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Whether you are looking to create a stylish collection of your own glasses, or want to create a personalized gift, this will be a great project to try! I’m going to create my stencil using my Cricut machine, but I’ll give you other options if you don’t have a Cricut.
I’ll show you step by step how I create my etched glasses, and where I purchase everything. Let’s do this!
Here is the glass mug I’m going to create:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Glass – I got this huge beer mug at Dollar Tree (great selection and only $1!)
- Armour Etch – click the link to buy on Amazon, or check your local craft store (sometimes it’s hard to find in stock!)
- Old paintbrush or popsicle stick – something to spread the etching cream on your glass
- Painter’s tape or masking tape
First thing you need to do is wipe down your glass – you can use a damp paper towel or ordinary blue Windex (not the streak free version). When you clean the glass, make sure you don’t get your fingerprints on the part you are going to etch. Then set your glass aside to dry.
Now we’ll work on the stencil. If you plan on using the Rub n’ Etch option, follow the application directions and you then you can skip ahead to the etching part.
The glass I’m going to make is a beer mug, with a nod to the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day. “Slainte” translates to good health, and is a commonly used drinking toast in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. Since my husband’s family is Irish, he’ll be getting this mug to enjoy!
I create all my stencils in PicMonkey.com and then import to Cricut Design Space. Here’s what I’ve designed to use as my stencil:
Once you’ve uploaded your design into Cricut Design Space, you’ll need to resize it to fit your glass. I chose the larger mug from the Dollar Tree (they have 2 sizes), so I chose to make mine 3″ wide, and 2.4″ tall.
Using your preferred vinyl, have your Cricut cut the design.
*Important: when you weed your design, you will need to weed out the writing – basically wherever you want the etching to show, that’s what you will weed out.
Here’s what your design should look like now:
Next, add your transfer tape and transfer your design stencil to your glass, and then surround the stencil with painter’s tape. The painter’s tape will give you an additional border to ensure the etching cream doesn’t stray to other parts of your glass. Why? …because as soon as the etching cream touches the glass, it will start to react, so make sure you keep the Armour Etch contained only to the part of your glass that you want etched!
Take your popsicle stick or old paintbrush and apply a thick layer of cream to your stencil. Cover your stencil completely, and set your timer for 5 minutes.
*Please follow the safety precautions on the Armor Etch bottle (I know I’m not in this pic, but please wear your gloves!)
After 5 minutes, use your popsicle stick or paintbrush to scrape off most of the cream – you can put it right back into your Armour Etch bottle!
Then you’ll head to the sink and rinse away the remainder of the cream, and dry it off with a paper towel. Take off the painter’s tape, along with your stencil and give it a good wash.
Voila! You’ve got a personalized, glass mug ready for St. Patrick’s Day! Or any day, really!
If you’d like to make this exact mug, feel free to download my Slainte and shamrock .jpg file absolutely free! (for personal use only, thanks!)
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions, feel free to email me or comment below!