Hi Kenarry Readers! We’re Jennifer and Kitty from RunningWithSisters.com, and we have a terrific gift craft for you –– How To Etch Wine Glasses! We love making homemade gifts for the holidays, so this year we decided to etch wine glasses. If you’ve never etched glass with real etch cream, don’t worry. This cool DIY project is easier than you think!
We’ll show you how to create a custom design using regular stickers from the craft store. And we’ll show you how to do the etching using the etch cream. We have a complete video to show you every step. Follow along, then use the step-by-step instructions below to make your own DIY etched wine glasses. No one will believe you etched them yourself!
How To Etch Wine Glasses
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Steps (To Etch One Wine Glass)
1. The first step is to create your design using tape and stickers. Apply masking tape to the stem to prevent the etch cream from etching the stem. This way you can focus the etched design on the globe of the wine glass.
Apply stickers to make the reverse of your design. Everywhere you place a sticker will remain clear, and the spaces between will be etched. When you pick out your stickers, pay attention to the shape of the actual sticker, not just the printed design. A fancy snowflake that is printed on a circle sticker will only etch a circle. It needs to be die-cut in the detailed shape of a snowflake to etch the snowflake shape. We chose scrolls and swirls to make our design, but you can choose any design you want!
2. Once you have your stickers applied, clean the glass between the stickers using a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol. This will remove any fingerprints, which would otherwise be etched into your wine glass, and who wants that!
3. Now you are ready to get down to the magical part –– the etching! Put on your gloves. Read the directions on your etch cream. Our etch cream recommended using a soft bristle paintbrush.
Paint a thick layer of etch cream over the globe of the wine glass, covering the stickers entirely so you can’t see your design through the etch cream. Let the etch cream sit on the glass for one minute, then rinse off under running water until all of the etch cream appears to be gone.
4. Remove the masking tape and stickers, then rinse the glass again. When the glass dries, you will be able to see your etched design clearly. Wow!
This is a great way to personalize wine glasses or cocktail glasses with names or sayings. Just use alphabet stickers to create your design. Remember if you have any questions about how to do this project, leave us a comment and we’ll reply. We are here to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
Here are a few more gift crafts from the O’Neil Sisters:
Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil are sisters and authors of several books including Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair From Recycled Finds. Their crafting, decorating, and flea market articles have appeared in Woman’s World, Craft Ideas, and Create and Decorate magazines and on the web sites of Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and HGTV. Their detailed craft videos can be found on Curious.com and YouTube. The O’Neil Sisters share their enthusiasm and their fresh approach to crafting and decorating on their blog, RunningWithSisters.com.