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Etching Glass

Personalize glassware with etched designs for a distinctive Mother's Day gift.





Armour Etch glass-etching cream is available on Amazon. Kai decanter is from Crate and Barrel. Daisy Fan deep edge punch from Martha Stewart Crafts.


  • Contact paper (adhesive vinyl shelf liner)
  • Printer paper
  • Tape
  • Deep edge punch
  • Glass vessel with straight sides, such as a decanter
  • Bone folder
  • Armour Etch glass-etching cream
  • Paintbrush
  • Sponge


  1. Step 1

    Cut a 1 1/2-inch strip of contact paper, long enough to fit around the glass vessel. Cut a matching strip of printer paper, and tape in place over contact paper. Punch through both papers, all along one edge, with a deep edge punch.

  2. Step 2

    Clean glass item thoroughly. Remove printer paper and paper backing from punched contact-paper strip, and wrap around vessel, adhering to glass.Tip: Use a bone folder to smooth the contact paper as you apply it.

  3. Step 3

    Mask underneath the punched contact paper with more small strips of contact paper, to be sure the etching cream doesn't drip below the design.

  4. Step 4

    Paint glass-etching cream onto the exposed glass within the punched design. Allow the cream to etch the glass for about 5 minutes. Using a sponge, carefully wipe off the cream under running water.

  5. Step 5

    Peel off all contact paper.

The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128



Reviews (2)

  • saradono 21 Jun, 2010

    Super adorable when done. I used this technique to etch glasses for a baby shower. Love it. I did have to leave it on for 10 minutes to get any etching to appear but it was worth it.

  • deb218 29 May, 2010

    This isn't working for me for some reason. Instructions say to leave the chemical on for 5 minutes and I did and even longer but it barely shows up. Any suggestions?