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DIY Christmas Gift - Etching Stainless Steel Tumblers

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**Do this outside!**
My husband steals all my tumblers so the kids and I decided to get him his own special one.
These tumblers are stainless steel and from Walmart for about $10.
First use adhesive stencils. This is personal use and not for sale so I used a image off the internet.
Attach to your cup. Then get some supplies ready:
9v battery
Low voltage wire (old telephone or speaker wire works )
electrical tape
Vinegar
Salt
Q-tips
Container
Scissors
Tape your positive end to the battery and the cup.
Tape negative end to the battery negative post and wrap around q-tip.
Mix up tablespoon of salt and about a 1/2 cup vinegar.
Dip the q-tip in vinegar mix and start etching! Keep it moving, it will bubble or sizzle when it's working. It stinks so this is why you should be outside.
**This is a battery and electric, even though the current is very minimal I still stress to be careful and not let children do this project.**
The longer you stay in one spot the more it removes and the whiter the etching will be. It was 105 degrees outside and I just wanted to be done.
Rinse and clean by hand with soap and water, then double check any spots before removing the stencil.
We also did the bottom with a joke between my daughter and husband.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Vinegar   (Walmart)
  • Salt, 9v batteries, Ozark Tumbler   (Walmart)

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Ask the creator about this project

  • Joni DeMore- Malone
    Joni DeMore- Malone Port Clinton, OH
    on Jun 18, 2016

    You're unbelievable. This is awesome.

  • Mari Nall
    Mari Nall Cecilia, KY
    on Jun 18, 2016

    Jen, amazing as usual!

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Jun 18, 2016

    This is AMAZING! I've got a lot of ideas for this. Its a SAVE! Thanks for sharing!

  • Connie Hill
    Connie Hill
    on Jun 18, 2016

    Good One Jen! I thought at first you were going to do the wood electric burn when I saw your supplies....I could not figure out the travel mug.

    • Jen Burns
      Jen Burns
      on Jun 18, 2016

      I was watching old MacGyver episodes one day and saw something like it, figured I'd see if it worked.

  • Lynn Fern
    Lynn Fern
    on Jun 19, 2016

    Oh my...you're my hero! Seriously such an awesome project!

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