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This is a quick, easy, and unique way to put your name on your casserole dishes. If you are tired of trying to label your dishes with a scrap of masking tape or magic marker, this is the perfect solution. No more unclaimed dishes at the next pot luck dinner you attend! It also makes a personal and fun gift for a special friend. They will be thrilled and amazed that you created such a cleaver yet practical gift.
Glass Etching


  • Armour Etch (glass etching cream)
  • Exacto blade
  • White contact paper
  • Computer
  • 9 x 13 glass casserole dish
  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Q-tips or small brush to apply solution


  1. Before you begin it is important to clean glass or mirror with glass cleaner. This will help remove any grease and leave a clean smooth surface for close contact with paper.
  2. Using a simple font on your computer, type the name or whatever wording you want to etch on the glass. Enlarge to fit bottom of pan. If you want to add a design, use clip art. I put a palm tree on mine by looking up “free clip art of palm trees”. When I found the one I wanted, I used the right click button, then hit copy. Now open Word program where you have your name typed and paste it onto that wherever you want it.
  3. Cut contact paper into 8 ˝ x 11 sheets and place in your printer, paper side down. Print. Gently peel off paper backing.
  4. Center the contact paper over the bottom of your pan and stick down securely. Gently tap around edge of each letter and design to alleviate any air bubbles, being careful not to wipe away ink.

    Glass Etching

  5. Dab Q-tip in etching solution and dab over design and letters. Apply a thick layer. Let etching cream sit on glass for 30 minutes.
  6. Wash off etching cream with warm water. Remove contact paper and wash thoroughly with soap and water.
  7. **Note: be very careful to wash hands – this is caustic stuff

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