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DIY Glass Etching

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Alright crafters, I classify this as a fairly complex craft. It takes some practice to get the hang of and includes sharp tools. However, I think people still appreciate hand made personalized gifts, even if they aren’t perfect, so give it a shot! This project could be slightly more expensive because of the etching cream you will need to purchase (at my go-to favorite craft store Hobby Lobby, but Michael’s will also carry it). The etching cream is usually around the soap making section. It comes in two sizes, I suggest buying the smaller size unless you plan on making a lot more glasses in the future (it’s about $8, but the bottle goes a long way).

So once you have purchased your glass etching cream, you’ll need some glasses. If you have some old glasses that you want to use that would be fine, but I just purchase my wine glasses from the $1 store. You could also try a thrift store, but they would most likely be about the same price, and the ones from the $1 store are new/clean! You will also need painter’s tape, which I always have around the house, and a box cutter or exacto knife.

First thing you want to do is make sure you glass surface is clean and dry. This will help the painter’s tape stick better to the glass. Next cover a large portion of the glass with painters tape, and make sure the tape is lying flat on the glass with no wrinkles or bubbles (this might be hard to achieve on wine glasses that are really curved, but do the best you can). This is an important step because any bubbles under the tape will allwo the etching cream to run under the tape, messing up the design. Once your tape is on, draw on your design or trace a printed design that you print off. The next step is to use your cutting tool to cut out the portion of the design that you want to be etched onto the glass. So if I was doing the letter “J” on a glass, I would draw on and cut out just the letter. This would leave an area of exposed glass in the shape of a “J” where you will paint on the etching cream. Once you have your design cut out, take a paint brush and paint the etching cream onto the area you cut out. Make sure you put on an even, thick coat. There are directions on the bottle as to how long you should leave the cream on for. Once the cream has had time to etch the glass, just wash the etching cream off really fast and pull the painters tape off.  Wash it thoroughly once the tape is removed to make sure all the etching cream is off. I recommend doing this in a mud room sink or tub so you don’t etch any surfaces in your house.

Good luck and remember practice makes perfect, so practice, practice, practice!

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More DIY Coasters!

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Hey Guys! So I decided to make some more coasters. I’ve tried some new techniques since the ceramic pen I used in the last post. I jazzed these new coasters up with paper and fabric. This can easily be done with paper or fabric scraps you have around the house. You will also need some mod-podge to adhear these to your coasters. I bought 4 of the cheapest tiles they sell at Lowes Home Improvement or Home Depot (16 cents each). You can obviously buy more if you plan to make more than one set or if you would just like to have more than 4 coasters in your set. These coasters I got are 4 inch squares.

This means that if you are using paper you would probably want to use a 4 inch square of paper (or any shape smaller than 4×4). If you are using fabric I would use something about 5×5 inches so you have some extra fabric to wrap the around the edges and underneath to create a nicer look. Once you have this figured out, you basically just paint on the mod-podge onto the plain tile with a foam sponge brush. While the mod-podge is still wet you place the paper/fabric on top of this. I would wait about 5 min or so and then paint another coast of mod-podge on top. When covering the tiles with fabric, you have to wrap the excess fabric around the edges and underneath similar to how you would wrap a present. Use mod-podge on the bottom of the tile too to secure the fabric you wrap around.

ImageOnce all your mod-podge is dry, you can give your coaster a layer of clear protective spray paint to make them more or less water tight. Make sure you put some stick on cork or felt dots on the bottom of your coasters to protect your furniture surfaces!

These coasters to the left are the paper covered coasters! The brown one even has paper on it that has a texture to it (but you can’t really tell in this photo).

This is really a great, easy, and affordable gift for yourself or someone else. You can pick any paper or fabric you want so the possiblities are endless. (note: if you dont want to use a 4x4inch square of paper you could also cut shapes out of the paper and apply these to the coasters in the same way!). Enjoy and happy crafting!

DIY Coasters!

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I made these coasters as a gift for my friend for her new apartment! They were probably the easiest thing I’ve ever made.

I picked up some tiles from the Home Improvement store (Lowes). They were 33 cents each. They are kind of a taupe color but the white tiles are even cheaper at 16 cents a piece! I bought a porcelain pen from Michael’s Craft Store. It was only about $3 and some change. Then just draw on whatever your little heart desires! You let them dry for 24 hours (I’m not really sure if this step’s necessary), then you bake them at 300 degrees for 35 min and TA-DA! To make sure they don’t scratch the finish of your tables, I would put cork, felt, or rubber pads on the bottom. I just used the stick on cork circles and put one on each of the four corners.