At the end of every school year, we try to get our children’s teachers something personalized to remember them by. This year was no different but, we were seriously short on time so we came up with these etched glass water bottles!
I think they came out great! On one side, I etched the teacher’s name and on the other, I etched the school name and year.
- A glass water bottle with a clear side for you to etch. The water bottles that I used here are Contigo Purity water bottles which I purchased from Amazon. I’ve seen them at many other retailers like Target and Walmart as well. I liked these because they have a silicone sleeve which is removable so that it doesn’t get damaged while you are doing your etching.
- Glass etching cream. I used Armour Etch Etching cream which is available at craft stores and many online retailers including Amazon.
- Latex gloves to protect your hands
- A plastic card that you don’t mind getting wet. I use a Silhouette scraper.
- Contact paper or vinyl for your stencil. I used contact paper.
The steps are relatively simple.
1. Design your stencil and cut it out on your contact paper. I used my Silhouette to cut out my stencils but depending on how intricate your design is, you can also cut it out manually. You will have to measure how big your design can be based on the opening of the sleeve on the bottle. Be sure to leave a big border to protect the rest of the bottle while you are etching.
2. Remove the silicone sleeve on the water bottle.
3. Wipe down your water bottle with window cleaner or alcohol to remove any oils from your hand that potentially rubbed off and dry with a microfiber cloth so you don’t leave behind any lint.
4. Place you’re design centered on one side of the bottle. This can be made easier if you use a dry erase marker to mark where the openings in the sleeve would be on the glass. Make sure that all edges are securely down leaving no gaps, bubbles or folds. You can also use the plastic card to rub the design in better.
5. Now comes the fun and scary part. Put on your gloves to protect your hands. Next, tap some etching cream over your design. You can be generous as you’ll be scraping off the excess cream and placing it back in the bottle. Just be careful to not let the cream get on the glass outside of your design.
6. Now, using your plastic card, scrape all but a thin layer of the etching and place the leftover from your card carefully back into your etching cream bottle.
7. Let the etching cream sit on your design for about 15 minutes.
8. When the time is up, with your gloves still on, wash off all the remaining cream from your design using warm water.
9. Then remove your stencil, give your bottle one more good wash, dry it, place the silicone sleeve back on it and you are done!
I love how this project came out and it didn’t take a long time to complete!