Did you know you can etch your own glass items and personalize them however you please? All you need is a glass etching cream like Armour Etch which can be found at stores like Hobby Lobby. The cream I have costs about $20, so wait until you have a coupon for 40% off or something of the sort.
The process is fairly simple but a bit time consuming if you’re not blessed with a Cricut…
- Figure out what you want to etch into your glass object. Print out or draw a stencil. I used Word Art to make a stencil for my flour jar. On a side note, “Flour” looks really weird if you stare at it too long!
- Lay the stencil on top of contact paper and tape down so neither paper or contact paper slip. You can buy rolls of contact paper for a dollar at Dollar Tree and it works just fine so don’t spend a ton on vinyl unless you use it for something else. Cut out the stencil using an Exacto knife making sure to keep pieces that go inside like the inside of an “O”.
- Peel the contact paper off of the backing and place it on your glass object, making sure to smooth out the bubbles.
- Using a popsicle stick or paintbrush you don’t care much for, spread a thick layer of etching cream on the parts to be stenciled. Make sure it is thick enough that you can’t see through it and covers all of the glass you want etched.
- Leave it for 5-10 minutes…longer for Pyrex or similar products.
- Scrape off the excess etching cream and put it back in the container. You can reuse it next time :).
- The etching cream recommends wearing gloves. Wash the cream off using water. Dry and admire your work.
This is a great way to personalize gifts or just make your home more exciting.