Easy Glass Etching DIY with Video

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Did you know glass etching is so easy? With a few simple steps, you can easily customize dishes, candle holders, mirrors, and more with this easy technique.

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Clean the Glass - Wash your item you'll be etching, let it dry, and then wipe the surface with rubbing alcohol to clean it from all oil, dirt, and debris.

Here are the materials you’ll need to etch glass

How do you etch glass?

Etching Glass Instructions

1. Clean the Glass

Wash your item you’ll be etching, let it dry, and then wipe the surface with rubbing alcohol to clean it from all oil, dirt, and debris.

Add Your Stencil - I like to use adhesive stencils as it seals the areas you don't want the etching cream to go. If you want to use a regular stencil, you can always use a spray or liquid adhesive to hold those in place.

2. Add Your Stencil

I like to use adhesive stencils as it seals the areas you don’t want the etching cream to go.

If you want to use a regular stencil, you can always use a spray or liquid adhesive to hold those in place.

Apply Etching Cream - There are a ton of varieties of etching cream out there and many of them are good. This project I'm using Armor Etch. I recommend wearing protective gloves. Apply the etching cream thickly, and once on smooth out as brush strokes will show up if you leave them. Once applied, let your dish set according to your etching cream instructions. Most of the time it's 10 minutes or more.

3. Apply Etching Cream

There are a ton of varieties of etching cream out there and many of them are good. This project I’m using Armor Etch. I recommend wearing protective gloves.

Apply the etching cream thickly, and once on smooth out as brush strokes will show up if you leave them.

Once applied, let your dish set according to your etching cream instructions. Most of the time it’s 10 minutes or more.

Clean It - After the time is up, rinse off the etching cream. Place the dish under running water and rub with your fingers.

4. Clean off the Etching Cream

After the time is up, rinse off the etching cream. Place the dish under running water and rub with your fingers.

Remove Stencil - Carefully peel off the stencil, and rinse off any remaining etching cream. Clean your stencil and place it back on the adhesive baking it came on. These are reusable up to several times.

5. Remove the Stencil

Carefully peel off the stencil, and rinse off any remaining etching cream.

Clean your stencil and place it back on the adhesive baking it came on. These are reusable up to several times.

Once it's cleaned and dry, it's done.

Once it’s cleaned and dry, it’s done.

This is great for creating gifts. You can etch anything that is glass (mirrors included). Here are a few examples of things I have etched - recycled bottles, candle holders, dishes, mirrors, sun catchers, picture frames, etc.

This is great for creating gifts. You can etch anything that is glass (mirrors included). Here are a few examples of things I have etched – recycled bottles, candle holders, dishes, mirrors, sun catchers, picture frames, etc.

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What can I use to etch glass?

You’ll want the following supplies
Glass or Mirror of your choice
Etching Cream
Rubbing Alcohol
Stencils
Paint Brush

What is the best etching cream for glass?

I’m a huge fan of Armor Etch

Can I add color to etching cream?

No you cannot add color to etching cream. However you can etch colored glass.

Is glass etching cream permanent?

Yes, if you buy a product like Armor Etch, it is permanent. If you are using it to etch dishes, you can put them in the dishwasher.

Easy Glass Etching DIY Video

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24 Comments

  1. How cool! I had no idea etching could be done at home.

    Michelle
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    1. Thank you so much Michelle – so glad you like it.

  2. Chas, I’ve never used etching cream but it looks like a fun project. I will look for clear plates and cups when I out thrifting to try this medium out.

    Thanks,
    Rachelle

    1. Thanks Rachelle, and I’m thrilled you want to try it. There are so many possibilities too.

  3. very cool thanks for sharing this technique with me
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    1. Thank you so much Sara and I’m thrilled you like glass etching too. So many possibilities right???

  4. I love how this turned out, Chas. I haven’t tried etching because I thought it was a much more involved process. Now, it’s on my to do list. Thanks for the great tutorial!

    1. Thanks Beverly, it’s so fun and easy – you’ll love it and it will open so many possibilities!

  5. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    1. Thank you Marilyn, I’ll see you at the next party

  6. This is one of those things I’ve always wanted to try and you make it look easy, Chas! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

    1. Thank you Ann and it is truly easy. There are so many possibilities with glass, mirrors, recycled bottles… so much fun to be had.

  7. Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing with us at Charming Homes & Gardens Link Party.

    Rachel

    1. Thank you so much Rachel, I’m thrilled you like it.

    1. Thank you so much Kim – I’m so glad you like it.

  8. Chas, This is something that has been on my to do wish list!! Thanks so much for the great step by step and for linking up at Charming Homes & Gardens! I am excited to share you as my feature this week!

    1. Thank you so much for the feature Kristin and I’m so happy you want to give it a try too. Once you start, you’ll have so many ideas – great gifts too 🙂

  9. Wow – who knew!?! Now that I found out about etching cream, I’m going to try some of your great projects. I’m thinking a whole line of M&T tableware … ??!! I’m sure that’ll make my fortune! 🙂 Thanks for the great inspiration Chas! Take care out there!

    1. Thank you and I love that idea – once you start, the ideas keep coming 🙂

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