Jar Etching: My attempt to be Martha
Happy Monday morning, darlings! Did you all have fab-o weekends? OH wait….. that’s right. I forgot it was 120 degrees this weekend. So, I take back the wonderful part back and ask, did you all survive!? I have a bone to pick with the weather Gods for for shizzle… sizzle….
Anyways, knowing it was going to be 5165135476152 degrees this weekend, I armed myself with some indoor projects to keep me busy. One of which I saw on good ol’ Pinterest! And seriously, if you are NOT on Pinterest yet, you are missing out. Email me, I will hook you up with an invite. Talk about mega gobs of insanely awesome inspiration….. I digress….
As soon as I saw this jar etching project, I knew I wanted in. And, since we are moving to our new casa in a few weeks, having a kitchen to decorate is just the time to attempt to be Martha. AND, yes, this is of course from Mother Craft herself.
Before I explain all that went into this project, I should caveat this with the fact that I am NOT a crafter. And after this project, I think I know why. Patience….. don’t have ‘em for things like this. BUT, I am so happy I endured and love the results. And, in case you’re wondering if this is something you could pull off…. pa-lease… on a scale of 1-10… 10 being Martha… I’m probably about a 5. I much prefer computers, but it’s fun to do things like this from time to time too.
Here’s what you need for this project:
Glass jars. I bought these from World Market in various sizes. And I happen to like the air-tight kind because of what I’m planning on storing in them.
After cleaning the front of a jar, I started applying the letter stickers. To make sure I had a straight line, I put a piece of tape down and used that as a guide to keep things tidy. And, it didn’t take long to realize I needed some tweezers to handle those tiny stickers! They helped… get some.
Once I had my word nice and tidy, it was time to apply the etching cream. First, I taped off a rectangular portion around each word so that this was the area that the cream would actually etch. The stickers would eventually come off, leaving clear glass underneath.
I left the cream on the jars for 15-20 minutes. Of course the directions said 5 minutes but I thought the longer it sat, the better it would turn out. Prolly not, but again….. not a crafter…. After it sat, I removed the outer tape, then held the jar under warm water while all the etching cream was washed off. Once all the cream was off, I peeled off the letter stickers and viola!
And, here is the final result
I did jars for: Flour, Bisquick (yes I make enough waffles and pancakes to warrant this), Sugar, Brown Sugar and Tea. Some of the earlier jars had some their imperfections, but that’s okay. The Brown Sugar is my favorite…. I’m really happy with how they turned out!