Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses

Making your own set of Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses is easier than you think! This easy red, white, and blue craft idea is the perfect DIY project to create for the 4th of July or Memorial Day. You’ll be amazed how simple this cocktail glass craft idea is to make. 

Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses

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Where in the world is the time going these days? And how in the world is the 4th of July on Saturday? If you can answer either one of these questions for me I’ll be “eternally grateful”…said in the alien voices from the Toy Story movie, of course!

As always, I created a list of a million cute recipes and projects I wanted to accomplish in preparation for the upcoming holiday but I’ve quickly come to the realization that I won’t even be able to skim the surface of it. I can’t stand when I do this to myself.

Lucky for me, I have some pretty amazing blogging friends who have already posted some incredible ideas for the 4th. Instead of having to recreate the wheel, I was able to just head over to their little spaces on the Internet for inspiration and easy patriotic ideas.

My friend Jaclyn created a list of 16 Fun 4th of July Activities to Do This Year. My favorite activity on her list are these adorable red, white, and blue centerpieces made using colored sand and flameless candles. Aren’t they the cutest?!

red, white and blue candle centerpiece

And my blogging friend, Brittany, well she made a festive Patriotic Charcuterie Board fit for a queen! She even added a long list of some of her favorite charcuterie board ingredients that will help you create a board perfect for you and your family. Didn’t it come out so pretty?!

Patriotic Charcuterie Board

Both these ladies have been my saving grace!

Now knowing that I can’t get all my list items accomplished in the next few days, I’ve had to become a little picky on what I want to make with the minimal time I have left. I already had a festive cocktail planned for this Thirsty Thursday so I thought it would be fun to make cute cocktail glasses to serve them in. 

A quick trip to Michael’s and the Dollar Tree and I had all I needed to make these cute DIY patriotic glasses. You seriously can’t believe how easy they are to make. I can definitely see myself making these for different holidays, occasions, or just to go with my everyday lake decor. The thing is, once you learn the process, the skies the limit with the color combinations you can create.

Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses

Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses

You’ll need:

Red, white, and blue multi-surface or glass paint (I used FolkArt brand), cocktail glasses (I purchased mine from the Dollar Tree), q-tips, rubbing alcohol

FolkArt Multi-Surface paint
I purchased these at Michael’s.
daiquiri glasses from Dollar Tree
I found these beauties at Dollar Tree!

Begin by giving your glasses a thorough wipe down with rubbing alcohol. You might be tempted to skip this step but I highly recommend you don’t. The point of giving your glasses a good cleaning is to remove any blemishes or lint that might be stuck on the surface. If not cleaned properly before painting, these small pieces of lint could get stuck under the paint indefinitely.

rubbing alcohol

cleaning cocktail glass

Next, pour a tiny amount of your red, white, and blue multi-surface or glass paint onto a paper plate. I like using a paper plate because I can throw it out when I’m done using it. It’s perfect for an easy clean-up. You’ll want to make sure you also have a q-tip for each of the three paint colors.

red, white and blue paint

Why multi-surface or glass paint instead of acrylic?

  • Regular acrylic paint will not stand the test of time and can begin chipping after just one washing. Multi-surface or glass paint can last forever if cured. The curing process is super simple, I’ll show you how to do it below, and it allows you to be able to wash your glasses on the top rack of a dishwasher. This eliminates any fear you might have of losing your beautiful design.

Using a q-tip, begin adding tiny red circles on your cocktail glass. I started from the bottom and went halfway up the sides of the glass. Feel free to follow my design or let your creative juices flow!

red paint on glasses

red paint on glasses

Next, do the same process but with the white paint.

red and white paint on glasses

Add the blue paint to your glass.

Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses

Once you have all three colors on your glass, you can go back and see if there are any empty spaces you want to add some more paint to.

Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses

Allow the paint to dry completely. This will take about an hour or so. 

Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses

With your patriotic glasses now dry, it’s time to cure them. The curing directions were found on the back of my paint bottles. The process is pretty consistent across all brands but I still think it’s a good idea to check your particular paint brand before curing your glassware. 

blue FolkArt multi-surface paint

I placed my two patriotic glasses upside down in a baking dish. I personally put them upside down for better stability.

Carefully put your baking dish with the glasses inside your OFF oven. Once you close the oven door, then turn your oven to 350 degrees and set a timer for 30 minutes.

Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses

When the 30 minutes is up, turn off your oven but leave your glasses inside to cool. You do not want to open the door of the oven because the drastic change in temperature could potentially make your glasses shatter. I recommend allowing the glasses to cool in the oven with the door closed for at least one hour.

Just to reiterate one more time, now that you have cured your glassware, they are able to be put on the top rack of a dishwasher safely. Isn’t that so cool!?

These Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses are the perfect vessels to hold all your summer cocktails. I can’t wait to experiment with new colors and designs in the months to come. Besides the 4th of July, what other holidays can you see yourself making these cocktail glasses for? Truly, the possibilities are endless!

Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses

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Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses

Cute DIY Patriotic Glasses

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  1. So clever, patriotic, and pretty! And, they look easy to make–which is always a plus. I’m doing a lot of painting projects with my grandkids right now and the older grandkids are coming for a visit in 2 weeks–I think they would have fun painting something like this. Thanks for a great post and great idea–love your detailed tutorials!

    1. The grandkids will love this!! It was so easy to do and you can be as creative as you want. It was a fun activity, for sure!

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