December 1, 2016

The Perfect Adult Party Gift: Personalized Wine Glass DIY

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Are you looking for the perfect adult party gift for your guests at an upcoming holiday gathering? Check out this easy and inexpensive tutorial for your own personalized wine glasses!

The Perfect Adult Party Gift: Personalized Wine Glass Tutorial

Three of my favourite things in life are good food, good drinks and good company. When I can combine all three, I am one happy girl. 

Now that we have a young family of our own, the option for a night out on the town with friends is not always feasible. So instead, we bring them to us. We love to entertain, especially during the holidays. We also love wine, and having the perfect wine glass to go with it. 

Gold embossed drink ware seems all the rage right now, and I'm a big fan. However, what I'm not a fan of is the attached price tag. Instead of spending the big bucks, I decided to make my own for a recent holiday gathering we hosted. I was also able to customize the glasses I purchased from the Dollar Store, which made them the perfect gift for my guests to remember the occasion by (and to help them remember where they put their drinks throughout the night). All together, this DIY cost only $12 for 4 personalized stemless wine glasses - far less than what you'd pay in store!

If you're looking for an easy and inexpensive party gift for your guests, or a way to spruce up your next holiday get together, check out this tutorial for your own personalized wine glasses.

The Perfect Adult Party Gift: Personalized Wine Glass Tutorial

Personalized Wine Glass DIY


  • wine glasses (or other glass drink ware of your choice)
  • painter's tape
  • stencils
  • oil-based paint marker (colour of choice)
  • cotton swabs
  • nail polish remover
  • baking sheet
The Perfect Adult Party Gift: Personalized Wine Glass Tutorial


Start by thoroughly washing your mugs or glasses with dish soap and water. It’s important to remove all traces of dirt or oily residue on them. I found these stemless glasses at the local Dollar Store, but you can use any drink ware that you like. They were affordable, yet classy and choosing stemless allows my guests to use them for a wide variety of beverages after the party. Make sure the glasses are completely dry before you start decorating them.

The Perfect Adult Party Gift: Personalized Wine Glass Tutorial

Choose your design. If you don't trust yourself to free hand the personalization, use a program on your computer and print out your design of choice on a piece of paper. You can make the design as big or small as you wish, but I recommend at least 1 inch by 1 inch. Tape the design to the inside of the glass so that you can easily trace it. I chose to add the first letter of our guests' names in cursive. I'm loving the tumblers I see with simple gold dots on them, so after adding the personalization, I added a few dots, of all sizes, to my glasses as well. 

Make sure the paint marker you are using is oil-based, so that it will not come off. If you plan on writing on the glass, chose a medium-point pen. I purchased mine at a popular craft store at around $6. There are a variety of colours available, but I chose gold because it is a festive colour, perfect for the holidays.

Don't worry if you make a mistake, you can easily remove it with a cotton swab dipped in a bit of nail polish remover.

Make sure whatever design you choose, that it is at least an inch from the top of the glass so that people do not touch it with their mouths when drinking. 

The Perfect Adult Party Gift: Personalized Wine Glass Tutorial

When you're happy with your design, allow the paint to dry completely before the next step.

The final step is to bake the glasses in the oven to cure the paint. If using a stencil, don't forget to remove it or it will burn in the oven.Set the glasses on a baking sheet and place in a cold oven. Do not allow the oven to preheat! You want the oven and glasses to heat gradually so that they do not crack. Turn the oven to 350 degrees and allow to "bake" for 30 minutes. Once the time is up, turn the oven off BUT do not remove the glasses! Open the oven just a crack and allow to cool completely before removing, about an hour.

If you're a bit of a perfectionist like me, you may want to repeat the above steps.

The glasses are now top dishwasher safe, however, I recommend washing them gently by hand, with a non-abrasive sponge, just to be safe. Keep in mind, this tutorial can be replicated on any type of glass or ceramic drink ware, like these mugs

The Perfect Adult Party Gift: Personalized Wine Glass Tutorial

Now that you have your fancy glasses, you also need something to serve in them! Sutter Home Family Vineyards is the perfect wine to bring people together this holiday season - from a wine tasting with friends to spending time with family around the fireplace.  We typically prefer a warm, full-bodied red during the winter months, but sometimes its good to switch things up. Like with the the Sutter Home White Zinfandel. This medium-sweet wine is perfect with all types of foods, and the pink blush colour of the wine really makes the gold design on the wine glasses pop!

A family-owned company for three generations, Sutter Home Family Vineyards seeks to produce quality products that bring people together to share good times. Just like we enjoy doing with our friends and family during the holidays.


What is your favourite way to bring people together this holiday season? I'd love to hear!

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