Monogram a set of Glasses for a Gift (or for yourself!)

Monogramming adds something special to everything – including glassware.  I decided to give a set of monogrammed glasses to my sister-in-law, who hosted our family during part of our summer vacation.  Monogramming glassware is easy and economical.  I apologize for the photos, they were taken at her house (while she was gone; I just couldn’t finish all of my gift projects before I left!).  The finished product photo does not do it justice!  I needed a black background so it would show up.



  • Set of glasses.  I purchased this set of six 14 oz. glasses at IKEA.  You could also use repurposed glass jars or even a new candle for monogramming!
  • Stencil for the monogram – for glasses, you need adhesive stencils.  I planned to use my Silhouette Cameo to create the vinyl stencils, but ran out of time.  I had already purchased these Martha Stewart stencils from Michael’s.
  • Glass etching cream and brush.  I have tried a few brands, and I like Martha Stewart’s product best.  I purchased mine at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon.  It is nice and thick and does the job.  WARNING!  Do not let the glass etching cream touch granite!  I have an ugly scar on my granite where I had put my brush (and it had been placed on waxed paper).  The product is acid, intended to etch glass.
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • cotton pads
  • something to measure or mark the placement of the stencil

Cut stencil and audition placement

First, cut the stencil out.  Before removing the paper backing, audition the placement of your monogram.  Here you can see my 6 year old daughter choosing the best place to put the stencil.

Audition and measure placement

Next, measure the placement of the stencil.  In our case, we chose to place the top of the stencil (not the letter) 1.25″ from the rim of the glass.

prepare with alcohol

Next, prepare all of your glasses for the etching by rubbing them down with rubbing alcohol.  Do not touch the are to be etched again after you rub them with alcohol.  Let the alcohol fully dry.

Stencil adheres to the glass

Peel the backing off of the stencil and carefully place on the glass.  Make sure that there are no gaps. You don’t want the etching cream to bleed past the stencil opening.

Paint the etching cream on the stencil

Paint the stencil generously with etching cream.  The instructions direct the user to wear gloves.  We were just very careful and washed our hands each time we applied the cream.  This particular brand of etching cream requires you to leave the etching cream on the stencil for 15 minutes.  I set my phone to notify me at the end of 15 minutes and went back to a different craft project with my daughter while the cream worked its magic.


Take the glass, with the stencil still on, to the sink and thoroughly wash the etching cream away.  Remove the wet stencil and place gently on a paper towel.  It can be reused.  Then, wash the glass with soap and water.  We reused the stencil 5 more times to complete our 6-glass gift.  I love the way these turned out!

You could also use a stencil with glass paint (I think a metallic would look great!).  The sky is the limit.  Let me know what you have done with glass etching cream or glass paint.  We’d love to see it.

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