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Etching Glass

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

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5128



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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Peel off all contact paper.

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