etched glassware {tutorial}

Always a fan of anything monogrammed, I decided to embellish a few inexpensive lowball glasses with a couple of craft store supplies and just love how they turned out.


Here’s what you’ll need to etch glassware:


:: clear glassware
:: etching cream {like this}
:: sponge brush
:: clear contact paper
:: exacto knife

STEP ONE // print letter or number on contact paper

I don’t have a photo of this step, but you’ll just want to choose a font and size that works for your glass {I used my favorite font for numbers called Engravers}. Tape a piece of contact paper to a sheet of cardstock so that the clear side is facing the paper {this just allows the contact paper to go through the printer}. Print your design as a mirror image {it should be a setting in your printer dialog box}.


STEP TWO // trim around your number leaving a 1/2″ margin around all sides.

STEP THREE // use an exacto knife to cut out numbers.

STEP FOUR // remove the paper backing and stick number to glass.

STEP FIVE // clean up any rough edges with the exacto knife.


STEP SIX // dab a generous amount of etching cream onto glass. Be very careful not to touch the cream with bare skin {wear gloves if you must}. Leave the cream to do it’s work for a few minutes {read the back of the bottle for specific instructions}.

STEP SEVEN // rinse off the cream in cold water and wipe dry with paper towel. Peel off the contact paper stencil and enjoy your etched creation!


For a few more ideas and inspiration, here are two other great etched glass tutorials:

etched-glass-tutorial-by-martha-stewart etched-glass-tutorial-by-thistlewood-farms
Click the images to see the instructions.

10 Responses to etched glassware {tutorial}

  1. Kenora August 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    I’m a lazy crafter so I do these with my Cricut which cuts the letter for you, then you use the negative space for etching. Since it cuts the initial on vinyl, you also have a sticker initial to use as the gift tag. Another idea is to etch a baby’s name on a glass frame for a gift. I love your blog!

  2. Tiffany August 8, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    Sweet and simple, perfect.

  3. MomofTwinGirls August 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Where did you get the lovely pillow in the background of your last shot?

  4. Lauren Michelle August 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    This is adorable! I will have to make some for my new house!

  5. Heidi @ Decor & More August 7, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Great idea with simple supplies! My favorite — would make a lovely shower gift!
    xo Heidi

  6. Anna August 7, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Great tutorial! I did some cute mason jars with handles for my sons rehearsal dinner. The rest of us were drinking out of plain ones. I put lips on the brides and a handlebar mustache on his. They were adorable and went well with our theme. I recently purchased some nice Beer glasses to etch for my husband. I love the thistle wood farms design. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Kelly Barkhurst August 7, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Love, love, love!! Great idea for me as we’ll as Christmas gifts. Thank you :)

  8. Sarah Barksdale Design August 7, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    What a cute idea! And it looks so easy! Thanks for sharing Emily

  9. Jill T. August 7, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    Love this! I’ve done glasses for gifts too and they’re always loved. Who doesn’t love to see their initials, a fun design, or even words on a glass or clear mug!! I gave clear coffee cups/mugs one year for a Christmas gift with the words “coffee” and “cocoa” on them. Package with some flavored coffee or homemade cocoa mix and it’s the perfect gift!

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