Glass Etching Tutorial

Glass etching can cost a lot of money if purchased from the professionals, but it’s not as hard as it looks! Attention to detail and a steady hand are all you need to personalize wine glasses, mason jars, mirrors, or frames. Let’s begin!

  • Contact Paper
  • Etching Cream
  • Cheap Paint Brush
  • Glass item that you’ll be etching
  • Exacto Knife
  • Self healing mat or throwaway surface to cut design on

Glass Etching Materials

Make a design yourself and scan it into your computer, or find one online that you like. A simple, non-intricate design is a good starting one. Decorative hole punches come in handy here! Print your design on plain computer paper and tape it to a sheet of contact paper. You must leave the backing on the contact paper until you’re ready to stick it to the glass surface.


1. Use your exacto knife to cut out the design, pressing hard enough to cut all the way through the contact paper. No need to rush here, you want to be clean and exact.

2. Remove the backing from your contact paper and adhere to the glass surface. Make sure it’s secure by rubbing down all corners or bubbles.


3. Brush a thin layer of etching cream over the exposed design area. Let dry for 10 minutes. Remove and discard contact paper.

4. Rinse with water.

Wash glass carefully before using.
Let us know how your own creations come out!


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