Color Block Drinking Glasses with Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Forumla

Ever wished Mod Podge was dishwasher safe? Guess what, folks, it totally is!  Get the deets here :)

So a really, really neat thing happened to me… and I’m sharing this particular post on Valentine’s Day for a reason… I’m in LOVE! The good people at Plaid sent me a jar of Mod Podge with a nifty blue label. To be honest I glanced at it and set it on the desk. Then one day I really looked at it and saw “Mod Podge dishwasher safe formula”. Huh? What? Awesome!

And since I bought myself a colorful set of knives for Christmas and there they are…


aren’t they pretty? And they were less than thirty bucks. Score! These cuties have totally changed my thoughts on my kitchen. Before I wanted minimal color. Now I want ’em all!

So I ran out to pick up some cheap glasses that SAME day that I figured out that the Mod Podge I had was literally dishwasher safe. Seriously… same freakin’ day. And my color block glasses were born that same day as well. To be honest this is an idea I had been knocking around for a while, but I worried that I wouldn’t be able to paint them well enough so I would wind up dismissing the potential project. So I’m super stoked that this has finally happened. Hurrah!

For this project you will need:


Okay, I totally didn’t show cutting the squares our or what they look like. Sorry. I got excited…

If you’re not using a cutting machine, cut out squares 3 inches by 3 inches and cut words out of them like chug, drink, etc. I used the font Chunk Five because it is one super awesome font.

Apply Mod Podge to the inside of the cut out and apply to the glass. Hold down for a few moments and wait. See which areas of the paper are not holding down and apply more Mod Podge and wait again. It seems tedious but the whole thing lasts maybe 5 minutes per glass.


Now this stuff dries clear but it’s, like, a textured clear. SO you’re going to notice where it is. Like that weird defect looking thing in the glass above the white blob? That’s dried Mod Podge and it is really noticeable. So be sure to clean up anything that squeezes out as well as you can.


And I found that using a squeegee helped me out immensely for getting the paper to lay flush on the glass but this is optional.

Allow to dry 1-2 hours.


Next clean up any of the Mod Podge that went stray using a razor blade. Just scrape that business off. Use painter’s tape to mark off a square around your square paper. This is going to have the glass podge on it changing the appearance of the glass, but it will also help seal up the edges. A necessary evil and not really evil at all because in the end it looks pretty awesome.

Using a very soft bristled brush run a thin coat over the paper and glass. Set aside and let dry 1-2 hours. The directions say to repeat for 2-3 coats but since mine were so thin to avoid unnecessary texture I went with 4.


And here’s a closeup of the word after 4 thin coats. See how the glass is no longer smooth? That’s the texture I spoke of. But it looks kind of cool, no?


Bam! Check out that row of colorful cuteness. Can you tell I’m waaay excited?!


Remove your tape and hit the glass again with the razor blade to remove anything stray that might have dried on. And now for the difficult part. Set someplace safe to cure to dishwasher safe status for 28 days. It’s going to be a rough 28 days, people.


But I’ll give you a shout in a few months to let you know how these bad boys held up. And if they do, I’ve got plans for lots of awesome dishware. Hurrah!

I was sent a complimentary 8 ounce jar of Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe formula from Plaid.

See where I link up.


  1. says

    Ooo, I’m excited about the possibilities of this product! I have several failed projects that are waiting for a truly waterproof coating – this could be my solution.
    Your glasses are lovely too, I’m so excited I forgot to mention that! (I love colour, so the more the merrier as far as I’m concerned)

    • says

      Hey, Lary! You reminded me that I need to do an update post! I’m actually not very happy with the results. If you hand wash them they are great but in the dishwasher the paper bubbles up. Perhaps if you used thinner paper (I used cardstock) it might work better. I’ll plan on trying with different paper and see how it goes. Oh, but it works really well with glitter :)

  2. Kewanna says

    Hi Allison. Have you tried tinting the modge podge with food coloring? I want to try it out and was curious as to whether or not you had already done it.

  3. says

    I’m just curious – do you suppose you could speed up the curing time by baking it at a low heat instead of waiting 28 days? I tried this on the bases of some thrift store wine glasses, and they’re super cute, but I honestly don’t think I can wait four weeks to use them.

  4. Kerrie Williamson says

    I have made some glitter glasses and have used the dishwasher safe mod podge I know it says to allow it to dry for 28 days would this have to be kept out to dry or would it still dry ok if it was cellophane wrapped. I have orders I want to deliver but don’t really want to keep them for 28 days before handing out.

  5. Kerrie Williamson says

    On reading it again it doesn’t say air dry just says cure for 28 days so as long as I leave them over night to dry and then wrap them the following day I guess this should be fine. I believe it’s just they haven’t to be washed before the 28 days

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