I love having parties, but I don't love losing track of which pint glass is mine. This quick DIY is a great way to be sure that your guests know exactly which glass is theirs the next time they're enjoying a cold one at your house.
- Pint glasses
- Etching cream (available at craft and art supply stores)
- Rubber gloves
- Protective eyewear
- Clear adhesive sheets (like clear Con-Tact Paper)
- Template in the font of your choice
- Utility knife*
- Paint brush
*^ I'm told that if you have a Cricut or Silhouette electronic die-cutting machine, you can simply feed your contact paper through like you would a piece of paper and the machine does all the work of cutting for you.
Wash and dry your pint glasses to remove any surface residue.
Protect your work area completely. Both the utility knife and the etching cream can easily damage your work surface.
Place your template beneath the adhesive sheet.
Tape around the edges of the template to secure it in place.
With a sharp utility knife, cut out your letters, discarding the surrounding adhesive paper.
Peel the back off the adhesive and apply the sticky side of each letter to the glass as smoothly as possible.
Use the back of your fingernail (or wooden Popsicle stick) to burnish the edges of the letters to create a tight seal.
Etching cream can cause severe burns, so be sure to protect your skin and eyes by wearing a long-sleeved shirt, rubber gloves and goggles.
Paint a thick layer of the etching cream over the letters, being careful to avoid spills, which can leave permanent marks on anything it comes into contact with. Allow the cream to sit for 15 minutes, then rinse off the etching cream under warm running water. If possible, do this outside to protect your sink from any damage.
Remove the letters and wash your glass with dish soap and water.