January seems to be the month that everyone wants to organize! I don’t know — maybe its because its just too cold to go outside!! But, at any rate — I’m participating in a Silhouette Challenge & this month – -36 of us are sharing organizational tutorials for the Silhouette!! So, read through to end for tons of organizational inspiration. But for now — here’s my tutorial on glass etching in my kitchen!
I love the huge pantry in my kitchen. (It actually used to be the closet for the washer & dryer. The previous home owner moved the laundry room to the basement! So now, we have this wonderful huge pantry.) But a downfall of a deep pantry, is that things get lost! So, I’m working on labeling & organizing everything in there! One way is to have these oil & vinegar bottles! They look so nice, I keep them on the kitchen table! (two less bottles in my pantry!) Glass Etching is a lot of fun & can be applied to all kinds of glasses – – wine glasses, baking dishes, platters, kitchenware & so much more! In this tutorial, we are going to be working not only with glass etching, but tracing jpg images and applying text.
Creating files for bottles:
1. Olive Oil: I simply searched online for an image of an olive branch that I liked. I downloaded it & opened it in my Silhouette Studio. This is a jpg image & has to be traced in order to cut. So, I selected the Trace function icon and drew the cursor around the image. You will see yellow lines appear – these indicate what will be cut. Uncheck High Pass Filter so that the image turns solid yellow, and then click on Trace. At this point, you can move the original image & delete it. Size the file down to 1.7 H x 2.2 W. Move to the side.
2. Text: Click on the Text tool & type the words ”olive oil” on the workspace. Double click to select the words. Select the font DK Mama Bear from your font library. (If you don’t have this, it can be downloaded from www.dafont.com and installed on your computer.) 1.2 H x 3.6 W. Now, move the olive branch image, and rotate to fit around the text. Select both files, right click and Group. The file should now measure about 1.7 H x 5.1 W.
Using the same font, type the word vinegar. Size it to measure about 1.2 H x 3.4 W. To make it easier to cut & etch, draw a box around each file. Arrange on your mat & send to Silhouette to cut. Set your Cameo for cutting vinyl & cut. Now, you want to “weed” the letters from the vinyl. That is, remove the letters – and all areas that you want to etch.
1. Mark the placement of your files on your glass bottles. Weed the vinyl and then use clear transfer tape to place it on the bottles. Be sure the edges are securely sealed. You can place blue painters tape around the edges of the stencil to be sure that no cream leaks around the edges.
2. There are several Glass Etching products on the market — but after trying several, my favorite is Etch All! I find that it works the best. Place a thick layer of the Etch All on the glass, being careful not to let any get outside of the vinyl. Spread carefully, so you have an even layer. Let it sit about 15-30 minutes. Remove the excess Etch All & put back in the bottle. Rinse off any excess. To purchase Etch All with Free Shipping — Just click here! For more information, you can visit their site & watch several videos they have posted there!
Remove the vinyl & enjoy!
Now — I promised a wealth of more Organizational Tutorials — so here you go!! So, grab a cup of coffee or tea — and peruse through these great tutorials for awesome inspiration!
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?
My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
- DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
- Kids’ Art Wall by Tried & True
- Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
- Simple Recipe Organization by It’s Always Craft Time
- Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
- Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
- Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
- Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
- Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
- Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
- Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
- Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
- Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
- How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
- Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
- Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
- Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
- Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
- Organizing the Craft Room by What’s Next Ma
- Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
- Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
- Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
- Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
- Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue’s Room
- Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
- Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
- Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
- “What’s For Dinner?” Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
- Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
- Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
- Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
- The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
- Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
- Glass Etched Vinegar & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
- Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
- Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About