A Little Sparkle for the Tree


Glass Etched Ornaments | Storypiece.net

Recently I was invited to be a part of a really neat project.  Consumer Crafts asked me to partner with them for their Random Act of Kindness campaign.

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The idea is simple: Make a project for $20 (or less) and gift it to someone as a random act of kindness.  How awesome is that?!

In true Portland fashion, it has been a stormy November and I was thankful to stay indoors and browse the Consumer Crafts website.  They have a wide array of items that range from craft projects, jewelry making and party supplies.  On a rainy evening, it was lovely to shop online and easily checkout.

What wasn’t so easy was trying to decide what it was that I wanted to do for this project.  There are tons of amazing items to choose from and settling on just one was a challenge.  I finally decided that since I’ve been wanting to try out glass etching, this would be the perfect opportunity to do so and make some custom ornaments for a sweet friend.

Ribbon & Glass Etched Ornaments | Storypiece.net

Supplies:

Glass Etched Ornament Supplies | Storypiece.net

  • Starter Glass Etching Kit:  Although Consumer Crafts sells a variety of glass etching supplies, I opted for the beginners kit, which includes: vinyl stencils, etching cream, a sample piece of glass, a brush for application and a stick to adhere vinyl stencil.
  • Glass Ornaments:  This particular set is flat which I thought would be easier to work with.
  • Protective eyewear and gloves:  The beginner kit has thorough instructions and I highly recommend that you read through and follow them.  After all, you are working with chemicals.  Safety first!
  • Tape
  • Ribbon

Process:

1. Create a Design:  The kit comes with several vinyl stencils and instructions on how to create your own.  However, I opted to play with tape to make different stripe designs.

Tape to Create Stripe Designs | Storypiece.net2.  Secure edges: Once your tape or stencil is positioned, you want to rub over the surface to make sure all of the edges are secure.

Secure Tape Edges | Storypiece.net3. Apply Etching Cream:  Again… I can’t stress this enough… READ THE DIRECTIONS.  It’s super easy, but requires caution due to the chemicals.

Glass Etching Cream | Storypiece.netSimple and elegant. I think they are really going to sparkle next to Christmas lights.

Glass Etched Ornaments | Storypiece.netOnce the ornaments completely dried, I added decorative ribbon.

Ribbon & Glass Etched Ornaments | Storypiece.netNow that the ornaments are finished, I seriously can’t wait to share them with an amazing young gal at our church.  She works tirelessly with our youth and does it simply because she loves it.  I adore her and I’m thrilled to surprise her.

Custom Glass Ornaments | Storypiece.net

Have you ever etched glass?  Do you have a favorite glass etching product or technique to work with?  What kind of holiday crafts are you planning this season?

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**Update: Thank you to JoAnn Fabrics for including this idea with their seasonal projects.




16 comments

    • Danielle says:

      These were actually a lot easier to make than I thought. If you have a project in mind, I would encourage you to jump out there and try it. The one tip that I probably should’ve mentioned is that less is more. I personally like the way the thinner stripes came out. The thicker ones start looking too cloudy for my taste because (duh!) they are covering more surface area.

  1. September says:

    Super cute! I have etched several things (Pyrex dishes etched with the recipient’s name make great wedding gifts) but never thought to etch glass ornaments. Luckily for me I stocked up on clearance ornaments at the end of last year so I am all set to start playing. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks Randi for dropping by! If this is on your wish list, definitely give it a try. Etching is so easy!! Just be sure you have gloves and goggles on hand and the rest is fast and simple. If you do try it, please come back and let me know… I’d love to hear what you come up with. Cheers!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I love playing with etching cream! I made the center pieces for my own wedding doing this. But I have not tried ornaments. I may have to. Good way to stretch an already thin Christmas budget. 😀

    • Danielle says:

      I bet if you used it for your wedding, you could design something amazing with Christmas ornaments. Thanks, Stephanie, for stopping by and reading.

    • Danielle says:

      Melissa, thank you so much for including my project in your round-up. There are some really cute ideas; I’m honored to be in such talented company. All the best in 2014!

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