Etching a dish soap bottle

07 Jul

So, this week I told you about my plans to try my hand at glass etching. Well, I was feeling like a lazy morning here at home after a week of traveling to see family before our move, and thought I’d give it a go. First, I gathered all the materials that I’d picked up this week. The jar is one that you can easily make by drilling a whole in the metal lid and adding a soap pump. You can find lots of tutorials on this online. Since I wanted to etch the glass, I didn’t use a mason jar, but many people like the simple look of mason jars, too.

IMG_0611Yep, I totally went Martha Stewart on this one. She has great stencil options and all the supplies I needed were on one aisle, so there was no roaming the craft store, searching for the supplies. FTW. πŸ™‚

Then, I taped off the jar and added the lettering that I wanted to use to write “DISH OAP”. Yes, “OAP”. There was only one “S”, so I knew the words would take a little longer to etch because of having to wait for the “S” to dry from “DISH” to be able to use it for “SOAP”. After that, I applied a thick amount of the etching cream. Yeah, it’s brown, which I thought was weird, but after having read several blog posts about glass etching, I realized that brown cream works just as well. So, I didn’t worry much. I think I could have applied a bit more, but it worked well and here’s how it looked while I let it sit for about 15 minutes.

IMG_0613When 15 minutes was up, I washed off the etching cream with warm water and dried it by patting around the letters. I don’t know if they would have smudged or not, but I didn’t want to take that chance. Then, I taped off the lower left-hand side of the jar and applied the “S” stencil. Yep, these stencils are reusable! Makes it much more worth the change I spent on them, and I’m happy to know I will have them handy for other fun projects.

After letting the cream sit on the “S” for 15 minutes, I rinsed it off and removed the tape and stencil. Then, I dried it, added the soap to the jar and screwed on the lid. I think the whole process took about 40 minutes (and I think some of that was because this was my first time etching).


IMG_0619The best part is that the etching is permanent and you can wash the jar on the top rack of the dishwasher, as needed. Who knew that something as simple as glass etching could spice up a simple jar to take the place of those ugly soap bottles we all hide under our sinks?

Have you ever tried to etching to make a simple glass piece more attractive? Anyone have a favorite method or favorite brand of etching cream?





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