Super Easy DIY Etched Mason Jars

Friday, June 13, 2014

For the past couple of weeks I have been pinning etching how-to's. I was really worried about trying to attempt something that I have never done. I couldn't believe how easy it was! Since etching these mason jars, I have been searching my house for other things I can etch (can't wait to etch our pyrex dishes so I never leave one at a pot-luck again!).

For today's post, I am sharing with you a Father's Day etching project we made for the Grandpa's in Carl's life (his Dziadek and Pop). Have you ever etched anything before? I would love to see some more etching ideas!
  • Rubber gloves (must-have for safety)
  • Safety glasses (again, must-have for safety)
  • Armour etch (or other etching cream)
  • Painters Tape
  • Sponge brush or Popsicle sticks
  • Mason Jar or other glass item to etch
  • Letter stickers 

1. Place stickers on the mason jar to spell out your desired message. For our jars, we went with: Dziadek's Loose Screws (my Dad is a super handy-man so we went with this play-on-words for a fun place to store extra screws) and Pop's Secret Sauce (for my father-in-law's special BBQ sauce he makes).

2. Use painters tape to mark off the area you don't want etched. For our jars, I decided to create a simple square around the message. 

3. Put on your gloves and glasses.
4. Use a the paint brush or popsicle stick to spread etching cream over the entire area. (sorry I didn't take a picture of this because I was alone and didn't want to accidentally get it on my skin or camera). 
5. Leave the jars untouched for 5-10 minutes (I left mine on for 7. There are various opinions on how long to leave the Armour Etch on. 7 minutes worked for me!)

6. Rise the Armour Etch off. **Make sure not to rinse in a ceramic sink because it can ruin it. As you can tell, I rinsed ours in our laundry tub that has been stained from numerous painting, staining, and crating projects). 

7. Peel off the painters tape and stickers.
8. And you're done! 

Here are our final jars! 

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  1. Great project- I'm always nervous to do these but you make it look doable. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Camille! I actually etched 3 more items tonight and it took me a total of 15 minutes tops and they came out even better than the jars! I swear it looks a lot scarier than it actually is!

  2. Hi Laura!! I love this idea!!! I always keep my glass jars to store dry goods in! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment :)

  3. I absolutely love this idea! I have lots of glass jars, this would be a great way to use them for gifts. Thanks for sharing! (visiting from the Treasure Box Tuesday hop)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

  4. <3 Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party!!