Etched Glass Storage Jars

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I saw these on Martha and then looked at my OVERFLOWING supply of recycled jars (mostly peanut butter :) ), and I decided to make my own Etched Glass Storage Jars. I LOVE the way they turned out- want to make your own??? Here is how to do it:


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1. Gather your materials.

Glass Jars, Brushed Nickel Spray Paint, Vinyl Stickers/Labels, Etching Cream & A Popsicle Stick

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2. Spray paint the lids. 

I used this cool “brushed nickel” spray…….but I will definitely NOT be putting these into the dishwasher (hint, hint). I will only be wiping these clean with a damp cloth since I don’t know how they would hold up. Also, make sure the paint is only on the outside, so it doesn’t touch the food :)

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3. Apply your vinyl.

I used my vinyl cutter to cut out my labels and then stuck them onto the jars. Martha shows you how to get some alphabet stickers and blue tape and do it that way- and that works great too, since not everyone has a vinyl cutter, right?! Whatever way you do it, apply the letters with tweezers, so they don’t get oils from your fingers. You want them to stick nice and tight to the jars.

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4. Time to Etch.

Get your jar of etching cream and a popsicle stick and slather it on, baby…….nice and thick like you are icing a cake!! I’ve found that a paintbrush just doesn’t give the best coverage and you WANT it thick for a good etching.  I wait 5 minutes, then scoop it off the surface, back into the jar (yes, you can re-use this stuff!). Then, I apply a new coat and wait another 5 minutes.

After your 10 minutes (total time), scoop it off back into the jar to use again and rinse the remainder off in your sink with warm water. you want to remove the stencil/tape right away to make sure no cream is under the edges.

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5. Add your goodies!

Now, your pantry can be cute like Martha’s, but for wwwaaaaayyyyyy cheaper :)

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Have fun!

About the Author:  Emily lives in SoCal with her hubby and 3 daughters. She LOVES to craft and alter just about anything she can get her hands on. She shares her adventures in crafting on her blog Not So Idle Hands.

This post originally published in August of 2010

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  1. Kristi says

    Oh YAY! I love recycling & glass etching!! I did a vase last year for part of a wedding gift. I blogged about how to etch glass but my pictures aren't as good as this! And I did mine before i got my Silhouette machine so it took longer and I gave up on doing many more lol Thanks for the reminder that I can do this with that machine!! Yay!
    @ Creative Kristi

  2. Fotf says

    This is perfect for some jars i just re-used to put my various sugars in. No idea where i can get my hand on the products you used as i guess they maybe American but will keep my eyes peeled.

  3. Ashley says

    What a great idea! I have some etching cream and a whole bunch of mason jars. Woohoo!
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Home Hinges says

    I'm excited to see other uses for etching cream. I've had some for years after doing the bottom of my casserole pans. What a great idea.
    April @