I’m really becoming a DIY junkie to the point where I’m just making stuff and giving it to my friends. There’s really not many bright-colored glass out there. I like colorful, girly and fun decor so it was time to update dinnerware with some DIY Frosted Tumblers.

What you need:

  • Glassware
  • Foam Pouncers
  • Masking/Painters Tape
  • Alcohol
  • Multi-surface Paint
  • Small Plastic Bowl or Foil
  • Plastic Wrap or Sandwich Bag

After you decide on a design, tape off your glass. You design needs to start at least .8 inches below the rim. You don’t want your lips on the paint. Press along the tape firmly to avoid air bubbles.

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Take rubbing alcohol and clean wherever the paint is going to go.

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Take the foam pouncers and quickly paint the glass in an up and down motion, lightly tapping it with pouncer. The reason I say move quickly is because the paint dries fast and if you accidentally go over and over the same spots, it becomes uneven. After 10 minutes press out any excess paint in the pouncer on a piece of paper. Quickly re-pounce the glass for a smoother look.

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Store the pouncer and the bowls in a plastic bag until the next coat so they won’t dry out.

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Wait at least 1 hour before applying the next coat. I applied 3 coats on these for a more opaque look but if you want a truly frosted look only use 2.

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Wait at least 24 hours and remove the tape.

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In order for the paint to complete set you need to cure it for 3 weeks or you can bake them.
“Bake method: Let project air dry 1 hour, place in cool oven. Set temperature to 350 degrees. Once oven reaches 350 degrees, bake for 30 minutes (glass must heat gradually). After 30 minutes, turn oven off. Let glass cool completely in oven. Wait 72 hours before using.”

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Now the Martha Stewart Frosted Glass Paint has a pebble-like textured finish.

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I messed one up and a soaked it in water for like 3 days, I still had to use my scissors to scrape off the paint. So the paint really isn’t going anywhere. The bottle says it’s dishwasher safe but I wouldn’t test it, quickly hand wash the outside rim for ultimate preservation.

martha stewart frost glass paint blue calico

martha stewart frost glass paint yellow jacket

martha stewart frost glass sweet pea

martha stewart frost glass paint surf

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Now the bad news. The Martha Stewart Frost Translucent Glass Paint has been discontinued. I found them all in the clearance sections of Michaels. I suggest you try there, they had about 100 in a bin. There’s still two colors available on this site. Also check Amazon and Ebay if you really want these. If you really really want these and can’t find them I’d be willing to ship them to you if my Michaels still has them.

They replaced all her Glass Paints with their Multi-Surface Paint but there’s no frost finish; just satin, pearl, metallic, glitter, chalkboard and glow-in-the-dark.

The good news is there’s many options to recreate this look with other products.

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If you just want colored glass, I suggest you use the Satin paint. It’s opaque and will give you a smooth look. You can lightly spray a layer of Frosted Glass Spray over it for a frost look.

The FolkArt brand is made by the same manufacture as the Martha paint so they probably have the same formula and it’s cheaper. There’s over 100 shades between the two so have fun picking a color.

If you want a colored frosted glass you can use the Krylon Sea Glass Paint. This will give you a smooth and frosted look. Just tape off the glass, go outside and spray an even coat.

For a smoother look you can use a small foam roller like I did with these 2 tumblers. I only used 2 coats on these as you can see they came out using more frosted. I tried paint brushes but it creates a streaky look.

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See how smoother it is with the foam roller. If you choose to use the foam roller you MUST constantly roll it on the glass, taking no breaks. I cover the entire roller with the paint and go roll until there’s an even coverage then STOP. I messed up about 3 times and had to wash and start over because I was taking too long or over rolling.

*I got all my supplies from Michaels and the Glass Tumblers from Big Lots.*

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