We’re in week 4 of the Dare to DIY party going on over at the NewlyWoodward’s. This week’s challenge is ‘Dare to…give homemade gifts’. This was the perfect week for me because I made my own personal goal months ago to really strive hard to go all handmade this year. While I haven’t met my goal completely, I’d say 80% of my gifts have some handmade aspect to them.
I made my brothers’ Christmas gifts way back in August. I was thinking of etching a glass mug for each of them and when I saw these awesome mugs in, get this, the dollar tree(!), I knew I had to roll with it.
So sorry I didn’t get step my step pictures. I was so wrapped up learning how to work with the etching cream, that I didn’t stop to document. There are tons of great tutorials for glass etching. Here’s one I quickly found on Rachael Ray’s site.
Basically, I used scrapbooking letter stickers for their initials. Then I cut a square out of contact paper and used the reverse. I made sure everything was securely pressed down to the glass, so none of the etching cream would slip underneath my stickers. I dabbed the cream on all the exposed glass with a paint brush, let it sit according to the directions, and then washed off.
It took me about an hour to do all three because apparently, I’m unable to cut a square out of contact paper. ha! But I think overall, they turned out nicely. And for around $5 a pop, you can’t beat it!
Now, I’m going to cross my fingers that my brothers don’t somehow magically become interested in my blog and see their prezzies before Christmas!