My goal was to hand make every Christmas gift I gave for Christmas 2013. It was crazy. I usually hand make a few gifts, but I have a lot of family and making all of the gifts was a little over ambitious, I will admit.
I wanted to make gifts that everyone would enjoy and appreciate, but I also knew I needed to keep it simple. As in, not make custom gifts for everyone. So for all the boys on my side of the family, I made these etched beer glasses. These were so easy and fun, directions are below.
Just for fun I cut out a small “beer bottle” shape out of cardboard and stuck in a little cash for “beer money.” Had I been in Iowa, I would have bought beer to go along with the gift-but I don’t think shipping beer across the country would have been successful.
- Beer Glasses (I found these on Amazon)
- Contact Paper
- Xacto Knife (I used a janky box cutter, can’t say I’d recommend)
- Self healing cutting mat or something to protect your table top
- Circular objects for tracing the circle
- Etching Cream
- Printer (with paper and ink, because I may or may not have bought some just so I could print out letters for this project)
- Find a font you like and print out letters in a couple different sizes. Choose which size works best for the glass you’re working with.
- Lay contact paper over printed letters and carefully cut out letter. You’ll be sticking the actual letter on the glass, so be sure not to cut through the letter itself.
- Cut a square or rectangle of contact paper (this doesn’t have to be exact), then carefully trace a circle and cut it out. So you’ll have a square with a hole in it, does that make sense?
- Peel off the back of the contact paper and stick on the glass. I put the circle cut out on first and then lined up the letter inside.
- Spread a thick, even coat of etching cream inside the circle, being careful not to move the contact paper – be gentle!
- Leave cream on for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water until all the cream is washed off. This was a little weird at first, but just trust the running water. The cream starts to “peel” off (for lack of a better word) after a little while.
- Peel off the contact paper and you’re finished! I used my circle shape for several glasses, but after a few the stickiness started to wear off.