Obsessed with the Etch

I'm not sure why I am soooo in love with Armour Etch. It might be the classy sophistication a little lather of this stuff adds to any glass object in your home. Or maybe because of it's timeless subtlety, or unlike frosted glass spray paint, it can be washed with no problem. No matter the reason, it's something I will have in my arsenal at all times. Sadly, I have to get a new bottle today, and at Michael's, without a coupon, (who would be crazy enough to buy ANYTHING there without one?) the larger bottle is 30 bucks. Ouch.

We have a silent auction at work at the end of March benefiting the APS of Durham and the SPCA of Wake County. To me, this is just another wonderful excuse to roll up my sleeves and get crafty! I didn't want to donate something someone just "had", I wanted something someone could "use". (I have a point I promise, just stay with me!)

Enter my latest etching victim.

I decided to turn this little cutie into an indoor herb vase.
Here is what I used to get started:

-Cricut and cutting mat
-Vinyl (of course you don't NEED a Cricut to do this, painters tape and letter stickers would work just as well)
-Glass Vases
-Armour Etch
-Paint brush

First, I just used my Cricut to cut out a curved edge box, and letters to spell out the words Sage and Basil.

Then I applyed them to the glass vases. Getting the box even and the letters straight is the hardest part of this)

**I used painters tape on one because there wasn't much excess vinyl on the outside of the box. In case the etching cream ran, I wanted to make sure it wouldn't etch outside of the box.

Next, I just covered the box and letters with Armour Etch and let it sit for 20-25 mintues.

Finally, wiped the access etching cream off and gave it a good rub under a running facuet, took the vinyl off and... wah-la.

I am hoping to get more items in for the auction here in the next month! I'm also hoping someone actually bids on them :)

Joining the party over at ASPTL for DIY Day!
Linked up over at Todays Creative Blog for Get Your Craft On!
Partying over at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday!
Show and Tell over at DIY Showoff! Come check out the talent :)
Joining up for the first time over at Remodelaholic!
Hanging out over at BNOTP for Met Monday!


  1. I love them. I've never used the etching cream, but it sure turned out beautiful!

  2. I have a jar but still have not used it. thanks for the great idea!

  3. super cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog, too!

  4. Very cute! I've never used etching cream before, but I'll have to give it a try now.

  5. Oooh! Love it! I have an etching kit that I've been itching to break out. Very cool!

  6. Thank you so much for showing your project in process - I failed at etching a couple of weeks ago, I see by what you've done that I didn't use near enough cream or leave it on long enough.

    Going to have to try it out again this weekend!
    (Here is my failed project:
    http://generallycreative.blogspot.com/2010/01/failed-candle-holders.html - if you've got any other tips, I'd love to hear them!!!)

  7. These are amazingly beautiful! I have never used etching medium, this is inspiring.

  8. Super cute! Thanks for the info on Armour Etch. I have some etching projects in mind and glad to have the referral!

  9. These look great! Putting it on my "To Try" list ;)

  10. Those are so cute!!! I need to look into that etch stuff. Looks like it could be a lot fun!

  11. Oh la la! Jessica I love this I am SO happy you linked up. This post came just in time for a project I am doing and want to etch... I have a few questions, I will go check out the link you gave THANKS! (I had all these questions and then realized I should probably just read the post, you answered most of them.. oops, I just love looking at pretty pictures!)

    Come back this Friday for another Remodelaholic's party! I love seeing great projects like this!


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