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: