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Etched Snowflake Glasses

These elegant etched glasses will add the perfect festive touch to any table. And, better yet, a set of them makes a perfect holiday gift.





Glass-etching cream is available at Pearl Paint. Holiday glittered snowflake stickers are available at This holiday, bring fragile gifts like these beautiful etched glasses to the UPS Store, where certified packing experts can pack your items for you.


  • Glasses
  • 4-by-4-inch piece of contact paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Circle cutter
  • Snowflake sticker
  • Bone folder
  • Paint brush
  • Gloves
  • Etching cream
  • Sponge


  1. Step 1

    Clean glasses before starting. Measure and cut 4-by-4-inch piece of contact paper. Using circle cutter, cut out circle slightly smaller than bottom of glass.

  2. Step 2

    Lay square with circle cutout sticky side up and center to bottom of glass. Place snowflake sticker in center of circle. Using bone folder, press down on each edge. Using a paint brush and wearing gloves for protection, paint on etching cream, making sure to get every crease and crevice. Leave on for five minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Wash off etching cream with sponge and running water. Peel off sticker and contact paper.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007



Reviews (31)

  • oombalah 20 Feb, 2010

    Is it possible to make the etching a different color other than the frosted white?

  • craftmaster 20 Oct, 2009

    cool idea. I found another great source for <a href="">glass etching</a> here

  • Choosana 4 Jan, 2009

    I did this with mason jars, contact paper, and a snowflake punch. Gives opaque snowflakes on a clear background -the opposite of the way Martha's look. And knowing these were not going into dishwasher, used the acrylic, non chemical glass etching paint. Made nice gift mix jars for Christmas. I like the comment about covering up already dishwasher-etched glasses getting spiffed up by this technique, good idea!

  • run4hale 4 Jan, 2009

    Sounds beautiful but where do you find glasses with plain, flat bottoms?

  • Racque 3 Jan, 2009

    You can often find chemical etching creme at stained glass stores. If you are careful and scrape it off back into your container, it is reusable.

  • grammagg 3 Jan, 2009

    If you have glasses that have been etched by the dishwasher, this may be a good way to cover it up. You may have to do it backwards though. Etch the entire glass except for the pattern you want.

  • jrbwojcik 3 Jan, 2009

    Has anyone had problem with the item that was etched coming out too light?
    I have etched many things and have had a hit or miss. I even etched some wine glasses (on the outside) and added embossed stamping on it andthey came out very nice. The glasses with the embossed design needed to be hand washed, otherwise the items can go into the dishwasher.

  • devoria 3 Jan, 2009

    I etched some clear plates using vinyl cutouts from my cricut and it worked perfectly. Be sure to let it sit for 10-12 minutes, then proceed to wash it with cold water, then pull off the vinyl. I gave the plates with a "stand" as gifts during the holidays.

  • Sweetpetootie 3 Jan, 2009

    Yes, maggiedk. The etch cream was rinsed off before Martha removed the snowflake decal and contact paper. Martha mentioned getting an even coat of cream. I just want to reinforce that step -- even if you put a thicker coat of cream on, it's important to evenly cover the surface.

  • maggiedk 3 Jan, 2009

    Is there any step which the demo did not show? Should any caustic substance remaining be rinsed off or neutralized?

  • DeDeWinter 3 Jan, 2009

    Just what I was looking for!

  • threewildboys 3 Jan, 2009

    Using stamps--fabulous! I didn't know that would work.

  • threewildboys 3 Jan, 2009

    Using stamps--fabulous! I didn't know that would work.

  • jtuinstra 3 Jan, 2009

    Great project and having a video makes it so easy to understand. So many comments on the daily projects ask for more photos.

  • BethStampedIt 3 Jan, 2009

    You can also stamp a design with a rubber stamp using an embossable ink, heat emboss it, etch it and then peel off the embossing. Makes the design possiblities almost endless :) I use Stampin' UP! rubber stamps (I just don't find acrylic stamps to stamp well enough for this) and Stampin' Craft Ink (that way I can see that my design is stamped well before proceeding).

  • threewildboys 3 Jan, 2009

    The comb through the etching cream won't work like you think because this is not a paint product. You may be able to get different shading by applying the cream in differing amounts, differing amounts of time, but it would be very tricky to control the areas affected. This type of etching is easiest to apply for an even etching with unetched areas being covered.

  • threewildboys 3 Jan, 2009

    Martha did not show one step in the etching video. The etching cream is rinsed away on the one that she is peeling off the stickers. It sounds like it is just a paint product that dries by the audio, but it is a strong chemical (hence the gloves) that actually etches the glass permanently (won't wash off with anything, does not fade, dishwasher safe, etc.)

  • Alabaxter 3 Jan, 2009

    I'm wanting to etch some glass to replace the boards in my cupboards - any ideas for patterns? What I was thinking was to put etching goo all over and then run a comb through it both ways. Any help??? Anyone ever tackle such a large project?
    Martha, any ideas??

  • cookygram 3 Jan, 2009

    This is a great idea!! Good gift for our Granddaughters this Chtirstmas. Thank you so much for showing us how to do it.

  • cherryl22 3 Jan, 2009

    Make sure your sticker is down well. Also you can use tape around the glass instead of contact paper.

  • yusi 9 Dec, 2008

    does the etching come off from repeated washings of the glasses?

  • yusi 9 Dec, 2008

    does the etching come off from repeated washings of the glasses?

  • Pinklips 8 Dec, 2007

    I picked up a simple circle cutter in a Dollar Store, the bone folder is available at Michael's.

  • swayze 7 Dec, 2007

    This is a great idea. I could do this for a present for anyone, like wedding presents if i did the monogram idea instead. i love this idea. it is could be edited to fit into so many differnt ways of ideas.

  • CindyC82 7 Dec, 2007

    Where can I find the bone folder and circle cutter?

  • elizabethabc 6 Dec, 2007

    I found the armour etching cream at and in my local Michael's store.

  • selestine 6 Dec, 2007

    The glass etching cream is not available at Pearl Paint where else can it be found? Where can you purchese cheese cloths?

  • hchandler 6 Dec, 2007

    Laing the name of the etch cream was armour etching cream

  • paddi 6 Dec, 2007

    This looks so beautiful. I can't wait to try it out.

  • laing 6 Dec, 2007

    What is the name of the etching cream that you used?

  • 83katy 6 Dec, 2007

    Can these go in the dishwasher or do they need to be handwashed?