- Glass vessel or vase or mirror
- Adhesive stencil
- Etching cream
- Paint brush
Choose a glass piece to personalize. You want your surface to be clean, so wash it with soap and water and dry thoroughly.
Apply your stencil. We used Martha Stewart's adhesive craft stencils, which is a peel and stick method. If you want to make your own design, you can make your own stencil by drawing a unique design on adhesive vinyl or contact paper. Use a sharp knife, such as an Exacto knife, holding it at a 90-degree angle to cut out your design on a cutting mat. When applying the adhesive stencil, make sure there are no bubbles. If you are using a non-adhesive stencil, make sure it is securely held in place with tape.
Apply the etching cream with a paint brush. Use a generous amount to apply a thick layer. Leave the cream on for approximately 5-10 minutes or follow the directions provided on the bottle.
Rinse off the cream with water, removing all of it from your stencil. You may need to gently rub it off with your finger.
Dry off your glass with a clean cloth and apply the next stencil. Tip: If you are using a thick or heavy glass, you may have to repeat steps three through five up to three times. Make sure to leave the stencil on in between coats.
Once you have your finished product, make sure you care for it properly. Etching cream will permanently etch designs on glass or mirrors, and you can safely wash and clean your glass after it's etched. It is highly recommended not to use etching cream near kids or animals.
In these five steps, you can create several unique pieces, such as a small vase for your tabletop or a large mirror in your entryway. Consider personalizing a set of monogrammed glassware for your next dinner party, or stamping your family name on your casserole dishes. The possibilities are endless.