Friday, March 28, 2014

Make This: DIY Etched Glass Food (or Anything) Storage or Kitschy Decor Jars


In my epic goal list from the start of the year I expressed a desire to attempt some glass etching and perhaps make a line of etched glass jars if the process was a natural fit. The minimal look of etched glass on jars is somehow 1890s retro to me, there's something so "apothecary" about it that woos me. And labeled jars are for/thrifting for storing bulk-bought food, craft supplies, and pet food. My finished product (above) didn't come out perfect, but I'm excited to play with this more.

Supplies Armour Etch Cream, Alphabet Stickers, Foam Brushes, Painter's Tape use jars you have, ask friends to save sauce jars for you or try this 4 Piece Jar Set or 5 Piece Set. Terry cloth rag.

All supplies can be found at your local Michael's (though not JoAnn) store. Don't forget their weekly coupon!  (40% Any one non-sale item. It's up every week.)

There are stencils to use with your etching cream but went with the alphabet stickers because those stencil letters are usually cursive or unappealing. For this craft you'll need jars (I like these ones, you can save instead of tossing your own sauce jars), drafting tape, paint brush , gloves and Armour Etch.


Spell what you will, mark off the "label" portion with your drafting tape. These would be hilarious with curse and random silliness (can't wait to make goofy ones) but I contained myself. For now. I'd wear gloves and protect your work space with newspaper, the armor etch is an acid. Press down your tape and letters really hard so the armor etch does not leak underneath!


Layer on thick layer of your armor etch with your paint brush. Let it sit for the instructed time, usually 10 minutes, then wipe off the armor etch cream to reveal your newly etched glass. I used dry terrycloth then washed it with soap and water to get the rest of the residue off.


Stick your stickers and tape down hard, it's easy for the etching cream to slip under the adhesives otherwise. Have fun experimenting, I think I need to play with homemade stencils next! I need to make horror movie version of these. Eye of Newt, etc...

Getting into any DIY Shenanigans this weekend? I want to get to making lots of shelves for my 1 million curios next.
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    1. Thanks! Can't wait to play with this more.

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  2. This is so neat! I want to make one with something silly on the outside, "lost marbles", "bird eggs", "snake oil", etc. Thanks for the DIY!!!

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    1. Me too! :D I made a "Deez Nutz" one but it was my first try and didn't come out, haha!

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  3. I am not a crafter by any means, but I really like this one! I hate when I look at blogs with tutorials and they are crazy insane with lots of tools I do not have, and expensive hard to find supplies...but this one, is totally doable. Me likey! Thanks for sharing....I may do them for my sons art supplies..."Pens", "pencils" ...Im going to have to mess around with it....I'll come up with something kickass!

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    1. Do share when you finish it! :D I am a very impatient, simple crafter myself so I like to keep it easy. We gots shit to do!

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  4. Oh they look awesome! Great project.

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  5. I love it! I might have to try this one day when we re-vamp our kitchen!

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    1. I love it for all kinds of labeling in the kitchen, would be fun for glass-front cabinets.

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  6. Oh neat! I was thinking of whipping up a batch of homemade natural face scrub. I think it demands a jar like this. Thanks for sharing!

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting

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    1. I wanted to do the same for my homemade toothpastes, would be great for matches of face scrubs as gifts. What do you put in your face scrub?

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  7. these look great! thanks for the idea :-)

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  8. I'm putting etching cream on my next shopping list. I have a treasure trove of alphabet stickers bc I use them for a watercolor technique. This is a great new purpose for them!!! I'm so excited. I just bought a food cannister at target last weekend that I use for cotton balls in my bathroom. I now want to label it "balls"

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    1. That's awesome for the cotton balls, I wanted to make a "balls" jar just for randomness sake but for cotton balls, that's actually appropriate ;D

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  9. These look awesome! I've been thinking of trying glass etching for a long time, but never get around to it. It seems so simple and gives such a great result - I really need to get on this!

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    1. It really is, may have found a new addiction.

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  10. I like it! Cheap and cute canisters. Nice job! :)

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    1. I keep them around for my bulk buy food, I save all my jars, too o_O

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  11. How wonderful! thanks for sharing:)

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