DIY: How To Etch and Customize Wine Glasses

Materials (other than machine and appropriate software):

  • Wine Glass (found mine at Dollar Tree)
  • Stencil Vinyl
  • Armor Etch Cream
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Transfer Tape (optional for this design)

Try the design used in this project: Glass Of Merlot

Instructions:

1. Resize your image on your software to fit your glass. I proportionally resized my image to be about 4 inches in horizontal length. You will notice that the original file includes a picture of a wine glass in between the two lines of script. In my software (Silhouette Studio Basic), I deleted the wine glass and then shifted the script together to close up the space. This is optional, but I preferred the look of only the cursive lettering. Send to your machine to cut out the design on the stencil vinyl.

2. Using your tweezers, begin peeling away the letters part of the design from the backing. Ensure that the small inner spaces of the letters stay down on the backing.

3. With scissors you can cut away any excess vinyl, but leave some space around the design to protect the glass from etch cream spill-over. Also cut slits in the space around the design, especially if you have a very curved glass; this will help the stencil vinyl lay flat.

4. Carefully peel the vinyl away from the backing and press the design on the glass, starting from the middle moving outwards. The slits should minimize the air bubbles on the perimeters of the letters, but use a squeegee as needed to press down the design and get rid of air bubbles. Optionally, You can use transfer tape to include the smaller inner spaces of the letters, but I found that I was having more trouble with the transfer tape because the glass is such a weird shape. Instead, I manually placed the small inner spaces of the letters with some tweezers.

5. This next step will need to be completed by a sink. Begin running some warm water and lay your Armor Etch cream on the stencil with a paintbrush. Ensure that you keep the cream only on the designated area. After applying, immediately rinse your brush.

6. Allow the etch cream to sit for 60 seconds, and then run the glass under warm water to wash away the cream.

7. Peel away the vinyl stencil, pat dry, and enjoy your new personalized wine glass!