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DIY Present: Monogrammed Barware

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When it comes to handmade gifts, I like to do a little half and half – a gift that’s partially purchased and partially hand crafted. In my family we have very low caps on our christmas gifts, so I did this for my sister a couple of years ago to try to make the most with the $25 max I had to work with.

This gift has actually turned into a big story for my family.  That year (and for this project), I went to Home Goods, purchased both the glasses and the decanter for under $20.  The time I actually made this for my sister, there was an odd turn of events however.  Me, being a little too excited to get started, etched the first wine glass before opening the rest of the glasses.  I got a ‘P’ for my sister’s last name onto the first glass and reveled in my creativity.  Then, when unpacking the rest of the glasses, I realized one of the glasses was broken.  Now, a normal person would have just realized that they had gotten ahead of themselves and bought a whole new set.  For whatever reason, I decided to return the glasses.  If they had to damage out the set because of the broken one, it wouldn’t matter that one had a ‘P’ on it, right? So I returned the set, told the associate that there was one glass broken.  Then she took out the rest of the glasses so I said, “and this glass mysteriously has a ‘P’ on it.”  The brand of the glasses was Palm Restaurants, so the associate suggested that as the reason for the mysterious ‘P’.

Why in the world did I do that?  In hindsight, I should have cut my losses and just bought a new set.  I have no clue what I was thinking but to this day, my family won’t let me live it down.  I cried, I was laughing so hard when I told the story to them. Regardless, maybe someone out there bought a 0.99 clearance ‘P’ glass and it just made their day.  That’s what I like to think.

So onto the DIY.  Similar to last time, I bought a set of wine glasses (no broken ones this time) and a decanter from Home Goods for under $20.  The etching cream I had on hand, but it’s just about $8, so it makes the whole gift under $30 and you can use the cream for other projects!

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Making the stencil is pretty simple. For the full tutorial,

Monogrammed Barware tutorial handmade gifts barware
ONE Print out your letter onto a piece of card stock and cut it out with a craft knife to create a template.  TWO trace around the template onto a small piece of contact paper, ensuring that you leave enough space around the letter so that the etching cream doesn’t get onto the glass aside from your cut-out letter.  THREE cut out the letter from the contact paper.  FOUR peel out the outside of the contact paper and fix it to your glass.  Be totally sure to smooth the edges around your letter so that no etching cream oozes out of the letter and there aren’t air bubbles on the edges of your letter.  There will be some air bubble, but just make sure they aren’t along the edge of the letter.  FIVE pile on a thick layer of etching cream.  I mean, really coat it on.  Let it sit for 5 minutes, then wash the cream off and remove the stencil.

monogrammed wine glasses DIY
It’s easier than it seems, but if you’re hesitant, and you have a spare glass at home, practice a little before going onto your gift.

This is definitely a go-to gift for me now. This set is going to my little brother since I am trying to give him some more grown-up type presents so he can entertain some girls (hint hint). It’s an older sister’s duty.

Anywho – How do you like it? Will you give her a spin and wow your family?

In other news – did you see my cookie recipe from yesterday? Well – big treat for ya… Today I’m participating in a virtual ‘cookie exchange’ with some of my absolute favorite bloggers organized my the amazing Victoria from Vmac + Cheese, which means that you get a bunch more recipes than just mine! Check them all out!

Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies from Vmac + Cheese
Peppermint Bark Cookies from Lemon Stripes
Molasses Crinkle Cookies from The Average Girl’s Guide
Red Velvet Cookies from Savor Home
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles from Clara Persis
Dark Chocolate Orange Almond Biscotti from Cupcakes for Breakfast
Almond Sugar Cookies from Lark & Linen
Chocolate Espresso Cookies with Spiced Whipped Mascarpone from Julip Made
Brown Butter Thumbprint Cookies from Fleur de Sel


20 Comments on “DIY Present: Monogrammed Barware”

  1. Sarah @ 702 Park Project December 12, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    I had no idea you could actually make these! I’m definitely going to have to give it a try! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  2. Ashley December 12, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Great idea! I am definitely going to do something like for friends and family this year! Thanks Erin!

  3. ashley December 12, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Wow! I absolutely love this idea, and the anecdote that accompanied it! I will definitely be trying this out with all my friends’ upcoming engagement parties! New last name means some new monogramed goodies!

    Thanks Erin!

  4. FripperyVintage December 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Great gift I would love to receive something like this!

  5. Kristen December 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Just the other day, I etched a glass bottle for my boyfriend’s parents with their last initial. I plan on infusing some vodka with vanilla and cranberry in the bottle for them for Christmas! Also – love your story, made me chuckle :)

  6. Yvonne @ Dress This Nest December 13, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    So fun! I made some etched beer glasses for my dad for father’s day!

  7. Lacey Anne December 13, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    I love this story! I can only imagine your face when she found that P!

  8. macy December 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    What is it that you use for the etching?!

    • Erin | House of Earnest December 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Hi Macy –

      It’s called Etching Cream. I’ve linked to it in the post, but you can get it on Amazon, at Micheals or at Joann Fabrics.

  9. Jamie December 21, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    very cute story. I also monogram items for gifts ornaments and so on but you gave me some helpful hints as far as air bubbles. I love your page. :-)

  10. Elisa December 23, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    You just saved me!!! I’m so doing this for my brother!!!

  11. Colleen Pastoor January 2, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    I can’t believe I’ve never thought of this with all the etching tutorials I’ve seen around! This looks so classy and professionally done. Great tut!

  12. Nikki January 29, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    Such a great idea..thank you for sharing! Would a Cricut work with this as well?

    • Erin | House of Earnest January 30, 2014 at 8:52 am #

      Hi Nikki –

      I don’t know much about Cricut, but I would imagine you could get as creative as you want and make it work!!


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