For this project, we wanted to use a brand of paint that would be dishwasher safe as we intend to give these as gifts and didn’t want them to have to be washed any differently than any other dish in the house.
For that reason, we chose Folk art enamels, which are dishwasher safe once they have properly cured. Please note, this does NOT mean they are microwave safe, but then again, who puts their wine in the microwave?!
Dishwasher Safe Santa Suit Wine Glass
There are several other brands that are also dishwasher safe once cured, such as Martha Stewart paints that we used in our personalized wine glasses. The wine glasses are generally available at dollar stores for as little as $1 per Set.
Place the elastic band on the glass just below where Santa’s belt will rest. Place another elastic at the top where the top of Santa’s suit will end, about an inch from the top of the glass. The reason for this is that although the paint is non-toxic, it’s really not a good idea to have come into contact with your mouth, it’s really NOT meant to be ingested, plus it will wear down the design over time.
Paint the stem, body, and above the “belt” red. Alternatively, you can use paint masking tape to mark off (& Protect the areas you don’t want to be painted) and spray paint the glasses red with Krylon Stained Glass Paint. This may be a better option for you if you plan on making a larger amount for gifting.
Once the paint has dried, remove the elastic bands, and paint the belt black.
Let it dry. Using a q-tip or a spouncer, fill in the top of Santa’s suit and the bottom of the glass for the bottom of his suit using white paint. The spouncer (which is essentially just a funny little round sponge) will give a faux textured look.
Heat Setting your Creation:
Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
Turn your oven to 350ºF, but do not preheat it. Place the glass in the oven, you want them to warm together, not place a cold glass into a hot oven, which could cause it to shatter.
Set a timer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat after 10 minutes, but do not open the oven or remove the glass. Set the timer for an additional 10 minutes,., but leave the glass in for a further 10 minutes. When that timer ends, remove the glass from the oven.
Or, do as instructed by the manufacturer on the label of the paints you’ve used (this is done to make the item washable).
Alternatively, some paints can cure by air drying for 21 days without washing or using. Painted items are not microwave safe, nor should they be soaked.