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DIY Glass Etching

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Hi, all! I’m back again with one of the most versatile crafts in my DIY arsenal. I love to customize glass pieces for a quick gift. Some of my previously customized projects include wine glasses, beer mugs, glass casserole dishes, glass vases, and glass candy dishes. I am currently etching a monogram in a glass canister. See how easily it can be done!

Materials:

  • Glass Canister ($2.99 from Hobby Lobby)
  • CriCut with Tools, Vinyl, and Transfer Paper
  • Armour Etch
  • Small Paintbrush

Design

To start off, I need a design I want to apply to the canister. I picked a monogram. After you have the design saved in CriCut, it’s time to measure the canister and apply the measurements to the design in the studio. Then proceed to have the CriCut cut out the design on regular vinyl. I like to use scraps, or ugly patterns when possible so I’m not wasting my favorite vinyl.  

Gather Supplies

When I am shopping for DIY supplies, I like to check for sales in all of the major hobby stores, and check for coupons to help keep the cost down. I also do a quick search online to see if I can get it for cheaper somewhere else. Typically, buying off-name brands of vinyl on Amazon are much cheaper, but don’t always work as well. I check reviews really well before I decided on a brand. When I find one I like, I tend to stick with it to save some time when searching for new DIY products.

Weed Out the CriCut Design

After it’s finished, you need to weed-out the center, like you normally would. Once it is all finished, it should look something like this. 

Weeded Vinyl Design. The DIY Wife

Apply the Design

Next, clean the canister really well. Then, using transfer paper, apply the design to the canister. I have used this DIY tutorial from Happy Crafters a million times. It teaches you how to apply vinyl to a rounded surface, if you aren’t familiar with the process. Make sure you have rubbed the vinyl pretty hard all around the edges to seal it. This is a very important step. It will make your project look much more professional. 

Design Placement. The DIY Wife

Etching Process

Now it is time to paint on the Armour Etch. I used a small paintbrush and gloves. If you don’t have one, just look around. A disposable knife, or piece of cardboard would probably work too. I also painted on the Armour Etch outdoors to mitigate messy drips and help with ventilation. You don’t have to get too fancy here, just shake it vigorously, work quickly and keep it neat. Make sure that you slather it on thick enough that it is evenly covered, but not too thick that it drips. Brush the design in all directions to get it coated really well. Try to avoid any bush lines. Wipe up any spills right away, and make sure you are following all of the directions from the manufacturer. 

Design Etching with Armour Etch

 Rinse

After the timer went off, I rinsed off a small part to see if it was etched to my liking. When ready, just rinse the Armour Etch off really well with water and peel the vinyl off to see the finished product. My DIY project was ready in 15 minutes. 

DIY Glass Etching Finished product. The DIY WIfe

-Happy DIY-ing!

signing off- Kimberly

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