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December 14, 2017 1 min read

DIY etching on jars

With the holidays just around the corner, we are tinkering in the kitchen quite a bit these days! We thought it would be fun to show you how to etch on jars for your foodie gifts.

Etching on glass is not as challenging as it sounds. It’s a great way to customize your glass packaging without spending a fortune. Initially, it will require some practice on your part, but, once you get the hang of it, the process is quick and the result is elegant.

supplies for DIY etching on jars


Glass canning jars
Contact paper or adhesive paper
Cutting mat
Utility or craft knife with a sharp blade
Etching cream (such as Armour Etch, available from craft stores)
Protective gloves
Marker or pen

DIY etching on jars

Draw or trace the artwork onto the contact paper.

DIY etching on jars

Use your utility knife to cut out the artwork. This is your stencil.

DIY etching on jars

Position your stencil and smooth it onto the glass jar completely, making sure there are no loose edges or bubbles.

DIY etching on jars

Don’t forget to wear your gloves for this step! Brush a generous amount of etching cream onto the area you’d like to etch. Refer to the instructions that come with your particular etching cream for information and drying time.

 Tip: Any glass the cream touches will be altered, so you need to be careful and contain it just to the area you want etched.

For more gift presentation tutorials, see this, this and this.

Happy Creating!


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