monogram vase using faux glass etching technique TUTORIAL

happy monday, crafters! are you ready to start the week off with a new craft using a *brand new product*? {please say yes} well, i’m excited to share with you my latest addition to my craft supply arsenal….all kinds of goodies from the Martha Stewart’s new Decorative Craft Paint line by Plaid Crafts! let me tell you, this NEW line of crafts is amazing. sooooo many awesome tools, paints, and stencils to make your crafty little hearts go pitter patter! there are 160 paint colors in 5 different finishes. oh and the paint is formulated to work on all crafting surfaces including wood, metal, glass, ceramic, terra-cotta and fabric.

i made that gorgeous monogrammed glass vase using the new Frost Etching Effect paint.  i loved that i got the glass etched look without using strong chemicals. plus it is so much more forgiving. {as you’ll see in a second, i definitely needed a forgiving product!!}

Supplies: Martha Stewart Crafts Italic Flourish Stencil Set, Martha Stewart Crafts Frost Etching Effect, Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Brush Set, masking/painting tape {not shown} and….

a glass vase.

{big shout out to our friends, Audrey and Jay for giving us the lovely flowers & vase!! this craft would not have been possible without you.}

1. first, roll the Frost Etch Effect on a flat surface to mix well.

2. tape your stencil in place. using a Stencil Brush, lightly brush on a thin coat of the Frost Etch Effect. {TIP: the Frost Etch Effect can be tinted by adding a little paint}

3. remove stencil.

as you can see, i didn’t do a very good job brushing the Frost Etch Effect only in the stencil…..i got a few extra blobs. oops. BUT the beauty of using the Frost Etch Effect paint VS. real Glass Etching is the Frost Etch paint is so forgiving! {phew} i simply used a damp cotton swab to wipe away the excess blobs while it was still wet. worked like a charm. {ok, so i used my finger nail as well. BUT the point is, i could easily fix my mistake. if i’d used the chemical glass etch, i would have ruined my vase. just sayin.}

here is my faux etched monogram all cleaned up. much better.

and because i know you’re wondering {i was too} this paint is dishwasher safe on glass. so when you need to give that faux etched vase a good cleaning, go ahead and pop it into the dishwasher.

4. after your Frost Etch Effect is dry, add flowers, twigs, rocks, etc to your lovely monogrammed vase.

Gift Idea: wrap in pretty paper and give as a wedding, thinking of you, or even a house warming gift!

you can find the new Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint line only at Michaels stores in the US and Canada. some Michaels stores already have the line in stock, others won’t have it available until the last week of August. so you’ll have to check with your local Michaels store.

DISCLOSURE: this is a sponsored post. see complete post disclosure here.

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Interesting… and useful! I was looking for etching cream a few months ago and couldn’t find it anywhere here in WA state. Apparently it is too dangerous to sell in craft stores or something… I was never motivated enough to order it online… LOL

    1. 1.1

      Yes, glass etch is hard to find for sure!! I can never find it either. Thanks for stopping by, Erica!
      happy crafting,

  2. 2

    Thank you so much for letting us know about this new line of MS craft items at Michaels. I’m going to go today to see if they are at my MIchael’s yet. I also bought some MS copper paint a couple of weeks ago (haven’t used yet) from Home Depot that is in her new line at that retailer.

  3. 3

    It turned out so cute, Linda! I’m starting my MS project today and I am so excited. I was more than impressed with the generosity of the company. LOVE the monogram, and can’t wait to try some etching for myself!

    1. 3.1

      Thanks, Amanda! I can’t wait to see what you made!! I still can’t believe the load of goodies they gave us!
      happy crafting,

  4. 4

    I love love this project! I am definitely going to be heading to Micheals to pick some of this up. I too cant find etching cream anywhere so I think this will be the perfect project.

  5. 5

    I haven’t seen this new line, but I’m going to have to check them out for sure. What a great idea! Leave it to Martha to come out with that.

  6. 6

    Hey, I used the etching paint too! Really cool stuff!

  7. 7
    Janice M

    If you cut out your monogram from contact paper with an x-acto knife and stick it to the vase, you won’t bleed out so bad!!

  8. 8

    Super job! I love the vase. I too used the Frost Etching!

  9. 9

    That is great and so cool!! I will have to give this a try for sure.

  10. 10

    VERY smart, Linda! Love this.

  11. 11

    love it! i’ve tried etching glass a lot of times, and it never works out! I love this- quicker, easier, fail proof-er!

  12. 12

    I would definitely mess up with real glass etching, not that I would dare try it! This paint makes it so easy to get such a lovely effect. Thanks for demo-ing how to use it…the vase looks really cute!

  13. 13

    I have always wanted to try this, but I’ve never know where to find this stuff. Martha is amazing! Love your blog!!

  14. 14

    Great demonstration of the medium – it looks so pretty!

  15. 17

    Great gift idea! Tweet tweet…

  16. 18

    How pretty! i love how it turned out – now i can’t wait to try the etching medium, haven’t used that one yet :) I just posted my his and hers tray tables using the pearl and satin paints :)

  17. 19
    Ana S.

    I saw this post when you first posted it and I am getting married I am going to make my message in a bottle invitations and I want to do this on the bottles with our names. I am kind of scared because it’s a lot of letters so it’s going to be hard to make them look straight.

  18. 20

    Linda, can Martha’s product stand up to the oven and dishwasher? I’d love to monogram glasses and oven bakeware!

  19. 21

    i like how easy that would be, but if you wanted to go the extra mile, real etching would have looked fabulous, and would never fade, or glob around the edges. :)

    1. 21.1

      (Acid) etching creme can be ordered online at Walmart. Armour Etch Glass Creme. It is difficult to find in stores, but Walmart seems to have the best price for online ordering.

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