How to: Turn a glass jar into a drinking glass

Lots of my food comes in glass jars that I just end up recycling.  Lately, I’ve been trying to find ways how I can reuse these jars rather than just tossing them into the recycling bin.  I came across the idea of glass etching a few times and one day when I was making Chicken Tikka Masala out of a jar, I thought I could turn this into a drinking glass.  And here’s how you can do it, too!

Supplies:

A jar with a mouth wide enough for drinking

Clear contact paper

A stencil–I found an image and cut out my own.  There’s vinyl ones available for purchase if you do not want to do this

Xacto knife to cut out stencil

A cutting surface

Armor Etch glass etching cream

A paint or sponge brush

A bowl filled with water to get the jar label off

Ready??

 

Take your glass jar and put it in the bowl filled with water. 

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Make sure to cover the entire jar so the label can come off easily.  Leave to soak while prepping the other items.

Start cutting out your stencil.  I used the classic feminist fist symbol as my stencil. I found the image on Google images and printed it out to fit my glass.  I cut the image out in a rectangle frame.

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Then, I took some contact paper and cut out the frame with my xacto knife to match the rectangle of my stencil.  Then I started cutting out my stencil.

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I used some masking tape and taped my stencil onto the cutting surface to avoid slipping.  After cutting with the xacto knife, my stencil looked like this:

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Then, I carefully placed the stencil on the glass, taking care to smooth out the bubbles in the contact paper. It should look like this:

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I took my Armor Etch glass etching cream and my paint brush and put on a very thick layer of etching cream.  Make sure you cover the entire stencil and then some.  Note: it will drip so it might be a good idea to cover other areas with masking tape as well so it doesn’t get on the other parts of the glass. (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the Armor Etch cream on the glass :))

There is some discrepancy with time for how long you should leave the Armor Etch on the glass.  The bottle says a minute, but I also read 10-20 minutes.  I settled for 15 minutes.  And the results look like this:

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There you go!  Enjoy the summer with your awesome custom make repurposed glass jar drinking glass!!  This is now my favorite glass in the world!

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