How to Etch Wine Glasses

Hi friends, I’m so excited to announce my March Cricut Challenge! I’m launching this challenge because I have such a hard time deciding what to create because there are so many possibilities. AND It’s a fun way to try working with new materials. I’m challenging YOU to create one item each week in March adhering to the weekly inspiration.

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I’m going to post weekly blog posts and highlights on my Instagram stories to help guide you through the project and give you useful tips and tricks!

If you have any questions PLEASE reach out to me on Instagram or via the comments section at the bottom of this post.

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Week 1 is glass etching which seems daunting but its actually super easy!

Supplies:

I’m going to be making a St. Patrick’s Day themed stemless wine glass using the following decal and apply the Armour Etch using two different methods to show how important application is.

Etched glass is awesome for drinkware because it’s really inexpensive and makes your project dishwasher and microwave safe!

Step 1: Gather Supplies & Pick Decal

I am using a stemless wine glass I picked up at my local Dollar Tree for…you guessed it a dollar.

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This is the perfect project to use up a weird color, pattern, or scrap piece of removable or permanent vinyl. I linked a random Cricut removable vinyl in the supplies section above.

The important part is “oversizing” the decal to ensure that none of the Armour Etch bleeds into an area where it doesn’t belong. I really hate wasting vinyl so I tried to do my first wine glass with strips of vinyl and the etching cream bleed and made lines around my design,

Step 2: Cut & Reverse Weed

I used a Cricut Maker for this project. The type of vinyl you use will determine your machine settings. I used the “premium vinyl” setting and “more” pressure. I pretty much always set the pressure to “more” because I want to make sure my project cuts through the first time. In case you didn’t know, if it looks like your project hasn’t cut all the way through a #CricutHack is to click the “C” button again before you unload the mat. This will prompt the Cricut to recut the design.

For this project, you’re going to reverse weed which means you want to remove everything you want to be etched so that you have a stencil. For example, in the project above I removed the “O” but left the two center pieces behind.

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Step 3: Apply Stencil & Armour Etch

I prefer to use Contact paper because it is so much easier to work with than Cricut transfer paper. Once your design is weeded go ahead and apply your transfer tape and scrap both the top and bottom to ensure it adhered well to the transfer tape.

Next, clean your glass with 91% isopropyl alcohol and allow it to dry.  It can be hard to apply a decal/stencil to a curve surface. I usually start smoothing from the center and work my way out. Use your scraper to make the stencil has adhered to the glass.

Since the wine glass has curved edges you will likely need to use an X-Acto knife to cut your vinyl stencil and overlap it in areas where is will not lay flat.

Once it is applied slowly remove the transfer tape. Now you’re ready to put on your gloves and apply your etching cream. Etching cream should be applied using a paint brush in a thick, smooth layer. Any extra etching cream can be scooped back into the container.

I tested two methods for this project. A thin application (the picture below is before I added more) and a thicker application.

Step 4: Rinse & Remove Vinyl

After you’ve waited 3-5 minutes it’s time to remove the Armour Etch. You can put any excess back into the container to be used again. Then rinse your glass off in the sink, remove the vinyl, and clean with soap and water to reveal your final product!

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Step 5: Celebrate

If you followed along with this tutorial its time to celebrate. You did it!

The picture below shows the comparison of applying a thick layer on etching cream (left) versus a thick and smooth layer of etching cream (right).

If you head over to my Instagram & stories you can see a quick overview of the process!

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Holiday Party Games

Here are three game ideas that are a lot of fun!

 

White Elephant Gift Exchange

  1. Everyone brings one wrapped present. In my family adults bring gifts for other adults and children bring gifts for other children.
  2. Upon arriving everyone draws a number and this determines the order of the game. — In this game being last is actually a perk!
  3. Everyone sits in a circle or in the general area around where the presents are piled.
  4. Player number 1 picks a gift from the pile and opens it.
  5. Every player after the first has the option to pick a new unwrapped gift or steal from someone who has already opened one. When a players gift is stolen they have the opportunity to open an unwrapped gift or steal from someone else.
  6. After a gift has been stolen three times. It can no longer be stolen.

These rules can be altered in a number of ways. Try googling, “White Elephant Gift Exchange rules” if you would like to see more.

 

2 Truths and a Lie — Christmas Presents

Name three of the funniest gifts you have ever received. Two of them are true, one of them is a lie. It is up to everyone else to figure out which one is a lie.

 

Paper Plate Game

  1. Give everyone a paper plate and a pen. Tell them to place the plate on their head.
  2. The host will then give this series of directions.
    • Draw a line for a floor
    • Draw a Christmas Tree. Add decorations if you want.
    • Draw a star on top of your tree.
    • Draw a fireplace with a mantel next to the tree.
    • Draw a stocking hanging from the mantel.
    • Draw a present below the tree.
  3. The next step is to grade the drawings:
    • 2 points if the tree touches the floor
    • 2 points if your stocking is touching your mantel
    • 1 point if your star touches your tree
    • 1 point if your star is above your tree
    • 1 point for every Christmas ornament that is ON your tree
    • 1 point if your fireplace is not touching your tree
    • 1 point if you drew something decorative on your stocking
    • 2 points if your present is under the tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fa-la-la-la

It’s officially Fall. My absolute favorite season of all time.

There is something about the cold air and crisp leaves on the ground that just makes everything better.

This is my first blog post and my site is barely functional. I’m posting this to get a feel for what a post looks like.

I’m hoping to use this blog to share all of the Pinterest recipes and crafts that I get myself into.