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20 Glass Painting Projects (DIY Easy Glass Paint)

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Glass painting projects DIY easy glass paint techniques and ideas to make beautiful designs and patterns using stained glass paints on different base. You can paint so many different things using glass paints.  Since, glass paints are not only used for making decorative wall arts and frames. You can use them to make calendars, vases, lamps, trays and so much more.


Glass painting ( and stain glass) is also great for revamping old and simple items. With new techniques it’s become easy to glass paint. Even if your hands are not steady, you can create beautiful things. Glass painting is also a fun way to be creative with your kids.


I am sharing 20 crafty ideas to make glass painted projects with instructions. With designs and patterns that anyone can make.


Easy Glass painting projects using DIY glass paint

In this post you will find the following glass painting projects:

  • DIY glass painted dry erase board and calendar
  • Stain glass paint candle holders
  • Glass painting chandelier
  • Easy painted pyrex dishes
  • Painted glass bowls and glassware
  • Glass painting kitchen accessories
  • Anthropologie glass painted knobs
  • Artistic pattern glass painted ceramic plate
  • Glass painted tray
  • DIY marbleized glass painted drinking glasses
  • Easy stained glass coasters
  • Geometric stained glass cups
  • DIY stained glass vases
  • Cute stained glass votives
  • Kids room glass painted artwork
  • Stenciled glass paint art project
  • DIY glass paint lamp
  • Easy pattern for painting light fixture
  • DIY glass painting art tutorial
  • Floral stained glass cake stand
  • Creative glass painted fish bowl
  • Stained glass photo display
  • Fun glass painted bottles
  • Stained glass painted planters




How to glass paint on any surface?

Even though the original stained glass painting technique used lead to draw the design and glass paints to fill the glass art. Today, glass painting uses many different materials and supplies. If you are using acrylic paints use acrylic enamel or solvent-based paints as they are oil-based and bond well compared to water-based acrylics on glass surface.


How to prepare glass surface for best results when painting?

To prepare the surface for best results when painting make sure to wash the item thoroughly in warm water with soap to remove grease film. You can also soak and clean any dust or dirt with soapy water. Let it dry completely before you start.


What material I need for glass painting?

Apart from glass paints depending on your project you may need:


Once your painting project is complete, let it air dry. Finished projects are dishwasher safe after you bake in the oven at 250°F for 30 minutes.


Best glass painting brands used for stained glass projects

The following companies and brands are readily available at walmart, amazon, michaels and other leading stores to name a few for type of paint:



Glass painted calendar

Use stencils and Martha Stewart acrylic paints on a frame to make DIY Glass Painted dry erase board and calendar.



Stain glass paint candle holders

Beautiful candle holders with floral design.



DIY glass paint chandelier

Use glass paints to turn an old chandelier into a beautiful garden and outdoor decoration.



Easy Glass Painted Pyrex Dishes

Use round foam brushes for polka dots to make these glass bowls or glassware. Frost effect is used to make labels.



Glass Painting Kitchen Accessories

Use frost and glass paint to make stenciled label glass jars or mason jars for kitchen.


Stain Glass Painting Projects for home decor


Anthropologie floral glass painted knobs

Turn simple looking glass knobs into something cool with paint. You can use them as furniture knobs, tie backs and more.



DIY glass painting plates

Turn white plates into decorative plates with glass paints.



Glass painting trays

Artistic patterns on plates and trays. Glass paint is not just for glass.

Mix mod podge and food color or glass paints. Pour over or inside the glass and move around to coat it completely. Let it dry. Bake in oven at 225 degree Celsius for 30 minutes. For a lower tint add water to reduce the tone.



DIY Marbleized Glass Painted Drinking Glasses

Use various shades of a color and drop acrylic paints on drinking glasses. Move the glass around using the base and top (which has been taped using painter’s tape). This will create marbleized pattern, let it stand on a disposable glass or something to dry. The trick is to mix etching medium and acrylic paints. Use squeeze bottles or cups with spoons to pour paint on glass.


Holly tested out opaque (gloss enamel acrylic paints) and translucent (crystal gloss enamel) paints and mixed them with different amounts of glazing medium or Americana clear medium to test the paint results on a glass removed from old frame. The results:

  1. opaque High Gloss Enamel paint
  2. with a bit of clear fill medium (1:1 ratio)
  3. clearer fill medium
  4. 1:2 ratio of 1-part opaque paint, 2 parts clear fill medium
  5. 1:1 ratio of opaque paint and glazing medium
  6. more glazing medium to one-part opaque paint
  7. 1:2–1:3 of glazing medium–I didn’t measure anything, just eyeballed it. This last one is somewhere in the ballpark of 2 or 3 parts glazing medium to 1 part opaque paint.

A) translucent Crystal Glass Enamel Paint

B) 1:1 translucent paint with clear medium

C) 1:1 translucent paint with glazing medium

D) 1:2 translucent paint with glazing medium


Easy Stained Glass Coasters

Make interesting pattern to revamp simple glass coasters.



Geometric stained glass cups

Just use glass paints with nozzle and use it as pen to make direct pattern on cups and mugs.



DIY stained glass votives

Painted squares in various sizes and shades to make this beautiful DIY Stained glass vases.


Glass painting projects that add beauty to any room


Floral painted glass vase

I love this floral painted glass vase via plaid. You can use this pattern on wine bottles as well.



Make glass painting shadow box

Replace items inside alphabet shadow box for teaching kids alphabets. This will also make cool decor in kids bedroom or play area.



Glass painting decorative plate

Use doilies to stencil using glass paints. I love this Mexican folk art project.



DIY Glass paint lamp

Paintable clings from Martha Stewart are an easy way to revamp any project. Simply paint and stick them on glass.



Glass painting light fixture

Easy Pattern for Painting Light Fixture Panes in diamond pattern.



DIY Glass painted art

Such an adorable project creating drawings inspired by spring on transparent frames.



Floral stain glass cake stand

Found at Pier1 Imports, this cake stand is super eye catching.  I am so doing this to my cake stand.



Stained glass fish bowl

Have fun making this Creative glass painted fish bowl with your kids.



Stained glass photo frames

Make a photo display with glass paints. Use painter’s tape to make stripes in a transparent float frame. Mask off stripes on the front side of both glass panes and see how they will look when they overlap. Paint the panes, peel of the painter’s tape. Now display a photo in it.  This can also make a beautiful gift.



Stained glass painted planters

Turn simple glass bottles into fun planters. Glass painted bottles for growing or propagating money plant. Find an easy propagation station for your cuttings and grow more houseplants for free.


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  1. Abbey says:

    thanks for sharing my paintable cling lamp Hani!!!

  2. navaz says:

    very very beautiful, thanks your effort

  3. Bea says:

    Just reached here quite by chance, on my search for glass painting projects. What a treat, Hani !!
    Can’t wait to discover more on you blog. Cheers to all teh good work 🙂

    1. sowjanya says:

      hi, i have a doubt! which type of colors are used to paint on glass.the above paints on glass are permanent or not.

      1. Hani Shabbir says:

        You can find many different brands and types of glass paints in the craft store. From transparent glass paints to crystalline. You can also use some special paints which come with instructions to bake your painted utensil for a few minutes for perfect results.

        Hope that helps!

  4. ushaa kannan says:

    all are very creative.

  5. Veronica says:

    Very good work! Beautiful!

  6. Monica Kroos says:

    Wow these projects are all great!! Can’t wait to try them, thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Rhonda Maxwell says:

    Just a tip for those that want the paint used on glass to adhere better and hold up to washing clean without messing up
    Your beautiful paint job! Pick up a box of smooth tile grout. Add about a teaspoon to any 2ounce bottle of glass paint of your
    Choice. Mix well. When your finished painting your piece bake in the oven according to the paint brands
    Instructions. Adding the smooth tile grout to your paint makes it so much more durable than just baking
    Your piece when completed. The grout will not change the appearance of the paint at all! Your colors will
    Stay true and your beautiful hard work won’t get washed away! It makes the piece dishwasher safe but I
    Still prefer to hand wash. Happy painting all!!!! Rhonda M.

  8. sowmilavanya says:

    very nice…..


    I can do this now. I am very excited…………

  10. Reem says:

    Can we use a fabric colour paint for glass painting

    1. Hani Shabbir says:

      I have never used fabric paints on glass so I can not really be of help with this dilemma. However, if acrylic paints can work so should any other paint.

  11. Elsa Prinsessa says:

    Hello there, interesting ideas!
    Glad to find you 🙂

    May I ask how you get the marbleized glasses to be see-through in the end?

    1. Hani says:

      Hi Elsa, you will mix acrylic paint with a glaze medium to get that effect. I have updated the post with details for you. I hope this helps!

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