Guy DIY: Frosted Glass Effect

3 Y ears ago by

I’ve seen some really great etched glass projects on Pinterest like this and this, so I decided to try my hand at it too. But instead of etching a straight up logo, I wanted to reverse the process and give the entire glass a frosted look.

Today I’m going to show you how to stencil a football onto a pilsner glass using Martha Stewart Crafts® Frost Etching Effect.

Oh, and guys don’t let the name “Martha” name intimidate you … she actually helps makes this whole process a lot easier.

Here’s how you get started:


Step 1: Create a lip around the top of your glass with tape.


When working on drinkware, be sure to tape off a lip line approximately 2 cm from the top of the glass.

TIP: The tape may also help you to align the stencil on your glass.

Step 2: Apply your stencil to the glass.


Make sure there are no gaps or bubbles between your stencil and glass.

NOTE: I created my football pattern with a Cricut® machine and vinyl stencil, so it would stick to the glass. It can also be done with an X-ACTO® knife and spray on adhesive.

Step 3: Cover your glass with frost etching cream.


Dab on the cream with a sponge, and make sure to cover all of the exposed glass.

Step 4: Remove your stencil.


Once you have an even coat of etching cream on your glass, carefully pull off your stencil with a pin and let the glass dry for at least an hour.

Step 5: Bake in oven to set.

Securely place your glass in a cool oven, adjust to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.

TIP: Be sure and let your glasses heat up gradually to avoid cracking.


Cheers! The perfect complement to your big game party.

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  • Betsy

    I really love this reversed effect and want to do right away!! However, I have some questions. I have used etching cream before (didn’t realize Martha had some) and when I do, I’ve left the stencil on when drying. Is this wrong? Second, I’ve never baked my items. Just rinsed them off and was ready to use. Have I over looked a step or is Martha’s etching cream different? Thanks! :)

  • Stephen

    Hi Betsy, The frost etching effect is more like paint, so you can pull off the stencil before it dries. You would also have to bake it to cure it … or let it air dry for about three weeks before use.

  • Betsy

    Thanks! One other question: which Cricut cartridge was used for the football? Or better yet which one has a football?!

    • Cute project!! Check out for Cricut images. You can search by keyword and most the time it pulls up every cartridge that has an image matching that word.

  • Val Hardison

    Sports Mania has that football.

  • Mary

    I etched 250 wine glasses for my daughter’s wedding. The etching product was not Martha’s, but sounds very similar. I used adhesive shelf paper and my Cricut, painted the goo on, left the stencil and goo on for 15 minutes, washed off the goo, then removed the stencil, washed the glass ( no oven) and was good to use immediately. Had great results. Could be the difference in the etching product.

  • Mary

    Football in on the Cricut cartridge: Sports Mania

  • Tia

    What do you mean by heat up gradually? Do you stick them in the oven while preheating?

  • Stephen

    Yes, let the glass heat up along with the oven. If you put cold glass in a hot oven, it may very likely break. And Sports Mania is the cartridge with the football.