In this guide, we’ll be showing you how to add some sparkle to your wine glass with glitter and paint. This project can be modified to use different types of paint and glitter, making it perfect for any season or holiday.
Before you begin, make sure to read all the directions first so that you know what supplies you’ll need and how to proceed through the steps of gluing on the glitter!
As with any DIY project, practice makes perfect! If you end up not liking your glitter wine glass at first, take it as an opportunity to learn from your mistakes and make something even better next time!
1) Gather supplies
Here’s what you need to get started on your glitter-tastic wine glass. Remember, though, that these are simply suggestions. You can use any type of cup or glass that you choose—even a stemless wine glass! All you need is something that can hold your beverage and has a flat bottom (otherwise, it’ll be hard to stand up straight).
The supplies below will allow you to make 6 glasses so if you want to add more than one color of glitter, just stock up accordingly. Also note that some of these supplies may not be available at every retailer; especially art stores.
2) Add a dollop of Mod Podge (glue)
Mod Podge is basically acrylic glue. It’s sold in plastic squeeze bottles at craft stores, and it comes in a range of sheens (shininess) and finishes (looks). For most applications, you’ll want to use gloss or high gloss. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to your glass.
Think of it like paint; you don’t need much, so just spread it around with your brush or finger. You could also dip each side in a shallow dish of Mod Podge (as opposed to just dipping one end), but that would be more difficult because you’d have to make sure both sides were coated evenly. Let it dry for about 15 minutes before moving on.
3) Add glitter
This can be a lot of fun. No, really, it can. Add just a little glitter at first, then brush on more as needed until you’ve got enough to give your wine glass that glows.
You want to make sure to get plenty of glitter onto your brush (you want to use a wet brush here) and then use that same brush to apply it along the stem of your wine glass.
If you don’t have one, find an old toothbrush that you aren’t using anymore and put it away for another time; or if you don’t have anything like that in your home at all, just pull out a small paintbrush or even a q-tip will do.
4) Shake it up
Adding glitter to a glass of wine is definitely not going to help with bloating or prevent a hangover. But if you want your party to stand out, it’s worth it. Don’t overthink how you will create your glittery masterpiece, just go for it!
This DIY project only takes about five minutes and can be done in any color. When I did mine I went with gold glitter and then poured three different wines into my glasses, but feel free to be creative with whatever you have on hand!
5) Let dry for 24 hours
First, give your glass a thorough cleaning. This is a great time to get rid of all those nasty chemicals lurking in your cupboards that you don’t know what to do with and move them somewhere safe, like next to your paint thinner.
Next, you will need to deglaze it with some boiling water and white vinegar so that it is good and clean. (You can use barkeepers Friend for extra scrubbing.) Leave that hanging out for about five minutes and then rinse it off thoroughly before putting it in some ice water for a couple of minutes.
Your glass should be nice and cold by now but still very wet so that the glitter won’t stick too much when you add it later. Now it is time to add some color.
6) Attach a wine glass ring (optional)
It’s best to use a ring attached by wire, as it will allow you to move it around. You can either apply glue or tape over the outside of your glass so that there is no residue left when you remove it (it should come off with soap and water).
If you go with tape, don’t do any taping on top of your design – doing so could mess up your design after you remove it. The less time spent fiddling with details like these, the better!
7) Add chain, ribbon, whatever you want!
If you’re one of those people who loves to create your own wine glass but is always too lazy to take it out of its package, try your hand at adding a touch of glitter with any party supply store chain or ribbon. And if you’re not that kind of person, at least there’s still an option for you.
On that note, we’ll wrap up our DIY glitter wine glass guide right here…for now. But if anyone needs us, we’ll be buying new gold chain in bulk.
8) Use your new bottle as an accessory
Why drink out of just any old bottle when you can use it as an accessory? Check out our DIY tutorial on how to turn your favorite wine bottle into a sparkling jewelry holder. Just in time for New Year’s Eve!
And don’t worry, we are also giving you all of our best tips and tricks on how to glitter a wine glass (in case you need it). Happy Holidays!
9) Final Word
There are many ways to make simple decorations for parties and events, but by far one of my favorites is to glitter a wine glass. It’s really quite simple—the sparkly details go on first so that you’re working in reverse when applying them (so it doesn’t clump up).
Just take your time with each step and be sure not to overfill your glass or use too much tape as these will cause an uneven application. When done right, you can have a beautiful result that looks like it took more effort than it did!