DIY: Etched Polka Dot Shot Glasses

I thought that we should kick off the New Year continuing to celebrate with some easy etched shot glasses! We celebrated NYE with a small gathering at our house, then New Years Day with a delicious family dinner, and before I knew it, it was the weekend again. How great is that?

I etched my shot glasses with polka dots, but you could do any pattern or design you can stencil on there. Here's what you'll need:

Etching cream (which can be found in your local craft store), a paint brush, plain glass shot glasses, and circle reinforcement stickers.

You'll be using the reinforcement stickers as a stencil for your polka dots, so cover each shot glass in stickers. Make sure you push each one down completely so the cream can't seep underneath. Also, keep in mind that your polka dots will only be the size of the center of the sticker, so you may need to add a few extras.

Once your stickers are down, paint the center of each with an even layer of etching cream. It dries fairly quickly, so once you go all the way around one shot glass, you can go ahead and add another coat. Do three coats total. Let dry completely. 

After the cream has dried completely, remove the stickers and discard. To remove the dried cream and complete the etching, I followed the directions on the back of the bottle. Run each shot glass under warm water, rubbing away the cream with a sponge. This is going to seem like you are undoing everything you just did, but don't fret! Once the glasses dry, you will see that they are etched with small polka dots that are smooth and slightly translucent. 

Now you are all set for your next party! I made sure to run mine through the dishwasher before I used them. They're very subtle, but still pretty fun. I have a set of about 15 plain shot glasses, so you better bet I'll be etching all kinds of patterns into the rest of them!

Happy celebrating!

Etched Wine Glasses

Years ago, I bought a craft book on a sale table and never made anything out of it. I remember looking through all the pages, eww-ing and ahh-ing at all the lovely crafts and ideas on the page. Years later and I've finally started making my own crafts and it has been pretty fantastic. 

When I went back through that book, I found a DIY for etched glasses and after reading through it, decided it was awesome and so easy! I'll let you know how...

After you muddle over what you want the picture to be, use a photo of it as a stencil. I chose to use a picture of lips and a mustache that I simply printed from Google images. I wouldn't chose anything too challenging if it's your first time, something that doesn't have too many sections. Tape it to your sticky stencil sheet. 

Using an exacto knife, carefully cut along the outside of the picture.

Stick the stencil onto your glass. This is a bit challenging, make sure to take the time to press all the edges down securely. 

Gob your etching cream onto the stencil. I really mean gob it on. Make sure it is thick and even for an even coating. Also, make sure the cream doesn't run past the stencil! Leave on for a few minutes, 3-5 maybe.

Now, run the glasses under warm water to wash off the excess cream. It's a bit scary, like you are washing away all your fine work. But don't worry, It's still there. Wash with soap and water before using. The glasses are hand wash only, I haven't put mine in the dishwasher but don't plan on it either.

Hopefully yours will be a bit more even than mine! Drink up!