I'm so excited about this.
Like. I. *love*. this.
And I soooo hope you do too!
A few years ago, my mom was in town visiting and we stopped by Hobby Lobby. They had their glassware marked down to 50% off (remember, almost everything is marked 50% off at Hobby Lobby every other week, and if it's not marked 50% off, you can always use a 40% off coupon (unfortunately they've stopped their coupons now)…..
So, because I absolutely love playing with etching cream (remember I've used it before HERE and HERE), I decided to grab a jar to work on, and made a few fun gifts! I was struggling with what to put on those jars, then it dawned on me that it would be so fun for my own kids to have my cookie recipe written down for them. 🙂
You can print your free recipe cards for my chocolate chip cookies over HERE if you'd like ~ they really are the best. 🙂
Here's what I used (as well as my mistakes – I may actually re-do this tutorial next week because a few readers helped me learn along the way!)
First, you need etching cream and a few glass jars (these are huge – the smaller one was $12.50, I think the larger one was $20 but it was a gift for my mom who wanted a bigger jar.)
(Here's a peek at me practicing some of the letters on the Cameo . . . if you don't have a Cameo though, you could easily make this using a stencil pattern or stickers in a pattern you love!)
Then I removed the backing from the vinyl and attached it to the glass, and painted with etching cream.
(Note – I learned from folks over on Facebook live that you're supposed to actually wipe off excess etching cream before peeling the vinyl off ~ I had no idea and am going to have to try another jar that way!)
Then my mom started fluffing those jar gifts using a few fun items from the Dollar Tree 🙂
These super cute bells and berries were from the Dollar Tree (the spatula was $2 at Hobby Lobby . . . )
And for the record ~ this would be SO much better to give as a gift with those homemade cookies in the jar, however it was the week of Halloween when we did this and I could not possibly bake one more sweet in my house to fill this jar. You get the idea. 😉
I found the ornaments on clearance last year at Target 90% off, the snowflake ornaments were $1 at the Dollar Tree for a pack of two, and the Merry and Bright sign was from Hobby Lobby for $3 (this small jar was from Walmart for $4)
And we attached a Dollar Tree star (I love those big stars!) to the the large jar with “grace” which headed home to my mom's house.
Overall, I'm so pleased with these little projects and am going to make a few of the cookie jars as gifts this Christmas (I'm so excited!)
(And, if you'd like a video tutorial how to use etching cream, here you go. It didn't work perfectly on the Dollar Tree plastic containers, but hopefully it will give you an idea of how etching cream works!
Are you working on any homemade gifts this Christmas? I'd love to hear what you're making ~ leave a comment to share!
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