DIY Glass Etching

How to Etch on Glass


Ever wonder how they get those frosted designs on stemmed glasses, mugs or mirrors? Well that’s a really cool technique called “Etching” which gives any glass or mirrored surfaces a permanent frosted over look.

I had been wanting to try this technique for a long time but I was so intimidated by the steps in one of my old crafting books. Recently I was looking through that same old book and decided to do some research on etching. I was hoping that they made this technique a little easier since the book was published in 2003, and they did!

I couldn’t believe how simple it was, and the results were amazing. Im hooked! I mean you can completely transform your wine glasses and bottles, jugs, vanity or bathroom mirrors, glass cabinet doors and so much more…

Take a look at the simple steps below and have fun!



  • Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream. This is the magical tool that will transform your glass or mirror surface into a work of art
  • Stencil with an adhesive backing
TIP: If you choose to use a stencil without the adhesive backing, I recommend you buy a stencil adhesive spray so that the armour etch cream does not seep through while you’re brushing it on your stencil. It’ll make things much easier for you and you’ll also get a much cleaner look.
  • Paint brush
  • Face mask (the armour etch cream has a slight bothersome odor)
  • Timer
  • Bowl of Water
  • Glass cleaner
  • Cloth or napkin

Step 1. Clean your glass surface using any glass cleaner

Step 2. Place your stencil over your surface and use your napkin or cloth to smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles in your stencil

Step 1 Step 2

Step 3. Apply a thick coat of armour etch over your stencil. Completely covering the stencil design

Step 3 Step 4

Step 4. Let the etching cream set in for only 1 minute

Step 5. once the timer goes off (after 60 seconds) place your glass surface over the bowl and start removing the armour etch cream off of your stencil using your paint brush and water

Step 5

Step 6. Peel off your stencil and wipe down your newly etched surface with glass cleaner and youre done!

Step 6 Step 7 Voila

You now have a super awesome one of a kind glass jar.

The possibilities are endless. You can do this with any stencil you have. You can even monogram your glass surfaces. Ooohhh I think ill monogram some mirrored coasters next time! Im hooked I tell ya!

Hope you found this tutorial helpful and remember we love to hear from you so go ahead and shoot us a comment or question and we will respond.

Until next time!



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