As part of my Christmas gifts for my relatives, I decided to put together some hot cocoa mix in mason jars. But as I'm sure you all know, plain mason jars are a little boring and what kind of Craftstererererer would I be if I threw it plain jars?
I used Slom mason jars from Ikea (they are such a cheap buy; the little guys are $3/ea) and created the stencils from contact paper and masking tape. Now they are waiting patiently to be filled by me (one of the many, many things on tonight and tomorrow's to-do lists).
For the text, I printed out "hot cocoa" in Cheri font
at around 80 pt, then taped the print out down onto a piece of contact paper and cut through the computer & contact papers with an Xacto knife. I also added two 1-inch dots on either side (punched with a craft punch) and blocked off a strip on the top, bottom and a two inch or so panel on the back of each jar. I wanted to etching to look more like a label.
This photo is to give you an idea of just how thick I spread on my glass etching cream. (I've read some posters ask for tips on making their pieces come out less streaky.)
I apologize because the text is a little difficult to read. They look good though, and once I got them completed, it was totally one crisis averted. Thanks in advance for looking!
Edit: Also, I just want to note two things about Armour Etch (because, despite my superior Google-Fu, I had major issues finding this info myself):
1- Yes, you can reuse Armour Etch. For the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th jars, I was able to scrape off as much of it as possible and smear it onto them. They all etched at the same quality as the first one (pictured).
2- In case you're reading this and having a glass etching emergency: AC Moore carries Armour Etch in store. I'm in the Philly area and found it at the Broomall store. Now, it's a crapshoot as to whether or not the employees will know for certain if they have it. (To be clear, I'm not slamming the employees at all, I think that it's not a commonly purchased item and it was definitely located in a hard to find place.) I found it towards the back section of floral, around the glass vases, at the end of the aisle (almost near the end cap), nestled away on the bottom half of the rack. Even after having it pointed out to me where they would have it, I would have walked right past it had I not caught the logo out of the corner of my eye. Also, it's pricey as hell. 10 oz. bottles there go for $25!!!
My boyfriend was floored by how much it cost! (Luckily, I've gotten into the habit of saving craft store coupons, or else there is no way he would have picked it up for me.) If I wasn't on a super tight deadline, I'd have just ordered it online, but I didn't really have the option this time.