How To Do Glass Etching

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.



  • 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 ½ 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 panand stick down securely. Gently tap around edge of each letter and design to alleviate any air bubbles, being careful not to wipe away ink.

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.

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From the first time I sewed the buttons on backward and clipped a hole in the front of my first blouse in high school home economics, I’ve been hooked on sewing. I have been sewing and making crafts for over 40 years and enjoy the process of creating something unique and exactly what I want.

Hopefully, you to will also have fun making projects which will add warmth and charm to your home or touch a special someone with your unique gift.

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