Etch A Sketch...or a glass jar.

I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I've had a brand new Cricut machine sitting in a dusty corner of my closet for longer than I care to think about.  It was a gift, and quite frankly, it scared me.  A lot.  So it sat in the corner, looking intimidating and intriguing all at once.  I knew it was time to pull that baby out and see what all the fuss was about.

I've seen a lot of glass etching pins on Pinterest and was definitely curious.  I finally put two and two together and realized that I could use my Cricut to make the stencil with which to etch glass.  (Oh so fancy)  However, if you don't have a Cricut you can make your own stencils or buy one at any craft store!

So, seeing as how it was my first time using my Cricut and my first time doing some glass etching I went with something pretty simple.  My Cricut came with a cartridge, so I knew I'd be using it for this first project.  I pulled out the Cricut, dusted off the cobwebs and got to work.  It actually was far easier to figure out than what I'd expected (WIN!)  I printed out my letters - and chose to do the backwards version of the above pin.  Meaning, I wanted my letters to be the etching, if that makes sense.  I peeled my letters out of the vinyl and stuck the stencil on my glass.

Then I followed the directions on the back of the glass etching container.  It says you only need to leave the etching cream on for 5 minutes, but because I'd done my blog research (HERE, HERE & HERE) prior to using it, I knew that the best results come after at LEAST 10.  I think I left mine on for about 15 minutes.  Make sure to slather the etching cream on nice and thick.

After the 5, 10, 15 minutes has elapsed, rinse the cream off and Ta Da!  Cuteness!

A very easy project - now, to make some yummy treats to fill up that treat jar!