So, to start off, my husband's mom was really needing new wine glasses and his dad was wanting beer mugs. What can I say, they like to party. We decided we were going to get them some wine glasses and mugs and etch their last name initial on them. So, after looking around I found wine glasses and beer mugs at The Dollar General for $1 dollar a piece! If you are worried that they would be cheap, let me calm those worries, I accidently tapped one of the wine glasses against our tile countertop and it didn't break. Score! Other than the item you will be etching on (glasses, mugs, ornaments, frames, plates, etc.), you will need the following items. I used Armour Etching cream, a small paint brush, an x-acto knife, and label paper. You do can purchase a kit that has most of these items and stencils in it.
this website that has 1001 free fonts. We copied it and opened it up in our paint program. Then we sized it to the size we wanted and printed it out onto the label sheet. After that we painstakingly cut out the lettering using the x-acto knife. You could always just use masking tape and free hand a letter and cut it out also if you do not want to purchase the labels. We just had them on hand, so there was no cost to use them.
Once we had the letter cut out, we peeled the backing of the label. To get them centered and in the same location on all of them, we took a scrap piece of paper the same length of the letter. We used the thickness of the scrap piece of paper to determine how far down the letter was going to be by lining it up with the top edge of the glass and the top edge of the label. We made sure to smooth down all bubbles that will allow for etching cream to get underneath.
|please ignore the crumbs on the countertop|