Get Crafty: DIY Etched Glassware

Get Crafty: DIY Etched Glassware


I know what you’re thinking. Etching glassware sounds like it could result in someone losing an eye. But the truth is, etching is super simple, takes only a few minutes, and can yield totally chic and customizable results. It’s basically a way of frosting small- scale pieces of glass. For this project, I used contact paper to create custom designs or stencils. It’s much more durable than painter’s tape and allows for more creativity in terms of shapes and patterns. You can also use vinyl letters to etch labels into your jars and canisters for flour, sugar, rice and so on.


Glass Etching Cream

contact Paper

Vinyl Letters



Paint Brush

Step 1:

Cut your contact paper into small shapes to create a pattern. I went with our signature triangle pattern on a glass carafe.

Step 2:

Wash and dry your glass carafe or pitcher to start out with a clean surface. Peel off the backing of your contact paper and attach each piece to the glass. Be sure to press firmly so that you get a clean edge when you start etching.

Step 3:

Use a paintbrush to apply a heavy layer of etching cream all over your carafe. Dab it on evenly, but don’t brush too firmly, as that tends to thin out the cream. The thicker the layer of etching cream the better.

Step 4:

Let the etching cream sit for 30 minutes, and then rinse it off with water. Be sure to clean your sink thoroughly after this rinse, as the etching cream is toxic.

Step 5:

Peel off your contact paper pattern and wipe with a damp towel or rag to remove any remaining traces of etching cream. Fill up with your favorite beverage and marvel at your handiwork. I created a striped carafe, labeled a pitcher with the word PUNCH, and decorated a large Mason jar with the same triangle pattern. It’s a great way to turn a bunch of mismatched glassware into a custom collection.

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