How to Customize a Shot Glass

eHow may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story. Learn more about our affiliate and product review process here.

Create customized shot glasses to give as gifts or party favors using a few items sold at the arts and crafts supply store. You can use glass etching cream to create distinctive and expensive-looking shot glasses for a fraction of the price you'd pay in a store. In addition to making customized shot glasses, you can also employ this technique to create personalized carafes, glasses, mirrored trays and more.


Things You'll Need

  • Glass etching cream

  • Paintbrush

  • Painter's tape

  • Letter stencils

  • Plastic gloves

  • Long-sleeved shirt

Video of the Day

Step 1: Prepare the shot glass.

Thoroughly clean the glass with hot soapy water. Then wipe it dry with a paper towel. Inspect the glass for any water spots or marks. If you find any, wash it again.

Video of the Day

Step 2: Determine a design.

Before you even open the etching cream, decide on the design you'll feature on the shot glass. A monogram or initial personalizes it, while painter's tape can be used to create stripes, a chevron pattern and more.

Apply the tape or stencil to the cleaned glass where you want the design to be. Use your fingernail to really rub the tape onto the glass to avoid any bleeding beneath the tape line.


Painter's tape is available in zig-zag and wave patterns. Try using these fun shapes to customize shot glasses and more.

Step 3: Apply the etching cream.

Use a paintbrush to apply the etching cream to the glass. The etching cream will permanently etch any glass it touches, so take care. Apply the cream thickly. Allow it to sit on the glass for five minutes, or the length of time specified by the manufacturer.


Step 4: Rinse the glass.

After five minutes, rinse the etching cream from the glass with warm water. Remove the painter's tape or stencil from the glass. Dry the glass gently and check out your work.