adhesive on the back)

Paper Towels

Glass Paints of your choice (see notes on paints below)

Brush or sponge (for wiping on the surface conditioner)


Surface Conditioner (we used Delta CreamDecor Perm Enamel Surface Conditioner for tile, Glass and Ceramic - this is used to clean the surface)

Delta Glass Paint or Glass Paint Markers (we used "Painty" markers)

FOR PLAID FOLKART ENAMEL GLASS PAINTS (*we recommend this brand)

Alcohol (for cleaning the surface)

NOTE: We tried Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel White Frost (this is painted on with a brush or sponge and is supposed to make the glass look "frosted" or "etched"). We used it on the angel shown above; it did NOT give an etched look, and it ran a bit under the angel. It ended up looking like a thin coat of white paint on the glass.

glass painting supplies
Delta Craft Surface Conditioner
Stencil Adhesive
White Frost Paint
glass painting supplies
brush, glassware and stencils


NOTE: All painting is done on the side of the glass that will NOT come into contact with food.

1.  Prepare Glass & Stencils

Wash the glass using dish detergent. Rinse thoroughly. Dry using a lint-free towel.
Follow directions of paint for cleaning surface. (Delta paint called for surface conditioner and Plaid Folkart called for alcohol).  NOTE: Use in well-ventilated area and KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

If you are using a stencil, apply stencil adhesive if needed.

NOTE: See our note on Stencils in the supply list above.
apply glue
Stencil Adhesive Use if stencil does not come with adhesive on back

2.  Apply Paint

Use paint brush or sponge and bottle of glass paint, or use glass paint markers.

Paint Markers


3.  Remove Smudges and Errors

Yes, you can correct errors. As soon as the project is finished, wet a Q-Tip with the surface conditioner (if using Delta paints - otherwise use alcohol or whatever your paint calls for). Use the wet end of the Q-Tip to carefully remove any unwanted paint, using a gentle rubbing motion. Be careful to not allow the conditioner or alcohol to run.

Follow the directions for the paint you are using for drying and caring for your new glass item. Most paints state to use only on surfaces that DO NOT come into contact with food. The paints we used did not require baking in the oven or microwave, but they cannot be used on surfaces that will come in direct contact with food or liquid.

Recipe for Chocolate Peanut/Cashew Clusters

6 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips (half of a 12-oz. bag)

6 oz. of butterscotch chips (half of a 12-oz. bag)

3 -4 cups of cashews or peanuts (or a mix of nuts)

Melt all chips over low heat. Stir in nuts. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a tray lined with waxed paper. Place in refrigerator until hardened. Remove from tray and place in box or candy jar.

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