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So a few weeks back I had this great idea. I was going to start etching glasses! I bought all the supplies and decided to do a super complicated stencil [for my first ever stencil project no less] and…..it was a massive failure. The contact paper was too flimsy for a super complicated stencil and I was trying to make it too small for the level of detail in the design.
But then I remembered that mother’s day was coming up and I didn’t have a present (or a second glass to etch). So I came up with a plan to save the glass I worried that I had ruined. I etched a large heart over the botched design and a bunch of tiny hearts on the bottom of the glass for a little extra surprise. It only took about 15 minutes and it turned out to be a great mother’s day present. So maybe a giant heart glass isn’t the most chic present, but it saved a glass I thought was ruined and my mom loved it!
Continue reading for a step by step guide to 15 minute DIY Etched Glass.
- Glass | I used Ikea’s Lodrät Beer Glass, only $1.99 in store
- Armor Etch | I bought the $9.99 3oz bottle from Joann’s Fabric since I wasn’t ready to commit to a full bottle on my first run. If you check out the site before you go to the store they almost always have coupons
- Contact Paper
- X-Acto Knife
- Masking Tape
- Paint Brush
- Optional: Gloves
[See below for photos of each step]
- Decide on your design and either print it out or see step 3 for an alternative. [Make sure your design will fit on the glass]
- Peel the backing off of the contact paper and stick it to a clean smooth cutting surface (the fewer layers you need to cut through the easier it is).
- Either lay your printed design over the contact paper or sketch your design out on the contact paper (my preferred method).
- Use the X-Acto knife to carefully cut out the stencil. Make sure your lines are smooth or the mistakes and bumps will show up on your final design. Luckily the contact paper comes in large rolls so you can easily start over if you mess up. For the bottom of the glass I cut a circle the size of the bottom of the glass without peeling off the backing and used a heart hole punch to punch perfect little hearts into the stencil.
- Peel the stencil from the cutting surface and carefully place it on to the glass. Press down the contact paper along all of the interior edges of the stencil. You don’t want any gaps.
- Use masking tape around the outside edges of the stencil to secure the stencil and prevent any unintended etching.
- Apply the armor etch according to the instructions on the bottle. [It’s really simple but I don’t want to get in trouble by giving out incorrect directions]. I wore gloves, emptied out my sink, and covered my work surface with wax paper in order to prevent the armor etch from coming into contact with anything but the glass.
- After the allotted time rinse off the etching cream, remove the stencil, rinse again and voila! You have a pretty etched glass.
Since I finished this glass I’ve made several more stencils, most Pokémon themed for my boyfriend. I haven’t been back to Ikea to pick up more glasses, but as soon as I do we’re going to have to put up a new shelf for all of my etched glasses!
What kinds of designs would you want on a glass?