There’s nothing like receiving a gift knowing that a lot of time and thought was put into it. Knowing that someone didn’t just walk down an aisle of some discount store and scoop something up last-minute (truth be told, I’ve been guilty of this a time or twelve…) can be even more meaningful than the gift itself. Here’s a quick and easy project that’s perfect for personalizing: DIY etched glass. It takes as little as 20 minutes and has such a chic and personal look. It’s a great craft to give as a gift or keep around your own home.
Things you’ll need:
- Glass-etching cream and brush. I scooped up this Martha Stewart Glass Etching Kit from Michael’s years ago.
- Stencil stickers and/or craft (painter’s) tape. Think through the design you want and plan accordingly.
- Glass item to be etched. I love picking these up from the Dollar Store. Think vases, wine glasses, beer mugs, casserole dishes, candle holders. Anything made of glass with a smooth surface.
- Rubbing alcohol and cotton balls to prep the glass for etching.
- Disposable gloves. (Not required, but recommended)
- Access to a sink to rinse your glass after etching. And your eye after accidentally smearing etching cream into it. (Seriously, guys, WHY am I such a klutz?! Report: my vision was only temporarily compromised. I’m good now!)
Then the steps:
- Prep your glass for etching. Remove all price stickers and thoroughly wash with soap and water. Clean the area to be etched with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry.
- Place your design on the glass. I chose to do a monogram. You can do words, shapes, patterns, etc. Be sure that the stencils are adhered firmly to the glass and there are no air bubbles or gaps.
- Apply the etching cream. If your hands are sensitive, use disposable gloves for this step. Apply a thick,even layer of etching cream over the design area.
- Let the etching cream set for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, rinse the glass under running water to remove all etching cream. Don your gloves for this step too, as you may have to rub the cream off the glass.
- Rinse off your brushes and stencils quickly after etching and wash the glass again with soap and water.
That’s it! So easy, right? I’m always amazed at how professional the results are. I love to etch casserole dishes with a bride’s new monogram and give it at a Bridal Shower. Or add a newborn’s name on a glass ornament for a really special Baby Shower keepsake. Try out this DIY over the weekend and let me know what items you etched. If you post a picture on instagram, remember to tag me! Can’t wait to see it!