Pastel Dipped Glassware

pastel glassware

I’m still a sucker for dipped things even after years of dipping and dying anything that stands still.  I’ve had the idea for some smokey semi-opaque glasses for a while now, and did a few trials this week to figure out the best way to get the look I was after.  The finished result is a not-too-thick pastel color that is perfect for spring.  I can’t wait to make myself some lemonade in one of these or to see one full of flowers by my bedside!  It will be just what I was after.

dip dye glasses votives vase

Plain paint would be way too thick and thinning it down with water makes the finish dull (like seaglass).  I got the idea to mix the paint with clear sealer to tone down the opacity and to keep the color glossy and bright.  Although acrylic paints are not meant to come in contact with food, they are non-toxic, so I like to limit their use to at least an inch below the rim of the glass so that you don’t actually drink from the paint part.  If you’re still not sure, use these pretty glasses for votives on your spring table or for flowers.  It’s up to you!

For the full tutorial and material list 

dipped glassware materials

dipped glass tutorial copy

ONE mix 3/4 bottle of paint and  3/4 bottle of clear gloss with one ounce water in a disposable cup.  TWO dip the glass into the disposable cup until the paint comes just about 3/4 of the way up the cup.  I made mine a bit lopsided for fun, but you can do it either way. THREE let the cups sit to dry on a making sheet overnight.  FOUR flip the cups over and fill in any blank spots from the baking rack.  Then, move all glasses to a baking sheet (upside down) and put them into the oven.  Turn the oven onto 350 and time for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let the glassware cool as the oven cools. Make sure to put the glasses into a cool oven so that they heat up gradually.

dipped glasses ombre dipdye glasses

After curing in the oven, the glasses should be dishwasher safe on the top rack.  I wouldn’t soak them, however!

Even if you choose some bright colors, they really tone down with the clear gloss, so they look perfectly pastel. Enjoy your pretty new glasses!


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  1. Shawne power says

    Love these I to love dipped stuff like wooden spoons and the list goes on great idea for the glassware

  2. says

    I am far from a master DIY’er like yourself so I love when I visit your site and check out your projects. You give such helpful tips and choose projects that are worth the effort. This will be added to my list of things to make. Maybe even as a gift with some dipped wooden spoons like Shawne mentioned above.

  3. says

    Great trick with the gloss to achieve just the right semi-opaque colors you have here! I saw another paint DIY yesterday that mixed paint with a glaze to achieve a similar, but larger scale effect on a wall. Never thought to do either, but glad to have this in my toolbox now! Love how the glasses turned out- perfect for an Easter dining table!

  4. says

    Hi there,
    Love the project and want to give it a try. can you tell me what a 3/4 bottle of paint is? I am in Australia and I’m not sure what you mean. How many ounces (millimetres) is in the bottle and do you mean 3/4 of the bottle or is the bottle called a 3/4 bottle, so then you use the whole bottle.
    I’m hoping to try these out to sell at christmas time as I am raising money for Meniere’s disease research.

  5. E F says

    Do you think this would work to mix with Martha stewart frost etching medium?
    Or maybe there satin finish?
    Affortunately don’t have the clear gloss available

    • says

      Hi Emma – I don’t think the etching medium would work. I would recommend using any type of clear coat – gloss or not. The little bottles of color paint also come in clear! The clear acts as a color dilution so the paint isn’t so opaque.

      You could also use dishwasher proof decoupage with a bit of water to keep it from getting too thick. I would make sure the consistency is similar to pancake or crepe batter :)


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