Reverse Glass Lettering

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The completed frame.Don't want to buy vinyl lettering? Don't have good handwriting? I came up with this idea after researching "reverse glass painting" projects.


Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1



  1. First, I chose a quotation and style of lettering I wanted by researching the internet. I copied and pasted the lettering into a word document and sized it according to the project I was doing. Print the lettering. Cut around the lettering if necessary. I was using three words and wanted the placement in different parts of the glass I was lettering.
  2. Printing out decorative words on paper.
  3. Holding the right side of the lettering up to my window (so I could see through), I traced the lettering.
  4. Tracing the words on the back of the paper.
  5. Then, I taped the lettering onto the front of the glass where I wanted the placement. Then, I flipped the glass over to the other side. Using the oil-based Sharpie marker, I then "painted" the lettering. Because it is oil based, let it dry for a few hours so as not to smudge the lettering.
  6. Placing the letters on the underside of the glass.
    The reverse lettering and a pen.
    Drawing the letters on the glass.

  7. It was then ready for me to use. My plan is to add a clock face and make this project into a picture frame clock.

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February 24, 20220 found this helpful

I also made something similar but I used vinyl and added a shadow behind my letters using Glass Etching cream I like your idea beats using vinyl !(not my favorite )Thanks for sharing your idea

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February 24, 20220 found this helpful

You are welcome!

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