Etched Glasses – NYC Neighborhoods

I love etching glasses for gifts- it’s so fun to personalize them for friends. I did this set as an engagement present for a friend who met her fiancé in New York City- each glass represents a neighborhood that is significant to them. I did each neighborhood name in a font that fit the neighborhood vibe and I love how they turned out.

It is easiest to use a glass with straight sides- I have been able to etch wine glasses but the bulge of the glass makes it hard to get all of the edges of the stencil to stay on well (which you need so the etching cream doesn’t creep under the stencil). For these glasses I used double old fashion glasses (from Bed Bath & Beyond). Measure the glass around and decide how large you want the stencil area to be. I made each name about 1/3 the diameter of the glass.


Using a vinyl cutting machine, like a Silhouette Cameo, cut out the stencils with adhesive vinyl. Make sure to leave enough room around each design so the etching cream doesn’t leave the stencil area. Remove all of the areas you want to etch (in this case I removed the words), then use a transfer material to place the stencil on the glass. Liberally apply the etching cream over the stencil. The directions on the etching cream say to leave it on for 15 minutes- I like to leave it on for 20 minutes and halfway through I brush over the stencil again to even out any spots that might not have enough etching cream.

Wash the glasses well and remove the vinyl stencil…voila! Beautiful, personalized glasses!


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