Have you ever tried glass etching? It’s such a fun and easy technique, and I used it to create darling Etched Glass Christmas Plates!
Glass etching is seriously SO fast and easy…and it’s kind of addicting, once you get started. :) I found these glass plates at Dollar Tree for yep, $1, and thought they would be darling neighbor Christmas gifts! Pile them high with yummy treats, and you’ve got a really fun gift for neighbors, friends, teachers, coaches…anyone!
In these pictures, I have the glass plate sitting on top of a cream dinner plate, so that you could actually see the etching. But…how adorable would it be to make them to layer on top of your dinner plates, to dress up your place settings? SO SO cute!
You can personalize them with a name or monogram if you want to, and I might do some like that too, but I love this super fun “Merry & Bright” design! You can find etching cream at hobby store like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, or online–Silhouette sells it too!
Here’s how it works…
1. Wash and dry your glass plate.
2. I used my Silhouette to cut out vinyl, and used the negative space as a stencil. If you create your own design, or order it from someone, make sure it’s a reverse image, since it’s going on the bottom of the plate. Apply the stencil to the center of the plate, and use a credit card or popsicle stick to make sure that the vinyl is securely in place.
3. Put on rubber gloves, and make sure you are in a ventilated area–the etching cream is STRONG. This is NOT an activity for kids to help with, and make sure you keep the etching cream away from their reach. Use a foam brush to apply the etching cream to your stencil, and it can just glob on there. Make sure it doesn’t go over the edges of your stencil, because it takes just a few seconds for it to start the etching process.
4. Follow the directions on your etching cream for how long it should stay on there. Mine said 1 minute, but I’m always paranoid it won’t work, and I let it stay on for several minutes. I’m weird like that.
5. When the time is up, scrape the etching cream back into the bottle…you can save it to be re-used, and it’s expensive, so I don’t like to waste it. Just be careful so you don’t get it on your skin, or any other surface. Rinse the cream off of the plate, then remove the stencil. Wash with soap and water, then pat dry.
That’s it! SO fun!