July 29, 2013

DIY Hand Painted Wine Glasses with Peacock Feather Design, Tutorial Painted Wine Glasses

hand painted peacock feather wine glasses diy
I recently painted a set of peacock feather wine glasses

I used to paint on glass a lot, making decorative glass bottles
drinking glasses or decorative painting on vintage windows
 and it's a lot of fun and easy to do.

dollar store wine glasses to use with glass paint
I found these great 20oz Libbey wine glasses at my local Dollar store.

Folk Art and Deco Art Glass paints
I have a bunch of different colors and brands of glass paints on hand. 
They all require baking in the oven after curing to make them more durable.
I used both the Folk Art Enamels and the Deco Art Enamels on this project
depending on the color I needed. 

You can combine different brands of bake-able paints, just
read the directions and if they have two different oven temps listed,
use the lower of the two and it should be fine.

painting peacock feathers on glass
When painting on a glass remember your first coat is the one you are going to see
on the inside, so you want it to look pleasing from that angle.
This shows the start of the feather and I used metallic gold for the first coat.

painting peacock feathers with glass paints
This shows the outside of the glass after applying several coats...

Any metallic gold glass paint will be too sheer with just one coat.
I used a base of the metallic gold, so it will be pretty from the inside,
let dry, then topped it with a yellowish tan coat (or any yellow color similar to the metallic gold)
 and let dry then end with a final coat of the metallic gold. 
This will give you the opaque metallic gold base for the feather.

painted peacock feather wine glass DIY Filbert Paint brush
I painted a turquoise round spot on top of  the metallic gold base, followed by
 bright blue with a hint of dark purple. Give each coat a chance to dry
before adding the next layer. They dry pretty quickly especially when
working on more than one glass.

When painting circles or rounded shapes, a Filbert or Oval Wash Brush 
like the one in this photo, makes it super simple.

hand painted peacock feather glass painting
I knew I wanted my design to sort of wrap around the glass, so
I started with the feather stem and swirled it around to the other side.

I love peacock feathers and use the design in lots of projects...

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I definitely love peacock feathers!

hand painted wine glass with peacock feather and liner brush
I started adding the rest of the feather using a long liner brush.
This type of  brush makes it easy to apply long, sweeping strokes.

painting on glass peacock feather
The back...

It doesn't have to be perfect, no one will be examining every stroke...
if they are, serve them another glass of wine. 😜

peacock feather painted on wine glass using glass paints
I continued layering different colors of green, one was a pearlescent green
but you can use whatever greens you like. You could also make the feathers
blue, purple, gold or whatever look you are going for.

hand painted peacock feather on wine glass using glass paints
 For the final touch, I added strokes of metallic gold.

When adding layers using glass paint, you have to make sure what you 
are painting over is dry or it will lift the paint up...don't want that.

painted wine glass with peacock feather in greens and gold

painted peacock feather wine glass
Inside view.
After curing for 24 hours, bake according to your 
paint directions for added durability.

hand painted peacock feather wine glasses Lucy Designs
Update December 2016
Sold out and I'm no longer creating the wine glasses. Thank you!
Paint your own or visit my Etsy store, I usually have sets of four listed there. 

hand painted peacock feather wine glasses Lucy Designs
This set had beautiful green stems. You could also paint 
this design on the stemless wine glasses.

hand painted peacock feather wine glass

peacock feather painted glasses
Thanks for stopping by and reading about my wine glasses!

Update June 2017

I still have some items and clearance items in my Etsy shop
You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Pinterest too.


  1. Beautiful! I have the paint. I have the brushes. I have the glasses. Now, do I have the talent?!? :) I paint wine glasses often but tend to be fairly conservative and do the same things over and over again. These look like such fun to try!

  2. Beautiful as usual! BTW, my momma loves these. She had seen them when I liked them on FB. She is kinda new to FB so I showed her how to like your page so you have another new fan!


  3. These are just fabulous! and you are too generous to show us how to paint them! Thank you.

  4. Now, what did you use to put over the paint so that it wouldn't wash off?

  5. Hi Keely! Like I mentioned in the post, those are glass paints that you can get at the craft store and after curing in the oven, it won't wash off

  6. very cool thanks for sharing, if I only had some talent for this... :)

  7. Thank you so much for this tutorial! It is great, and I've made a few sets as gifts!

    I'm having trouble with one thing, though- one coat of the gold is too sheer. When I add a top coat, it gets sort of "chunky" or shows lines. I have tried a few different paint brushes.

    Any tips for that?

    The people who received these as gifts loved them, even if my finished product is not as polished as yours. :-) Thank you!

    1. Yes, one coat is too sheer, I do 2 or 3 of the gold. Mine have a little "texture" on them from the coats of paint, but I don't think it's too noticeable.
      I use a filbert (sometimes called oval) brush for making circular patterns like the center of the feather.

  8. Are you doing multiple layers for all of the design?

  9. Excellent!!! I was looking for a post on how to paint on glass and you answered every question! Thank you!

  10. May i use nail-paint for painting on glass? I dont know about kind of paint you used. Can u help? I really want to paint on my glass.

    1. Hi, I posted a photo of the types of paint I used, you can find them in a craft store. Not sure about using nail polish


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