Project #79: Glass etching


Glass etching by Khali from Little. Lovely.

Like most families, we’re trying to live a greener life. One of our steps towards becoming more environmentally conscious is to limit the plastic we use. That means Hunter and Charlotte don’t use plastic drinking cups. To make plain glasses more interesting to little eyes, I created designs using a glass etching cream.  These cups have now become the favourites in our household.

You’ll need:
* Contact paper
* Glass etching cream (available from craft supply stores)
* Paint brush
* Pencil
* Scissors or craft knife
* Water


Step one:
Measure the circumference and height of your glass.
Step two:
Cut a piece of contact to be the length of the circumference and height of your glass.
Step three:
Draw a design  onto the piece of contact, keeping in mind it will be the mirror image when it is transferred to your glass.
Step four:
Cut out your designs with scissors or a craft knife.
Step five:
Peel the backing off your contact paper and attach it to your glass. An easy way to do this is to lay the contact on a flat surface, line up the glass on one edge and then roll the glass over the contact paper.
Step six: 
Apply a very thick coat of glass etching cream to the areas not covered by contact paper and leave to set. (Note: Most creams will suggest waiting five minutes before washing your surface. I found better results were achieved by leaving the cream on for substantially longer – at least half an hour.)
Step seven:
Rinse cream of glass surface, remove contact paper and wash glass thoroughly in soapy water before use.


.. Little. Lovely...

Bloesem loves comments
  1. Kyra

    What a lovely idea!! I’ve bookmarked your tutorial, will have to try this one day 🙂

  2. sara

    What a really fun idea! I may have my children design something and then we can etch that onto a special cup for them.

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