@#$%&* Etched Shot Glass Tutorial

Recently, I made a set of shot glasses for a friend’s birthday.  She is a member of my book club (at least that’s what we call it) and is quite the tequila connoisseur (at least that’s what we call her).   I’m not saying we do shots (at least not regularly) at book club.  I’m just sayin’, if we were to do shots at a very special birthday book club gathering, where the honoree is a tequila connoisseur, the sentiment on the shot glasses is what would be going through my head immediately upon drinking said shot. Here is a quick and easy tutorial to make some shot glasses with a sense of humor!

!@#&* Shot Glasses

Materials to Make Etched Shot Glasses

The great thing about this project is that it’s mostly stickers and tape…gotta love that!  I found the shot glasses at Cost Plus World Market for $2/a piece.   Here are is a list of the materials:

Shot glasses

Painter’s Tape


Popsicle Stick or paintbrush

Etching Cream (found at art supply or craft stores)

Rubber Gloves


Clean Cloth ( or flour sack towel)

Wash and Dry Shot Glasses

The biggest tip I can give you for a professional etched finish is to wash and dry the glasses thoroughly and keep the area being etched free of fingerprints. Wash and Dry Glasses

Mark Area To Be Etched With Painter’s Tape

With painter’s tape, measure out the area you want to apply the etching cream.  I used a tape measure to make sure that all of my etched squares would be in the same location for each glass.   Tip**  Make sure the painter’s tape is pressed against the glass firmly so none of the etching cream seeps through. Tape off Etched Area

I placed painter’s tape on a broad area to protect the surrounding glass from accidentally getting etching cream on it.

Tape Glasses

Place the Sticker on The Shot Glass

Carefully, place your sticker of choice in the center of the square.  Tip** Use gloves or press down on the sticker with a clean cloth (to prevent fingerprints).   Wipe down the glass around the sticker once again. Place Sticker on Glass

Apply Etching Cream to Glass

Make sure your wear protective gloves when working with the etching cream.  Then, using a popsicle stick, stir the etching cream and place a dollop of it in the center of the glass square to be etched.  Spread the cream on like icing.  You want it to be super thick and evenly applied.  Make sure get enough cream along the etches and corners of your square. Apply Etching Cream

 Let The Cream Sit for 5 Minutes

The directions on the jar say to allow the cream to sit for 45 seconds, but I don’t think that’s long enough.  I allowed the etching cream to sit on the glass for five minutes.  Keep a close eye on the glasses during this time.  You may need stop the cream from dripping down the glass with your brush or popsicle stick.

Remove Etching Cream with Sponge

After five minutes, using hot water and wet a sponge, carefully remove the etching cream.  Dry the surface with your clean cloth.

Remove the Stickers and Tape

Then, carefully remove the sticker and painter’s tape. Remove Stickers and Tape

Wash and Dry the Entire Glass

Finally, with warm water and soap, wash and dry the entire glass and you are ready to go!

!@#&* Shot Glasses !@#$%&* Etched Shot Glasses

The glasses are now permanently etched and can be washed in the dishwasher!  I can’t wait to give these to my friend.  (There just so happens to be one glass for each of the book club members…how lucky is that!)

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32 thoughts on “@#$%&* Etched Shot Glass Tutorial

  1. So, the cream does all the etching? No use of any abrasives? and you have to wear gloves. Does that mean its dangerous on your skin? Just wondering.This is realy cool. I want to do a special glass for my daughters graduation and she can do some for a going away gift to her soroity sisters. THanks for sharing.

    • Yes, the cream does all the etching. There are abrasives in the cream. The etching cream is acidic, so it can be harmful to your skin. You will definitely want to wear gloves as a precaution. You may want to practice on a glass jar or something first before you work on your daughter’s special glass. Just be sure to use lots of etching cream. Really pile it on. Also, I would start with a small space to etch like the little squares on the shot glasses or a monogrammed letter. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out.

  2. Thank you for that great tutorial. Your glasses look lovely. I think I will try to make glass vase for my mother, with my child hand print- do you think it will work if I trace her hand on contact paper? Would you recommend anything else to trace her hand on?

  3. These are super cute! I just got some etching cream/supplies and thought about shot glasses for a guy friend who is getting married, but I didn’t think about doing the #$?#)$() (yes, I totally just hit a bunch of buttons) on them. I love the idea! Thanks for sharing!

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