Note: This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts and Blue Print Social, but all opinions are my own.
Just a friendly reminder, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th… put a card in the mail pronto (early is always good)! And if your mom lives near by, bring her some flowers with a pretty etched vase on Mother’s Day, she’ll love it! Did you catch that… I etched glass with the help of Martha Stewart Crafts! It’s a first for me, and it was so not hard. I took me 2 attempts to learn how to etch glass, but that is my own fault for not reading the directions well enough. Go figure!
- glass vase
- painters tape
- adhesive stencils for the letters
- Martha Stewart glass etching cream and brush
Oh and see the pic on the right, that’s to show you that the etching glass has secret hidden instructions under the label. For a good 15 minutes, I was sure I threw away the instructions!
I know glass etching sounds very fancy, but it’s way easier than you think! I started with a tape design, because I figured that would be less tricky. So, first you need to clean your glass with rubbing alcohol. Then, I taped my vase the same way I taped my shot glasses in the how to paint glass post. Then you literally just paint the etching cream onto your vase. Oh yea, and wear gloves… this stuff etches glass after all.
Then wait 15 minutes, and rinse with water. OK, so you can see the thickness level above. That’s bad. It did not look good. The good news: You can re-do it! I was mad at the vase and the cream, and started all over. This time, I decided to tape a lot higher and paint on the etching cream a lot thicker. Your glass should be white. See:
After you paint it on super thick… you just let it wait 15 minutes. Or 30, if you forget, like me. Then, run your glass piece under water. The spray nozzle worked better than the plain ol’ faucet for me.
After I did that, I repeated the steps with the -G-R-O-W- adhesive stencils. My flowers need all the encouragement they can get!
And here is a close up of the etched words:
And one more pretty of the pretty vase:
That’s all folks! Then fill with flowers and give to Mom! If you want to see more fun Plaid Creations, check Plaid Crafts on out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterset!
Comments & Reviews
Angela McKinney says
Love how it turned out. It does look pretty easy but sounded hard at first. So glad you shared at #HomeMattersParty
Meredith @ The Palette Muse says
Wow, I always thought etching glass would be intimidating, but you make it look easy! And your directions really made me giggle – sounds just like me on a project. Thanks for the inspiration and instructions!
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Love this! Going to pin it and give it a try!
Love what you did with the etching cream. The vase looks fab! My flowers need all the encouragement they can get too! Thanks for the inspiration and pointers on how to use it
love this! I love how it turned out. Awesome pointers, too. 🙂
Christine Welsh says
WOW…I didn’t even know it was possible to etch glass yourself! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke says
what?!? we gotta read instructions? working on my project!
Love it! I’ll be using etching cream for the first time in the next couple of weeks, so thanks for the tips!
Claire @ A Little Claireification says
Jamie this turned out GREAT!! Gotta get me some o’ dat! Love it!
This looks great! Hopefully I can find something similar to this etching cream here in Germany – I would love to do something like this!
Jamie Dorobek says
If you can’t find any, email me! I will send you some 🙂 You need etching cream!
Kimberly @ A Night Owl says
LOVE this Jamie! So simple but so beautiful!
Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says
If I could marry that etching cream, I would!
Jamie Dorobek says
haha! We might have a fight of little fight brewing if you try to marry it first!
Michelle Houde says
Thanks for this post Jamie! I did not think that it was so easy to do! Now I know! and now I can try it myself! 😀
Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life says
Your vase turned out great! I had the same problem with my etching cream on one of the candle votives I did. Once you get the hang of it, though, it is so easy and fun! I don’t think any glass is safe in my house now. 🙂
Jamie Dorobek says
ha! seriously, the glasses better hide or I’m gonna get ’em!
So awesome. I am totally in love with this stuff. No glass surface is safe from me!