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DIY Colorful Hand-Dotted Tumblers

Gather your friends for a fun afternoon of crafting while making these colorful and unique hand-dotted tumblers. Along with being easy to create, the finished tumblers cost around $3 each to make. Pick up tumblers from your local resale shop or dollar store for a serious deal. Use enamel acrylic paints from your local craft store for longstanding color, and you're on your way to festive gifts for everyone.

What You'll Need:

  • Red, yellow, blue, and white enamel acrylic paint
  • Glass tumblers
  • Paper towel
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper


  1. Gather the materials for creating the dotted tumblers. Use an enamel or all-surface acrylic for long-standing results. You can purchase small containers at your local craft store for around $1 a bottle.

  1. Fold a sheet of paper towel in half and then in half again. Squeeze out a small dollop of each color of paint and then mix together to create additional colors for your tumblers. You can create different tints of colors by adding white. Or experiment with mixing the primary colors to create greens, oranges, and purples. Place a length of parchment paper on a sheet pan, and then place the glasses upside-down on the pan.

  1. Press the end of a cotton swab in one color of paint, and dot around the base of the glass. Continue dotting with other colors to create a first layer of dots, and then let dry while working on the rest of the glasses.

  1. Continue working on the other glasses, experimenting with color combinations. Once the first layer is dry, go back and add more colorful dots, working from the base of the glass to the sides — staying clear of the edges of the tumblers.

  1. Let the finished dotted tumblers dry for an hour, and then flip them over on the sheet pan. Place in a cold oven and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes to set the paint. Turn off the heat and allow the glasses to cool in the oven for an hour before handling.

  1. Give a set to someone special, or gift individually as party favors after a holiday gathering. Although the hand-dotted tumblers are ready for wear and tear, they will last longer when gently hand-washed and allowed to air dry.
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff
mshuton mshuton 2 years

I am so excited to make these!! I bought the tumblers at World Market for super cheap and have a bunch of paint from other crafty projects. I can't wait to give them to my aunt on Christmas ... and I haven't even made them yet! Thank you :)

Sarah-Lipoff Sarah-Lipoff 4 years
@Bethnm - simply baking the enamel paints sets the glasses, but treating them gently, by hand washing, will make them last longer. Have fun making them!
bethnm bethnm 4 years
I love these & can't wait to make them with the kiddies on our snow day tomorrow!! Can you please tell me if anything other than "baking" them needs to be done? Such as a sealant of some sort? Thank you...
Toad80 Toad80 4 years
In the list of What You'll Needed, there is Rubbing Alcohol, when and where do we use it for the Confetti Tumblers. Thank You
Nomee Nomee 4 years
Meg, this project has been done for years. My mother bought me martini glasses made with the "confetti" design years ago for my wedding shower. I'm not so sure that even your post was original...
Meg3593318 Meg3593318 4 years
Can you please credit the original project this was based off of? Thank you!
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 4 years
That's a great idea, Grace. Love it!
Grace-Wilcox Grace-Wilcox 4 years
These are adorable! What a great gift to give - it would also be fun to give someone all the supplies as a "DIY kit!"
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