Glass Etched Oil & Vinegar Bottles & 35 MORE tutorials!

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! 

Glass etchine - oil & vinegarI 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 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.

Etching Bottles:

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!  Etch all 4 oz 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!

Get organized with your Silhouette Machine!


  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids’ Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What’s Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue’s Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. “What’s For Dinner?” Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
  35. Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
  36. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About

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  1. Good idea to do the oil and vinegar bottles – they look great! I just got the glass etching kit for Christmas and can’t wait to try it out. It seems pretty easy! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Thanks — and you could do this for a lot of things — bath oils, infused oils — just limited to the imagination! Glass etching is easy — and you get a great result for little effort! Try it out!

  2. Great looking bottles! I love the look of glass etching, such little work for such a great reward!

  3. This is a great project and one I want to try. I haven’t purchased my glass etching kit yet but it’s on my list. 🙂

  4. I’ve been SO interested (and SO intimidated) by etching! I think you’ve convinced me, though! Your project looks great!

    • Thanks! And go for it!! Its a wonderful technique that can be used for tons of things! One of my friends was just “bragging yesterday” that she received monogrammed wine glasses from me for her anniversary!

  5. Great idea with the oil and vinegar bottle! Now even dinner in feels like your out to eat! Oh, and I love the little detail on the oil bottle.. so cute!!

  6. Truly beautiful! I love the design and font you chose!

  7. I love a good glass etching, and this one is a keeper! I might have to do the same with some of my bottles. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  8. This is a super cute project!!! totally Pinning!


  9. This is a great project! I’m going to try glass etching this year!

  10. I have been wanting to do this forever! You have inspired me to move it to the top of the list!

  11. Love your bottles! The font you chose and the olive branch are perfect.

  12. Hi
    I love these bottles, they look brill! Can I just ask, what does “weed the vinyl” mean?

    • Thanks — and I’m so sorry that I didn’t make that clear! This means that after the design is cut on the Silhouette, you need to remove the vinyl pieces that you want to have etched! This will be the area where the Etch All cream is applied to the glass! Thanks for asking for clarification!

  13. Hi Terri, I followed a link on Pinterest and have spent the past three hours on your site!! 🙂 You really are such an inspiration….I feel like I can do anything with my Silhouette now!

    Where did you get these adorable bottles for this etching project? I really like them. I have seen the larger bottles that you put olive oil in (in fact, we have a really big one with olive oil in it!); however, I’ve never seen these smaller ones like you used. I would definitely put these on my table!!

    Thanks again for letting me hang out with you this afternoon. Now I better get something done! 🙂

    • Donna! So glad to have you “hangout” with me on my site! And glad that you gained some confidence with your Silhouette! That’s what its all about! The little oil & vinegar bottles came from a glass company called Couronne Company – They are a wholesale company – -but hang tight! I will have those for sale on my site shortly! Thanks, Terri


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