A friend of mine recently approached me to help her with her bridesmaid & groomsmen gift! It was pretty exciting. We browsed through several DIY projects and she decided on the etched champagne glass project and I got to work.
It turned out absolutely gorgeous! I love it!
The full set of glasses with 9 on each team (Team Bride & Team Groom) with the Bride and Groom’s glasses in front.
Keep reading if you’d like to make your own etched glasses for your bridesmaid and groomsmen, or really for anyone at all!
Here’s what you’ll need
1) Champagne Glasses (We got ours from Ikea)
2) Etching Cream
3) Paint brush
4) A sink nearby to wash off the etching cream
5) Vinyl Stencil
6) Gloves and eyewear
Okay. So, I’m gonna talk about the vinyl stencil. General stencils are available in some craft stores. However, if you want them personalized, you’ll have to get them somewhere else. Ordering a personalized vinyl stencil online is one way – here’s one! Or, if you have a cutting machine like a Silhouette or a Cricut, simply make them yourself!
The bride created the design and I converted it into an svg file on the Silhouette Program and cut it out using the Silhouette Cameo. There was a bit of trial and error to get it at the right size and to be cut with no errors (tricky with small details).
Tst your vinyl size before sticking it down.
I’d recommend not to stick the whole thing down right away. It might get a bit tricky especially if its a larger piece of vinyl.
Go from right to left or left to right. Be careful not to have any holes that might allow the etching cream to seep under the vinyl.
The tiniest hole will give you a huge headache and you’d have to redo.
You CANNOT erase the print once its etched on the glass. I recommend that you buy a few extra glass in case of a mistake.
Have your gloves and eyewear ready. Etching cream is made with strong chemicals.
The reason why you cannot erase the print is because they are not ‘printed’ or ‘formed’ on top of the glass, but instead,
the chemicals would eat into the glass created a frosted look. You wouldn’t want these on your hands now do you?
If you accidentally touched it, be sure to wash it down with water and soap immediately.
The internet warned me of the fumes from the etching cream, but I’ve seen many people working on this with only gloves.
I wore the eyewear for the first half of the project and took it off the second half. You decide if you’d prefer to wear it or not.
The etching cream should be a thick white cream. Mine however has discolored.
Etching cream discoloration happens when it is stored at a unsuitable temperature.
No worries, it is perfectly useable and still work wonders!
I etched the 2 glasses for the bride and groom first. Then, I continued with all the ‘Team Bride’ and ‘Team Groom’ before etching the personalized names.
I find it easier to stick the vinyl this way than it being in one large piece. It sticks much better with no overlapping or bunching up.
Leave the cream on for about 15minutes and then wash it off. I find that the cream (mine was a bit watery) sometimes move as its left there and the color doesn’t turn out as even. If that’s the case, you can do it a second time.
Just get a tissue to dap it dry, check that the vinyl is still intact, and spread on some cream again.
Once the cream is washed off, dap the glass dry before pulling the vinyl out slowly.
Your piece is DONE!
Depending on your stencil design, you may reuse it if it hasn’t fallen apart. More words and cuts in between makes it easier to tear apart.
And that’s all for the tutorial!!
Here are more photos of the lovely glasses!
The bride & groom dressed them all in ribbons, added a mini message scroll
and gave them to her bridesmaid and groomsmen. I think they look gorgeous!
From a different angle :
That’s all for this tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it!