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Etched Glass is a beautiful gift and believe it or not, it’s easy to create at home. I learned how to make etched glass when I was first learning to use a Cricut cutting machine. I don’t have the Cricut, any more, but I still love etching glass to use as gifts! Etching beautiful glass baskets and filling them with goodies is a favorite DIY gift solution at our house. Of course, I am using the word “basket” in the loosest possible translation, but gift baskets are so simple to customize for the recipient. I love creating them and the happy responses they get when they’re received. I know I have shared with you, in previous posts, that I typically don’t go out and purchase woven baskets for Easter. For me, the same principle applies when creating Valentine’s Day baskets, too. My reasoning has to do with the best use of space, and of our budget. Woven baskets are bulky to store and if you buy inexpensive ones, they don’t last. They’ll need to be repurchased, over and over again. Higher priced woven baskets are more durable, but tend to take a bigger bite out of the budget and still need to be stashed in valuable storage space, most of the year. It’s just not an efficient use of my cabinetry or money. When I do gift “baskets”, I like to choose containers that the recipient will use year-round, once the contents are gone. These gorgeous etched glass Valentine “baskets” are a perfect example. They were simple to make and personalized especially for the person receiving the gift.
DIY Etched Glass Baskets are a great idea for holidays and birthdays — any time I’m creating a gift basket, actually. So, it stood to reason that they were the ideal project for the #HSYMessageOfLove campaign post I’m doing for Hershey’s. I’ve made Valentine’s and Easter baskets out of cereal bowls, mixing bowls, cake pans, glassware, mugs, candy dishes, tackle boxes and other surprising containers. Then, the goodies inside aren’t the only gift, and the one receiving the present has an item that is functional and useful to use all through the year. My Valentine’s baskets, for 2016, are going to be creatively created from a wide assortment of containers. This post will show you how I add custom details and decorations, by etching the glass, and making a one-of-a-kind personalized “basket”.
Tools You Need to Make Etched Glass Valentine Baskets
- Glass jars and containers – Use ones you have on hand or find inexpensive pieces at your local craft or box stores. You can also find great deals on glassware at thrift stores and garage sales.
- Armour Etch glass etching cream – You can probably find this at most craft and hobby stores. The easiest for me is Amazon.
- Stick-on stencils or contact paper – You can buy stick-on stencils, but the most economical thing is to cut your own from contact paper. If you are lucky enough to own a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, you can easily make vinyl stick-ons to use as stencils for your glass etching projects.
- Paint brushes to apply the etching cream – Several sizes will probably come in handy, depending on the size of your project and the stencils you are using.
- Exacto Knife or Embroidery Scissors – You’ll need these for cutting out stencils you create yourself, with contact paper.
- Roll of 1/2 inch duct tape – This is not an absolute necessity, but it came in handy for blocking off areas I was etching, where I wanted nice straight lines.
- Plastic or latex gloves to protect your hands.
- A variety of Hershey’s Valentine candies to fill the baskets.
How to Make Etched Glass Valentine Baskets
- Choose a glass jar or container that is a size and shape that makes sense for the gift you’re creating. Be sure the glass is clean and dry.
- Decide on the design you want to etch on the glass. You can use a pre-made stencil or one that you create. To etch on curved surfaces, stickers or self-adhesive stencils work best. For flat surfaces, cardboard or vinyl stencil sheets work alright. I typically draw or trace the design I want onto contact paper, then cut it out and adhere it to the glass. For creating stripes or straight lines that completely encircle a round jar, narrow duct tape also works really well.
- Adhere your stencil design to the glass.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands when working with the etching cream. Use a paint brush to fill the areas you want etched with etching cream. Allow the etching cream to sit on the glass for 20 to 30 minutes. Then rinse the etching cream away under cool water.
It really is that easy! To give you an idea of how I accomplished a specific design, I created this picture tutorial of etching the mug “basket”. I wanted to etch a band around the top of the mug and have our daughter’s name in clear glass in the center of the band. I started out by applying narrow duct tape to the top of the glass. Then I had vinyl scrapbooking sticker letters that I used to place her name on the glass. The letters kept the etching cream off the glass in that area, while everything around them was etched. I spread the etching cream between the two strips of tape and over the sticker letters and allowed it to sit for about 25 minutes. When I rinsed away the etching cream, our daughter’s name shone out clearly from the center of the etched glass. (When the glass is wet, you will think it didn’t work, but don’t despair. Dry the glass and you will see the design, clearly.)
While I waited for the name band to etch, I cut hearts from the contact paper. Once the name design was complete, I scattered the heart stickers around the glass and then filled them with etching cream, following the same process as above. See how easy it is to customize a beautiful Valentine’s basket?!! All that’s left is to fill it with some Hershey’s goodies.
Now, it’s your turn! Get on board with the #HSYMessageOfLove and create some gorgeous Valentine baskets for the ones you love most. You can get great ideas at the Celebrate with Hershey’s website!!