Etched Valentine Treat Jar

This requires very few materials, but it’s not a project for children, since the chemical used to etch the glass can burn your skin if it comes into contact and is recommended for people 18 and over.  You will need:

  • glass etching cream (I used Armour Etch)
  • paint brush
  • latex gloves
  • adhesive backed vinyl, shelf liner, or something similar
  • glass jar and lid
  • Cricut

You can do this project without the Cricut.  You can make your pattern with a stencil and Exacto knife.  But I used my Cricut because it just makes it easier and looks better.  I think you could also just buy precut stickers and use those too.  If you do scrapbooking you might already have some on hand.

Clean your glass jar and lid, and make sure it’s dry.  Make sure also that you have the label and all adhesive off.

Decide on your pattern.  I decided to use the word LOVE and use a heart for the “O”.  Not all that unique, but I was trying to come up with something simple and quick since I hadn’t tried etching before.  If it didn’t work I didn’t want a lot of time and effort into something I was going to throw away! Stick Vinyl to Glass

I simply cut out my pattern enough times go go around my jar once.  It left some extra room so I cut out some extra hearts and filled in with those.  I made sure to outline with the vinyl so that I would have straight lines where the etching ended.

Then I filled in with more hearts on the rest of the jar, just because I wasn’t very creative.  I made sure to have a straight line across the top and bottom, so that when I was painting the etching cream on, the edges would be even.

Finished jar ready to etch

Once you have finished sticking the vinyl on the jar, be sure you press it down well and press out any bubbles.  I was not as careful as I should have been and I had a few spots where the etching cream got underneath the pattern.  This is not what you want, as it will then etch the glass underneath. A little bit may not be a big deal, but it means it won’t be perfect.  So, take care when you are preparing and avoid that.

Wear gloves for this next step, as the etching cream can burn your skin.

Use a paint brush and apply a thick layer of the etching cream on the glass. Remember that where ever you get the cream will be etched, so if there are uncovered parts of your glass that you do not want etched, do NOT get the cream on them.  In addition, something I read said it would also etch porcelain sinks.  I thought I would be safe and keep it off my counter tops and all of my sinks.  I did my work on a large plastic trash bag (which I threw out afterwards) and rinsed it off outside.  Yes, this is how much I don’t like dealing with chemicals!

The directions said to leave it on for 60 seconds.  I had also read something that said 5 to 7 minutes, so I went with 7 minutes, reasoning that it wasn’t going to eat through the glass, and the most it would do is etch it more, or waste my time.  After 7 minutes, I took it outside and rinsed it off very well (still wearing my gloves and being careful not to get it on me or my clothes!)

At first, I was disappointed. It didn’t look like it had done anything.  But when I started peeling the vinyl off, I was pleasantly surprised!  My glass was etched!  It looked pretty good!  And it was pretty easy.  I brought the jar in and washed it well with dish detergent, made a lid (see my Shell Keeper, I did a similar lid, except I put paper hearts on top) and filled it with Red Hot Tamales.  Now, it’s a cute little Valentine gift!  Cost almost nothing for the jar (the candy is another story).

finished jarfinished jar


  1. Lau W says:

    OMG ! you have a cricut, i’m so jaleous ! :-))
    One day, i hope soon 🙂 i will buy a machine who call “bigshot”, cant’ wait !!!!!!!

    It’s a lovely creation, and certainly yummy candies :-))))

    Bisous !

    • Susie says:

      I love my Cricut! If the Bigshot is like the Cricut you will start cutting and never stop! Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  2. Debbie says:

    I love it. Yogi thinks I should Etch his name and dog treats on the jar I keep in my office. Hmmmmm!

    • Susie says:

      I actually thought about doing a doggie treat jar, but I didn’t have a dog bone image on my Cricut. I bet you could find a stencil. Or stickers. Or just do the words. I’m with Yogi. And then do a photo and I will post it!

  3. Wendy says:

    Fabulous project – love the fact that it recycles a pre-used jar.

    Thanks so much for taking part in Handmade Monday over on my blog ! It would be great if you could possibly pop in a link to my Handmade Monday blog post in too – would be so much appreciated! 🙂

    • Susie says:

      Thanks for stopping by, the Handmade Monday thing was such a cool idea, I’m glad I stumbled onto it! I plan to come back. 🙂 I used it for my Share It today. I am just getting started with my blog, as you can probably tell.

      • Wendy says:

        Your blog looks pretty much “together” for something that is new – it looks amazing!

        Just found your “share it” – fab – and thanks! Would love for you to pop back next week, Handmade Monday seems to have generated a fair bit of interest already!

        Hopefully see you next week! 🙂

  4. Kat says:

    What a lovely idea! I have to try this. I am not lucky enough to have either a bigshot or a cricut, but that doesn’t mean stencils and freehand won’t be just a cool. Yay. Thanks for a cool project.

    • Susie says:

      I love using the Cricut, mainly because I am not good at hand cutting, but but stencils would would wonderfully, I’m sure. I had been wanting to try doing etching, and I had everything on hand already, which to me is what makes a perfect project. 😉 Thank you for stopping by!

  5. LDSVenus says:

    That is really cute, what a great gift that would make!!!

    • Susie says:

      Thanks, especially if you didn’t have to ship it. That’s the only problem, it seems that shipping has gotten so expensive! 🙁

  6. Lau W says:

    Yes, the bigshot is like the cricut, awwwww ! can’t waiiiiiiiit ! 🙂

  7. Judy says:

    That turned out really cute! I got some etching cream and am just starting to experiment with it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    • Susie says:

      Oh, I hope you post some images of what you do! I have lots of fun things in my head now, can’t wait to do some more. I bought the etching cream so long ago, I am glad to hear it’s still available. It did occur to me that it might be hard to find, since it always seems that when I find something I like they stop making it! 🙂

  8. Martha says:

    love that etching! and such a lovely modern design! really decorative stuff!
    would love to see more of your glass jars!
    martha x

    • Susie says:

      Thank you! I loved your card so much, I’m glad you liked this. I am going to be doing more etching, just haven’t done any lately. I want to collect enough small jars to do a set of spice jars. But it takes awhile to get enough jars. 🙂

  9. Martha says:

    Great to hear your going to make some jars! cant wait to see the new ones! glass is such a great material to decorate and use, isnt it?
    now, guess what? ive been painting glass jars too! i dont do etching tho, i paint them with glass paints and currently ive started a few but i kind of lost my motivation half way thru (or rather other hobbies like stitching and sewing have been occupying my mind). maybe i could compete with you ha ha ha and get myself round to finish them off 🙂

    you can see my painted glass here:
    (its an earlier bilingual blog)
    you can find some decorated jars there! 🙂 Alhambra Jars 😀 he he he

    ive got plenty of jars, i always buy marmalades 😀 plus the car boot sales where they have wonderful storage jars 🙂

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