DIY etched jar tutorial

Etched glass jar tutorial | Seeds and Stitches

Hannah here: It's been a little while since we had guest post here on the ol' blog so we are chuffed to present this etched glass jar tutorial from the ace Alexis from Something I Made. Alexis has used this technique to make Marmalade jars, but you can use them to make any preserve jars, or scented candles, button jars, odds and sods jars etc. Over to Alexis!

We are jar hoarders! Saving up any jars we can either for our own produce, marmalade or chutney or to pass on to other prolific jam-makers in our family. 

I had been thinking for a while that it would be good to have a go at etching some labels onto some of our stash for this years marmalade. (I say 'this years' as if we always make it - which we don't; but we do fully INTEND to make it - which is almost the same thing!)

 You can buy glass etching cream online - you only need a tiny pot as a little cream goes a long way. I got some Armour Etch which worked brilliantly.  

You could just paint it freehand straight onto your jars but I decided to make some stencils - the blurb I got recommended using blue peters old favourite - sticky backed plastic - but I found that tricky cut so I used some multipurpose labels from our local stationery shop instead which worked just fine. 

You have to wear rubber gloves to use the cream but the process really couldn't be simpler - such an easy and satisfying craft! You only leave the cream on for a minute so it's great for impatient people like me.

As well as the writing I also did a few generic shapes which I etched onto the jars so they can be used for anything else over the year. I'm tempted to do all our store cupboard jars and I think our family *might* be receiving some custom etched jars for presents... I might just have found my favourite craft activity ever.

Materials:

  • Old jars
  • Armour Etch glass etching cream
  • Rubber gloves
  • Multipurpose sticky labels
  • Printer
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler

Process:

  1. First make your stencil. either draw a freehand font onto the label or choose a nice font. Print these onto your labels. 
  2. Using a craft knife carefully cut out your letters
  3. Stick the sticker onto the jar
  4. Apply glass etching cream and follow instructions
  5. Remove sticker
  6. Fill jar with preserves, hot wax to make a candle, spices, buttons etc etc. 
Etched Glass jar tutorial | Seeds and Stitches blog
Etched Glass jar tutorial | Seeds and Stitches blog
Etched Glass jar tutorial | Seeds and Stitches blog

I didn't get this tutorial in time for my marmalade making last month sadly, but we used our trusty BBC recipe and it turned out great in all it's tangy deliciousness, yet again. 

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Seville orange marmalade making | Seeds and Stitches blog
Seville orange marmalade making | Seeds and Stitches blog
Seville orange marmalade making | Seeds and Stitches blog