Etched Champagne Flutes

I love glass etching because it is a simple and inexpensive way to create personalized and meaningful gifts. Last year I shared how to etch your name onto glass bakeware, create one of a kind candle holders, and even gave you a peek at some drinking glasses I made as a Christmas gift.

Now it's time for easy (and romantic) etched champagne flutes, just in time for Valentine's Day. You don't need any stencils or tape, just some etching cream, Elmer's glue, a paintbrush, and a little creativity.


  • champagne flute
  • Elmer's glue
  • thin paint brush
  • latex gloves
  • etching cream
  • wide, flat paintbrush



My favorite place to buy glassware for etching is our local Cost Plus World Market. They have a great selection of glassware that won't break the bank. I got champagne flutes for $1.99 each.

Before you begin, wash your glass in hot soapy water and dry it completely. Etching works best on a nice, clean surface.

Use a liner brush or other narrow paintbrush to paint the word "Love" onto your champagne flute with Elmer's glue. Of course you can choose to use a different word on your creation. A set of two glasses with the words "Bride" and "Groom" or "His" and "Hers" would be a great engagement, wedding or anniversary gift.

I made a set that has the words "Love", "Life", "Family" and "Friends" that I hope to use for a New Year's toast sometime.

Let the glue dry. You will notice that it becomes almost transparent once it dries.

Now it's time for the etching. Read the package directions on your etching cream. For your safety, put on some latex gloves. Etching cream can cause some serious burns if it gets on your skin. It's also a good idea to set down a towel or some newspaper to protect your work surface. (It would be a pity to spill etching cream on your granite counter tops because it will leave a mark.)

With a wide brush, apply a thick coat of etching cream over your glue word roughly in the shape of a rectangle.

It's okay if it's a little rough around the edges. That's what makes it uniquely wonderful.

Wait about five minutes, or follow the package recommendation.

Make sure you are still wearing your latex gloves. Rinse the glass in warm water and rub off all of the etching cream as well as the dried glue.

Dry your glass.




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Etched Champagne Flutes
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