When you want custom drinking glasses, etched glasses can be a fun and creative option. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make a set of four glasses for summer. Some products for this tutorial were supplied by Etchall. If you make a purchase using the links below, we may earn a commission.
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For starters, these summer-themed drinking glasses are just adorable. Make them for a summer-themed party, or just because they're cute. We don't always need a reason to get crafty! 😄
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Supplies You'll Need to Create this Project:
- Etchall Etching Creme
- Can Shaped Drinking Glasses
- 4 Summer Patterned Stencil Designs
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Weeding Tools
- Etchmask Transfer Sheets
- Painter's Tape
- Paper Trimmer or Scissors
The stencils for this project were created around the drinking glasses I used. If you use other can shaped glasses or any other drinking glass, I cannot promise that these stencils will fit your drinking glasses.
My stencils are measured to fit a glass with a circumference of 9.5 inches, and the stencil design is 4.25 inches
Cut the File in Cricut Design Space:
Upload the design into Cricut Design Space. Do not resize the stencils, you want to cut them the size they come in at.
When ready to cut, lay the Etchmask on a cutting mat and load it into your Cricut to cut on the Vinyl setting.
You cannot reuse the cut stencils, so make sure to cut how many you need for your glasses. There are four different patterned designs; suns, flip flops, watermelons, and sunglasses.
Weed the stencils so you are left with the negative of the designs.
Prepare the Etchmask Stencil:
Lay a piece of Etchmask Transfer paper over the top of the stencil.
Go over the top of the transfer sheet with the squeegee tool, pressing the transfer sheet into the stencil.
Trim the left side of the stencil along the slanted line of the stencil. This will make wrapping the stencil around the glass a bit easier.
Apply the Stencil to the Glass:
This step can be a little confusing. If you need it, the video above will walk you through it.
Before removing the backing to the Etchmask, wrap the stencil around the glass.
When wrapping, you'll want the two ends to meet up evenly along the top and bottom of the stencil.
Now carefully peel the backing sheet from the etch mask only about an inch or two.
Hold the glass in one hand and without pressing the Etchmask into place, double-check your placement by wrapping the right around the glass, making sure your ends will meet up correctly.
Once in place, press the left side of the stencil into place.
Reach underneath the glass to grab that folded backing sheet, and slowly peel back and roll the glass at the same time.
If you come to a piece of Etchmask that sticks to the backing and not the transfer sheet, roll the transfer sheet back over the pieces and rub over it with your finger. When you peel back again, not that piece should stick to the transfer sheet.
Before the two ends come together, peel back a portion of the transfer tape on the left side. Then you can wrap the stencil the rest of the way around the glass.
Once the stencil is completely adhered, all the way around, you can peel back the transfer sheet.
Go all the way around the glass, pressing the Etchmask onto the glass with your thumb.
If there are any bubbles or creases the Etchall can sneak in and etch where you don't want to be etched.
Along the top, I had a couple of creases, so I used the squeegee tool to really push those down onto the glass so no cream could sneak in.
Along the top of the stencil apply some painter's tape. Wrap it up and over the edge of the glass.
Also, wrap the painter's tape around the bottom of the stencil onto the bottom of the glass.
We don't want any exposed areas where the etching cream could drip onto an area we don't want to be etched.
Apply the Etchall:
Dip a plastic spoon into the jar of Etchall and scoop out about half of a spoonful.
Pour it onto the side of the stenciled glass.
Use the squeegee tool to move the cream around the glass. You want it to be evenly covered in all of the crevices of the stencil.
Scrape off any excess cream and scrape of into the jar to be reused another time.
Let the etching cream sit on the glass for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Rinse and Remove Etchmask Stencil:
When rinsing, it is recommended that you rinse in a porcelain sink because the etching cream can etch other materials besides glass.
My sink is old and stained anyways, so I don't have a problem rinsing in my stainless steel sink. But it is something to think about before you rinse.
Run the glass underwater and use your finger to run up and down the stencil to help wash the Etchall cream away.
Do not remove any part of the tape or stencil until you are sure there is no Etchall left on the glass.
Once the Etchall is completely removed you can peel off the tape and the Etchmask stencil.
Rinse the glass one more time to remove any sticky residue and your glass is finished!
They each turned out so cute, and I love my new drinking glasses. Now I just need to make some cute summer drinks to put in them!
Our Crafting Essentials List:
- The Cricut Cutting Machine is easily our favorite crafting tool. We use it in so many of our tutorials!
- These MakerX Crafting Tools are perfect for keeping in the craft room, and are always ready when you need them!
- This Fiskars Paper Trimmer is easy to use and cuts nicely without frayed edges.
- These Scotch Precision Scissors cut like a dream and you get multiple pairs in a pack!