It’s Thursday! And while normally there’s nothing too crazy shout about (except Thirsty Thursday of course), I have a 4-day weekend coming up. Even better: Rob has a 4-day weekend coming up! This. Never. Happens. I’m honestly just stoked to have a good chunk of time to sit down and plan out the next few months: blog posts, finishing the re-design (do you love it?!), collaborations (we’ve got some great ones coming up!) – it’s going to be glorious.
And TODAY, I'm excited to share these DIY Etched Champagne Flutes for a few reasons:
1.) I LOVE New Year's Eve! (check out my other New Year's Eve DIY, these party platters, from last week!)
2.) They're not crazy expensive to make
3.) They look BOMB without actually having to etch glass for real (because that's tedious, and we don't have time for that nonsense. Fake it till you make it.)
I will say that this project is time-consuming. Not actively time consuming, but the faux etching goop has to sit for a long time (ok, like 45 minutes, but for me, that's basically an eternity. #iamachild)
Let's just get right to it!
Some Champagne Glasses (I have these IKEA ones, so a set of 6 cost me less than $9)
This Martha Stewart Glass Etching Cream & Brush **full disclosure: this bad boy is $30 BUT here's how we work around that: this item is almost never on sale at Michaels, which is actually a GOOD thing because then you can use one of those "50% off a regular priced item" coupons and get it for $15! I've used it on 4 separate projects now and I still have just under half a tube. Worth It.)
Sticker Letters (any font you like, but be mindful that when you pull the sticker off the sheet, you want to be left with the complete letter and not a bubble of a letter outline. You'll be "etching" over the letters, leaving the letter part un-frosted, so you want your letter stickers to be as exact and detailed as possible - I bought these and they worked perfectly)
First, use your stickers to spell out whatever you want on your glasses. I chose to use the phrase “cheers” (or the relative equivalent) in different languages, one for each glass. For reference, the ones I chose were:
- Santé (French: to your health!)
- Salute (Italian: cheers!)
- Prost (German: cheers!)
- Sláinte (Gaelic: to your health!)
- Kippis (Finnish: cheers!)
- Salud (Spanish: cheers!)
Press down carefully and with a little bit of pressure for each letter – you want to make sure they are ON that glass and aren’t coming up for anything. I used a paper towel over my fingers and rubbed back and forth a few times to make sure they were well-adhered.
Next, you’ll outline your phrase with two pieces of painter’s tape – I had mine meet at an angle towards the base of the glass.
Next, using your Martha Stewart Glass Etching Cream and brush (and OK fine, gloves, but I didn’t use those…), spread the gross-looking goop all over your letters, using your painter’s tape as a guide for where you should stop (basic coloring-inside-the-lines here, kids). The two things to keep in mind with this step: be gentle, and be generous. Make sure you use plenty of cream, but also be gentle with your brush strokes (we don’t want those letters flaking up).
I’d recommend doing these first few steps for all of your glasses at once, since the etching cream has to sit for a while. The package says 15 minutes.
After testing this out for you, dear readers, I have discovered that 15 minutes will result in an ever-so-barely-visible frosted look that is totally not worth your time. After a few test rounds, I found that 45 minutes seems to do the trick. So leave them alone, go watch “This Is Us” (seriously, it’s on Hulu. It won’t disappoint), and come back in 45 minutes.
All that’s left is to rinse it off! I ran some cool water and just used my hands (Martha would be ashamed) to gently rub off all the goop.
Next, you’ll carefully start to peel the painter’s tape and letters off, to unveil a beautifully “etched” glass! You may need to rinse it again to remove any remaining cream.
And that’s it! They’re fairly simple to make, and they honestly look professionally done (I mean, I am a pseudo-professional DIYer but that’s not quite what I mean…here’s looking at you Pier 1 Imports!)
And don’t forget to check out this post on how to make these DIY New Year’s Eve Party Platters so you can top them with your sweet new champagne glasses!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY as much as I did and would love to see how yours turn out if you try your hand at them! Just tag me on any of the social media platforms on my sidebar (and OK, geez, go ahead and follow me while you’re at it)
Have a great weekend and a happy holiday everyone!