DIY Glass-Etched Vase

Giving flowers is even sweeter when you gift them in a hand-decorated vase.

Skill Level

Intermediate

Time

1 hour or less

Skill level
Intermediate
Time
1 hour or less
Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Want to make a flower bouquet even sweeter? Gift it in a glass-etched vase! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use glass etching cream and a paintbrush to add designs to a basic store-bought vase. Safety first: Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves when completing this project. Ready to try it out?

You will need

You might already have

Clear glass vase
Gloves
Paper towel
 

Step 1: Wash and dry your clear glass vase

Thoroughly wash your clear glass vase with soap and water. When drying or handling the vase after washing, hold from the inside to protect against fingerprints or dust left on the clean glass. Tip: Don’t skip this step! Etching cream will not etch properly on uncleaned glass.
 

Step 2: Apply glass etching cream

Working in a well-ventilated area, line your work surface with paper towels. Put on gloves. Use a paintbrush to mix your glass etching cream. Next, begin painting your design directly onto the glass. Tip: If you’re applying the cream to all sides of your vase, it's easiest to hold the vase upside-down in one hand and slowly rotate as you paint. When you are finished applying the cream, set your vase aside on a paper towel for about five minutes, or per the manufacturer’s instructions.
 

Step 3: Rinse

With your gloves still on, rinse the vase under tap water until all the etching cream is removed and your design is fully revealed.
 
All done and ready for gifting! For best results, wash your vase by hand to preserve the design.

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