May 17, 2019 – Latest Update

Greetings, dear readers! As the most of you are aware, I am a native of the Deep South who was reared in the wonderful state of North Carolina. I was dying to perfect the craft of glass etching and, like most Southerners, I enjoy a good monogrammed present, so I gave it a shot. Making a fully customized gift for friends and family is actually SO MUCH cheaper and easier than I had anticipated.

Without further ado, continue reading to find out how to make your own DIY etched glass gifts! They would be fantastic housewarming or wedding presents! I’ll be honest; I made this one primarily for myself. However, I DO have plans to make gifts for close friends and relatives. There are some affiliate links in this article. To view my complete disclosure policy, click here.

Materials required for the DIY Etched Glass Tutorial:

Cutting board Painter’s tape and Etching cream Contact paper Silhouette CAMEO craft knife Steps:

1) Use glass cleaner to completely clean your vase.

2) Using the letter or shape you wish to etch into your vase, cut it out, keeping in mind that you will use an etching cream in the empty space. I cut out my “a” with a Silhouette CAMEO, but you can do it by hand with a cutting board and a sharp craft knife. Simply use your printer to print out a letter, cut it out, and use it as a template. very simple

3) Lay the contact paper on your vase after peeling it off. Making ensuring there are no air bubbles around the edges is VERY essential. This is why using a square-shaped vase is crucial; it makes it much simpler to get the contact paper to lay evenly and stick effectively. Blobs of etched glass will form if glass etching enters any air bubbles; this is not cute. Next, tape the edge of your contact paper with painter’s tape. This will prevent other parts of your vase from unintentionally becoming stained with glass etching cream. Because it immediately etches the glass, it is highly unforgiving, so you want to be careful not to make any mistakes.

4) Follow the application instructions on the etching cream’s packaging.

5) Put the etching cream back in the container after wiping off any excess so you can use it again. After that, gently remove the contact paper and painter’s tape from your vase. Before you take off the contact paper and painter’s tape, you should be sure that all of the etching cream has been removed.

6) After your vase has dried, you can fill it with whatever you like. I bought some silk tulips online and used some Reindeer Moss from the dollar store. Anything is acceptable for use!

I’m done now! Was that not simple? And isn’t the outcome simply stunning? I adore my vase so much, but I’ll share the affection soon by making others to give as gifts.

If you liked this article, you might also be interested in reading my post on how to build a present bag from wrapping paper:
You might also enjoy my post on how I created washable DIY dotted Sharpie mugs!

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