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Star Glasses

A perfect gift for a Memorial or Independence Day host, these patriotic tumblers are created using a process similar to eglomise -- the 18th-century French technique of painting directly on the reverse side of glass.




For this project, Martha uses special, nontoxic, dishwasher- and microwave-safe paint pens, which create an effect that is rich and colorful yet translucent. When downloading our star template, keep in mind that it is designed to fit a 4 3/4-inch-tall glass but can be centered in any glass you like; alternately, you can enlarge or reduce the image, using a photocopy machine.



  1. Step 1

    Download and print the star template. Center it inside the glass, and affix it to the glass with tape. Using the red and blue pens, start filling in the spaces of the star with dots (you can use different sizes and place them as randomly as you like). Let the paint dry for 24 hours.

  2. Step 2

    After the glasses have dried, place them into a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 325 degrees, and bake the glasses for 40 minutes. Turn the oven off, and let glasses cool, leaving the door ajar. Now the paint is set, and the glasses can be washed in the dishwasher.

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Reviews (54)

  • hghearts 3 Jul, 2008

    I haven't used these personally, but I'm seeing a lot of comments asking what brand of paint to use. has Vitrea 160 and Porcelaine 150 which sound a lot like what is used here. 150 gives solid color, 160 is a stained glass look.

    Delta glass paint doesn't require heat setting, so it may not be as durable as the others. It's also more likely to be found at Michaels, etc.

    Also see: for other brands to search for.

  • bug32 24 Jun, 2008

    Do you paint the inside or the outside of the glass? Thanks, Barb

  • JulieKelley10 2 Jun, 2008

    mmm good call. I didn't open my email until Tuesday the I was behind from the start! there's always flag day...

  • tyrrhenian 1 Jun, 2008


    "A perfect gift for a MEMORIAL or Independence Day host...."

  • JulieKelley10 28 May, 2008

    But this is suggested for Independence Day...isn't that a month before the holiday?

  • jxh013 27 May, 2008

    I also agree that some of these crafts should be available before the holiday. I have noticed that before. Hopefully they will notice these comments.

  • hibarb60 27 May, 2008

    I made these several years ago and gave them as a gift. When I visited a few months later, I realized the dishwasher had removed most of the paint. So, unless you use something that is dishwasher safe, don't put them in the dishwasher.

  • Anna_Marie 26 May, 2008

    I stand corrected, friends, and have moved to the other side of the! I mistakenly thought you were supposed to cut out the center of the star template...but after reading the directions for the 5th time, I see you leave the center in. Therefore, there would be no way to paint the dots from the inside, with the template inside the glass.

  • lleschper 26 May, 2008

    i bought paint pens at said that they were for use on glass and other materials. I haven't baked them yet, so we'll see if the paint holds in the dishwasher. I used the initial stencil from her Dot China craft to make glasses for my roommates, they turned out great! And I don't see the purpose of going through the trouble of trying to paint on the inside of the glass. The directions say "center [the template] inside the glass" so I'm sure she means you to paint on the outside.

  • Los-creations 25 May, 2008

    "Mahze" Where did you get the picture of the cat? I would really like to have a picture with my comments.

  • Los-creations 25 May, 2008

    I too would like to know where to find these paint pens! They should tell where to find products so we could actually make the crafts they describe.

  • mahze 25 May, 2008

    Some of these craft ideas are really lovely, but lately there are many that are not well presented. WHERE do you buy the paint pens and WHAT kind do you use? Please be more thorough and organized. I really want to make these glasses!

  • mahze 25 May, 2008

    Some of these craft ideas are really lovely, but lately there are many that are not well presented. WHERE do you buy the paint pens and WHAT kind do you use? Please be more thorough and organized. I really want to make these glasses!

  • creemy 25 May, 2008

    What brand of pens and where can I get them?

  • loismargaret 25 May, 2008

    It would be helpful if the exact products (brand, type, and maybe were to purchase) were listed in the "Tools and Materials" section.

  • shirleylmc 25 May, 2008

    It would be more convenient if these ideas/projects would be available about a week before the holiday.

  • Anna_Marie 25 May, 2008

    I think most drinking glasses will withstand the long as the entire glass is heated evenly, as in an oven, and then cooled evenly. Sometimes when a glass cracks, it is because there was a big difference in temperature between 2 areas of the glass. Like hot liquid poured on one small area of the glass. You might want to try heating and cooling one of your glasses before painting to see how it does.

  • Lisabeth75 25 May, 2008

    Can you use any type of glass? will it break in the oven?

  • Lisabeth75 25 May, 2008

    Can you use any type of glass? will it break in the oven?

  • KatieReed 25 May, 2008

    In response to tkim4393's comment Ithink your instructed to put the design on the inside so that from the outside the design appears clean and flat without any raised areas~ reverse painting is done as I said to make the design appear cleaner and so the design appears to be part of the glass and not something painted on it~ REVERSE painting is more aesthetically appealing~

  • Angel19481 24 May, 2008

    I Feel it is great that Martha Stewart and her staff make it easy for everyone to use her crafts, no matter what age, IQ, education, or special need for certain individuals. Shame on the ones who make fun of others who are kinder than they who make fun of others. Get the message Ladies.


  • tkim4393 24 May, 2008

    i am a little suprised anyone thinks the marks should be on the inside. I think common sense says, put the pattern on the inside so you can see what you are doing while put the design on the outside

  • TravelingTParty 24 May, 2008

    Very cute idea! I plan and host children's tea parties part-time. One of my themes is a Hollywood Mystery Party. I think I will try this with silver and gold paint on the water glasses. THANKS!

  • Anna_Marie 24 May, 2008

    I've never known them to "answer" any of the comments....but I can bet you more than one person from MS reads the comments and laughs at all the confusion they cause! lol You have to admit, that some days it gets pretty comical...myself included.

  • Hainsey 24 May, 2008

    Some of these comments just need a little thought and a lot of common sense.

  • kellimaier 24 May, 2008 is a charming looking little project...too bad the directions are a bit confusing, and they don't tell what brand of paint.

  • LinFost 24 May, 2008

    The directions say to put the template on the INSIDE of the glass--so they are painted on the outside. You are right--none of the glass paints should be coming in contact with food--or your mouth. I think it was just worded wrong, but it did say "similar to reverse painting."

  • karenjohnandkait 24 May, 2008

    According to websites featuring the Pebeo 150 pens this paint is not recommended for use on surfaces that come in contact with food - thus the only safe way to produce these glasses is to paint on the outside which defeats the purpose of "reverse side of glass" painting which creates the translucenct effect. Any other products out there that meet safety requiremnets for using with food or drinks?
    By the way does anyone from the Martha Steart folks ever respond to comments made in this forum?

  • flidhais 24 May, 2008

    What is the brand name of the paint pens and where can we buy them?

  • meeknmild 24 May, 2008

    thanks for this crafty idea- LOVE the 4th of July and anything Americana. I'm doing this for Memorial day ! because it's so quick to do- Thanks Martha !
    could also be cute as a candle holder.

  • dottikins 24 May, 2008

    ...fill with candy, etc. Thanks Martha!

  • TXMimi 24 May, 2008

    Do you need a special paint pen for glass?

  • dottikins 24 May, 2008

    ...fill with M

  • dottikins 24 May, 2008

    OOPs, got too long the last time! Paint the glasses with whatever, then fill with M

  • dottikins 24 May, 2008

    If you are looking for initials, why not print off the initials on your computer, using any font you wanted? Lots of choices there. And, as already said, you could use this idea for any holiday, occasion, etc. My mind is just whirlling!! What about gift ideas--paint the glass and then fill it with M

  • Lunera 24 May, 2008

    Template on inside so that you can see easily where to paint on the outside.

  • eternity 24 May, 2008

    "Anne Marie", perhaps it's possible that due to the fact that once the "Color/Paint (what-ever) is applied, the "item/s" are placed in an Oven @325 degrees which sets the color/s, there-by making the "glass"(in this case), permanent. If it is "set", I wouldn't think that color/s would "wear off". Of course, I could be wrong! It wouldn't be the FIRST TIME!. Success to you!

  • chowfan 24 May, 2008

    what type of pens do you use? They say pens and then they say "the paint is set"

  • Anna_Marie 24 May, 2008

    If I am not mistaken, they would not have you put the template on the inside, if you were not supposed to apply the color from the inside. I think they used dots because that is probably all you can maneuver when working on the inside of the glass from above...a long, skinny marker could reach if you took your time and held the marker near the non-writing end. The design would probably wear off quicker were it on the outside. This way the outside stays smooth.

  • djweil 24 May, 2008

    Michaels has Porcelaine 150 Marker Sets which are sold separately or in packages of 4. Colors are red, blue, green and yellow. States that the colors are water-based and non-toxic. Once baked, the finish is permanent, microwave and dishwasher safe and glossy like true glazed ceramics. Also, they come in either fine tip or bullet tip markers. The website did not give a price, however.

  • slcbaker 24 May, 2008

    Early saturday morning trip to the craft store to buy my paint pens....following
    the very simple instructions these turned out beautiful.....and how fun...why
    stop with stars...martha has some great templates....already thinking of doing
    some with christmas trees,or candy cane design..ideas are fun is this....

  • Apple 24 May, 2008

    Just curious...what's the purpose/advantage of puttiing the template on the inside of the glass instead of the outside?

  • howdydog1 24 May, 2008

    I agree with OrganicCityGirl. MS could do us all a favor by NAMING or at least thoroughly describing products used in cases like this.
    This craft does not specify that the paint pens are for glass or ceramics.

  • OrganicGirlyGirl 24 May, 2008

    Okay... here we go... Blick sells them... they are called, Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Paint Marker--- and they are relatively inexpensive, $3.85 each. You can copy and paste this link,

  • lzorro 24 May, 2008

    Go to Michael's. They have many different colors.

  • OrganicGirlyGirl 24 May, 2008
    I found this link by googling "nontoxic, dishwasher and microwave safe paint pens"
    Sounds like a great project, I agree!!!!

  • Photographer 24 May, 2008

    I would love to make these but not until we get an answer about the "special, nontoxic, dishwasher- and microwave-safe paint pens".

    Will an answer be posted or will we be emailed individually? A posting makes more sense to me....

  • miisa 24 May, 2008

    what are these special pain pens? who sells them?

  • terivanhecke 24 May, 2008

    Where could I get other template ideas? Initials would be interesting too, for everyday use!

  • karen6024 24 May, 2008

    This is very simple, put the paper template on the inside of the glass and paint the dots on the outside. Works great and is a great idea for any design you'd like.

  • seahorse73 24 May, 2008

    Wish this was posted before the Memorial Day Holiday!! Need to bring a gift and this would have been perfect! Oh well...................4th of July

  • BeckieB 23 May, 2008

    You put the template on the inside of the glass and use the pens on the outside.

  • BeckieB 23 May, 2008

    You put the template on the inside of the glass and use the pens on the outside.

  • prevet 23 May, 2008

    Are the dots placed on the outside of the glass? If not, how are you able to get your hand inside the glass to make perfect dots? Wouldn't it be easier to place the star template on the outside and fill in the dots on the outside of the glass?