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DIY Etched Glass Easy Step by Step Tutorial!

An easy to follow DIY etched glass tutorial!

I’ve been having a lot of fun with DIY glass etching lately, it’s so addicting!  If you’ve never tried it, this is actually something you can easily do at home. It’s super easy and cheap!

There are so many possibilities of what you can make and these make great gifts.  It doesn’t have to be wine glasses, you can etch anything glass… mason jars, beer mugs, trifle bowls, candles, etc…  

Just follow my DIY etched glass tutorial and sit back and admire the beautiful etched glass that you made!

DIY etched glass tutorial

Materials for DIY Etched Glass Tutorial:

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So, let’s get started!!

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Update:  I now have a much more detailed glass etching tutorial with a video tutorial and how to design a Monogram to etch into glass here.

Etching Glass DIY:  Preparing Your Stencil

First thing you’ll want to do is cut out your design on vinyl.  I use my Cricut but you can use any cutting machine, buy something off Etsy or even use stickers.

For this project, we are using the vinyl as a stencil so you will want to weed OUT the design.  You’ll want to leave a 1/2 inch to an inch of vinyl around the design so the cream doesn’t run over.  

Here’s my design weeded out with my Cricut weeding tool.

DIY glass etching tutorial

Apply transfer tape to your vinyl and then apply it to the glass where you want it.  

Tip: With rounded surfaces, I usually make slits around the edge to make sure it lays down flatter.  

I pull on the vinyl a little and stick it down really tight.  Press all around to make sure it is really stuck everywhere!

DIY etched glass tutorial
DIY etched glass tutorial
DIY etched glass tutorial

Then you can take off the transfer tape.

DIY etched glass tutorial

Since some of the edges weren’t very thick I added some painters tape around to keep the cream from touching the glass where I don’t want it!

DIY etched glass tutorial

Then you’re going to apply the etch cream.  Make sure you do this in a ventilated area, it’s pretty smelly!


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Glass Etching Tutorial

DIY etched glass tutorial

Dip a paintbrush into the cream and dab it onto the design.  Make sure there is enough to cover the exposed area but not so much that it drips.

DIY etched glass tutorial

These were some mason jars that I made for my daughter’s 13th birthday party for all the guests to use as cups.

DIY etched glass tutorial

Sometimes I will turn the glasses upside down halfway through if they seem to be running a little.  I leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.

You can scrape some of the etch cream off with the paintbrush to put extra back in the bottle if you want.  

Then take it to a sink and rinse off the cream with soap and water.

DIY etched glass tutorial

Peel off the vinyl and wash the whole glass.  Then hold it up in the light and admire your DIY etched glass masterpiece!  I’ve made quite a few lately.

DIY etched glass tutorial
DIY etched glass tutorial

For these DIY etched glass wine tumblers, I put etching all the way around so it’s kind of hard to take a picture of since you see both sides!!

DIY etched glass tutorial
DIY etched glass tutorial
DIY etched glass tutorial
DIY etched glass tutorial

Along with the DIY glass etching wine glass, I also made a How to Tell Time board. (click link for tutorial)

how to tell time DIY tutorial

If you’d like to find out all the wonderful things a Cricut can do, check out my Cricut resource guide here!

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  1. Diane Hauser says:

    Does etching work on stainless steel?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Diane, I have wondered the same thing and from what I can read you can not use Armor Etch on stainless steel. You’d need a sand blaster or other chemicals for stainless steel. I have yet to try it though! Thanks for checking out my blog!

  2. Bonnie says:

    Beautiful crafting. I just started etching, I bought a cricut a couple of weeks ago. It is a wonderful tool for a creative mind!! Keep on crafting!
    Bonnie

  3. Amanda says:

    Love the tutorial and the font! Do you know the name of the font? Thank you!

  4. Valerie says:

    I just bought some Armour Etch to try and the instructions say to leave it on for 60 seconds only. Your tutorial says to leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Will it wreck the glass if air leave it on that long?

    • Hi Valerie, I’ve never had in issue. The armor etch will only etch a certain amount so it doesn’t harm the glass. I don’t get a very deep etch with only a minute, but you can try both and see which you prefer!

  5. Michelle Long says:

    OK I like how easy this looks, I’m getting married in September do you think This would work on a shadow box…

    • Hi Michelle! Congrats!! It will work on any kind of glass. I’ve never tried it on a shadow box so I’m not sure how well it shows up. You might have to put a light or something behind it to make it stand out more. If you’re using it for decoration, maybe you can put some rose petals or balls at the bottom with some electronic tea light or even drill a hole in the back and put in fairy lights. I’m just brainstorming with you! I’ve never tried it but now I want to!! I’ll let you know when I do!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  6. Vicki says:

    Hello. Where did you find the iris pattern? Thank you. Vicki

    • Kathy says:

      Do you have any suggestions on how to keep the etching cream sneaking thru little places, especially on wine glasses? I etch alot and have issues even when I make sure all is pressed down. Would like to know if u have any tips

      • Heather says:
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        I know this is old, but if someone else searching sees this, heating it with a blow dryer or heat gun to make the adhesive just a little bit warm will allow the vinyl to become a little easier to work with and you can make sure it is stuck down everywhere. just be careful not to get it so hot that the vinyl melts.
      • That sneaky etch can get in there! I just make sure it’s pressed down very securely and see no bubbles on the inside or outside. What kind of vinyl are you using?? That may play a part too. Try using a permanent / oracal 651 to see if it seals better.

    • Hi Vicki, it is a Hawaiian flower that I found under google images. Hope that helps! Thanks! Amy

  7. Linda Collrin says:

    Finally a site that shows how to etch without making dots all over but getting a clean etched product. You have made my etching days much easier and now a cleaner design. Thank you

  8. Stephanie says:

    For this 10 oz bottle of Armor Etch cream, how many glasses with a design similar to the size with the flower and name can you get out of 1 bottle. I am thinking to make several Christmas gifts with names etched on the side or bottom of casserole glass dishes. I’m not sure how many bottles I might need to order from Amazon.

    • Hi Stephanie, a little goes a long way! I think one bottle would be fine if you’re only doing a few things. I have a 22oz bottle and I have only used 1/4 of it so far. Make sure to scrape the extra back into the bottle. I’m sure the recipients will love them!

  9. Jeanette says:

    My etching is too light. It is hard to see I left it on for 1 hour. I also bought Rub n Buff. What do you suggest?

    • Danee Moore says:
      Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
      @Leap of Faith Crafting, I color my etching with paint markers after etching dries use paint pen and rub off before it dries leaves a hint of color
    • Unfortunately, etching is pretty light. From what I’ve read, it’s only going to get so dark no matter how long you leave it on. I’ve tried to paint it or add dye with it but haven’t had any success. I’ve never used Rub n Buff. You’ll have to let me know how that is!

  10. Karen says:

    Hi, I am planning on etching on a mirror. Any tips?

  11. Taylor P says:

    Looks great! Do you mind telling me how you got such a good photograph? I have such a hard time photographing my etched glasses!

    • Hi Taylor, thank you!! It is so hard to take pictures of etched glass. I somehow got it at the right angle with the glass held up in front of a plant in my backyard on a bright sunny day. I took the picture with my phone (Samsung), probably on portrait setting, but I can’t remember for sure. Good luck!

  12. Carol says:

    I would think the orcas 631 vinyl would stick to the glass. So you are able to remove it with no problem?

  13. Patti says:

    I’ve never done this before my son is getting married this October old love to do beer pints I don’t have any fancy machines to do names what ours be the easiest lettering for names

    • Danee Moore says:
      Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
      @Leap of Faith Crafting, I found vinyl stickers of all kinds at our local joanns craft store
    • HI Patti, I’m honestly not sure. I’m not sure if there are stencil letter stickers that would work. You need something that adheres to the glass well so the etching cream doesn’t bleed under.

  14. Jill says:

    How do I take my image and print it on my Cricut so it is a stencil for etching? The Cricut machine is new to me!

  15. Tracy says:

    Do you have to prep the glass before you start etching ? Like with alcohol or just wash it with soap and waster.

  16. Kari says:

    I absolutely love the stencil used in this tutorial! I never see anything with my name spelt the same!! 🙂

  17. Lee says:

    How did you get the etch so bright with the Armour etch I’ve done a few they look okay but not as bright as yours.

  18. Islia says:

    The Armour Etch must be baked to be permanent.?

  19. Donna says:

    I don’t have the machine,where can I buy vinyl with flowers or anything so I can do it. Thank you very much

  20. Millie says:
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    Due to the Pandemic, I am staying in. I have tried this project. My image is sooo light. What am I doing wrong. I am using vylin stencil. I am usingthe recommended cream. I will nt give up!!
  21. Cissy Thorpe says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    I want to ‘cover up’ some etching. Can I just paint on the etiching cream and leave it for 20 minutes?
  22. Kathie says:

    Is there a reason you used Oracle 631 vs Oracle 651

  23. AM says:
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    I have the original cricut machine. I used to find programs that would let me weld my words together, the 1 time i’ve used this machine. I think it was called Design Space & it’s apprentice not available anymore? Having the original cricut, where do I go online to find programs to let me create whatever I want & weld words, etc., etc? I must be wording my searches wrong or something. I cannot figure this out. Newbie here. Anything you can help me with, other than paying for a class I know I need, lol….. thanks
  24. Stephany says:
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    If I use oracal oramask 813 stencil film roll would that be ok?
  25. Mint says:
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    Thank for the tip

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