Published on December 12th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Handmade Christmas – Monogram Glassware
As I researched ideas to make handmade gifts for Christmas, and I thought about easy gifts.
I thought about inexpensive gifts. Because why should the gift be more expensive than store bought? Although, it would be so much more meaningful.
I thought about readily accessible items.
I thought, “the Dollar Store always had nice sturdy glasses”. And I for one, ALWAYS need glasses, because of the dishwasher. (Whether that is a human or a machine…they both break ‘em.)
I thought, “Hey! $6 for a nice set of glasses. Or $4 or $8 or even Hey! $10 for a huge set.”
That’s not too pricey for most people.
Then I began to think.
What could I use in my stash to create some pretty glassware? I decided to make monogram glassware.
Is it hard to find what you need? I don’t think so.
Vinyl is available at many craft stores. If you cannot find it there, you can order it here…at Amazon.
You could also look for vinyl at your local automotive store.
If you cannot find it, you could create this same square look using masking tape. Just tape your squares off, instead of using a punch and the vinyl.
You will need some vinyl, I used purple even though I got out red too.
Some Armour Etch, this is the glass etching cream.
A brush, glasses, and your designs.
I used a square punch, a little leaf punch and letter stickers.
From being a crafter and scrapbooker for years, I have hundreds of letter sticker sheets. Just find a font you like, and make sure you have enough letters for your monogram. I used our last name because we needed these glasses. I would quickly make this again.
Don’t have them? Office supply and automotive and hardware stores carry vinyl letters.
The leaf is just a little touch of pretty I liked. You can go much simpler if desired.
Cut out pieces of vinyl that are about 4×6 inches.
Punch out your shape.
I punched out two more pieces inserting my punch through the square hole, and punching the leaves. I used one of them inside the square as well.
Peel off the backing, and smooth down around all inside edges. You can use a pencil to really push the vinyl down onto the glass.
Put on your sticker letter, and accent pieces.
Etching cream is dangerous. Use gloves and eye protection, in a well ventilated space.
That being said, I got no odor from it, and was careful not to get it on my hands, I found it pretty easy to work with.
Use a brush and coat the inside area of the vinyl. Lay on as thick a coat as you can get, and leave on for one minute.
After a minute, use a paper towel to remove as much cream as you can quickly. You can also remove it again with your brush and add back to the bottle for reuse.
Then use a damp paper towel to remove as much cream as you can quickly as well.
Finally, rinse off your creation with a paper towel and water, scrubbing off any leftover cream. (Some people have an issue with sending this down the drain. This method removes as much cream from going down the drain as possible.)
Wash your glasses and dry.
Buff out any smudges, gift box and enjoy the praise of giving a beautiful gift!