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12 Days of Holiday Crafts, Day 12: New Year’s Glasses

 (Maggie Bullock)
(Maggie Bullock)

Last year Ethan and I were on our honeymoon, sipping champagne on the banks of the Seine, on New Year’s Eve; this year, we’ll be celebrating with a few friends, a jig saw puzzle, and newly etched mustache champagne glasses—two very different celebrations, both perfect in their own way.

These glasses are fun, not fancy or elegant, but simple and smile-inducing. Even making them, I couldn't help but smile. I love them.

You will need:

  • clean, dry champagne glasses
  • rubbing alcohol
  • self-adhesive contact paper
  • a pencil
  • scissors
  • a dry foam brush
  • glass etching cream


  1. Do a quick search online for good mustache patterns and size them for your glasses. I used two different shapes (do as many different shapes as you have guests and you won’t need glass markers).
  2. Trace your templates on to contact paper and cut out the mustache from the middle of the paper. This isn’t as difficult as it first appears.
  3. Wash and dry your glasses well, then wipe them down with rubbing alcohol. This step is key if you want your etching to be even.
  4. Remove the paper backing from the contact paper and place your mustaches on the glass. Make sure there are no bubbles in the contact paper and all edges are securely adhered. Apply pressure to the edges of the design a few times to ensure a good seal, otherwise your design won’t be crisp when you pull off the paper, then give the mustache another quick wipe with rubbing alcohol. (If there is any grease from your hands on the glass, it won’t etch…I’ve made this mistake many times).
  5. Following etching cream instructions, apply with a clean, dry sponge brush and let sit. I find that a very thick layer of etching cream is best, and I let mine sit for about 30 minutes—though the instructions recommended only 10.
  6. Rinse off etching cream with warm water, peel off the contact paper, and check out the results.


Fill your glasses with sparkling cider or champagne and ring in the new year.




Artist and crafter Maggie Wolcott writes about craft events in and around Spokane, as well as her own adventures in creating and repurposing. Her DwellWellNW posts include project and decorating ideas, recipes, reviews of events, and interviews with local artists. Maggie spends her days as an English professor, and when she’s not grading papers, she can generally be found with a paintbrush or scissors in hand. She can be reached at