The season of giving is upon us, and at times, that can be overwhelming! So many people to shop for and so much money to spend! Luckily, I have an AWESOME DIY gift idea for you that is so inexpensive to make but so fun, too! DIY etched glass votive holders are a really simple project, and they can actually be used in a few different ways (which I’ll fill you in about below).
But guys, that’s not the only idea you’ll find here because this post is part of the Happiness is Handmade DIY Gift Ideas Hop! For this blog hop, I’ve teamed up with seventeen other fabulous bloggers to bring you EIGHTEEN awesome DIY gift ideas that will be perfect for your gift giving needs this holiday season! You’ll find links to all of the ideas right at the bottom of this post!
So before you check out the other fabulous gift ideas and enter the giveaway, let me show you how easy it is to whip up a bunch of etched glass votive holders (or makeup brush holders or vases).
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- Small square vases (I purchased mine at Dollar Tree, but here’s a link to a reasonably-priced six-pack if you can’t make it to the store)
- Glass etching cream
- Plastic knife or palette knife
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls
- **Silhouette machine and contact paper (if you don’t own a Silhouette or other paper cutting machine, you can definitely use glass etching stencils like these)
- Paper towels
- Vase filler stones
- Votive candles
How to Make Etched Glass Votive Holders
Next, if you’re creating your own stencils on a paper cutting machine, like a Silhouette, make your designs and measure them to fit the front of the glass vase. (Simple shapes are best. I used seasonal silhouettes, state shapes, and monograms.) Mine were just about 2″ wide and high. Cut them on contact paper (Speed 8, Thickness 3, Blade 1), and press them onto the glass. Make sure they’re firmly pressed down along all edges!
If you’re going to do your etching with a glass etching stencil, make sure to follow the directions on the stencil package.
Apply the etching cream to the glass, using the plastic knife or palette knife, and make sure to cover the entire area to be etched. Let it sit according to the directions on the package (mine took about 15 minutes).
After the proper amount of time has passed, use the plastic knife or palette knife to remove the cream from the glass. The directions of my etching cream said I could reuse that cream, so I put it back into the container. Rinse off the excess cream and gently pat dry with a paper towel. Pop in your votive candles and enjoy!
This was my first time using glass etching cream, but I am OBSESSED. It is like magic in a jar! I honestly did not think it would work, but it did, and I love it! One good thing to note is that the etching is dishwasher safe, too!
17 Other Handmade Gift Ideas
Now that you’ve seen how easy and affordable it can be to make your own holiday gifts, check out these other ideas that my friends have come up with. I know you’re going to love them!