Hey mint juleps, step aside. Make this monogrammed horseshoe beer glass to watch the jockeys race for the Triple Crown.
All you need is a $3 beer glass and some etching cream to make a lucky glass. You can use a craft knife like I did or if you own a die cutting machine (lucky!) then you can use that to cut the horseshoe pattern. And they’re off!
WANNA MAKE IT? Keep reading for the step-by-step tutorial and supply list for making a monogrammed horseshoe beer glass –>
Supplies for how to etch a monogrammed horseshoe beer glass for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes:
- Kathy’s Free Horseshoe Template (PDF)> and my monogrammed letters template
- Glass vase – mine was the standard 7-1/2″ tall x 11″ around free vase from floral deliveries
- Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream
- Foam brush and/or paint brushes
- Contact paper shelf liner (I used white)
- X-Acto knife, metal ruler, and small self-healing cutting mat
- 1/4″ round hole punch
- 2″ circle craft punch
- Rubber gloves
- Water (do not use a ceramic sink)
- Patio paint in white – weatherproof paint for ceramics, concrete, etc. (optional)
- Rubbing alcohol pad (optional)
How to etch a monogrammed horseshoe beer glass for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes:
Print out my free horseshoe template and monogram. You can get the monogram from etched monogrammed glass vase tutorial here. Cut it out using your craft knife and self-healing mat.
I like to use a bit of painter’s tape to hold it down and it’s easily removable.
Carefully peel the backing from the contact paper.
Stick it carefully onto a clean beer glass, making sure there are no bubbles. I wiped mine first with an alcohol wipe and let it dry.
Use a hole puncher to punch out the circles.
Here’s a tip – use a craft knife to slip the backings off of these tiny little buggers.
I put four circles on each side. I just eyeballed the spacing. You’ll notice that I sliced into the corners of the template here, kind of like clipping curves in sewing.
I added a few more pieces of contact paper to cover up the clipped corners. Now we’re ready to etch! This stuff is totally caustic. Make sure to use it on a covered surface and nowhere near anything that you wouldn’t want etched if it dripped on it. And to be totally safe, wear gloves and goggles. Check out my etched monogrammed glass vase tutorial for a lot more to say about safely working with etching cream.
Pour the etching cream onto the horseshoe and monogram. I made it a bit thick. Wait the recommended amount of time on your product. Now I’m not sure if this is the proper thing to do, but I use the foam brush to put it back into the jar. Maybe a bit over-thrifty but I’ve re-used it three times now and it has worked.
Gently wash the remaining off in a non-ceramic sink (mine is metal) and peel off your stencil. You can now wash it in the dishwasher and pour your beer.
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