How to Etch a Monogram on Wine Glasses


Create designer wine glasses by etching a monogram on the glass. A monogram is a combination of your initials and the letters are often arranged with the first letter of your last name in the center of the design, flanked by the first letter of your first name and the first letter of your middle name. Design your own monogram to etch onto a set of wine glasses for yourself or create custom gifts for family or friends.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Word processing program
  • Printer
  • Scissors/craft knife
  • Glass cleaner and newspaper
  • Rubbing alcohol and soft cloth
  • Gloves
  • Etching cream
  • Painters tape
  • Etching brush
  • Design the monogram to fit on the outside of your wine glasses using a computer and a word processing program. Select a font, and print out the letters individually on plain paper using a printer.

  • Remove the paper from inside the outline of the letters with a craft knife or scissors to create stencils of the letters for your monogram.

  • Clean the outside surface of the wine glass with glass cleaner. Dry the wine glass. Wipe the area of the wine glass where you plan to place the monogram with rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol removes fingerprints, so do not touch the area again.

  • Tape the center letter stencil for the monogram into the desired position on the outside of the wine glass with painter’s tape. Make sure the outline of the letter is pressed securely against the wine glass so the etching cream will not get underneath the stencil.

  • Put on gloves and protective clothing before you open the etching cream. Do not allow any of the etching cream to touch your skin.

  • Coat the monogram cutout with a thick layer of etching cream, using an etching brush or a soft-bristled paintbrush to apply the cream.

  • Leave the etching cream on the wine glass for the time recommended by the manufacturer, typically 60 seconds.

  • Hold the wine glass under a running stream of warm water to remove the etching cream. Make sure the etching cream is completely gone before removing the stencil.

  • Repeat the etching steps to add the remaining letters of the monogram onto the wine glass.

Tips & Warnings

  • Find pre-made letter stencils at craft stores.
  • Do not let etching cream touch your skin, it will severely burn.

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