Etched Glass Centerpiece

February 7, 2013 by Jenny Melrose

I am over the moon excited to share with you the gorgeous Etched Glass Centerpiece that I created using Martha Stewart Glass Painting Products.  After checking out Martha Stewart glass painting program I couldn’t wait to get started and decided upon an Etched Glass Centerpiece that would work perfectly any time of year.  The great thing is that I’m going to show you from to start to finish how simple etching glass truly is.

Etched Centerpiece

There were minimum supplies needed due to the ease of the Martha Stewart Crafts product.

Etching Centerpiece Supplies

The supplies needed were:

  • The glass etching cream with brush and gloves, which all came with the kit
  • An adhesive silkscreen
  • Glass vase

Etching Centerpiece Project Supplies Opened

Step 1: Before beginning to use any of the materials make sure to clean your glass item with soap and water and then use rubbing alcohol where the stencil will be used.  I noticed several imperfections in my glass vase after cleaning it, but was able to find a side that was perfect.

Step 2: Decide upon which size silkscreen to use.  I found one that was the perfect size and it reminded me of an Irish knot, so you’ll be sure to see this centerpiece again for St. Patrick’s Day.

Step 3: Remove the silkscreen from the backing so that it can be applied to the vase.  Save the backing though because the silkscreens are reusable.

Etching Centerpiece Stencil Applique

Step 4:  Apply the silkscreen evenly across the surface so that there is a smooth fit.  You don’t want the etching cream finding any bubbles.

Etching Centerpiece with Stencil

Step 5: Using gloves apply the glass etching cream with the brush evenly across the silkscreen.  I applied at least two layers of cream to the silkscreen and let the cream set for 30 minutes.

Etching Centerpiece with Glue

Step 6: Wash the etching cream off of the silkscreen and remove the silkscreen.  Remember to place the silkscreen back onto the backing so that it can be used again for another project.

I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my vase.  It looked gorgeous with two floating rose candles and is sure to be used as a centerpiece for various events.  The best part is that the vase is still dishwasher safe, even with the etched design!  You know how much I love simple and this definitely could not be a simpler project.

Etched Centerpiece with Floating Candles

For more inspiration check out Plaid Crafts on Pinterest and Martha Stewart Crafts Board on Pinterest.   You can also Like Plaid Crafts on Facebook.


  • debbiedoos

    That turned out so very pretty!

    • Jenny Melrose

      Thanks so much Debbie! It was so easy to make too.

  • Randi - Dukes and Duchesses

    So beautiful, Jenny!

  • Emily


  • Kimberly Jones

    Great tutorial! This looks so elegant!

  • Lyuba@willcookforsmiles

    Hi there, it’s Lyuba.
    I have a series every week, where I post my favorite recipes and projects from the blogland. I really love your Etched Glass Centerpiece and I would love to share it. Do I have your permission to use your photo as a feature ( linked to your post and blog)? Please email me and let me know!

    Thank you!

  • Naomi

    So simple but looks very elegant. I am excited to give this a try.

  • Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    This turned out gorgeous!

  • Trish @ Uncommon

    I love how it turned out… so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


  • Christine

    You did a great job Jenny!!!

    I can’t wait to get working on my project too!!!

  • Donna

    It is beautiful, Jenny. I pinned it.

  • Kelly@ Here Comes the Sun

    These turned out beautiful, Jenny!

  • Lauren

    Just stopping by to invite you to my link party. I would love it if you would link up your etched glass centerpiece. That would be awesome. Thanks.

  • Shaffer Sisters

    I have always wanted to do glass etching but have always been too scared but I love the idea of using a silk screen. Great job! What a beautiful centerpiece.

    • Jenny Melrose

      I was so nervous in the beginning, but the silkscreen made it so easy.

  • Shannan Tonette White

    hi, Could you please help me? I have been trying to get this product to work forever now and i am getting no results. I let it sit on my glass for 15, 30, and 2 hours with no result. what am i doing wrong? is it supposed to be thin layers? does it turn white after it dries? please help

    • Jenny Melrose

      Shannan, I used a thin layer and let it sit for 30 minutes. Did you make sure to clean the glass surface before hand? Jenny

      • Shannan Tonette White

        yes, i cleaned it with soap and water, let it dry and then wiped with alcohol. is the cream supposed to completely dry before removing?

        • Jenny Melrose

          I only let mine sit for 30 minutes. It didn’t change color at all. I’m sorry I’m not more help. Is it not etching at all?

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