How to etch pretty glasses

Get crafty and make your own etched glasses, with Style at Home's easy guide

wine glass glassware
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Set your dining table with unusual glassware created following our simple step-by-step guide.

With a little time and patience, you can jazz up everyday wine glasses using glass etching cream. We've stuck to a natural leaf theme for ours but you could try more graphic spots or even stripes.

Takes 1 hour

Costs £10.64 for four wine glasses

What you'll need

Evia wine goblets, £4.49 for four, Dunelm Mill (opens in new tab)

Marker pen

Piece of white A4 paper

Sticky tape

Armour Glass Etching Cream, £6.15 for 90ml, Hobby's (opens in new tab)

Thin paint brush

Tip Avoid any contact between your skin and the cream, taking care when you wash each glass.

paper cuts with marker and scissor

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1) Wash and dry your glasses, removing any sticky marks. Draw a simple leaf onto a small piece of paper, practising until you are happy with your design - aim for a fluid, simple shape.

paper cut taped with wine glass

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2) Pop the paper with your final leaf design inside your goblet, with the design facing out. Hold in place with a piece of sticky tape at the rim.

pretty wine glas with bursh

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3) Carefully trace over the design with a thick coat of etching cream, applied using the fine paintbrush. Steady your arm by resting your elbow on the table.

Leave for five minutes for the cream to react, then wash off with water. Repeat to etch your glass four more times.

Tip Going to a wedding? Why not etch the date on a pair of glasses as a gift for the happy couple?

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