Etched Glass: Personalized Drinking Glasses
If you have been following this funny obsession of mine, you know that I started off buying four different colored drinking glasses. It worked for a bit, but then the color slowly came off the glasses. Hmm, I’m not sure how that happened, but I eventually came up with my second great idea. 🙂
I made some chalk paint coasters that that we could initialize with our names. Here is the link to that post: Chalk Board Coasters It worked for a few of the family members, but not all participated. Their names will remain anonymous.
My third idea involved a set of Painted Fox number drinking glasses. These numbered 1-12 glasses are beautiful. This system would work, but it quintessential that we all remember our numbers for the day. I would be concerned about my aging memory, but my kiddos couldn’t remember their numbers either. Here is the blog post link for the above photo: Summer Home Tour
Enter my current solution, DIY etched glasses with our initials! Surely, we cannot forget our names (or initials), and if we do, please send for help! Well, this is a pretty easy DIY project that will inspire you to etch all your glassware and more. My brain quickly thought of many ways this could easily become wedding gifts, hostess gifts, and housewarming gifts.
Here is what you’ll need.
2. A design of your choice. Print out an image or type. My type is 72 point which is roughly 3/4 inches high.
5. Cutting board or glass surface (one that you don’t mind scratching)
1. Print out your image from your computer. Place the image on top and adhesive paper (I used Chalk Board Labeling paper) on the bottom. Tape them together and place on a cutting surface.
4. Cut out the image. For my project, I wanted to etch the letters into the glasses, so I cut out the letters. When you are all done, remove the adhesive paper backing.
5. Place the adhesive tape on your glass surface. This step can be tricky if you don’t get it positioned correctly. If you have to reposition your sticker, you’ll find it can be difficult. Just be careful when pulling it up that you don’t tear the stencil. When you have it exactly where you want the stencil to be, make sure to squeeze any air bubbles out that are near the area you are going to etch. Also, be sure to rub the stencil thoroughly to create a good seal. This will prevent etching areas that you didn’t intend to etch.
6. Apply the etching cream onto your image. Make sure you cover it with a thick layer of cream. You don’t want to have any clear and unpainted areas.
The instructions on the etching cream container said to let it sit for 60 seconds. I did this on my first attempt, and it totally didn’t work. I found letting the solution soak for 15 minutes does the job quite nicely. When the 15 minutes is complete, wipe the surface clean and make sure not to get any the cream on your hands since the solution is acid. Peel away the paper and rinse off the cream. Clean the glass with soap and water.
By the way, the etching solution has a reaction with the glass, and the results are permanent. So thankfully our new glasses can be put in the dishwasher.
Now, everyone in my family has their own personalized drinking glasses and I am a happy mommy. Glass etching is easy and fun and possible projects are limitless. For instance, homemade candles in an etch glass container with a word or a friend’s name. It would make a lovely personalized gift. Have fun with the project and let me know if you enjoyed this post. Or just comment and say, “hello!”
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