A little spray paint and inexpensive dollar store glasses are all you need to make these painted gold-stemmed wine glasses. They’re perfect for parties where you need a lot of stemware but don’t want to spend a lot of money. Or anytime you want to dress up your table decor with the gold dipped look.
There have been a few occasions in my life (the first being my DIY wedding reception) where I have needed a bunch of wine glasses, didn’t want to spend a lot of money but still wanted expensive-looking party decor.
So I have used this easy DIY project to dress up inexpensive plain wine glasses many times.
You can find a few different shapes of glasses that cost a dollar or less at the dollar store or IKEA. (You don’t need crystal glass for this project!)
That’s less than a lot of places will charge to rent them. And since they’re so cheap, you won’t be upset if they accidentally get broken.
Then all you need is some painter’s tape and a little spray paint to create the look of a gold dipped wine glass.
Wine glass spray painting ideas
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I chose to only paint the stems of my wine glasses (or coupe glasses in this case) because it’s the easiest way to get a straight, even line. You just follow the line around the bottom of the glass where it meets the stem.
But if you’re willing to put in the work of getting a straight line a little further up the glass or down the stem, you could do that, too.
Like these gold dipped glasses by Angela from handmadeintheheartland.com.
Or these ones with just the base of the glass painted by Sarah from 5oclockdesign.com.
Or these ones painted on the diagonal by Ashley from simplydesigning.porch.com
Note: Since we’re using spray paint, which isn’t safe to drink from, don’t use this technique for painting a gold rim or any other design at the top of the glass.
Now let’s find out how to create your own DIY painted gold-stemmed wine glasses
What You Need
- wine glasses or goblets – I bought mine from IKEA but you can also find inexpensive ones at the dollar store. You can use any shape of stemmed glass you want.
- gold spray paint – I used this Rustoleum paint* (from Home Depot) to paint my glasses gold. Of course, you can substitute any other color you want to match your decor.
- 2-inch wide painter’s tape
- spray can gun* (optional) – makes it much easier to control the spray paint without tiring out your finger
How to spray paint wine glasses
1 | Clean the glass
Before you start, make sure that the glasses are clean, since the paint won’t stick if they’re not.
Washing with regular dish soap is fine, but make sure to rinse them well and dry them thoroughly before continuing.
2 | Tape the glasses
Next we’re going to tape off the areas of the glass that we don’t want to get paint on.
Use small pieces of painter’s tape to cover the bottom of the wine glass.
Smaller pieces of tape are easier to wrap around the bottom of the glass without covering any of the stem.
Continue putting on the small pieces of tape until the entire bottom of the glass is covered.
Make sure there aren’t any gaps and that the tape comes right up to where the bottom edge of the glass meets the stem.
It can be easier to do this by putting the glass with the top edge down on a table and then arranging the tape around the stem.
Look at the tape from the top of the glass to ensure it makes a circle around the stem (there shouldn’t be any straight edges).
3 | Spray paint the glasses
Finally, use the spray paint to paint the stem of the wine glass.
You may need to do 2 coats to get a consistent finish.
If you have trouble getting the spray paint on evenly, get some help from these tips for successful spray painting.
Some people add a clear enamel paint on top to protect the finish. I have never bothered to do this and the glasses seem to be fine. But if you want to be sure you don’t get any scratches in the paint, spray the enamel on after the original paint has dried.
If you’re making a lot of these glasses, you may want to invest in a spray can gun*. It fits onto the top of the spray paint can and makes it much easier to control the spraying. And it definitely saves your finger from getting tired!
Let the paint dry to the touch (about an hour) before removing the tape.
Then let it dry completely (at least 24 hours) before using the wine glasses. Otherwise the paint may rub off when people pick them up.
The finished project
My gold-stemmed wine glasses go perfectly with this white and gold table setting I used at one of my parties.
The other benefit of painting your own glasses is that you can make them whatever color you need. I’ve made them in silver and black for other events.
And if the paint happens to get a scratch in it, it is easy to patch by adding another layer of spray paint.
The spray painted wine glasses should be hand washed since the paint isn’t dishwasher safe.
And that’s all there is to it! If you’re like me, you’ll be using these glasses for years to come.
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This post was originally published on July 27, 2015 but was updated with new content on July 5, 2023.