Champagne Flutes for toasting are one of those often overlooked wedding details. If you’re a bride or groom, you can make custom wedding flutes for your big day in less than 30 minutes. If you have a newly engaged couple in your life, you can make a set of custom etched wedding flutes to give as an engagement gift or bridal shower gift. The new bride and groom can use them to toast to their luck in finding eachother for many anniversaries to come!
Etched Wedding Flutes Supplies:
- Champagne Glasses
- Armour Etch Class Etching Kit
- Adhesive Vinyl (optional)
- Wide Ribbon, Baby’s Breath, & Small Red Roses (For the “Bride” and “Groom” flutes)
- Narrow Ribbon & Silver Pearls (For the “yours” and “mine” flutes)
- Hot Glue
I’m going to share with you two ways to decorate your etched wedding flutes. You can change the colors of ribbon or roses to match the colors of your wedding.
First, we need to etch them. I recommend the Armour Etch Glass Etching Kit. There is enough of the etching liquid to etch champagne flutes for the entire wedding party, and there are stencils for you to use if you like. I thought that the stencils were a little small, so I cut my own on vinyl using a Silhouette cutter. If you happen to own a Silhouette machine, you can use this file to make your own vinyl stencils. You can also use a sharp craft knife to cut out a stencil from your adhesive vinyl.
The Victoria Lynn Champagne glasses are the perfect size and have a beautiful stem that looks great with the etching.
To etch your wedding flutes, cut out your stencil (or use one from the kit) and apply to a clean glass. I used rubbing alcohol to clean the glass before applying the stencil.
Any holes – from the center of an e, o, or a, for example, can be carefully picked off with a pin and put into place. Make sure the vinyl is pressed securely to the glass. Because the glass is curved, there will be wrinkles – just make sure none of the wrinkles touch the words. If they do, use your fingernail or the edge of a credit card to push out the wrinkle.
Once the stencil is securely in place, clean your wedding flutes a second time with rubbing alcohol. Once the rubbing alcohol has dried, put the etching cream on. Use the brush to add big gloopy blobs of it – just make sure that the letters on the stencil are completely covered.
After one minute, rinse off the etching cream. That’s right – just one minute to etch these wedding flutes! And once they are etched, it is permanent. No need to worry about it being dishwasher safe – the lettering is there forever.
At first, you might think that the etching cream didn’t work, but once the glass is dry and you peel away the stencil, you’ll see that the etching cream did its job.
To make the ribbon and silver pearl wedding flutes, start with your etched glasses. For each glass, cut one 9″ length of ribbon and four 6″ lengths of ribbon. Also cut two 6″ lengths of the silver pearl trim for each glass.
Tie the long piece of ribbon around the stem of the glass and secure with a knot. Use a dab of hot glue under the knot to keep it in place.
Place the four shorter pieces of ribbon and the two silver pearl trim pieces on top of the first knot and tie a second knot. To keep all the ribbon pieces secure, grab a length from the right and a length from the left and tie them into a knot on top of the last knot. This will keep everything in place on your wedding flutes, while hiding the glue.
You can also customize the etchings on your wedding flutes. I chose “Bride” and “Groom” for one set and “yours” and “mine” for a second set. You could also use “Mr.” and “Mrs.”, “his” and “hers” or even “half full” and “half empty” for an optimist and pessimist couple!