Dip Q-tip in paint & press on glass for the most elegant look yet

Whether it’s “wine o’clock” or time for pink lemonade, a festive glass definitely makes whatever you’re imbibing taste better. In this DIY we show you how to take simple and unadorned, stemless wineglasses and make them extra-special.
Here we create three fun iterations of painted dot patterns on the glasses with acrylic paint and our special application tool, the common Q-tip! The first glass is covered in a multi-colored confetti of polka dots, the second gets the metallic treatment, and the third proves that daisies rather than diamonds just might be a girl’s best friend. These glasses serve you well in entertaining your guests because they can easily tell which one is theirs. Plus, a set of several or a half dozen makes a fabulous gift. Take the leap, and transform your glasses from ho-hum to super fun!
- Small paint palette with at least nine wells
- 11 bottles of acrylic paint in different shades, but must include white and bright yellow
- 3 stemless wineglasses
- Cotton swabs
- Blow-dryer
- Jar of copper-colored Liquid Metal acrylic paint
- Roll of blue painter’s tape
- Jar of Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer spray
1. Fill each well in the paint palette with a different shade of acrylic paint.
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2. Place the wineglass so its mouth is on the work surface.
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3. Take a cotton swab, dip it in the darkest paint, and dot it randomly on the glass' exterior. The dot sizes and shapes will all be slightly different, but that’s OK.
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4. Dip the other end of the swab into another color of paint, and apply more dots, but don’t make quite as many as you did with the first paint color.
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5. Put the glass down, and get the blow-dryer.
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6. Blow-dry the paint on the glass.
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7. Take a new swab, and dip it into the third color of paint, then apply more dots to the glass’ exterior. As you use each successive color, apply fewer dots of paint and concentrate more of the dots on the bottom section of the glass.
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8. Put the glass down.
9. Blow-dry the new layer of painted dots on the glass.
10. Continue applying each new color of dots with a swab, changing out swabs as necessary and blow-drying each new color of dots as you go. The more colors you add, the greater the chance that you might put one color atop another in a few places. That’s OK too.
11. Get a new glass and the jar of Liquid Metal paint.
12. Dip a cotton swab tip into the copper paint, and apply dots in a random fashion on the bottom third of the glass. These dots are spaced randomly but densely.
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13. Blow-dry the painted copper dots.
14. Apply a second round of copper dots on the glass. Put more on the bottom portion and move up, putting fewer dots above the bottom portion and stopping when you get to the middle of the glass. The upper third of the glass will be simply clear, with no painted dots. The effect will almost look like the glass is filled with sequins at the bottom.
15. Blow-dry the wet paint.
16. Get a third glass, and place it face down on the work surface.
17. Fill one well in the paint palette with white paint and a second one with bright yellow paint.
18. Dip one end of a cotton swab into the white paint, and paint a small pattern of five dots that form a circle. It will look like a flower, and the center will be clear.
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19. Allow a bit of space in-between the flowers, and paint about seven more around the bottom of the glass.
20. Paint a second row of white flowers above the first row on the glass.
21. Blow-dry the wet paint.
22. Use the other end of the swab to apply a yellow paint dot to the center of each of the flowers. Allow that paint to dry.
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23. Tear three pieces of painter’s tape off the roll, so that each is long enough to go around the mouths of the glasses.
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24. Place each piece of tape so its bottom half covers the top of the glass and the upper half of each piece extends beyond the lip of each glass.
25. Spray the areas underneath the tape on each glass with the acrylic sealer spray.
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26. Allow each to dry.
27. Enjoy these one-of-a-kind art pieces that can make any book club meeting better, dinner more fun, and patio party more precious!
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