27 March 2010

Etching For Spring

My husband offered me a beer the other day, when I came home from work. I gratefully accepted. He pulled the cutest little 7 oz. bottle out of the fridge and even before finishing it, I knew I had to do something crafty with it. I had been wanting to try my hand at glass etching for some time and these bottles would make the perfect project.

I decided I was going to spell the word S P R I N G, one letter on each bottle. However, since my home was lacking my Dutch heritage, I opted for L E N T E instead. Lente is Dutch for spring.

I started by printing out L E N T E on some card stock. Someone recommended beginners use the least amount of swirls and curves for making stencils. That seemed like good advice. I used a basic font, Ariel - all caps - size 175, to fit my little bottles. Frugal as I am, I printed only the outline of the letter to save on ink, since all I was after was the shape.

I cut out the letters and traced them onto the paper side of the contact paper I was using as a stencil. I had a bright moment and remembered to trace them as a mirror image. Next I carved out the letters. Not being able to find my exacto knife, I used my husband's stanley knife instead. Worked okay but an exacto knife would have been better.

After cutting out the letters, I peeled off the back of the contact paper and placed the sticky part on my bottles. Make sure there are no bubbles under your stencil and that the outline of the letter sticks securely to the glass. Then lather on the Armour Etch about 1/4 inch thick with a small paint brush. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Rinse it off thoroughly under cold water and peel off your stencil. And voila! Letters etched in glass for all eternity.

Now all we need is daffodils. Until then, fake Dollar Tree daisies will do.

I am linking this project to Cheri's Creative Mondays at Its So Very Cheri and the Glass Bottle Categorically Crafting Show at Some Day Crafts.


  1. Very cool bottles and thanks for the great tutorial. I've always wanted to try glass etching.

    Stopping by from SITS!

    Cheers :-)
    - CoconutPalmDesigns

  2. Darling! I will highlight this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "Featured" button.

  3. Adorable and a great way to show your dutch heritage.