Thursday, June 27, 2013

glass etching tutorial

Hi all, Tanya here!  Today I wanted to share with you a super easy way to make awesome (and easy) home decor and/or gifts! :)

For Mother's Day this year, we decided to make homemade gifts for all the mothers in our lives, we put all the little goodies inside a glass jar, etched with their names.  It is super simple to make, but looks like a million bucks! :)

I first started off in the Silhouette Software, where I designed a label the way I wanted.  I modified THIS shape from the Silhouette Store, adding my mother's name in a fancy font that I liked.
Then, I fed a scrap of adhesive vinyl (it's a great way to use scraps of any color) through my machine, and weeded the parts that I wanted to be etched on the jar.  Transfer your vinyl (I just use clear Contact paper) to adhere your design to your jar (or whatever you are etching).
This is the lid I made for my mom's jar, another modified shape that I added lettering to.
Spread a very thick layer of your glass etching medium.  I used Armor Etch, from Hobby Lobby.  I found globbing it on works best, even though it feels like you're wasting it.
Set your timer for about 5 minutes ....
.... and then rinse!  You can just barely tell at this point that anything looks different.
Peel your adhesive vinyl away, and be amazed at your handywork!! :)
Here is the finished lid (sorry it's not a better photo).
And a view of another finished jar. 

I have since wanted to etch everything I could find! :)  I am planning to etch the glass in a frame, but I haven't done it yet.  My awesome friend Sheryl (that gave me the confidence to finally try this) says she often gives large baking dishes for wedding gifts, with the last name etched on.  I think that is a FANTASTIC idea!!! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. This is such a great idea, and you make it look so easy! I definitely plan on doing this for Christmas. Maybe if I start now, I won't be late. :)

  2. This is so awesome! Makes me want to try it! :)

  3. What a great idea! I love the baking dish idea too--- like I need another hobby:)

  4. Wow, Tanya! This is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  5. You did a fabulous job! Your jars have given me another idea though. Scrapbook storage, ribbon, spokes, brads, etc. good idea. Thanks

  6. OMG Thanks for the tutorial on this. I really want to try this!!!