I love how versatile vinyl is. You can use it as a design, and you can also use it as a stencil. So today I want to share with you another great way to use vinyl as a stencil: to Etch your name or monogram on a glass dish.
I know we have all had this experience, where we have taken a dish somewhere, and, either on purpose or by mistake, left the dish. Sometimes you never see the dish again, and other times you are returned a different (but similar) dish. This is a sure-fire permanent way to make sure you always get your own dish back! Plus, it looks pretty cute too!
You will need just a few items to complete this project:
- Glass dish
- Way to cut vinyl (either a vinyl cutting machine or an xacto knife)
- Foam brush
- Glass Etching Cream
First you will design your monogram or name. Remember you will need to MIRROR any text. After it is designed (and mirrored), go ahead and cut the vinyl out.
Next you will weed your design in reverse. In other words, the area that you want to be etched on your glass, needs to be weeded off of your backing sheet.
Then you will turn your glass dish so the bottom is facing up and, using transfer tape, apply your vinyl to the back of the dish.
Follow the directions on the back of the etching cream. Basically, you will apply the cream using a foam brush, let it sit and then wash the cream off. Then remove your vinyl from your dish and dry completely.
Hint: Follow the instructions on the back of the etching cream and trust in the process! When you first remove your cream (with the vinyl still applied) it will not look like it really did much. But when you remove your vinyl, you will be able to see your etched glass contrasting against your non-etched glass!
I did mine in two parts, so after my border was etched, I applied my vinyl mirrored “p” cut out and applied my etching cream to this new area.
Again, remember to wash the etching cream off completely, remove your vinyl and dry!
And instantly, you have a swipe-free dish that you can bring anywhere and you know you will have returned to you!
Plus…it’s just plain cute!
I want to know if you’ve used etching cream before, and if so, on what?
Ashley Phipps is an Interior Designer, NCIDQ #25242, living in the Indianapolis area, and author of the blog Simply Designing.