DIY: Easy Etched Drinking Glasses

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

I love to entertain and have tons of glassware, and sometimes I put my own spin on my drinking glasses by etching patterns to make them more interesting. It’s a super-simple project but really goes a long way to make plain glasses much more fun—you could even gift a set as a housewarming or wedding present.

DIY etched glasses

Click through to see just how simple it is to make DIY etched drinking glasses

DIY glass etching supplies

Armour Etch (or another glass-etching cream—Martha Stewart also makes one)
Spouncers sponge applicators (or paint brushes; nothing too fine)
• Small bowl or dish to hold the etching cream
• Glass cleaner
• Timer

How to create simple etched glasses


1. Set up your work area: Be sure to work in a well-ventilated space and cover the area with newspaper if you are worried about damaging the surface if some etching cream drips.

2. Use glass cleaner to clean the outside of the glasses you want to etch.

3. Dip the sponge applicators (or brushes) into the etching cream and create apply patterns on the glass; once you’re finished, let the etching cream sit for one minute.

4. Hand wash the glasses to remove any residual etching cream. The glasses are ready to go!

Note: Be sure to follow the directions on your bottle of etching cream as instructions may vary a little by brand. To get the best results, make sure you don’t skimp on the etching cream—you will want a nice, thick coat so that it will create a defined, etched area. I do not recommend trying to make really thin lines or writing words with a thin paint brush. For best results if using words, I suggest using stick-on letter stencils.

Easy etched glasses DIY

I love how the polka dots are all a little bit different and not too uniform—I made a set of these glasses and they’re all unique and have their own character.

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