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DIY Etched Glass Jar Gift for St. Patrick’s Day

This Etched glass jar and Sketch Pen Tutorial is perfect for a gift for this St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll find many tips and tricks to use your Silhouette!

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!

You might also love these other St. Patrick’s Day ideas: Lucky Hat St. Patrick’s Day Favor BoxDIY Hidden Pot of Gold St Patrick’s Day Shadow Box, and DIY Lucky Shamrock Frame for St Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick's Day Etched Glass Jar Gift cover image with title overlay

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Etched Glass Jar Gift Tutorial

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?

What is Glass Etching?

Glass etching is a glass art technique that consists of applying acidic, caustic, or abrasive substances to the surface of the glass in order to roughen its texture in selected areas with the end goal of creating a design.

There’s so much you can do with glass etching. You can add text and design to simple glassware like cups and jars at home, to creating full-fledged, mind-blowing art pieces and decorations for museums and churches.

Why etching a glass?

If you’ve seen etched glass before, then you probably know it has an intriguing appearance. The “frosted” look, produced by abrading glass, has a very fancy and elegant feel that doesn’t look flashy or obtrusive, but instead delicate and decorative.

One of the best things about etching glass is that it’s not expensive and can be done at home by anybody. It is also permanent which makes it a better option than applying vinyl.

This makes a great gift, especially a personalized gift as you can put names on the pieces and make it even more special.

How to make a DIY Etched Glass Jar for a gift

Supplies:

  • An empty and clean glass jar (mason jars work too)
  • Glass etching cream (I used armour etch)
  • Paint brush or foam brush
  • Stencil vinyl
  • Transfer tape
  • Silhouette sketch pens (or any marker with the adjustment kit)
  • White cardstock
  • A cute St. Patrick’s Day Design (got mine from Silhouette store)
  • Washi tape
  • Ribbon (the same width ad your jar’s lid ehight)
  • Protective gloves and glasses.
  • Paper towel
  • Candies (I used Golden Hershey’s)

Tools:

  • A Silhouette cutting machine (You could use a cricut too but this tutorial is using Silhouette)
  • A hook tool
  • A scrapper

Instructions:

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Creating the design

Ok so, Firstly, I created the design for my own stencil to etch on the Jar.

I reused an old jar but if you have empty mason jars will work too.

I also designed a cute tag as well.

For the Jar, I used this cute swirly clover from Silhouette Store and wrote:

“LUCKY YOU ARE MINE”

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

“YOU ARE MY TREASURE”

Screen-Shot of "Lucky tou are mine" text and "You are my teasure" tag

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.

view of cut white vinyl for stencil

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. Use your scraper tool to smooth the transfer tape atop your stencil as you go.

Applying transfer tape to the design

Some air bubbles might remain, but as long as you smooth out the ones closer to the edges of your stencil, you should be good to go.

Then apply the stencil to the jar {or any glassware you are using}.

This is really the scariest part for me because the jar is all curvy and I wasn’t sure how it would adhere 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 a scraper tool to smoothly make it even across the whole Jar {glassware}.

Peel away transfer tape really slowly just to make sure 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.

Etching the Jar glass

Next step applying the etching cream to your glassware.

The fun part!.

supplies for apply etching cream image

It’s important that for this step you are using rubber gloves and protective glasses.

Also, it’s 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!

Before following any of my instructions, make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions for your safety.

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.

applying etching cream process image

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

applying etching cream with brush process image

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 an even, thick coat of etching cream across your design, set your timer not less than 3 minutes! You would be amazed how quickly that goes by 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!

removing etching cream with a scrapper process image

Then with a towel remove all the etching cream residues.

cleaning the excess of etching cream with a paper towel process image

And finally, run the glass under some warm water in fiberglass or Stainless steel sink. Avoid doing this step on a porcelain sink as the cream may damage it.

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!

washing the glass under running water

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!

etched glass jar finished

Decorating the Jar Lid

I had this little problem that the jar lid had a logo and a plaid design. Not pretty.

So I fixed that super quick. Just placed a piece of a white vinyl circle 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 a cute green ribbon, I covered the sides. That’s it!!!! A cute Jar lid!

Creating the gift tag

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.

The tag shape and the hole for the ribbon set to cut and the frame, message, and clovers set to NO-CUT

silhouette Screen-Shot of "you are my teasure" label
cutting machine cuting the label design

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 these 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.

first word screenshot "TREA...

The inset originally is too far away from the original outline, so we need to reduce the distance and 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.

Working on the inset feature to fill the letters

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 in the end, I liked the results =D.

The word completely filled with layers of insets

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!

label screenshot desing ready
closer view of a silhouette machine sketching
view of label sketched and cut out

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!

superior view of jar with chocolates inside

You are ready to go!!!!

Cute or what?

view of St. Patrick's Day Etched Glass Jar
St. Patrick's Day Etched Glass Jar in my hand
St. Patrick's Day Etched Glass Jar with lid slightly open with lots of Hershey's around

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

If you found this prokject fun, don’t forget to PIN and share it with friends!

DIY Etched Glass Jar for St Patrick's Day with Cute Tag Pinterest Image
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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

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Til' next time...

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10 Comments

  1. 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. 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!

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