I’ve been having a lot of fun with etching lately. If you don’t know, this is something you can easily do at home. It’s super easy and cheap! There are so many possibilities of what you can make and these make great gifts. It doesn’t have to be wine glasses, you can etch anything glass… mason jars, beer mugs, trifle bowls, candles, etc… Just follow my DIY etched glass tutorial and sit back and admire the beautiful etched glass that you made!
Materials for DIY Wine Glass Etching Tutorial
- Armor Etch Cream
- Glass of your choice
- vinyl – I use Oracal 631
- Transfer Tape
- Cricut or other cutting machine
- paint brush
So, let’s get started!!
First thing you’ll want to do is cut out your design on vinyl. I use my Cricut but you can use any cutting machine, buy something off etsy or even use stickers. For this project, we are using the vinyl as a stencil so you will want to weed OUT the design. You’ll want to leave a 1/2 inch to an inch around the design so the cream doesn’t run over. Here’s my design weeded out with my Cricut weeding tool.
Apply transfer tape to your vinyl and then apply it to glass where you want it. With rounded surfaces, I usually make slits around the edge to make sure it lays down flatter. I pull on the vinyl a little and stick it down really tight. Press all around to make sure it is really stuck everywhere!
Then you can take off the transfer tape.
Since some of the edges weren’t very thick I added some painters tape around to keep the cream from touching the glass where I don’t want it!
Then you’re going to apply the etch cream. Make sure you do this in a ventilated area, it’s pretty smelly! Dip a paint brush into the cream and dab it onto the design. Make sure there is enough to cover the exposed area but not so much that it drips.
These were some mason jars that I made for my daughter’s 13th birthday party for all the guests to use as cups.
Sometimes I will turn the glasses upside down half way through if they seem to be running a little. I leave it on for about 15-20 minutes. You can scrape some of the etch off with the paint brush to put extra back in bottle if you want. Then take it to a sink and rinse off the cream with soap and water.
Peel off the vinyl and wash the whole glass. Then hold it up in the light and admire your masterpiece! I’ve made quite a few lately.
For these wine tumblers, I put etching all the way around so it’s kind of hard to take a picture of since you see both sides!!