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How to Etch Glass

Welcome to this week’s Handmade Christmas tutorial. Time is flying by and today I want to show you really quick and versatile gift…etched glass.

I’ve always loved etched glass and when I suggested to Carl that we should do some on jars for some of our staples like sugar and popcorn he decided to use a dremmel instead of etching cream. To my surprise it works really well.

Here’s some items we’ve done over the years….


Here’s how you make these…

~ Decide on a design. You should be able to find some on the internet or draw one out if you’re gifted like that.

~ You need at diamond bit for your dremmel.

~ You need a jar. You can use a store bought jar or a repurposed jar. I personally like large pickle jars. Wine bottles are also fun for bubble bath or other liquid soap – you can put a dispenser on top so only a little comes out at a time.

~ Cut the extra paper off from around your design leaving some margin.

~ Tape the design to the jar/bottle. If the mouth of the jar/bottle is large enough you can tape the design inside. If not just tape it on the outside and you’ll go through the paper.

~ Using your diamond bit, start going over the design with the dremmel. The glass should start coming off and will leave a milky looking spot.

~ When you’ve completed the design, take the paper off (or what’s left of it off). Now, go back and see if you need to clean any of it up or if you missed any spots.

~ Fill your jar with goodies and wrap it up.


Thanks for sharing with your friends!

Tessa Zundel

Thursday 19th of December 2013

You are so clever!!! Shared with our FB followers...

Angi Schneider

Thursday 19th of December 2013

Thanks, Tessa. These are actually my hubby's ideas and yes, he's super clever.


Wednesday 13th of November 2013

These are really neat. I think it would be fun to try someday. Another skill to learn. :-)

Oak Hill Homestead

Monday 11th of November 2013

Wow, those look great! Love the "Schneider Sugar". One question: how do you get the smell out of the pickle jar lids?~ Kathi

Angi Schneider

Monday 11th of November 2013

oh, that's a tough one. I've done several things, and I'm not sure what works best I've put baking soda on the lid and just let it site. I've also put a little bleach water in the lid and let it sit. I don't *think* I've ever gotten all the smell out before using the jar but it doen't seem to infiltrate the contents. Also, just leaving the lids off the jars when you first wash them helps.