I don’t know why it’s taken me eight children to finally think of permanently etching their names on individual cups. We’ve tried everything from assigning colors of plastic cups to names on pieces of masking tape. Now the proof cannot be washed away and has to be carefully used.
Here’s the process we used to etch our names on the glass mugs. We bought mason mugs here. And this is the brand of etching cream (Armour Etch). Ours came from the local window place (Fast Glass) but you can usually get it at craft stores or online.
We used stickers to spell out everyone’s names. Obviously I am sharing the names of my children here but most of you don’t know which ones go with which child (except for the boy). We put stickers on two sides of the mug, which is why you can see the names spelled backwards.
Next we taped off a rectangle around each name.
The etching cream gets painted on where we want the glass to be etched. It won’t etch where the stickers or tape are on the glass.
The etching is left on for only about 5 minutes. It doesn’t take long at all.
Wash off the cream under running water. The etching cream is very acidic so PLEASE wear gloves. At first it won’t look like the glass has been etched. But it is!
Peel off the stickers and tape. Wash the glasses again and you are done!