Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Glass Etching

Step 1: Gather supplies: Glassware (baking dish, glasses, or vase), glass etching cream (found at craft stores), contact paper, foam brush, glass cleaner, paper towels, and di-cutter or craft knife.

Step 2: Clean the glassware with the glass cleaner and paper towels. Cut out last name or monogram out of contact paper.  An electric di-cutting machine can be used for this or a craft knife (if your freehand isn’t great trace from a computer printout). 

Step 3: Using the negative as a stencil apply it to the glassware in the desired position.  If it is a larger piece of contact paper use an additional piece of contact paper on top of the negative to help transfer the word more easily. 

Step 4: Take the foam brush and dab the glass etching cream onto the exposed glass in a thick layer.  Let sit for about 30 minutes checking periodically for bare spots and reapplying as necessary.  Rinse and remove contact paper.

Step 5: Wash with soap and water.  This is a great way to save on the sly for wedding and shower gifts if you are strapped for cash. The total project can be less than $20.00 especially if coupons are used to purchase the products.  The etching solution and contact paper will last for many projects.

Happy Crafting,


  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I plan to do this on some beer mugs for my brother for Christmas. One question, where do you get the contact paper at the cheapest price?

  2. Great job. I am thinking of doing this for christmas.