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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

{Dads Day DIY} Etched Mustache Beer Mug

I knew I wanted to make something for Father's Day, but couldn't decide on just this week is dedicated to fun and easy projects to make for sweet Dad! The mustache craze has been going on awhile, and I'm still on the bandwagon. Yesterday we made Shot Glasses with mustache decals, today we're adding the stache to beer mugs with etching cream.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Mustache Etched Beer Mug

{What You Need}

Glass Beer Mug (this oversized one was $1 at Dollar Tree)
Etching Cream
Print-out of your favorite mustache
Contact paper
Xacto knife

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Mustache Etched Beer Mug

Just like yesterday, I did a Google image search for 'mustache stencil,' and printed out my favorite one to fit my mug. Trace the mustache on contact paper (like this Otomi Table project), then tape it in place on a cutting mat.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Mustache Etched Beer Mug

Yesterday we kept the center part as a decal, but for this project we're using the outer part as a stencil.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Mustache Etched Beer Mug

Position it in place on your mug, and press all the edges down to seal. Using a popsicle stick, spread a thick layer of etching cream over the stencil. The instructions say 5-30 minutes...I get better results leaving the cream in place for 1-2 hours! Leave the stencil in place when you rinse the cream off, in case it needs another round.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Mustache Etched Beer Mug

Unlike the Etched Monogram Mason Jar, the etching was much more noticeable and contrasting on the beer mug. Not sure if it's the type of glass, the larger shape, or just because I left it on longer. The etching cream literally eats away at the glass, so there's no rubbing it off...hence the reason you want a tight seal on your stencil.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Mustache Etched Beer Mug
I had some seepage, but it just adds to the home-made appeal, right?
I used a strip of leather to tie a kraft paper tag to the handle, to make the gift more masculine for Dad.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Mustache Etched Beer Mug

I plan to add a case of Dad's Root Beer and Cream Soda (found here or here) for a full Father's Day gift pack.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Mustache Etched Beer Mug

Mr. Sugarplum won't care what we give him...if it's from this sweet face, he'll love it!

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Mustache Etched Beer Mug

Do you love the mustache as much as I do?! Pretty impressive mug for the Dollar Store, don't you think?

Check out the Summer Projects tab, and Easy DIY Gifts Gallery, for more fun ideas.


  1. LOVE the mustache! So so fun! Great idea!

  2. That's creative! You could do all sorts of shapes and icons!

    Kristen from The Road to Domestication

  3. What a clever idea! That looks like my favorite straw I had when I was growing up. Much more fun than the straight ones! Your daughter is adorable.


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