Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dish Soap Bottle - Glass Etching

 Look what I did last week! We needed a new bottle for our dish soap. We've been using the plastic bottle that it comes in and we bought it at BJ's so it's giant and doesn't fit well at our sink. So I went to the craft room to my alterations cupboard to see what I had that I could use. Of course this just happened to be waiting for me. It's really designed for olive oil, but it will do the job just fine and I love how clean and simple it looks sitting next to my sink!
So let me tell you how to make this.

Clear glass bottle
Big Shot
Big Shot alphabet die of your choice
Etching Cream
Foam paint brush
vinyl or contact paper
scrap paper

The first thing you want to do is prepare your working space by putting down newspapers or scrap paper where you will be working.
Next make sure that you wash your glass bottle to get off any residue that might be on the bottle. Spray it down with some Windex after and wipe it off just to be extra careful.
Let's talk etching cream for a minute. Etching cream can be found at your local big box craft store. Etching cream is expensive so what I do is to make sure that I use a 40 or 50% off coupon that you can find in your newspaper or online so that you can make this project more affordable. Etching cream can be stinky so make sure your in a well ventilated room. I haven't had a problem with the smell, but I do know that some people have. It can smell like rotten eggs.

1. Using your vinyl or contact paper cut out whatever saying you want to use from your big shot.
2. Peel off the backing to your letters and carefully place them on your bottle. Making sure that all the edges of the letters are sealed down on the bottle so that the etching cream doesn't leak under the letters.
3. Liberally apply etching cream to all areas of the bottle that you want to etch. I find dabbing it on instead of brushing it on will give you better coverage and less brush lines when your finished.
4.Wait for 15 - 20 minutes and go make sure that your sink is cleaned out and that you don't have any glass near where you'll be working on the next step.
5. After your 20 minutes, go rinse off all the etching cream. I use my hands to get all the etching cream off.
6. Dry off your bottle and peel off your vinyl letters and your good to go.

 I think these would make fantastic Christmas gifts. You could use the family's last name in place of the dish soap, or even do one that says olive oil.
 I love how every time I fill up the soap bottle I can use a different color soap and the bottle will look new every time.
Now go try one for your self. If you do, make sure that I get to see it.
Have a great day!

1 comment:

Brenda Johnson said...

I love this idea. I may have to steal it for Christmas presents! Thanks.