Etching a Pyrex glass baking dish with etching cream is hands down one of my favorite things to make with my Cricut (or my Silhouette Cameo). And I think it’s one of the best gifts you can make with your cutting machine, too!

I have made and given away so many of these etched Pyrex dishes as hostess gifts, wedding gifts, house warming gifts, or just to say “thanks!” – and my friend recently showed me the personalized etched baking dish I gave her as a gift years ago, and it still looks exactly the same as the day I gave it to her! This gift really holds up well to wear and tear.

The etching cream is a chemical substance that actually erodes a layer of the glass (be sure to read the safety instructions and protect yourself with gloves, a mask, goggles and work in a well ventilated area). This means that once you etch, it is completely permanent! Unlike vinyl projects, you can put an etched baking dish in the dishwasher or even in the oven. It will last for years and years to come!

Not to mention, this gift looks expensive but costs less than $10 to make and takes just a few minutes! Have I mentioned that this is one of my favorite projects to make on my Cricut??

Let me show you just how easy it is to etch glass onto a Pyrex baking dish using your Cricut (Note to Silhouette Cameo users: the process below can be easily adapted to work with your machine!)

Materials Needed for Etch a Pyrex Glass Baking Dish:

Important: Please read the safety instructions on the Glass Etching Cream container before beginning your project.

You can make these projects and more!

How to Etch a Pyrex Glass Baking Dish with Cricut:

Gather your stencil vinyl and place on your cutting mat. Load the “Kitchen Made with Love” cutting file into Cricut Design Space. Adjust the width of the image as needed to fit the size of your baking dish.

Select the text button and start typing the name that you would like on your project. You can change the font from the drop down menu at the top of your screen.

Select the image and weld it together. Then, move your text on top of the image. Next, select both the name and the image, and align the center, using the dropdown menu at the top of the screen.

Make sure your text layer is above the image layer in the layers panel. Then select all, and press the “slice button”. You will now have 3 layers. You can either hide or delete the first two layers.

On the next screen, be sure to mirror your project. Choose “Stencil Vinyl” from the drop down menu (or choose the appropriate material if you are using something different).

Proceed to cut out your vinyl and weed away the unnecessary parts.

Place a piece of transfer tape on top of your stencil and peel the backing off. Place onto the underside of your baking dish. Starting from the center, press down and move to the outer edges.

Peel away the transfer tape.

Important: Before moving to the next steps, be sure to remove any bubbles or gaps in your vinyl. I cannot stress this enough! Any gaps or bubbles in your vinyl will result in bleeding, and if the etching cream bleeds it is PERMANENT. I know this can be challenging to work around some of the ridges, so do your best. If necessary, you can also add painter’s tape to aid in sealing some of the edges.

Put your gloves on and any other safety equipment (remember to read the safety instructions on the etching cream bottle) and start applying your etching cream to the glass using a popsicle stick or paint brush.

This is where the magic happens! Allow the cream to sit on the dish for about 3-5 minutes.

Tip for best results: Move the etching cream around during the 3-5 minute etching period. This will result in a more even, less streaky application.

The etching cream is removing the top layer of the glass surface, which gives it that frosted look!

Here is another tip: at the end of the 5 minutes, scrape up the excess etching cream and put it back in the jar to use it again next time!

Rinse the remaining cream away with water, then wash with soap and dry with a paper towel. 

Remove the stencil vinyl from the glass and enjoy your new customized baking dish!

Notes:

  • If you don’t have a Cricut Scraper, you could use a credit card or popsicle stick to adhere the vinyl to the glass.
  • It’s important to try to get all the air bubbles out of the vinyl before applying the etching cream so that it doesn’t get underneath the stencil.
  • Swirling the etching cream around during the 3-5 minute wait period will result in a smoother, less streaky application!
  • This is such a great gift for weddings, housewarming gifts, holidays, teachers, birthdays, etc!
How to Etch a Glass Baking Dish with Cricut

How to Etch a Glass Baking Dish with Cricut

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Easily one of the best gifts you can make using your Cricut. It looks expensive but costs less than $10 to make and takes just a few minutes. The best part is, the etching is permanent and you can put this dish in the dishwasher or even in the oven. It will last for years and years to come!

Materials

  • Stencil Vinyl (or Permanent Vinyl)
  • Popsicle Stick (or paint brush for applying etching cream)
  • Etching Cream
  • Glass Baking Dish (I have found that Pyrex brand works the best)
  • Transfer Tape
  • Protective Gloves
  • Kitchen Made with Love SVG Cut File
  • Cinzel Bold Font (free Google Font)

Tools

  • Cricut Machine
  • Weeding Tools
  • Cutting Mat (Standard Grip)
  • Cricut Scraper

Instructions

  1. Gather your stencil vinyl and place on your cutting mat. Load the “Kitchen Made with Love” cutting file into Cricut Design Space. Adjust the width of the image to 6.25 inches. 
  2. Select the text button and start typing the name that you would like on your project. You can change the font from the drop down menu at the top of your screen.(desktop) Select the image and weld it together. Then, move your text on top of the image. Next, select both the name and the image, and align the center, using the dropdown menu at the top of the screen.
  3. Make sure your text layer is above the image layer in the layers panel. Then select all, and press the “slice button”. You will now have 3 layers. You can either hide or delete the first two layers as shown in Screenshot 5. Select the Make It button. On the next screen, be sure to mirror your project. Choose “Stencil Vinyl” from the drop down menu (or choose the appropriate material if you are using something different). Proceed to cut out your vinyl and weed away the unnecessary parts.
  4. Place a piece of transfer tape on top of your stencil and peel the backing off. Place onto the outside bottom of your baking dish. Starting in the center, press down and move to the outer edges. Try to remove any bubbles. Peel away the transfer tape.
  5. Put your gloves on and start applying your etching cream to the glass using a popsicle stick or paint brush. Leave on the dish for about 3 minutes, while continuing to brush the cream onto the dish. Rinse the excess cream away with water, and dry with a paper towel. 
  6. Remove the stencil vinyl from the glass and enjoy your new customized baking dish!

Notes

  • If you don’t have a Cricut Scraper, you could use a credit card or popsicle stick to adhere the vinyl to the glass.
  • It’s important to try to get all the air bubbles out of the vinyl before applying the etching cream so that it doesn’t get underneath the stencil.
  • This is such a great gift for holidays, teachers, birthdays, etc!

You can make these projects and more!

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