How to Use Glass Etching Cream on a Vase

Stacy Risenmay
Written by Stacy Risenmay
Updated June 30, 2016
etched vases with flowers
Etch glass vases to match your home decor. (Photo courtesy of Stacy Risenmay/Not JUST A Housewife)

Learn how to etch glass with these simple steps.

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I love to bring in flowers from the yard this time of year. I occasionally buy flowers at the market in the cooler months, but summer is my time to cut flowers every few days and display them all around my home. The vases that I use the most are clear glass cylinders that I buy from the dollar store. They provide a great blank slate for personalizing! One of my favorite ways to personalize the vases is with glass etching. Learn how to use glass etching cream, and then take a crack at it.

Supplies needed:

glass etching cream and etching supplies
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  • Vase

  • Etching cream

  • Paintbrush

  • Vinyl or vinyl electrical tape

  • Scissors

  • Gloves or foam brush

  • Glass cleaner

Creating your vase design

Make sure the vase is clean and dry. Using either vinyl that you have cut with lettering or a design, or vinyl electrical tape, add your design to the vase. I decided to tape off half of the vase, so that half of it would get etched.

taping vase for glass etching
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Glass etching

Using a paintbrush, apply the glass etching cream. Brush on a thick coat in all directions.

painting on glass etching cream
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Let it sit there for as long as it states on the back of the bottle of etching cream. Different brands may have different times.

glass etching cream on vase
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Rinse the cream off of the vase. Be careful not to get any on your hands. Wear gloves or use a foam brush to help remove the cream. Once the cream is rinsed off, use glass cleaner to get it all clean.

Remove your tape, and enjoy your new vase.

removing tape around glass etching cream
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Glass etched vases could be centerpieces at a wedding, a great gift idea, or a way to add a custom touch to your mantel. 

closeup of etched glass vase
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Design your vase however you want. You can monogram it, use stripes or polka dots, or even add a quote.

etched flower vases
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What would you etch onto your glass vase? Let us know in the comments section below.

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