How to create pretty, personalised glassware

By Pippa Thompson

Turn plain glasses into decorative tableware using glass paints and markers. You don’t need any special skill as it’s easy to do, and even the simplest of designs looks very effective. You can choose to create a set of matching glasses or decorate each individually and it’s great fun for the kids to try as well. Get your inspiration from nature, a favourite fabric or fun quotes or names.

You will need:

  • Glasses or acrylic tumblers
  • Paper or tracing paper
  • Scissors, pen or pencil and sticky tape
  • Glass paints and pens

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  1. Make sure the glasses are clean and grease free.
  2. Cut a piece of paper or tracing paper to exactly fit around the inside of the glass.
  3. If tracing a design from fabric or a book, you can use the cut piece of tracing paper to ‘frame’ the area of pattern that you want to copy.
  4. Whether drawing a design onto paper or tracing one, bear in mind that the two short ends of the paper will join in the glass so the pattern should link up to create a continuous design.
  5. Place the paper in the glass so the pattern shows through and join the ends with sticky tape.
  6. Using Marabu Relief Paste* or a Glas Painter pen*, trace the outline of the design onto the glass. You can fill in blocks of colour using Marabu Glas paints* and a small brush.


*Marabu Glas paints, Relief Paste and Glas Painter pens are water-based, and dishwasher-safe without oven firing.


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