Wine glasses can be fragile and easily breakable, especially if you have children or enjoy entertaining frequently. Wine glasses are also expensive! That’s why I like to use vinyl to seal wine glasses with.
This creates a protective barrier around the glass that helps prevent it from breaking when it gets knocked over and dropped on the floor or countertop (or even by little hands).
In this step-by-step guide, I’ll walk you through all of the supplies you need to seal wine glasses with vinyl as well as show you how to do it in 9 simple steps!
1) Gather Materials
You will need to gather some materials in order to get started on your wine glass sealing project. The most important material you will need is vinyl (or pvc). You can purchase a large amount of vinyl at any hardware store or you can usually find rolls of it at a craft store.
If your glasses are smaller than 6 inches, you may be able to use thin enough vinyl for them with a single roll. If they are larger than that, you may want to buy an extra roll for insurance. You will also need scissors and a ruler or tape measure if possible.
2) Prepare the glass
Before beginning, ensure that your wine glass is clean and dry. You’ll want to give it a good cleaning so there isn’t any dust or residue to ruin your project. Just pop it in your dishwasher and you should be good to go!
If you don’t have a dishwasher, try running water through it with just a little bit of soap. Then wipe it out with a sponge or paper towel before moving on to step two!
3) Remove adhesive from the paper, starting from the corner with an X-acto knife
Start from one corner and make sure you don’t peel off any of your adhesive. If it starts to lift off with the paper, switch directions for a little bit. It should be fairly easy to remove without damaging any of your designs, but be careful!
Cut squares out of your sheet vinyl (this will save on cleanup): You’ll want these to fit comfortably over each glass when you place them on.
Use an exacto knife or box cutter so that they are as straight as possible while still fitting onto each glass perfectly. Fold over vinyl and use tape or double-sided stickies to hold together: This is just so it stays together while you place it onto each glass.
4) Apply vinyl to the surface of the glass, firmly press and smooth it out
While you can use glue, an iron and a variety of other items to seal wine glasses with vinyl, it’s much easier if you use an air-tight caulking gun. While there are many caulking guns available, they’re all similar in their setup.
When you purchase one, it should include tubes of adhesive that work with your specific model. For example, if you have a home improvement store nearby where there are a variety of caulking guns available for purchase, take a look at each tube before making your final decision on which one is right for your needs. Once you figure out what works best for sealing wine glasses with vinyl, follow these steps
5) Remove bubbles with a rolling pin, wiping off any excess
Rolling a wine glass on a flat surface with a rolling pin will break down imperfections in that glass, which may cause bubbles in future glasses. However, you don’t want to press too hard or you’ll introduce more imperfections.
Hold your glass in one hand and use another to roll it back and forth on a smooth flat surface several times. Make sure there’s no excess glue or vinyl stuck to your wine glass after you’ve finished rolling—you can wipe it off with an alcohol-soaked paper towel for best results.
Also, make sure that any excess glue is thoroughly dried before drinking from your wine glass.
6) Peel off the liner slowly, starting from the edge closest to you
You want to peel off just enough vinyl to cover your wine glass without damaging it. If you do accidentally rip a piece, don’t worry. Just apply some more glue and re-cover it with another piece of liner. Make sure you leave yourself enough time for cleanup and drying before guests arrive!
7) Cut along all four sides of your design using an X-acto knife
Grab your four wine glasses, X-acto knife and chalkboard vinyl. Remove any existing labels or residue on each glass. Peel off one side of adhesive paper backing on your wine glass sticker and carefully apply it to one of your glasses by pressing down firmly.
Now you can put away your X-acto knife and grab a rotary cutter. Use it to cut along all four sides of your design using an X-acto knife: Your goal is to create a clean edge; not jagged pointy bits that could potentially cause injury if someone was grabbing onto them with their hands in haste (or because they’re smashed). Repeat with remaining three wine glasses.
8) Add another coat of vinyl if necessary
You’ve got your favorite bottle of wine. You’ve opened it. But you don’t want to waste any, so you want to stop it from going bad. Or, maybe you just need a glass for later in the evening? Whatever your reason for needing to store or serve your wine in an airtight fashion, we can show you how!
Follow these nine steps and you will be enjoying fresh bottles of wine time and time again without investing in expensive decanters or other such things. Follow these steps at your own risk – we are not responsible for any un-enjoyable wines that might happen as a result of following our advice.
Also, do remember that these instructions should only be used on glassware with plain flat bottoms – they should not be used on glasses with bowls like tulip shaped glasses. We hope you enjoy using them! 1) Find some vinyl flooring adhesive tape
2) Clean off both sides of your glass
3) Cut off a length of tape (about 12 inches long is usually good enough)
4) Put one side of your tape down on one side of your wine glass
5) Stretch out the vinyl
6) Stick down onto both sides
7) Make sure no bubbles have formed
8 ) Wait for 24 hours
Look good and save money by reusing wine glasses instead of buying new plastic ones. We can teach you how to seal wine glasses with vinyl for more than a year’s worth of use without cracks or chips. The best part is that you don’t have to replace them every year, saving time and money. Not only that, they’re an eco-friendly alternative to using disposable cups!