DIY Etched Beer Glasses for Father’s Day

This year I’m going to give the ol’ hubs something I KNOW he will use! He’s a guy who likes his beer. Whenever we have people over we do a little beer tasting and love discovering new beers.

So this year, my brilliant father’s day gift idea was to make him some custom diy etched beer glasses to let him know how much we love him. Let’s face it, he isn’t going to sport a “We heart Dad” t-shirt, but he will drink out of custom beer glasses.

But that’s not all, today I’ve joined forces with some other very creative ladies to bring you 4 more handmade father’s day gift ideas.

So be sure to visit each link at the bottom of this post and show my bloggy friends some love!

custom pilsner glasses for father's day

I really can’t believe how easy etching is. The most difficult part is getting your letters on straight and making sure that they are on really well so that the etching cream doesn’t slip underneath. This project took me about 30 minutes.

diy glass etching

For this project you will need:

  • Beer glasses. I found some nice Pilsner Glasses on Amazon.
  • Etching Cream:  Armour Etch (etching cream.)  I found it at Michael’s. You can get it in the store, but I bought it online. Yes! You can now shop Michael’s online! Be sure to have your 40% off coupon!
  • Letter Stickers
  • A plastic spoon or knife.
  • Plastic gloves or a big plastic baggie. You DO NOT want to let the etching cream touch your skin or anything else for that matter. It is very acidic and dangerous so this is not one to try with the kiddos!
  • Painter’s tape

diy etched beer glasses

The first thing you will want to do is mark a straight line with your painter’s tape. Then add your sticker letters along that line so that your words are straight. Make sure your letters are on really well so that the armor etch doesn’t leak underneath them. Once you have your letters on, remove your painter’s tape and now make a box around your letters with painter’s tape. This will be the outline of where the etching will show up.

personalized beer glasses for dad

Apply the armor etch with a plastic spoon and leave it on for 7 minutes. Be careful that it doesn’t drip and end up on the part of the glass that you don’t want etched.

At about 3 minutes and 5 minutes, swirl the etching cream around with your spoon again to be sure there aren’t any air bubbles.

When the 7 minutes is up, rinse under warm water and rub the cream off using a gloved (or in my case baggied) hand. You do not want to touch this stuff with your bare skin!!!

The warm water will most likely make the stickers and tape come off on their own or really easy to peel off.

etched beer glasses

And that is all! Now you just need to pick up a fun beer to go with it and dad is all set! Who knew personalized beer glasses were so easy right?

diy etched pilsner glasses

Now it’s time to check out some more great Father’s Day Gift Ideas! Use the links below the photo to hop from one blog to the next!


1) DIY Etched Beer Glasses by Tiny Sidekick (you are here now)
2) Kid-Crafted Storybook for Dad by Persia Lou
3) Superhero Sleep Masks by Cutesy Crafts
4) Child Drawn Shirt Designs by Homemade Ginger
5) Father’s Day Playing Cards Card by Cook and Craft Me Crazy

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

20 thoughts on “DIY Etched Beer Glasses for Father’s Day

  1. Amanda Miller says:

    What kind of stickers did you use?

    1. Corey Willis says:

      Some were creative memories letter stickers, others are letter stickers from the scrapbooking section at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Thanks for your interest, Amanda!

  2. Annessa says:

    Hi! This is so cool! Is it dish washer safe? Or hand wash only?

    1. Hello. This is dishwasher safe.

  3. Lauren says:

    WOW I love this idea. I have a question, how do you make sure the etching cream is smoothly on with the spoon? Would I be able to use a sponge brush or paint brush to apply the etching cream??


    1. Hi Lauren. You could use a brush but you want to get a pretty thick coat of cream so the spoon worked well. It doesn’t have to be smooth. Good luck with your project!

  4. Natalie says:

    How do you etch in a circle? ( we love dad)

  5. I love this idea! I bought some large beer mugs at Dollar Tree a few years ago for my husband with the intent to do something creative with them. This would be so cute to let the boys help me turn them into custom glasses for Father’s Day.

  6. I LOVE this gift idea. I’ve never tried etching glass before so I found your tips super helpful. Off to check out Michael’s online…been waiting for that to happen!

  7. Awesome. I needed to make something for dad- this is it. If only I find the etching cream here.

  8. Love these! Good idea to use stickers. I just figured you had to use vinyl, but these turned out great!

  9. I love that you did something that will get used! And love that you used stickers too – so smart!

  10. This is such a cool idea Corey, my hubby would love these 🙂 xo, Tanya

  11. The glasses are beautifully done, and you have great taste in beer! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I am loving this! And Pliny the Elder… yum!

  13. Cute! I have done etching but never would have thought to do it on a beer glass. My husband would love this!

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