How to make glass etched drinking glasses with etching cream. An easy DIY craft tutorial idea, perfect for the kitchen or make personalized handmade gifts.
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Have you ever used glass etching cream before? It is so much fun to add a little bit of style or personalization to something glass. Today I am going to share just how easy etching cream is to use and etch some drinking glasses to say DRINK ME.
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- Drinking Glasses
- Contact Paper
- Transfer Tape
- Masking Tape
- Cricut Explore
- DRINK ME File in Cricut Design Space
Etching cream will work on any glass surface, even on mirrors. My glasses came from Ikea but any drinking glasses will work.
To cut the stencil, I used my Cricut and Contact Paper. The contact paper is much cheaper than vinyl, especially since it is only being used as a stencil and then will be thrown away. To cut the Contact Paper stencil, use the vinyl setting on your Cricut.
You cannot reuse the stencil, so make sure to cut one stencil for each glass you are planning on etching. For the stencil, keep the negative of the design, so remove each letter making sure to leave the center pieces of the R and D stuck to the paper backing. Lay a piece of transfer tape over each stencil and give a good rub over so the transfer tape sticks well to the top of the contact paper.
Carefully peel back the backing paper from the contact paper, making sure all of the pieces are now sticking to the transfer tape. Align the stencil on the glass right where you want it. Rub the stencil all over, to make sure the stencil is stuck to the glass. Make sure all of the edges around the letters are stuck down good because you don’t want the etching cream to sneak under the stencil. Remove the clear transfer tape, leaving the contact paper stencil on the glass.
Etching cream will etch any glass surface that it touches. So to give yourself a little extra room, add some strips of masking tape around the stencil.
Using a popsicle stick, apply a big heap of etching cream to the stencil. Make sure that the stencil is completely covered. The etching cream is really thick and should stay right where you put it. You can’t use too much so really lay it on thick. Let the etching cream sit on the glass for a minimum of 15 minutes.
*Most etching creams are white. I honestly have no clue why mine is dark brown, but it still works so I haven’t replaced it.
After the time is up, scrape the etching cream off and put it back into the jar. You can use etch cream over and over again!
Get as much of the cream off as you can with the popsicle stick and then take the glass to the sink and run under water to remove the rest. Make sure to be careful that none of the leftover cream touches any exposed glass. Peel off the tape and stencil and again run under water to make sure all of the etching cream has been removed.
It’s so fun to see your design etched on the glass! Etched glass is completely dishwasher safe, and safe to touch food, just make sure the glass is washed really well before it’s first use.
The possibilities are endless with etched glass AND it makes easy personalized gifts! What would you etch into glass? Share and leave a comment below.
If you liked this post you can find more DIY craft ideas in my Etched Glass Gallery.