Have you wondered how to etch glass with Cricut? I’ll show you how easy it is so you can make creative and personalized DIY Gifts with glass etching.
Once you learn how to etch glass, there is so much you can do with etching glass. You can personalize wine glasses, jars, plates, vases, cups, and so much more.
They really make great personalized DIY gifts that you can give your friends and family as Christmas Gifts.
They also help you to personalize and decorate your own home.
WHAT IS GLASS ETCHING?
Before we get started, you might be wondering what Glass Etching is. It is a process of adding a substance to a glass product that leaves a frosted look.
GLASS ETCHING SUPPLIES
- Glass Items (Wine glasses, jars, plates, cups, vases, etc)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Stencil Vinyl
- Transfer tape
- Glass Etching Cream
- Painters Tape
HOW TO ETCH GLASS WITH CRICUT
Follow these steps to make your own etched glass items with a Cricut.
Step 1: CREATE YOUR DESIGN
First, you will want to create your design in Cricut Design Space. If you don’t want to make your own design, you can upload an SVG of the design you want to etch onto the glass.
STEP 2: RESIZE YOUR DESIGN
Once you have decided on the design that you want to etch, you will want to resize the design to make sure it will fit the glass.
Cricut does offer some templates that you can use as a guide for sizing. The template does not get cut out, it is just a guide.
If you don’t want to use a temple or maybe there is no template for the glass you are using, you can measure the item you will be etching to determine what size the image should be.
Once your design is the right size, make sure you attach everything together if it has multiple layers.
STEP 3: CUT YOUR DESIGN
Then click make it and then select the Cricut Cutting Settings. Depending on what machine you have, you can either select the settings on the actual machine or in Cricut Design Space.
Then hit go on your Cricut and watch it cut.
STEP 4: WEED YOUR DESIGN and APPLY
Once your project is done cutting, unload the mat from your Cricut.
Then weed your design by removing the parts of the vinyl that you don’t need.
Once the design is wedded, use Transfer tape to move the design to your glass. Rub it down well to make sure the vinyl sticks to the glass and then remove the transfer tape.
After you remove the transfer tape, rub the vinyl down again to make sure it seals well with the glass to prevent any bleeding underneath. I also recommend putting Painters Tape around the design to prevent any bleeding.
STEP 5: APPLY ETCHING CREAM
Wipe down your glass with Rubbing Alcohol to remove any debris or oils on the glass.
Follow the instructions on the bottle of the etching cream but I recommend applying a thick layer of etching cream.
Make sure every spot has the same amount of Glass Etching Cream to ensure it comes out evenly.
STEP 6: RINSE OFF THE ETCHING
The instructions on the Glass Etching Cream bottle usually say to leave the cream on for `1 minute or so before rinsing it off. I tend to leave it longer, to get better results.
I usually leave it on for approx 15-20 minutes. Some say you can leave it on longer. So this is something you can test as you create your etched glass items.
Regardless of how long you leave the etching cream on, I recommend washing the Brush immediately after you apply the etching cream.
Once you are ready to rinse, rinse it under water and then remove the vinyl to reveal your etched glass.
HOW TO ETCH GLASS WITH CRICUT
That’s how to etch glass with Cricut!
It’s a fairly simple and fun project. It’s also a perfect way to make homemade personalized DIY gifts with your Cricut.
Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite items are to etch with!
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