Beth Minnesota

Pint Glass Etching

Last night I got crafty with my bad self. Jen and I did another Arts and Ales Event with Get Knit. (See here for the wreath event we did back in December).  This event was once again held at my favorite brewery, Indeed Brewing Company in Minneapolis.

The evening started with yummy food from the Gastrotruck food truck.  I was excited, they had jerk pork for sandwiches.  My Jamaica loving heart was jumping for joy! It was delicious. We had about 45 minutes or so to eat and socialize and then they started explaining the pint glass etching process.

We got to pick out stencils to trace on to Contact paper and then use an Exacto knife to cut the design out and then stick it to the glass. We also had the option to use painters tape to make designs with if we wanted. Then we put on gloves and used a brush to paint on a product that is simply called “glass etching cream”. It creates a chemical reaction with the glass on any area not covered by the Contact paper or tape. It has to sit for 20 minutes and then you rinse it off, peel away your sticker and voila – you have an etched glass!

PicMonkey Collage

Both Jen and I decided we wanted to do a Minnesota stencil with a heart because we both love our home state!  She decided to do a space themed glass for her second glass and I was going to do an owl – until I started cutting the owl out and decided he looked more like a frightening Jack-O-Lantern. I decided to copy an inspiration from one of the instructors and use painters tape to create a plaid/checked pattern for my second one instead. They turned out so cute!


We agreed that this is the kind of craft that is actually fairly easy and that we could probably try it on our own.  They sell the glass etching cream at Michaels.  We thought it would be fun to do it for Christmas gifts – you could do more than just pint glasses, you could do wine glasses, anything glass related! So spoiler alert to any family and friends reading, you might be getting some personalized Christmas gifts this year!


I have said this before, but I seriously love Get Knit Events. They always say their mission is to “Knit the community and local businesses together with unique experiences.” They do a fantastic job! If you’re local to the Twin Cities I highly recommend checking them out!

As usual, no compensation for this post, I share because I love.

5 thoughts on “Pint Glass Etching

  1. So cool! I didn’t know they sell that at Michael’s. That might be cool for making some gifts! What a neat experience! Love both of your glasses 🙂

  2. I had to LOL over this – “Last night I got crafty with my bad self.” I love how these glasses turned out and now you’re making me want to do something like this for Christmas presents too! I know they’d be a big hit. Your MN one is adorable–now I want to make a Kansas one. I’m going to have to find a 40% off coupon and head to Michaels to find a kit, thanks for the idea Beth!!

  3. This is something that I’ve always wanted to try after seeing it on some show. These always look easy, but I’m not crafty and mine would probably not turn out well. Yours looks great and I love the Minnesota one you chose to do. Those would make wonderful Christmas gifts.

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