How to Etch Glass in 5 Minutes

We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

I’d always wanted to learn how to etch glass but assumed it was difficult, taking all kinds of funky chemicals and a lot of time. Silly me.  5 minutes. That’s how long it took me. After my first one I proceeded to search the house looking for things I could etch designs onto. It’s a bit addicting.

silhouette.pattern.includedIt does require etching cream and sticky type stencils. A small bottle of the etching cream lasts a long time.  If you have a cutting machine, such as Silhouette, you can make your own stencils, which is what I did.   (Hint: Grab your etching cream at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby using a 40% coupon.)  FYI You can grab the free sketching images below. There is a pdf version and a Silhouette cutter version.

One fun use for etching is to decorate up your own personal glass water bottles. You can also learn Why Glass Water Bottles are Better!

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 Supplies for Etching Glass

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Silhouette studio3 File (zipped)

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Instructions

The stencil is adhesive vinyl I cut myself on my Silhouette machine. You can purchase all types of designs.

We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

Carefully  adhere your stencil /label to your object.We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

Apply the etching cream over the open parts. You don’t want it too thin. Be very careful not to get the cream on your skin. Wash your brush with water when done. We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

You can let it sit from 2 to 3 minutes according to the directions, though the time can vary. I did 5 minutes. After that time rinse off the cream.We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

Rub the remaining cream off with a sponge.We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

Remove the stencil  and give it a final cleaning. NOTE: You won’t be able to see the etching well until the glass is dry. That’s it!We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20We'll show you how to etch glass and create beautiful designs on almost any type of glass in just a few minutes. You'll be surprised how easy it is!blank630x20

 

47 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this. Like you, I like etched glass, but I thought it would be really difficult. I will be on my way to the craft store soon to get supplies to try this out!

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  2. How adorable is this?? I’ve been thinking of doing some glass etching but I’ve been way too afraid to try. You make it look easy, simple enough for even ME to do. LOL Thanks for sharing! (Stopping by from Show & Tell Link Party)

    ~Taylor-Made Homestead~
    Texas

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  3. Mary

    Wow, looks great and fun! Can you use a regular stencil or does it have to be a sticky one? I have many and would like to use what I have.
    Thank you!!

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    1. Nancy Author

      Thanks Mary! It needs to be the sticky kind I’m afraid. The right kind is like thin vinyl. There’s just no way to get a regular to keep the etching cream from going under it. I know what you mean… I had regular labels I wanted to use too!

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  4. Eric

    I like your site! Wanted to see if you would be open to test out my glass etching supplies for free in exchange for feedback. Will you please let me know by email? I will try to come back to this page later to see if you replied in the comments too. These will be shipped directly to you at no cost. Urgently, waiting for your reply. I would really appreciate it Eric

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  5. Nancy Balow

    What do you use to keep your stencil in place on glass? I have used a craft spray adhesive but after a few uses it builds up and is difficult to remove the adhesive from the stencil. Also, where can I purchase stencils that are of various sizes, like 2″ x 10″? Can’t find them anywhere in store or online. Thanks for your help.

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    1. Nancy Author

      Hi Nancy!

      You have to use sticky back stencils for this. I believe I linked to some under Supplies. I used my Silhouette machine to cut mine. But you can also by vinyl sheets at a craft store like Hobby Lobby in singles and then cut a design yourself using an Xacto knife. Works great. If its not too detailed it won’t be all that tedious. Amazon has the 12×12 sheets in a 5 pack for 6.99 http://amzn.to/2wO7NbN For ready made adhesive stencils again larger crafts stores like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s will have them and so does Amazon. Here is the link I posted to one and if you scroll down the page you’ll a lot more shown below: http://amzn.to/2xTWe1r

      Good luck!
      Nancy Ü

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  6. Gail

    Tried this on some glass ornaments with two friends and it didn’t work for any of us. We even left it on for 15 minutes. They all came out blotchy, streaky and much of the area still clear. Do you think it was the type of glass? We were really disappointed. We used Armour Etching Cream.

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    1. Nancy Author

      Hi Gail! Wow… I have no idea what would cause that unless it was indeed not completely a glass item. I’ve never had it do that. But I’ve only done it on bottles and jars. I’d suggest doing a test of the same thing on an old mayo jar or something like that. Just do a small stencil as the instructions say. If that turns out well then you’ll know it was most likely something in the glass.

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