Etched Vanilla Jar


The Etched Vanilla Jar makes the perfect gift for any baker or as a housewarming gift! This project walks you through the steps needed to create your own custom-etched jar full of homemade vanilla.

Etchall reusable etching creme makes it super easy to turn a plain glass jar into something wonderful to give to a special someone. Finish off your etched glass by adding paint or Rub 'n Buff for some extra sparkle. 


Primary TechniqueGlass Crafts


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • etchall™ etching creme
  • etchmask™
  • etchmask™ Transfer Sheets
  • etchall™ Swivel Knife
  •  etchall™ Squeegee Tool

Project Instructions

  1. I used my Cameo Silhouette to cut the etchmask™ sheet. It's hard to see in the photo, but there is a box round the word that is about the same size as the side of the bottle where I wanted to etch. Because I am going to use transfer paper to place to mask, I won't be able to see the cut for placement. I use a black marker to outline to cut so I will be able to see it. Once this is done I cut the excess etchmask™ away.

  2. Cut a piece of etchmask™ Transfer Sheet and place it over the mask. Use the squeegee tool to smooth it down. Cut the excess away.

  3. Peel the backing from the etchmask™ and apply it to the surface to be etched. Use the squeegee tool to make sure it is adhered securely. Remove the transfer sheet from the top and remove the letters using the Swivel Knife or Detail Pick.  Insert the point of the knife into the center of a letter, rather than at the edge; this will keep the edges from the distorted. Apply masking tape around the edges to keep from accidently getting etching creme where you don't want it! 

  4. Apply a thick coat of etching creme and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. My supply looks a little like chocolate pudding because it was shipped in the heat of summer - it still works just fine!  After 15 minutes, scrape the creme back into the jar and rinse the area with cold running water taking care not to get it on the bottle.

  5. Once the glass is etched you can apply color using paint or other methods. I like Rub 'n Buff, it is quick and easy! I prefer to leave the mask in place when I apply it - it's just less messy this way in my opinion. Apply the Rub 'n Buff with a soft cloth, and then buff away the excess. Remove the mask and tape.

  6. Fill with vanilla add a ribbon, add to a basket with some baking goodies and you have the perfect gift!

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