I don’t know about you, but I seem to have a hard time coming up with manly DIY projects and gifts. My Dad’s birthday was no different until it hit me- BEER! Here is a sneak peak of what I’m making for this post;My dad is an avid beer brewer and I wanted to make him something custom and handmade. I could ask Brian my talented in-house graphic designer to whip up a cool logo and make sticker labels, but I wanted something more permanent.
You see, in the brewing process my dad sterilizes glass bottles each time, which means new labels each time…here is an example of his labeling;He often reuses commercial beer bottles with pop-off (not twist-off) lids. We have a ton of these bottles, so I thought it would be fun to customize a 6-pack just for him using glass etching.
- 6 Pop-off beer bottles (labels removed)
- Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream
- Utility sink/Stainless sink
- Well ventilated work space
- Letter stickers
- Tape (masking or other)
- First make sure the glass surface is really clean- no sticker gunk left behind.
- Apply the letters/stickers to the bottles and tape off any area you don’t want etched. I normally use masking tape but couldn’t locate it – packaging tape worked just fine;
- In a well ventilated work space (crack open that window!), apply the etching paste evenly and start your timer for 5 minutes.
- Rinse the paste off using running water in a utility sink or a stainless steel sink. Etching solutions can dull porcelain surfaces.Wha-la! I’m done (okay well 5 more to go)!He could keep them for himself, or give them as a special gift. Fathers day is right around the corner. You could easily use this idea to customize a mug- or any glass object with text or designs. Check out this post for other glass etching designs and ideas.