Thursday, September 19, 2013

Painted Indian corn wine glass tea light holder | tutorial

Painting wine glasses are easier than you may think.  And when your turn it upside down it makes a great tea light holder.  Fall is in the air so why not paint an Indian corn wine glass tea light holder.  It is sure to be the hit at any fall get together. 

You will need:

·      Gloss acrylic paint, tan, gold, yellow, lt. yellow, red, purple, white, sienna and orange

·      Small and medium sized paintbrushes

·      Brown sharpie marker

·      Raffia

·      Tea light

·      Waxed paper or cardboard to protect your work surface

·      Alcohol and paper towels

1.     Wash and wipe down your wine glass with a paper towel and alcohol.

2.     Using the brown sharpie marker, make a mark from the base of the stem to the rim on each side.  In essence you are marking half your wine glass. 

3.     On one side begin making small circles across with the marker continue making circles across and down until you reach the rim.  These are the Indian corn kernels.  See photo.  You will use these guidelines much like a coloring book and fill them in individually.


4.     Using the larger paintbrush and the tan gloss paint, cover the side that is not marked with kernels brushing with a downward motion.  Continue with tan on the stem and the base.  Let dry.  Turn rim side down and paint the bottom with tan and let dry.  Repeat with second coat.  When the second coat is dry, make some downward marks with sienna and white for a textural effect.  Repeat this step on the bottom of the base (which will be the candle holder) but brush the sienna and white in a spoke like pattern.

5.     Using the marks you made for kernels begin filling each one individually with the smaller paintbrush.  Use yellow, orange, purple, and red, varying the locations until you have filled in every one to the bottom.  Let dry and repeat with a second coat.

6.     Cute a 12-inch piece of raffia.  Cut and tie a six-inch piece of raffia onto the longer piece.  Continue adding raffia pieces until you have about six.  Trim up the ends.

7.     Tie the raffia strip with the fringe on the stem.  (See photo)

Note:  When marking your wine glass if you make a mistake or don't like the lines simply wipe off with some alcohol on a paper towel and start over!


  1. What a great idea! I love the pumpkin one since that can stay on display through Thanksgiving. I never thought of inverting a wine glass to use as a tea light holder. This is giving me ideas!

  2. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing on the Friendship Friday Part!

  3. What a cute idea! Pinning this for sure, and thanks so much for sharing at my link party!

  4. this looks like a fun project and nice to see the steps and finished product, thanks for sharing

  5. This is really cool. I don't think I have seen anything like it before. You are today's Dare to Share feature of the day. You can see you feature here. Thanks so much for linking up this week.

  6. This is a really neat idea. I love the way the hand drawn corn turned out too.
    Thanks for sharing this at the Pinworthy Projects Party!

  7. SO cool! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing with Tickled Pink Times Two! Make it a pink day!

  8. Oh my goodness. How clever! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Party!

  9. Ok, this is genius! How fun and simple and pretty! Super fun for the fall season!

    Thanks for linking up to Life of the Party! Im going to share this in a Halloween roundup today!


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