rainbow shot glassesHappy Friday Everyone! We’ve had a super busy week and I am pooped! There’s been exhibition prep, new orders, work sessions and a lot more going on. It’s a well earned weekend. On the other hand, I can’t go an entire week without sharing anything. That’s a no. Just no. So, I’m going to share one of the easiest diys ever on how to make rainbow shot glasses. These shot glasses can be made for any party or occasion and they’ll fit right in!

colorful shot glasses

This idea came up, the last time we had people over for a small party. Like wine markers, we wanted some way to differentiate our shot glasses. Which lead to an entire chain of thought around what would and wouldn’t work. Eventually leading to, colour coded rainbow shot glasses. One colour per person. Here’s how you can make them too.

How to make shot glasses

Time taken: 3 minutes per shot glass to make, a few hours to dry completely

Budget: Low


  • Glass shot glasses
  • A small bowl / flat on which the glass can be placed
  • Paints
  • Varnish
  • Magic Tape

steps to make rainbow shot glasses


  1. Paste a line of tape a little above the bottom edge of the shot glasses, pressing it flat against the glass.
  2. Add a small bit of paint to your bowl and move the bowl around to spread it into a rough circle big enough for the base of the glass.
  3. Holding the glass straight, press the bottom of the glass into the paint, making sure all of the base is covered up.
  4. Lift the glass straight up, so no gaps or bubbles appear. You don’t want to use a paintbrush on this, as the brush could leave lines.
  5. Tap the shot glass against the bowl, for the excess paint to drip off. And place the glass upside down to dry. Repeat for all the other colours

Don’t worry about the paint going over the sides, the tape will stop it over seeping down.

diy orange shot glass

6. This step is completely optional. You can paint a rough line using dollops of paint on the bottom of your glasses. This just makes the colour more visible and easier to identify.
7. Once your shot glasses have dried, carefully peel off the tape.
8. For the final step, paint a layer of liquid varnish, just over the base of the shot glasses. So, that the paint doesn’t peel off while washing or using.

And that’s it! A super easy and pretty set of DIY rainbow shot glasses for you, your friends and your family.

color coded diy shot glasses

Things to keep in mind:

  • Keep the varnish and paints away from the rim and inside of your glasses. For sanitary reasons.
  • The thicker the coat of paint, the better. Thin coats of paint will allow the base of the glass to shine through and won’t look as good. Thick paint will settle after an hour or so and give a uniform effect.
  • When you’re using the varnish, cover your nose and mouth with a cloth and paint in an open space. You don’t want to breathe that in directly.

DIY rainbow shot glasses tutorial

How do you like these Rainbow Shot glasses? Let me know if you like this DIY. AND if you make these, please don’t forget to tag us! We would love to see and share your work!