Glass Etching Frosted Treat Jars

Small gifts for friends and family are on every Christmas crafting list this time of year. Try this easy glass etching project for a gift that is sure to impress!

I found some small jars at the Dollar Tree store (every crafters’ favorite place!) perfect for holding candy or other small treats. Decided to etch designs into the glass and add a chalkboard vinyl label so that after the original contents are gone, the label could be changed easily.


Glass jars – Dollar Tree Classic Storage Jars

Armour Etch – glass etching cream

Circut Chalkboard Vinyl

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

Craft Vinyl

White chalk pen or Uniball Signo Broad gel pen

Painter tape and plastic gloves

Maxx Air Settings

Craft Vinyl settings – Standard Material Blade, Force = 42, Speed = 200, Passes = 1, Blade Offset = .25, Blade Height = 25

Pen settings – Force = 10, Speed = 250, Passes = 1, Offset = Disabled, Pen Height = 25

Chalkboard Vinyl Settings – Force = 55, Speed = 300, Passes = 2, Blade Offset = .25, Blade Height = 25

Process Details

Measure the area of the jar you want to etch and create a design mask to cut out of the craft vinyl. Cut and weed the vinyl mask and apply to the jar. Tape off any areas of the jar that you do not want to etch with the painter’s tape.

Apply a generous coat of the Armour Etch over your vinyl mask. Wear gloves and protect surfaces as this stuff is very caustic! Let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Remove any excess etching crème and return it to the jar (it is re-useable!). Wash off remaining cream with water. Remove your mask and wash again with dish soap. Dry thoroughly.

Set up your label design with a writing layer and a cutting layer. Close the cutting layer and insert your pen in the blade holder, send to cutter with the WYSIWYG option.

Remove pen and insert blade. Close the writing layer and open the cut layer. Send to cutting machine with the WYSIWYG option.

Wait a few minutes before weeding to allow the writing to dry properly. Weed the labels and apply to the jars.

Now fill up with gifts or sweet treats and you have a gift that is sure to please!


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About Candace West

Candace West is a multiple national award winning quilt artist and educator, whose art has been displayed at all major quilt show venues such as the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX, and the American Quilting Society show in Paducah, KY and many others nationwide. Her award winning quilts and garments have appeared in several major magazines. A love of teaching and sharing the techniques that can make anyone’s quilts show worthy, is her mission.

3 thoughts on “Glass Etching Frosted Treat Jars

  1. These turned out awesome, and I love the designs you used!! Thanks for showing and sharing!

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