Glass-Etched Cocktail Tumblers That You Can Make by Happy Hour

You may think glass etching is a difficult, but it is actually very easy. All you need is a stencil, glass and etching cream to turn basic barware into something special.

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Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

The name alone implies that glass etching is a difficult task, but actually, it is super easy. Once you learn how simple this process is, not plain glass will be safe and suddenly any pattern, stencil, shape or design seems possible.

Watch this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins about how to etch personalized glasses.

Tools and Materials

  • glasses
  • glass etching cream
  • painter's tape
  • paintbrush

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

To create a pattern onto the glass you'll need a stencil. You can make your own with painter's tape or craft foam or adhesive stencils. You can even freehand designs onto the glass using etching cream and a paintbrush.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

In order to do stripes, apply painter's or electrical tape to clean glasses. Washi tape is not recommended as you need the edges to adhere well so the cream does not bleed.

Apply glass etching cream according to the manufacturer's instructions. The longer the cream is left on the glass, the more etching will occur.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Rinse off the cream under running water with the stencils still in place. When all of the cream has been washed away, remove tape or stencil and discard.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Wash the glasses as usual and get ready to mix up your favorite poolside cocktail in style.

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