For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to etch glass. It’s one of those crafts that I always thought was really hard, but it’s probably one of the easiest projects I’ve done. I used the Armour Etch cream, but for a non-chemical method I used the Martha Stewart Frosted Glass to do my craft room etched glass closet doors. It’s busy, but so is the room.
How To Etch Glass
Gather your supplies.
- Glass Item- Choose a glass item that is smooth.
- Stencil or painters tape to make your stencil- I like using self adhesive stencils
- Paint brush
- rubber gloves
- Armour Etching Cream
- You can buy it on amazon if you can’t find it.
Place your stencil on your glass item. Make sure the glass is clean. Brush the Armour Etch in the designated area.
I apply it generously. The instructions say to leave it much less time than I do. I leave it on for around 10 min.
After you’ve let it sit for a bit, rinse the cream off. I used my utility sink because the etching cream isn’t good for porcelain sinks, although if you’re rinsing properly, it wouldn’t be in prolonged contact anyway. If you only have a porcelain sink, just rinse REALLY well making sure all the cream is rinsed out of the sink.
Blot your glass item dry and gently peel your stencil off. You’ll see your design. This is permanent. This will not wipe off.
For my monthly segment on my local TV morning show, I shared how to etch glass and thought it would be fun to have a cute fish bowl on display.
After about 10 min, I rinsed it all off, then peeled all the tape and letters away. Since I don’t have a fish and I didn’t want to get one JUST for the TV segment, I made a fake fish. I think it’s pretty cute……the fish bowl turned out cute too!
Have you ever etched glass before?