Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Glass Etching

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My daughter-in-law and I wanted to have friends over for a tea party and we wanted them to be able to take something home with them. Since we had some glass etching cream that we used on her and my son's toasting glasses for their wedding we decided to etch a glass for each guest. We wanted to keep the cost down so bought our glasses at The Dollar Tree.

This is one of the toasting glasses from the wedding. The big "M" came from Tie the Knot Cricut cartridge and the small "M" & "S" came from the Jasmine.

These are the glasses that our guest could take home. We chose 3 different size glasses.

This is our trial glass before starting the ones for our guests. It has icicles and snowflakes but since it was the holiday season we chose to use icicles holly leaves for our guests.

First we cut the images on the Cricut using vinyl. Our icicles and snowflakes came from the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art and the holly leaves were from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. You will want to use the reverse image so you can use the actual image for something else if you want. If you don't have access to a cutting machine you could use any adhesive stencil.

The icicles were easy to adhere to the glass. Since it was curved we had to make sure the creases were closed, we did this by pressing them flat.

We used transfer tape with our snowflakes and holly leaves so our small pieces stayed in there exact place.
The etching cream was applied with a foam paintbrush. We applied it pretty thick but not so thick that it dripped down.

After about 10 minutes we rinsed the etching cream off with warm water and removed the vinyl.

We had a lot of fun making the glasses and the image could be changed for any occasion. I think they would make a great personalized gift.


  1. I love glass etching! I also buy things from the Dollar Tree to etch. Very nice job.

  2. love it!! i want to make some!!!

  3. That is too cool !! I haven't tried glass etching but ... I just might have to now. Thanks for sharing.. Sam

  4. You have inspired me to try it.

  5. These are super nice! I saw glasses at Dollar Tree yesterday and you've created a desire for me to buy them and try etching.

  6. Super awesome! I would like to see a close up of the base of the 1st icicle one.

    Love it!

  7. I just finished 15 Vase's for a family reunion .purchased at Dollar tree. Easy once you get your stencil designed.