Glass Etched Christmas Ornaments

by ilene on December 12, 2011 · 3 comments

in christmas, holidays, tutorial


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Since we aren’t getting a Christmas tree this year, I’m trying to get creative and decorate our apartment all festively in other ways.  Besides hanging up the stockings that I made, I also put out a few bowls of Christmas ornaments. Since I tend to gravitate towards gray and silver decor, I got a variety of different ornaments in that color scheme, piled them into large serving bowls and set them out as centerpieces.   I personalized some of the glass ornaments by etching our initials into them:

I got a bunch of the plain clear glass ornaments from Michaels for super cheap (like $3 for a box of four when using the 40% off coupon. Btw, Michaels was a madhouse this weekend!  Everyone is stocking up on Christmas decor!).  You can also etch regular glass ornaments as long as they are made of glass. I etched a star onto this plain silver glass ornament:

You can also buy glass etching cream from Michaels.  This is the brand I got for $12/bottle:


To etch the ornaments, you need to first cut out a stencil of the design you want to etch onto the glass.   You can also buy these stencils at craft stores, but its pretty easy to personalize your own design, too.  I used my cricut to cut out our initials from contact paper but if you don’t have a cricut, you can use an exacto knife to cut out your design.  I cut out our initials and the year and some star designs.  Stick the stencil onto the ornament, smoothing out any air bubbles.  Different etching cream brands have their own instructions, but you basically apply a thick layer of the etching cream on top of the stencil.   Leave the cream on the glass surface for about a minute (or whatever the instructions say), then wash off under running water.  Then peel off the stencil and your design would be etched onto the surface.  The etching cream is probably super potent and toxic so you want to make sure you follow the directions exactly.  It’s a pretty easy process though, so easy that once I taught my brother how to etch a glass jewelry box for a girl friend.  I think it was the first and only craft he has done in years!!

Hehe, you can see my reflection on these ornaments!

I love all things Christmas!  This season makes me so happy!  It’s amazing how a little baby born in a manger over 2,000 years ago changed the world and we rejoice every year about it! I have a couple other easy to make Christmas ornaments to share with you this week! Stay tuned!

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1 cravesadventure December 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Oh So Creative – love it!!!

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2 Angela December 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Love how you can see your reflection in the ornaments. :-) I used that glass etching stuff too. So many creative possibilities but that is some scary stuff!

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3 nae January 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

love the jingle bell in that bowl too

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