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Budget-Friendly Customizable Etched Glasses

Budget Friendly Gift Idea Pinnnable

With summer right around the corner, summertime barbecues and pool parties aren’t far behind! When a friend takes time to plan an event, Jacque and I always try to come up with a unique idea for a party gift to bring them as a thank you!  Since summertime tends to bring with it, a slew of parties, we decided to come up with a creative, inexpensive host or hostess gift.  As luck would have it, on a random trip through Home Goods, we found a nice set of glassware for $6. With a little help from our vinyl cutter we could create custom stencils and make these glasses the budget friendly gift idea we had been looking for!



  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Small Utility Knife
  • Small Paint Brush


  • Glasses
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Etching Creme



To begin, you’ll need to choose some artwork.  If you’re using a Silhouette or Cricut vinyl cutter, consider browsing their graphics libraries for ideas.  Or if you like what we came up with we’ve included our custom downloadable Relax stencil file (you’ll need a DropBox account to download the file, but the good news is that DropBox is free ;-).)

Sunshine Relax Artwork

Use your vinyl cutter to create your stencil.  (Since there are a number of different cutters available, I won’t get into the instructions for each machine.)

Once your artwork has been cut into the vinyl, remove all of the excess material and cut the artwork into individual stencils.


Apply transfer tape to the stencil, remove the backing, place the stencil onto one of the glasses, then remove the transfer tape.

Vinyl Stencil Collage

Using a small brush, apply an adequate amount of etching cream onto the stencil.

Etching Glasses

Wait approximately five minutes, then rinse the etching creme off in the sink.

Glass Etching Final Steps

Remove the vinyl stencil and dry off the glass.

Remove Vinyl Stencil

You’ll be left with crisp, professional looking custom glasses, perfect to give to your friends as a thank you for hosting the party!

Budget Friendly Gift Idea

Inexpensive Gift Idea

If you’re looking for some other great budget friendly gift ideas, be sure to check out our Monogrammed Jewelry Box or these equally easy to make DIY Chalkboard Paint mugs.

Chalkboard Painted Mugs | Pretty Handy Girl

Or find an entire gallery of DIY Gift Ideas here.

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Budget-Friendly Customizable Etched Glasses

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