Don’t worry about leaving your casserole dish at the next potluck or having it taken home by someone else. Create an etched glass dish that has your name on it permanently and everyone will know it’s yours!

Revive an old dish or splurge on a new one. Either way, you may want to practice on a flea market find before you try it on the one you plan to use. The etch cream’s a little pricey, but it goes a long way and you can scrape the excess back into the bottle for next time.

When it comes to adhesive letters, there are so many fonts available you’ll have no trouble finding one to fit your style. Be sure they’re plenty sticky and press down firmly so the edges will be crisp and clean when removed.

It won’t take much to master this technique and it’ll work on any type of glassware. Think how thoughtful it would be as a gift for that next bridal shower, wedding or housewarming!

how to make an etched glass dish
  • glass baking dish
  • rubbing alcohol and paper towel
  • ruler and dry erase marker (optional)
  • [url href=”″ target=”_blank” title=”Frog Tape”]Frog Tape[/url]
  • adhesive letters
  • large piece of paper
  • [url href=”″ target=”_blank” title=”Rubber Gloves”]rubber gloves[/url]
  • [url href=”″ target=”_blank” title=”Armour Etch Cream”]Armour Etch Cream[/url]
  • wooden craft sticks
  1. Wipe the area to be etched on your glass baking dish with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to remove any residue or fingerprints.
  2. On the OUTSIDE of the baking dish, tape off the area you want to etch—keep in mind that everything that has been covered will NOT have the etched effect.
  3. Place adhesive letters within the taped border on the outside of the dish, pressing letters firmly to the dish.
  4. Place a piece of paper, larger than your dish, on your workspace to protect the surface. Put on rubber gloves and use a wooden craft stick to apply the etch cream to the dish, making sure to get between the letters and all the openings. Scoop any excess cream back into the bottle then allow the dish to set at least 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, scoop up any etch cream remaining on the dish and place it back into the bottle. Rinse the etch cream from the dish then remove letters and tape. Wash and dry the dish thoroughly and it’ll be ready for use right away!
Etching cream is both permanent and caustic, so be sure to wear gloves and cover your work surface!