DIY etched Mason jars

With a Starbucks on every corner and coffee the go-to pick-me-up, what better gift for the man in your life than a custom-etched Mason jar glass for all his coffee needs?

Etched mason jars


  • Mason jars (Can be found in bulk at Walmart or Target)
  • Armour Etch cream
  • Painter’s tape
  • Sponge brush
  • Stencils or card stock to make your own stencils
  • X-Acto knife


Make your stencil

Step 1 make a stencil

If you decide to make a stencil, you can easily make your own design in Photoshop or Word and print it off on card stock paper. Then go ahead and cut it out with an X-Acto knife. Craft stores also sell special stencils for glass etching.


Secure your stencil

Step 2 secure your stencil

Wipe down the Mason jar for a clean surface, then, with the painter’s tape, secure your stencil. Make sure it is centered on your jar.


Apply Armour Etch

Step 3 Apply Armour Etch

Once your stencil is centered and secure, begin applying the Armour Etch cream with the sponge brush.


Leave on for 60 seconds

Step 4 Leave on for 60 seconds

Make sure to put a thick coat of cream over the stencil, then let it sit for one to two minutes.



Step 5 Rinse

Remove the painter’s tape from your jar, leaving only the cream in the shape of your stencil on your jar. Rinse the Armour Etch cream by scrubbing the remnants of the cream off, then wipe your jar dry.


Enjoy the new mugs!

Step 6 finished mug

Or in this case, let the man in your life enjoy them!

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Photo credit: Andrea Miner at A Single Frame


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