Color Block Drinking Glasses with Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Forumla

February 14, 2014Allison Murray

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.

Comments (23)

  • Amy W

    February 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    These are way cool! Can’t wait to hear how they hold up after your 28 day wait.

  • Deborah Long

    February 14, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    I wonder if vinyl contact paper with Mod Podge over the top would work? Does Mod Podge stick to vinyl?

    1. Allison

      February 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Hi, Deborah. It looks like it might not work out so well. I did a few tests and my Mod Podge didn’t want to permanently adhere to the vinyl.

  • Kim Byers from The Celebration Shoppe

    February 15, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Darling idea! I love the endless possibilities!

  • Julie

    February 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    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)

  • lary

    May 10, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    So it’s been over the month, what is the scoop n how well this works.

    1. Allison

      May 10, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      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 :)

      1. Nicole

        July 29, 2016 at 3:22 PM

        I just put my painted wine glass through the dishwasher after letter it cure for 2 months to be on the safe side. My poor art qork is destroyed. Handwashing it went ok..then i decided to try the dishwasher. So bummed

        1. Allison Murray

          July 30, 2016 at 10:56 AM

          Did you decoupage with paper like in this project or did you use the Mod Podge to seal something else? I can’t blame you for being bummed. That sucks.

  • Kewanna

    July 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    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.

    1. Allison Murray

      July 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      I actually have with some pretty awesome success. Check out my post at Mom Spark!

  • Ashley Randall

    July 16, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    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.

    1. Allison Murray

      July 16, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      To be honest I don’t think that would work out well. The formula is way different and reminds me of rubber or something. Maybe it seems kind of stretchy? At any rate I don’t think I’d risk it. Sorry!

      1. Ashley Randall

        July 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Thanks for the input! :)

  • Sandra Melendez

    August 24, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    I’m a lil confused

    1. Allison Murray

      August 24, 2014 at 7:09 AM

      How so?

  • Kerrie Williamson

    November 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    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.

    1. Allison Murray

      November 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      I wouldn’t wrap them. I would be afraid some of the moisture would get stuck. There might be more info on the Plaid site, but that would be my guess.

  • Kerrie Williamson

    November 19, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    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

    1. Allison Murray

      November 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Sounds like you’ve got it then! Very glad it has worked out :)

  • Krysta

    October 7, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    You mentioned in one of the above comments it works great with glitter. Meaning it holds up great, good durability? Or also handwash out of dishwasher would be recommended as with the paper? Thanks!

    1. Allison Murray

      October 8, 2015 at 9:03 AM

      It held up well when washed on the top rack. I mostly hand washed to be safe but when I did forget and toss it in the dishwasher all was well :)

  • Christine

    April 17, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Thicker works better. The edges need to all be coated really well.

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