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Frugal Christmas Gifts Day 19: DIY Etched Glass

Posted: 12/20/11 2:00 PM (Modified: 12/20/11 2:00 PM)

Welcome to Day 19 of our Frugal Christmas Gifts contest sponsored by GoldBuyersExpress.com. I thought this gift would be complicated but after looking at it, it is not only easy but frugal too. Super cute and one of our office girls mentioned it would be perfect for a bride and groom glass too!

{DIY Etched Glass}

Supplies needed...

1. Glasses - I go to my local "everything's a dollar" store and find great glasses. I have used this technique on wine glasses as well as the drinking glasses I'm featuring today.

2. Etching Cream - this can be found at any craft store, maybe even Wal-Mart. I think this Armour Etch brand runs around $9.99 but my local craft store offers a 40% coupon each week so I only paid $5.99.

3. Stencil - for today's project I am using a silicon snowflake stencil found at a local craft store. I found a set of 15 winter stencils for only $3.99. I have also used my Cricut to cut custom stencils such as initials from heavy cardstock. Just remember, the silicon stencils can be used over and over. If you are using a handmade cardstock stencil, you will need one for each glass as the paper will be destroyed when you rinse the etching cream from the glass.  If you are making your own stencil from paper you will need to use a strong adhesive that will seal the paper to the glass and stay during the entire process. I use my Xyron sticker maker for this and have had great results.

4. Small paint brush.

5. Rubbing alcohol.

Tip: If this is the first time you have used etching cream, I suggest getting an extra glass and practicing.  It is not a difficult process but it may take a time or two to get the feel for it and achieve the results you want.

To etch the glasses…

  •  Clean the glasses with rubbing alcohol.  This helps ensure the stencil will stick firmly and there won’t be any oil from your fingers to interfere with the etching cream.
  • Place the stencil where you want the image on the glass.
  • Use the small paintbrush to apply the etching cream to the image.  Be sure to keep the cream off of the other areas of the glass.  A couple of tips I learned from doing this a few times: apply a thick layer of cream and make sure there are no air bubbles in the cream (easiest way to do this is to look at the image from the back side.)
  • Leave cream on for 15 minutes then rinse with water.  The directions on the bottle say to leave the cream anywhere from three minutes to 15 minutes.  I found the best results when I leave the cream for the full 15 minutes.  Be sure to remove the stencil and all etching cream.  Viola…you have a custom etched glass!  Repeat the process for each glass in the set you are making.

Final result…a custom set of glasses for gift giving!  I have used this process to put  initials on wine glasses, a set of four winter-themed wine glasses for office gift (you know, those “dirty Santa” parties that require a gift under $5 and you never find anything you would want to give let alone receive for that price!) and now these snowflake drinking glasses for another Christmas gift.

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Dec 20, 2011 02:21 pm
 Posted by  Jlynmackey

This looks like a great project! Do the silicone stencils stick to the glass by themselves? I'm not familiar with them.

Dec 20, 2011 02:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I love this idea!! So creative and easy. Can't wait to make these!

Dec 20, 2011 02:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Inexpensive, yet rich! LOVE IT!

Dec 20, 2011 04:11 pm
 Posted by  Michaela

Jlynmackey...the silicon stencils are self adhesive and can be used over and over again. Even after rinsing with water the adhesive is still active. I found these in the holiday craft section of the craft store and after more looking around I found similar ones with the other stencils that are used on walls, etc.

Dec 20, 2011 04:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This is adorable. What a great idea for those gifts that you want to give something nice but keep it low $$! Impressive! Can't wait to try. Especially love the painted one.

Dec 20, 2011 04:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What a great idea! Can't wait to try this!

Dec 20, 2011 04:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Very cool idea!! The decorative ideas are limitless!!

Dec 20, 2011 04:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Excellent idea and good for all occasions!

Dec 20, 2011 05:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I can think of so many different ways to use this. Thanks for the idea!

Dec 20, 2011 05:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I love this! Cute idea!

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