Hey everyone! I don’t know what it is about Fall, but as soon as it hits, I start going crazy with cleaning. Spring cleaning has nothing on my Fall cleaning! Maybe it’s that I know I’ll be trapped in my house during the long, cold, miserable, winter that makes me crave a clean, organized space. Whatever the reason, I recently tackled my kitchen with Matt. He just bought some brand new pots & pans (yay!) and we were going through our old ones trying to figure out which ones we no longer needed. I was on such an organizing high that I continued on through the rest of the room…and my eyes settled on this monstrosity:
I am embarrassed to admit that this Sephora bag has been on the ledge since we moved into this charming little house last year. We used it to transport our massive amounts of pet treats to our new house while we were moving…and since I didn’t have anything else to put them in, they stayed where they were, instead of a respectable dog treat jar.
Cupcake Love: Dog Treat Jar
- Silhouette Cameo
- A glass container or jar
- Etching Cream
- This can be expensive! Try using coupons in stores or finding deals online!
- Contact Paper
- A foam brush
- The Design
- I used this cupcake design & a heart
In my new invigorated state, I vowed to figure out a different system! After perusing Big Lots, I found the perfect little canister–for only $3!
It was great just the way it was, but so plain! Of course, my mind immediately started thinking of ways to spruce it up. I have previously shared a few of my glass crafts on the blog before, but I’ve actually made tons. In fact, they may be my favorite crafts ever–not only do they look amazing, they take minutes to do, and most people can’t believe that they’re DIY!
For the design, I decided on a cupcake within a heart…which seems random, at first. Let me explain…
Meet Cupcake: My fluffy, excitable little dog. As you may have deduced, I named her, and Matt had nothing to do with it, haha! Regardless of that, I’ve been on somewhat of a “pun” kick lately, and thought I’d keep that going. Instead of a cookie jar, I’d make a Cupcake jar!
I used a cupcake design from the Silhouette Design store, and placed it inside a heart. You can see that I originally had planned putting a thin heart outline around the cupcake, but decided against that at the last second. Once my design was finished, I cut it out of contact paper with the settings: Blade: 1, Speed: 5, Thickness: 7. I originally tried a test cut with the vinyl present settings but I wasn’t getting a kiss cut from that and had to adjust.
After it was cut (1), I applied clear contact paper over the cupcake and the heart (2), to act as transfer tape. Although I didn’t cover the entire green contact paper with the transfer tape, I really just needed enough of the design covered to keep the cupcake in the correct space within the heart. Once the transfer tape was firmly over the contact paper, I applied it to my jar. Since the jar is curved, I paid close attention to the edges. For this project it’s important that there are no wrinkles or gaps around the edges of the designs.
Once I was sure that my edges were completely sealed, I was ready to start etching. Using my foam brush, I dabbed (not brushed) the cream onto the glass. Dabbing reduces the risk that you push some of the cream under the contact paper stencil. It’s vital that you’re careful during this step…if even a tiny drop of the cream gets anywhere outside of your design, it will etch and it will be permanent. I was also careful to make sure the entire design was covered with cream.
After five minutes (yes, really, FIVE minutes!), I washed the cream off of the dog treat jar. If you used a lot of cream, you could use a credit card or spatula to scrape it off and put it back into your jar, but I didn’t have enough left over for it to be worth the effort. So, yes, while the cream can be expensive at times, you get a lot of use out of it.
Here’s a little “tip” from someone who has glass etched many a time: Every single time I rinse the cream off, I have a moment of panic, since it never looks like the cream worked. Before you stress out, remove the stencil and dry the glass–your design should appear clearly at that point.
The Final Product
I am so pleased with how it turned out, and am going to make a matching one for the cat treats, too! It looks infinitely better than the Sephora bag, don’t you agree?
It even looks great with treats in it, and normally it’s so difficult for me to effectively photograph the etching. In case you wondering, yes, that is a picture of Cupcake and I in matching winter coats. 😉
I can’t believe I waited this long to do this! What design would you have etched?
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