it’s coming up on valentine’s day, so everyone has heart item DIYs up. i like hearts, but i don’t loooove them, so i decided to make these frosted etched glasses with both hearts and stars.
first things first. if you have amazon prime, it is the way to go for ordering random things like “armour etch” and “painters’ tape” – items i do not normally have in my house and am not exactly sure what they are. i know, i could go to the craft store (right?) or maybe home depot to get them, but i’m scared of those places. i’ll have to get over it at some point, but right now, i’m happy to online shop so i can google what it is exactly that i’m buying and whether i’m buying the right thing.
ANYWAY. i got everything from amazon and tried to make these glasses so that my friends and i could watch the bachelor in style.
what happened? i failed. sort of. let me explain.
things started off okay. i realized after the first glass that you need to use smaller pieces of painters tape to line the rim because one long piece wouldn’t actually make it around the rim properly. i keep typing rim and it’s making me giggle. i blame the jet lag. moving on.
i bought stemless glasses for this, which was a mistake. the stem would help make it easier to hold these suckers while applying the stickers and etching stuff. but whatever, not a huge deal.
i used stars and hearts, to end up with two glasses with stars and two with hearts. the tiny star stickers were super annoying, because you could barely apply them and then when i put the etching stuff on, that would make the points of the stars curl up, so i’d avoid tiny stickers and stickers with pointy parts at all costs.
i am not the best designer but i was happy enough with my random assortment of stars and hearts on the glasses. then went on the etching stuff. i clearly didn’t put enough on because this is what happened when i rinsed off the star glasses.
in case you can’t tell from the photo, there was no “frosted” on the glasses, just weird streaks of what looked like dishwasher soap that didn’t come off in the rinse cycle.
i hadn’t rinsed off the heart glasses yet, so i globbed some more insta-etch onto them, hoping to salvage them, which it did! yay! so i decided to see if drying and doing a second layer on the star glasses would help fix them and it did!! phew!*
all in all, not a failure, even though it felt like it there for a minute. my final advice:
1) do not use glasses without stems
2) stay away from stickers that can pull up and really tiny ones as they will drive you crazy
3) don’t get a manicure before you do this, it will ruin it
4) GO TO TOWN with the etching stuff. seriously. when you think it’s enough, add more. this is no time for moderation.
in the end, the heart glasses came out much better than the stars, not because of the etching issue, but because the star points pulled up so some of them aren’t quite perfect stars. that said, i really like them both – they’re not my usual style, but a cute set of glasses to have around for sure.
*yeah, that’s a lot of exclamation points right there, but you have no idea how bummed i was at the thought of failing at my second DIY project.