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One method of decorating a plain glass bottle is by etching. This is a page about etching a glass bottle.


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November 23, 20041 found this helpful

Use these to fill with homemade lotions, body washes, or even decorate canning jars for Xmas salts or homemade food items. Make your own etched candle votives too!

You will need:


  1. Lay newspaper down on flat surface where you will be working.
  2. Place your stencil on the jar and center the stenciled image where you want it, and tape it there tightly. Make sure it is even and flat with no gaps between the stencil and the jar. This is key.
  3. Shake your etching medium, and paint on a thin layer in the stencil area, but make sure you don't go out side the stencil and etch that area around it.
  4. A thin to medium layer of etching medium is best. Don't go too crazy.
  5. Let dry and remove stencil.

Tada! A pretty etched glass bottle or jar.

By Xerophyia

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November 13, 20041 found this helpful

It's easy to give store-bought bottles a "homemade touch" by etching them with a special message or design, then filling them with something your recipient will love.


Tools and Materials

You'll need a Dremel rotary tool, a bottle, clamp or slip-free rubber mat, a soft cloth, glass cleaner, paper, pencil, permanent marker and masking tape to complete this simple project.

The Steps

  1. Sketch your message or design on a piece of paper or clip out an image from a magazine.
  2. Cut it out to create a stencil and secure it with masking tape to the glass bottle. Draw your design onto the bottle using a permanent marker.
  3. Gently clamp the bottle to a table or use a rubber mat to provide a slip-free work surface.
  4. Wearing eye protection, use the Dremel rotary tool along with an silicon carbide grindstone (#84922, included in Dremel XPR rotary tool kit sold below) to etch over your permanent marker design. Use the tip of the bit to etch into the surface of the glass.
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  6. Clean the surface of the bottle with a soft cloth and glass cleaner when finished etching.

By Kathy

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