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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.
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor
These tumblers are stainless steel and from Walmart for about $10.
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor
First use adhesive stencils. This is personal use and not for sale so I used a image off the internet.
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor
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
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor
Tape your positive end to the battery and the cup.
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor
Tape negative end to the battery negative post and wrap around q-tip.
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor
Mix up tablespoon of salt and about a 1/2 cup vinegar.
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor
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.**
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor
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.
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor
Rinse and clean by hand with soap and water, then double check any spots before removing the stencil.
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor
All done!
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor
We also did the bottom with a joke between my daughter and husband.
  • diy last minute father s day gift etching stainless steel, crafts, how to, seasonal holiday decor

Materials I used for this project:

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

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Got a question about this project?

  • DeAnna
    DeAnna Ada, MN

    I tried this and yes it did the etching very well, however my etching isnt white it is a rust color? Could I have etched through the stainless steel?

    • DeAnna
      DeAnna Ada, MN

      Yes, washed it with Dawn dish soap and hot water. I used the same exact stainless steel mug as you have in post. Actually this morning the etching is more a copperish color. I kind of like it..

  • Deborah Wilson Shaw

    I am going to trying this one

  • Debbra
    Debbra Hartford, WI

    yes! Love it!!!!!

  • Don
    Don Baytown, TX

    Thanks for the great idea. I have a couple of these and want to try this. Again, THANKS!!!

  • Sharon Kittelmann
    Sharon Kittelmann Boardman, OR

    Will this work on glass

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