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Monogrammed Etched Glass Vase

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Monogrammed vases can add a very personalized and decorative look to your home. Although you could certainly buy an expensive monogrammed vase in a store, it’s actually quite easy and inexpensive to make your own at home. All you will need is a container of glass etching cream, a glass vase, and an assortment of basic household supplies. These beautiful vases also make wonderful gifts.

Materials You Will Need

  • Glass etching cream
  • Glass vase (vases with straight sides are easiest to etch)
  • Clear plastic contact paper
  • Alphabet stencils
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Wooden Popsicle stick
  • White vinegar
  • Several soft cloths
  • Thick piece of heavy cardboard
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Clean the Vase

Cleaning the glass vase will allow the contact paper to stick more securely to the surface, creating crisp etched lines. Using a soft cloth, wipe the entire outside of the vase with white vinegar. Dry completely with another soft cloth.

Read the Etching Cream Label

There are a number of different kinds of glass etching creams on the market. Some are designed to be used once and then discarded, while other creams can be reused. Some creams are also designed to be used with stencils or contact paper, while others are better used with resisting gels. For this project, choose an etching cream that will work well with contact paper or stencils.

Create the Contact Paper Stencil

Using alphabet stencils, trace your monogram onto a piece of clear contact paper. You can choose to do only the first letter of your last name, or make the traditional three letter monogram combination. Once you’ve traced the outline onto the contact paper, place it on a thick piece of cardboard on a protected table surface. Use a sharp craft knife to cut out the stencil. You will be using the outside pieces of the stencil, including any centers of letters such as “O” or “A”.

Affix the Stencil to the Vase

Carefully peel the backing off of your contact paper stencil, sticking it to the outside of your vase. Make sure to line the letters up carefully so that your etched monogram will be straight. Peel the backing off of any letter centers, sticking them onto the glass surface in the proper position. Press the contact paper down firmly so that there aren’t any bubbles, gaps or wrinkles. When finished, you will have contact paper covering the outside edges of your letters, exposing the glass inside the letter stencil so that it can be etched.

Etching the Monogram

Once your stencil is securely in place, apply the etching cream with a wooden Popsicle stick as specified on the label. Allow it to remain in place for the specified amount of time. Then, remove the etching cream or rinse as instructed. Check to make sure that all areas of the monogram are evenly etched. If not, you can repeat the etching process to make the resulting effect more pronounced. When finished, remove the clear contact paper. Wash and dry the vase carefully. When finished, display your monogrammed vase and enjoy.