Directions for a cheap DIY wine and paint night
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Cheap DIY Wine and Paint Night

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Want to throw a cheap DIY wine and paint night with absolutely no skill required? Then you’ve come to the right place! I love wine and paints, and I am absolutely not knocking their business model, but they run around $30 per person on average, plus you have to buy your own wine. So, while it’s a great idea, it is a higher cost for a night out. I know you wind up with a nice canvas painting, but let’s talk reality for a second. You painted it while you were drinking. Are you really going to be hanging it up somewhere? If you go with a husband or roommate, what do you do with the spare? Believe me, no one wants you to gift it to them. I’d have to say for most of us it’s about the experience, not the art.

I say these things, but do I have both my art and gifted art in my guestroom?
Yes I do. Sorry guests.

My best friend came to visit me over Labor Day and I decided she’d be the perfect person to test out my cheap DIY wine and paint night model. After racking my brain on how I could do this without having an art training, I decided the best way to go was abstract. Yes, that’s right. Abstract wine and paint! You’re already picturing the terrible possibilities, aren’t you? Lots of DIY-ers actually do their own abstract art to decorate their houses. Here’s an article with a few ideas if you’re interested in going that route. But, my friend and I didn’t actually need any art, we just wanted to paint for fun. So, we came up with a way to make it really hilarious – we weren’t allowed to see each other’s til the end. Intrigued yet? Well, here we go!

Directions for a Cheap DIY Wine and Paint Night



At a typical wine and paint night you will be using something like a 16 x 20 canvas, although that will vary. For your own party, it doesn’t matter what size you use, but you can buy an 8″ x 10″ pack of 12 on Amazon for $12 and if it’s unlikely you’ll hang it, does the size really matter? The cheaper options don’t come stretched, which, again, I didn’t care about, but here’s a tutorial if you do. Here’s a few bulk options for less than $20:

Artlicious Canvas Panels 12 Pack 8″ x 10″ – $11.99
US Art Supply Multi-pack 6 each of 3″ x 5″, 4″ x 6″, 8″ x 10″ Canvas Panels – $19.96
LWR Crafts Stretched Canvas 10″ x 10″ Pack of 6 – $17.80


For these I suggest a big mixed bag. You can get one for less than $10.

Paint Brush Set CONDA Starter Kit 25 Pieces – $7.69
Loew-Cornell 245B Brush Set 25 Pieces – $9.49


Again, you can buy bulk if you want, especially if the idea of picking out colors stresses you out. But, if you really want a cheap DIY wine and paint night, you can pick up a few singles for less than $1 each at various stores. I picked out 5 colors (I already had black and white). You do need to get acrylic or oil paint if you’re going to use canvas though, so don’t go looking for watercolors! ๐Ÿ™‚

Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 piece (2 oz) Best Selling Colors – $17.82
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (2 oz) – $0.50 each

Paper Plates, Plastic Cups, Paper Towels

Plates are for your palates, cups are to wash the brushes, and towels are to dry or clean. How much do these cost? Not very much, but don’t you already have some somewhere in your house? I also had a leftover plastic tablecloth from my streamer vs. tablecloth experiment, and I definitely recommend using one of those if you have one.


This is up to you, folks. I suppose you don’t need wine, but it wouldn’t really be a cheap DIY wine and paint night without wine, would it? I personally picked up two bottles of Kroger brand Bay Bridge for $3 each.

What to Do:

Create a Fortress – I mean, painting stations
Solitude behind our canvases.

Here’s the fun part! Set up your painting stations so that you can’t see each other’s work. My friend (why yes, the one who came up with the potty training cake) and I started before my sister got there, so we had a simple partition of the extra canvases held up by the wine bottles. As we went we had to get a little creative since my sister and husband both joined in. We constructed a paper towel fortress around my table. I posted and image below so you can see what I mean. Now, you might be thinking this seems like a silly part and you should skip it, but I swear it’s important.

Complete fortification behind a paper towel castle held up by plastic bags.
Write down Instructions

Next up you need to decide your directions. I’m assuming you don’t have an artist among you. If you do, make them teach your class. If not, here’s what you do. Have everyone throw out a couple of instructions that would presumably make your art look abstract. You know, things like draw three lines, splatter your painting, do a circle, use your wine cork to make dots. We did always start with painting a background, and I suggest you do too to make sure your canvas gets covered. The more we did, the vaguer we got, but here’s an example:

Feel free to copy that one if you’re not feeling very creative, but we enjoyed going around in a circle and suggesting things. Each of us got to pick two and then we collectively agreed on our final instruction. We did have a couple of rules after the first round. I couldn’t paint stars so I forbid them. Later my husband suggested a stick figure and we all thought that would ruin our creations so we struck that out too. It’s really up to you though. Don’t worry about your paintings while you’re doing this or make it into a big, stressful ordeal. Just get something down on paper. The real creativity happens next. If all else fails, just say.  “Splatter.”


Pick one person to read the instructions and get to work. Some of you will undoubtedly feel nervous about the vagueness of these instructions, but the most fun part of this experience is showing each other your paintings when it’s all done. It’s amazing how differently we interpret things! At one point before my husband joined us we told him we were following the same instructions and he said, “Like hell you are.” Lol. Here’s that particular set of masterpieces:

Totally the same right? This came out of the instructions I posted up above.

The even more amazing thing was when we interpreted things sort of the same. My husband and I had a similar color palate when he joined us. My sister and I both did the ocean at one point – not that you could tell by looking at them! That set will be underneath this. You don’t have to do multiple paintings. We kept going because we were having so much fun, but if you had a bigger canvas you might focus on it and add more instructions. Overall, we painted 9 paintings between us and drank two bottles of wine. I spent a total of $26 (not including the miscellaneous towels and plates we used since I already had them). If we’d split it between the four of us, that would be $6.50 each. Either way it’s better than $30 plus wine, right? Now enjoy your cheap DIY wine and paint night!

It’s pretty obvious which one is mine, right?

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  1. robin rue says:

    That is a fun idea. My brother in law teaches actual paint night classes (as one of his jobs), but does a lot of at home painting like this, too. So fun.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Ah, that’s cheating! You have an actual artist in your midst! We are terrible painters. Lol

  2. Wine and paint night is an awesome party idea! It’s so much fun and you can invite friends and family and just have a blast! I think this is awesome! Thanks for the guide!

  3. What great paintings you and your friends did. I love the wine and paint idea. You do need a big open space and a lot of paper to cover everything before.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Lol, we think our art looks like 5th graders did it! But we still had fun. You should definitely cover things up, especially if you’re splattering, but we actually did okay in our little confined spaces.

  4. This is so fun! We have never included the wine, but have totally had family paint nights. Canvases, paint, and ideas. They always make for great memories.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      The wine is absolutely optional, and please, don’t give it to your children even if you partake. Lol.

  5. Kansas Bonanno says:

    This looks like a blast! I’ve always wanted to try this with some girlfriends but never have the time!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      That’s another great part about doing it at home! You’re not subjected to the class hours.

  6. This is GREAT! I’m always looking for inexpensive date nights, both with my husband and my friends. I’m going to share this idea for our next gathering! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      I hope you have fun! I was surprised my husband joined in at all, and he took it so seriously!

  7. Jeanine says:

    These paintings are great and this is a good idea for a girls night out! Saves money doing it at home instead of going out to the wine and paint places in town.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      That’s the hope! Just don’t go buying too high-quality art supplies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. There is a place across the street from where I live that does those wine and paint nights. I think doing your own is a great idea. In fact, it kind of appeals to me more than going somewhere to do it. I’m not very artistic, so I like the idea of having vague instructions. That way, you can make it whatever you want it to be.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      I like going to do it, but we honestly had just as much fun at home – it really changes the experience not having to worry how yours looks compared to everyone else’s.

  9. Looks like fun! I see these all the times at businesses, but I love the idea of doing it at home. Just sub the wine for Coke Zero for me and I am in!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Hey, whatever you drink is up to you! But if you’re going to drink water, make sure you use a different glass than what you clean your paint in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Wine and paint nights are so much fun. Even better if you can host one yourself and keep the costs down!

  11. I was just chatting with one of my friends about doing this at home. Thanks for giving the inspiration I needed to make it happen.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      I hope you gals have fun!

  12. I have thought about doing this but always wondered what we would paint. That was my hold up. Thanks for the tips.

  13. I’ve attended something like this with a friend a while back and we had an awesome time painting and enjoying the wine that was being served! I think these are awesome tips for hosting your own wine and paint night!

  14. This sounds like a fun time! I don’t consider myself to be a good painter by any stretch of the imagination, but this would be a great way to take the pressure off and just enjoy time with the girls.

  15. reesa says:

    My friends and I love these types of get togethers. We are due for one soon in fact!

  16. This is such an awesome idea and definitely something I want to try with the girls!!

  17. This looks like such a fun thing to do! I would love to do this with my girlfriends.

  18. I would love to do a wine and paint night sometime! This sounds like it would be a blast!

  19. I know my painting would not be presentable if I hosted a wine and paint night. However, I can imagine how much fun that would have been!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Lol, my dad asked us if we did our paintings in the 5th grade.

  20. After seeing some amazing art work in London recently I have the urge to paint and draw again. Seems like a long time ago that I did something creative!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      You should make some time! Even if you don’t want to host a party, it’s always good to get your creative juices flowing.

  21. I’ve seen these Paint and Sip places but I never thought of doing it at home, what a fun idea!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      We had a good time! Definitely more entertaining than watching another summer rerun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. always nice to find easy ways to get together with friends and not have to spend too much, those wine and paint places are way to expensive

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      You know, I went to one that was only $15, and I would pay that again, but most of them really are considering so many of us wind up hiding our art in a closet somewhere.

  23. I am probably one of the only people out there who hasn’t been to a wine and paint event. Although, I ask myself OFTEN why I haven’t since I love wine, and anything creative is a good thing for me. This is a great way of doing it at home though and inviting some friends over for a chill and inexpensive party.

    Thrifting Diva

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Yes, it’s really fun!

  24. I am not much good at painting but I love the idea of a paint and wine night. Not only is it a great bonding exercise but it also means that you have a lot of fun! x

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      For sure! I’ve actually done this is a team building exercise for work before, so it is great for bonding.

  25. What a great idea! This looks like a fun way to spend the time with your friends and you would have wine too.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Everything’s better with wine, right?

  26. This is a great post! I can’t always afford wine and paint events, but I love doing them! This is perfect! TY!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Thanks, I hope you have a great time!

  27. Tiara Wilson says:

    Oh my goodness, it’s like you were in my head. I’ve been thinking about doing a DIY cheap wine & paint night, at my house for a few friends, just as a girl get together.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Yes, I can mind-read all strangers on the internet. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lol. You girls should definitely give it a go, it’s lots of fun!

  28. This sounds like such a fun night! I’d love to host a wine and paint party.

  29. Brittany says:

    Wow I have never thought of this before! How fun! I could see my girlfriends really enjoying this and having a great time!

  30. Now this is such a fun idea for a party night. I can just imagine getting my friends all together and doing this!

  31. I love this idea! I’ve always wanted to go to one of those paint nights, but this sounds way more fun!

  32. What a fun idea! We love any parties with wine. We have zero artistic abilities, but maybe with enough wine, everyone can feel like Picasso.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Yes, and if you all have enough wine, your guests will think you paint like Picasso too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Oh what a fun idea. This would be great for a girl’s night! I could definitely get on board with this!!

  34. What a great time! I’ve done a paint night with my hubs and it was really fun but yes – it was pricey….and we don’t even drink! This would be a great time with some girlfriends.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      My husband and I just did a Bob Ross date night at home. We’re pretty sure Bob Ross uses voodoo to complete his paintings, but it was fun anyway.

  35. I love this post! Sounds like such a fun idea, I’ve always wanted to do a paint night but like you said, I’m probably not going to hang up my art and it’s so expensive. I’m totally going to do this with my girlfriends!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      You should! I actually just learned another trick – you can paint with acrylics on cardboard! Even cheaper, and you don’t feel bad if you toss it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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