Search Term

Enter a search term (optional)


Select One (optional)

Difficulty Level

Select One (optional)

Estimated Cost

Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Fabric Crafts
  • Paper Crafts
  • Craft Foam
  • Pipe Cleaner Crafts
  • Clay & Sculpting
  • Nature Crafts
  • Wood Crafts
  • Beads & Jewelry
  • Recycled Crafts
  • Painting & Coloring
  • Food Crafts
  • Plastic
  • Mixed Media/Miscellaneous
Time to complete

Select One (optional)

Primary Technique

Select One (optional)


Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Age Group

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Toddlers
  • Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Elementary School
  • Pre-Teens
  • Teens


Free Offer
Project Ideas for All Occasions From Paper to Fabric

Make your own paper creations with 21 free projects from Craftwell and FaveCrafts. Find one-of-a-kind projects for home, gift-giving, and more - all in this FREE eBook.

Bonus: Get our newsletter & special offers for free. We will not share or sell your email address. View our Privacy Policy

Basics of Glass Etching Using Etching Creme

By: Maria Nerius, Resident Craft Expert

Etching crème is easy to control and a great way to etch flat surfaces. Learn the basics of glass etching with this tutorial from Maria Nerius.

Glass  Etching



Etchall Crème




  • Etching crème
  • Glass item
  • Squeegee
  • Running water and stainless steel sink

Please note: Etching crème will permanently etch all glazed surfaces immediately so only place crème onto your glass item and rinse only in a stainless steel sink. You can also etch mirror, porcelain, ceramic, marble, and slate with etching crème.


A stencil design is applied to a clean dry glass item. You can purchase pre-made glass etching patterns of self sticking plastic or a rub on resist pattern. Another option is to use a liquid resist that can be used to draw a pattern onto the glass surface. Make sure you have a smooth stencil with no bubbles and you allow any liquid resist to dry completely before any etching is done.

Cover your work area to protect it. Put on your rubber or plastic gloves. Pour crème onto surface and use the squeegee to apply a thin even coat of etching crème into the areas that are to be etched. It is best to pour the crème to one side and spread it than to pour the crème onto the middle of the glass object. Leave crème for 15 minutes or time recommended by the etching crème manufacturer. You don’t brush on crème as it will leave brush strokes that become etched in the glass.

When etching time has elapsed, squeegee crème back into its original container. The crème can be re-used. Remove as much of the crème as you can. Rinse glass under running water remove stencil, wash with soap and water, and dry.
An easy beginner crème etching protect is to take a small mirror, place a simple stencil onto it, cover with crème, allow time to etch, rinse in running water, remove stencil, wash with soap and water, and dry. Note you want the stencil to cover all areas of the mirror you do not want etched. Give yourself plenty of room to work and spread the crème. Enjoy.

Free projects, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!

Your Recently Viewed Projects

I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

Can you add paint to the etching cream to add color to whatever you are etching? Any idea you have to do with the etching cream please share.

I never used a squeegee, do you do this to conserve on the etchig because it's so expensive? Lisa Lucas


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Project of the Day

DIY Red Christmas Button Wreath

The DIY Red Christmas Button Wreath should be added to your Christmas decorating ideas this holiday season because it is a quick,… Continue reading: "DIY Red Christmas Button Wreath"



Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite crafts
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your crafts


Sponsored Content

Connect With Us

Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest Twitter
Blog Email RSS

About Us Advertise Contact Us FAQ Do Not Sell My Personal Information Keyword Index Privacy Policy Share Your Project Subscribe Terms of Service Unsubscribe

---- 1 ----


Images from other crafters

There are currently no images from other crafters.

I Love It