DIY: Etch A Pint Glass With A Police Box (e.g. TARDIS)

DIY: Etch A Pint Glass With A Police Box (e.g. TARDIS)2018-03-17T18:49:14-04:00

Project Description

Transform a plain pint glass by etching a police box, similar to the TARDIS from the BBC show Doctor Who, on to the surface using etchall® etching crème. etchall is a re-usable crème that produces a white opaque, permanent etched finish on glass, mirror, ceramic, porcelain, marble and slate.



Follow these step by step instructions and check out the video tutorial.

  1. Cover your work area with paper or plastic drop cloth.
  2. Cut out the stencil from etchmask using an electronic cutting machine or the swivel knife. Here’s a PDF and an SVG of the design that fits a pint glass perfectly.
  3. Rinse the surface to be etched with water or clean with an alcohol wipe to remove all dirt, fingerprints or oils. Do not use glass cleaner as leftover residue may resist etching.) Dry with a coffee filter, paper towel, or lint-free cloth.
  4. Cut a piece of transfer sheet to fit the size of the stencil.
  5. Apply the transfer sheet to the stencil and burnish it down well.
  6. Separate the backing sheet away from the vinyl, so the vinyl is on the transfer sheet and the sticky side of the vinyl is exposed.
  7. Transfer the stencil to the glass and burnish it down well. Use the fleshy part of your finger and press the stencil down well. Don’t rub your finger back and forth over the stencil because you might lift the edges. Weed the stencil using the etchall® Detail Pick Tool.
  8. Use the painters tape to make a “gutter” on each side of the stencil. These gutters will catch any creme than might drip down the side of the glass.
  9. Cover any other exposed glass close to the edges of the stencil cut-outs to protect the glass.
  10. Use the plastic spoon to apply a heavy coat (about 1/8″ thick) of etchall creme to the exposed glass.
  11. Leave etching crème on design for 15 minutes. After etching time has elapsed, use the squeegee to return the crème back into the original container for later re-use.
  12. Wash the etched surface with the sponge in the basin or under running water to remove any remaining crème. Remember to keep crème away from porcelain sinks or ceramic tiles! After all crème has been thoroughly rinsed away, remove and discard the stencil and wash again in the basin or under running water.
  13. Wash and dry the glass and you’re ready to enjoy a pint of your favorite beverage! Your glass is permanently etched and dishwasher safe.


  1. Jules February 23, 2018 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Love this Joe! I’m an original Dr. Who fan from waaaay back and still remember the blue police boxes on city streets where I grew up…….. Yep, I’m that old – and watched the series in black & white LOL Wish we could have a Dalek design for another glass, but I guess it’s copyrighted…

    • Joe Rotella February 24, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

      Hi!! I do have a Dalek design 🙂 I think it’s OK for me to use since it’s for personal use. But I certainly couldn’t sell it! I think I’ll give it a try as a companion glass!!

  2. Joe Morgan February 24, 2018 at 12:07 am - Reply

    I love this! Etching is so easy with Joe R’s instructions. I’m already planning to make some glasses.

  3. Arlene February 25, 2018 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Love it

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