Make: Etched glass water bottles (free downloadable template)

 
Make: Etched glass water bottles
Make: Etched glass water bottles

Etching glass was the first ever make post on this blog and I've been wanting to try it again for a while. I decided to etch some wording onto some glass bottles I've had in the cupboard for ages. Etched glass costs a fortune but my bottles were a few pounds each in Ikea and you can buy etching cream for most craft stores for just over a fiver - and it will last for loads of craft projects.

Make: Etched glass water bottles
Make: Etched glass water bottles

To make your own etched bottles you will need:

Two glass bottles Sticky back plastic Your stencil design - download mine here Washi tape Craft mat and knife Etching cream Stencil brush (or a stiff brush)

Method

The fiddliest bit of this craft was cutting out the stencils. I didn't take step by step pics because a cutting board and craft knife aren't all that attractive. The stencil is made out of sticky back plastic. Lay your sticky back plastic on your cutting mat, paper side down, shiny side up. Lay your words on top the right way up and tape everything down on the mat to keep it in place. Leave a good amount of sticky back plastic around the outside of your stencil so that if the etching cream drips it won't get onto the glass later on.

Use your craft knife and a firm pressure to carefully cut out the letters. Cut through your paper and the sticky back plastic. When you're cutting out letters such as 'a' or 'p' that have a 'hole' in them cut out the hole first and keep the piece you cut out (you'll need it later). I taped all my holes to the board to keep them safe.

Once you've cut out your letters for both designs peel off the paper backing and carefully stick the sticky back plastic onto your bottle where you'd like the word to sit. Smooth out any air bubbles.

Make: Etched glass water bottles
Make: Etched glass water bottles

Now you'll notice that the edges of my letters aren't all that neat - and that ladies and gents is because I am a muppet. I'm all about full disclosure on this blog - not every project is perfect and all episodes of muppetry must be reported. So I'd done all of the above - when I spotted a mark on one of my bottles.  Worried it would affect the etching process I decided to quickly spray my bottles with glass spray to get rid of any grease marks. Big mistake, huge! The glass spray made the sticky back plastic lift from the bottle and left air bubbles around my neatly cut out letters.

It was the middle of nap time, there was no time for me to re-cut the stencil - and the printer has run out of paper anyway so I couldn't print another one. So I just went for it. It didn't turn out as badly as it could have done - but it's still not perfect. Learn from me, don't be a muppet, wipe your bottle with glass cleaner before you put the plastic on and your stencil won't leak and look ragged at the edges.

Apply your etching cream as specified on the bottle. I dabbed mine on generously with stencil brush and left it for 20 minutes. Then I just rinsed it under the tap and peeled off the plastic. Done.

Make: Etched glass water bottles
Make: Etched glass water bottles

Oh and just as a change from all those Mason jars used as glasses I thought I'd throw in a Bonne Marman jar instead. We filled loads of these with flowers to line the aisle at our wedding so they have a soft spot in my heart. And they were small boy approved too.

Make: Etched glass water bottles
Make: Etched glass water bottles