Frugal Homemade Gift Idea: Etching Glass

Frugal Homemade Gift Idea: Etching Glass. We are dedicated to bringing you Free / Frugal Christmas Presents this holiday season, and I am excited to share a great guest post with you, describing an awesome homemade gift idea. Thanks to Kerrie Koupon Kueen – More than just coupons – for sharing this idea!

Kerrie says, I did this for four presents last year. They were a big hit and now I love making Christmas gifts. I etched some casserole dishes for my family. I bought a four pack of dishes for around $30 at Walmart. The cream, I bought (Armour Etch) at Hobby Lobby. It is $20, so make sure you bring a 40% coupon. You can get them in the paper or you can sign up for their weekly ad and get them sent to your email. [Money Savin’ Momma here – looks like you can also get a good deal on the Armour Etch at Amazon here.]

ArmourSo basically I got 4 gifts for $42 (that’s with the 40% Hobby Lobby coupon). And I have a lot left over for other gifts. My friend that told me about this says that she etches her name on all her casserole dishes so when she makes a meal for someone or brings a dish to a potluck, she knows she will get her dish back! This year I might monogram a vase for a gift.

Etched Glass

Here are the directions from the bottle:

1. Cover the glass or mirror with Contact brand vinyl. Next, trace your design through carbon paper onto the vinyl [or you can use stencils to trace in on]. Cut out the design with a hobby knife and peel off pieces of the vinyl to create a stencil. Where the vinyl is removed will become the etched design when you are finished.

2. Overlap the outside edges of the stencil with masking tape to protect he surrounding glass from the etching cream.

3. Apply a thick layer of Armour Etch Cream brushing up and down, then left and right to spread the cream over the entire stenciled area. Allow etching cream to remain on glass 5 minutes.

4. Wash off all traces of Armour Etch Cream with ordinary tap water. Remove the vinyl and thoroughly clean the glass using window cleaner.

Money Savin’ Momma here: If you have more questions about how to do this or want more information, be sure to contact Kerrie Koupon Kueen. Check out her great site for other deals too!
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