Etched glass vase for Mother’s Day

Note: This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts and Blue Print Social, but all opinions are my own. 

Just a friendly reminder, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th… put a card in the mail pronto (early is always good)! And if your mom lives near by, bring her some flowers with a pretty etched vase on Mother’s Day, she’ll love it! Did you catch that… I etched glass with the help of Martha Stewart Crafts! It’s a first for me, and it was so not hard. I took me 2 attempts to learn how to etch glass, but that is my own fault for not reading the directions well enough. Go figure!

Handmade Mother's Day gift



  • glass vase
  • painters tape
  • adhesive stencils for the letters
  • Martha Stewart glass etching cream and brush

Oh and see the pic on the right, that’s to show you that the etching glass has secret hidden instructions under the label. For a good 15 minutes, I was sure I threw away the instructions!

How to etch glass


I know glass etching sounds very fancy, but it’s way easier than you think! I started with a tape design, because I figured that would be less tricky. So, first you need to clean your glass with rubbing alcohol. Then, I taped my vase the same way I taped my shot glasses in the how to paint glass post. Then you literally just paint the etching cream onto your vase. Oh yea, and wear gloves… this stuff etches glass after all.

How to etch glass

Then wait 15 minutes, and rinse with water. OK, so you can see the thickness level above. That’s bad. It did not look good. The good news: You can re-do it!  I was mad at the vase and the cream, and started all over. This time, I decided to tape a lot higher and paint on the etching cream a lot thicker. Your glass should be white.  See:

How to etch glass

After you paint it on super thick… you just let it wait 15 minutes. Or 30, if you forget, like me. Then, run your glass piece under water. The spray nozzle worked better than the plain ol’ faucet for me.

How to etch glass


After I did that, I repeated the steps with the -G-R-O-W- adhesive stencils. My flowers need all the encouragement they can get!

How to etch glass

And here is a close up of the etched words:

how to etch glass

And one more pretty of the pretty vase:

how to etch glass

That’s all folks! Then fill with flowers and give to Mom!  If you want to see more fun Plaid Creations, check Plaid Crafts on out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterset! 




  1. So awesome. I am totally in love with this stuff. No glass surface is safe from me!

  2. Your vase turned out great! I had the same problem with my etching cream on one of the candle votives I did. Once you get the hang of it, though, it is so easy and fun! I don’t think any glass is safe in my house now. :)

  3. Thanks for this post Jamie! I did not think that it was so easy to do! Now I know! and now I can try it myself! 😀

  4. If I could marry that etching cream, I would!

  5. LOVE this Jamie! So simple but so beautiful!

  6. This looks great! Hopefully I can find something similar to this etching cream here in Germany – I would love to do something like this!

    Love, Midsommarflicka

  7. Jamie this turned out GREAT!! Gotta get me some o’ dat! Love it!
    xoxo, Claire

  8. Love it! I’ll be using etching cream for the first time in the next couple of weeks, so thanks for the tips!

  9. what?!? we gotta read instructions? working on my project!

  10. WOW…I didn’t even know it was possible to etch glass yourself! Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. love this! I love how it turned out. Awesome pointers, too. :-)

  12. Love what you did with the etching cream. The vase looks fab! My flowers need all the encouragement they can get too! Thanks for the inspiration and pointers on how to use it

  13. Love this! Going to pin it and give it a try!

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  15. Wow, I always thought etching glass would be intimidating, but you make it look easy! And your directions really made me giggle – sounds just like me on a project. Thanks for the inspiration and instructions!

  16. Love how it turned out. It does look pretty easy but sounded hard at first. So glad you shared at #HomeMattersParty


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