St. Patrick’s Day Etched Glass Jar Gift

Can you believe how fast time is flying… St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner already! So I thought it would be a good idea to make a cute craft to celebrate it and also tell someone how lucky I am to have the family I have with a “LUCKY YOU ARE MINE” Etched glass jar full of delicious golden Hershey’s Kisses as a gift!

St. Patrick’s Day Etched Glass Jar Gift

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This is a cute project that can be taken to any occasion. But since St. Patrick’s Day is coming I wanted to create something fun for my family! Also I must say is my first time etching glass and I LOVE IT!!!!

So for this project I used the awesome tutorial from my good friend Lauren of The Thinking Closet. She made it so easy to follow and get awesome results! The first time we always do some mistakes but that’s good to make it better next time, right?

Ok so, First of all I created the design that I wanted to etch on the Jar. I reused an old jar! I also designed a cute tag. For the Jar I used this cute swirly clover from Silhouette Store and wrote:

“LUCKY YOU ARE MINE”

The for the Tag, I decided to make it using my sketch pens. I used the Gold one and wrote:

“YOU ARE MY TREASURE”

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Once it was ready I proceeded to cut the jar design first. Since I didn’t have stencil vinyl material I used white vinyl instead.

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For this project, using my hook I weed all the inner design leaving all the rest in place because that is what will be etched.

Apply transfer tape to the design. Placing the transfer tape on top of the vinyl. You can use your scraper tool to smooth the transfer tape atop your stencil as you go. Some air bubbles will remain, but as long as you smooth out the ones close to the edges of your stencil, you should be good to go.

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Then apply the stencil to the jar {or any glassware you are using}. This is really scariest part for me, because the jar is all curvy and I wasn’t sure how it would gonna stick there. So, I just started with one end and tried to evenly apply the rest along the way making sure it was centered, then with scraper tool to smoothly make it even across the whole Jar {glassware}.

Peel away transfer tape really slowly just to make all parts of the stencil remain on the glass, If something didn’t, just put the transfer back and with the scrapper do some pressure and peel back away. Then with a finger press out any air bubbles near the edges of your stencil.

Next step applying the etching cream to your glassware, fun part!.

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It’s important that for this step you are using rubber gloves and protective glasses. Also, Is preferable to do this outside if possible or in a really ventilated area since this product contains strong chemicals and you don’t want to have any direct contact with it. Lauren even recommends that if you ever get a headache while working with it, take a break. I didn’t thankfully!

Shake the bottle to smooth out any clumps and then tap out a generous amount of the etching cream onto the negative spaces in your stencil.

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I followed Lauren’s advise on using a foam brush, it definitely gives more control over the spreading of the cream. Thanks Lauren!!!!

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Not sure if height affects the exposure of this project but I found myself leaving it like for over 3 to 4 minutes and as you can see the design is barely visible. Maybe the timing also varies between brands. Silhouette brand suggests 30 to 40 seconds. Anyway, Once you have a thick, even layer of the etching cream across your design, set your timer not less that 3 minutes! You would be amazed how quick that goes LOL You will feel like you haven’t even set the jar on the table when the alarm will go off.

Once your time is up, you can use your scraper tool to remove the excess cream from your design and put it back in the bottle…. Ooooh yeah let’s not waste! Then with a towel remove all the etching cream residues.

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And finally run the glass under some water, still wearing my gloves I removed all the cream and used a rag to dry it. It’s good to be careful not to take some cream onto places we don’t want to etched, it starts the process really fast, learned the hard way!

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Now it’s time to remove the vinyl or stencil material. With regular vinyl it doesn’t take much force but I’ve heard that with stencil material it’s a bit harder.

Wash your jar well and let it dry!

I learned that while wet I couldn’t see the design well, so wait until dry to see if it’s there. Here you have your etched glass jar!

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I had this little problem that the jar lid had a logo and a plaid design. Not pretty. So I fixed that super quick. Juts placed a piece of white vinyl a bit larger than the lid on the top. Did some cuts from edges to the lid and fold those tabs to cover the sides. Then with washi tape I covered all the lid and did the same process for the sides. With acute green ribbon I covered the sides. That’s it!!!! A cute Jar lid!

Ok so, Now to the Tag! 2 Tutorials in one! Cools isn’t it? Click to next page to keep crafting!



Once having the design ready, I defined what was going to be cut and what was going to be painted with sketch pens.

I send to cut the outside borders and the circle and set up the text, border and clovers to NO CUT.

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Then without moving the tag either on the mat or on the Silhouette Studio I set up what I wanted to be in sketch pens.

I made this dashed lines around. Then placed a couple of clovers and placed my sentiment in the middle.

The thing is that I wanted my text and my clovers to be filled and for that, I found an awesome tutorial over at The Silhouette School. Melissa shows us 4 Ways to Fill Fonts with sketch pens. I not only used this tutorial for my fonts but for my clovers too!

I used the Offset way… It’s awesome!

Once your design is ready you need to zoom in really, really close!

With your design highlighted click the ‘Offset’ tool button and then select ‘internal offset.’ You’ll see the offset appear inside the letters.

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The inset originally is too far away from the original outline, so we need to reduce the distance so drop that value down so the internal line is very close to the original outline. Click apply. It’s hard to see that there are two lines there but if you want a real fill it needs to be really close.

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Repeat this process again with an inset at a slightly further distance. Be sure to click apply after every inset. I did it about 5 times. For experience I should have made the inset tighter but at the end I liked the results =D.

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So, just keep in mind that if you are zoomed in really close, you can see the tiny gaps between the lines but when you zoom out, check out what happens!!! =D Cool right?

For best results make sure you start out your design with the final size so you don’t have to resize and re-adjust the fill.

Then I just sent to cut {ehem to paint} {remember not to move your design or tag from place} specifying in the silhouette settings that I’m using sketch pens, and voila!

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Now just use the same ribbon you used for your lid and make a knot, Insert the tag and make a bow! Tadaaaa!

You can fill the jar with anything you like… I used almond Hershey’s kisses because they were golden!

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You are ready to go!!!! Cute or what?

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What do you think??? Like this Etched Glass Jar project??? Have you etched glass before??? If so tell me all about in comments bellow!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

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Till Next time!

 Camila

10 Comments on " St. Patrick’s Day Etched Glass Jar Gift "

  1. Camila

    What a sweet project! I could easily see switching out the shamrock for another symbol and using it for any number of gifts! And chocolate kisses… mmmm…. that makes me hungry!

  2. Camila

    Love how this turned out! So cute! Etching is something that is on my “to do” list. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with VMG206 Brag About It!

  3. Camila

    This is great project. Good job on the curved surface too. Thanks for the step by step to decorating the lid

    1. Camila

      Thank you Pam! It was fun to make but also a bit scary LOL!!! Glad yo like it!
      XOXO

  4. Camila

    This is such a cute project! I love how you decorated the lid, and like I said on FB, I must try etching now!

    1. Camila

      You will love etching Bethany! Is super fun and endless possibilities!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      XOXO

  5. Camila

    I love glass etching but I’ve never tried making my own stencils. What a great idea!

    1. Camila

      Thank you Ellen! I’m excited that you like this project! It’s definitely awesome to make my own stencils!
      XOXO

  6. Camila

    The etching came out great. I haven’t been brave enough to try etching myself. I like how you used washi tape to decorate the lid too. Pinning!

    1. Camila

      Thank you so much Kelly! Oh yeah I didn’t like the original lid LOL I had to do something! Glad you like it!
      XOXO

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