Chalkboard Painted Glasses: A Tutorial

I am so sorry my amazing followers, I’ve been slacking lately!! Aside from it being so hot here in NY (that I just can’t seem to get myself to do anything but sit and veg for the past few weeks), the things that I have tried doing, have gone oh so wrong!! I start the project and think to myself how awesome it’s going to be, and how I can’t wait to see the finished product, and then it doesn’t go as planned. Usually I’m okay with this, and just try again, or go onto something else, but it’s just so hot, and I’m so tired and cranky, that I can’t get the motivation to try something else! I also usually have a bunch of backup projects that I have taken pictures of and edited for days I feel lazy, but I used them all up!! And what’s worse, is I’ll be out of town on Wednesday and Thursday, so I won’t be able to post on those days as well. I’m hoping that my ever-so-popular XL T-Shirt Remodel post and this one will make up for my laziness 😉


Just about everything has been chalkboard painted, and while some projects are cute and really useful, some are…kind of silly. What I DO love, however, are the drinking glasses I’ve seen out there (on Pinterest of course). I loved them so much, that I decided to try to make them myself. No, I don’t NEED these glasses, but they’re fricken cute! They’d be great for a party of friends that don’t know each other very well, or….just for fun 🙂


I purchased my glasses from the dollar store (forgot to mention it’s another cheap project! 🙂 ). To prep them for the paint, I wiped them down with rubbing alcohol. After they dried, I taped off a little rectangular section (using painters tape), where I would be painting the chalkboard. You want to rub the edges down really well so that there are no air bubbles the paint can get into. Also, I covered the whole front of the cup with the tape, since I used spray paint, so it wouldn’t get everywhere.


This is the paint I used. I really like it, as it gives the finished product an actual chalkboard look. It’s dull, hard, and perfectly smooth (that’s what she said?).


After trial and error, I found the easiest (but longest) way to get the paint on, was to spray the SLIGHTEST bit, and from far away. This gives the next layer something to grab onto, instead of dripping down the glass. I needed to do 5 or 6 coats like this. If you get impatient and spray too much, I’m telling you, it will pool up, and drip, and look awful. So remember, patience grasshopper…


Now, I don’t know if it’s because my painters tape was the cheapest one at Walmart or what, but the tiniest bit of paint got under the tape. I just used my Xacto knife and scraped it off. Worked like a charm.


Also, if you get any speckles on the glass, which I did (from the wind) on the inside a little and the back, just wipe it clean with some rubbing alcohol.


I made 6 glasses. After the first two, I got the hang of it and they came out perfect.


How much fun are these?! They’d be a great gift! As for cleaning, hand wash! I wouldn’t put them in the dishwasher.


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Until tomorrow!! (Hopefully!)




17 responses to “Chalkboard Painted Glasses: A Tutorial

    • Thank you 🙂 if you’re talking about fixing them, you can always try making the homemade air drying porcelain that’s all over pinterest and repair it, or if you want to repurpose them, you can use them as little planters! Get a plant that hides the crack? Hope that helped! 🙂

  1. Now everyone will know whose glass is whose! No more having to check for lipstick marks for identification haha! Sounds like you need a cooling project to help with the heat- like some chinese fans! 😉

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  3. I have been wanting to make something like this. What I am wondering though, does the chalkboard paint scrape off easily? I am considering etching the glasses where I want to spray before masking off and spraying. I wanted to make these for a wedding shower so I would hate for it to fall apart after a good washing or two.

    • I just got mine out and tried scratching at them….if you try, you definitely can, but I also scrubbed it with a sponge (the rougher side) and it didn’t affect it at all. I would definitely try experimenting by etching it first if that concerns you. Or maybe you could try (which I may too now) sealing just the very edges of the chalkboard paint. Hope this helps! Let me know if you try and it works out 🙂

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