DIY Etched Casserole Dish: Personalize a Glass Pyrex!
Learn how to etch casserole dishes, even glass Pyrex bakeware, with personalized and beautiful designs. Etched glass casserole dishes make great wedding and housewarming gifts!
A year ago I taught you how to etch glass the easy way using a vinyl stencil and some etching cream, and weve all had so much fun etching things since then. Using this technique, you can personalize nearly any glass, including wine glasses, coasters, and decorative glass plaques. Its really quite easy! But what if you want to etch glass BAKEWARE, like a Pyrex casserole dish? Can you do it and still put food in it? Oh yes, you can and Im going to show you how in this tutorial!
Now, glass etching is nothing more than roughening up the surface of the glass in specific areas to create a design. You can do it in a bunch of different ways, but the easiest way is do it chemically using an etching cream. You can literally just paint the etching cream on your glass, wait a bit, and rinse it off, but its much more effective and attractive to create and apply a vinyl stencil and THEN put the etching cream on, and thats the technique I am teaching you today.
So for this tutorial, youll want a glass casserole dish, or really any glass bakeware will do. Ive heard reports that older Pyrex casserole dishes, like those made before 1998, were made of a different type of glass (called borosilicate) that is harder to etch. But all the Pyrex casserole dishes sold in the U.S. since then etch just as well as any other sort of glass. So dont worry too much about this unless youre using a pretty ancient casserole dish. For this tutorial, I am using a two quart 7 x 11 Pyrex oblong baking dish that I bought from Amazon links to everything in this tutorial are in the videos description.
You also need some permanent adhesive vinyl and a way to cut your stencil from it, such as a Cricut cutting machine. I recommend permanent vinyl over removable vinyl because it will form a tighter seal, and thus a better and clearer etched design.
And, of course, you need the etching cream itself! I use Armor Etch glass etching cream and it works great. You dont need much either, so a little goes a long ways.
Other useful things to have when etching your glass bakeware include transfer tape for getting your stencil onto your bakeware, alcohol to clean your glass surface before applying the stencil, masking tape to make sure you dont etch outside your design, and tools like a paintbrush, a weeding tool, and a scraping tool.
And a word about safety be sure to read the instructions on the back of your etching cream bottle, especially the safety precautions and what to do if get some cream on you. You should be fine if you wear gloves, an apron, and eye protection while youre working with the etching cream.
Now, the key to etching glass casserole dishes and any other glass that will come into contact with food is to put the etching on the OUTSIDE of the glass, so that means either on the dishs underside or outer sides. This allows you to cook food in the bakeware normally without any harm to the etching. In the process of etching, a very thin layer of glass is removed and that area becomes susceptible to staining from food. But if you keep the etching on the OUTSIDE, it pretty much never touches the food and stays looking great. And I will show you how to apply your stencil to the underside of your dish so your design shows through properly!
The only other thing to take into consideration is the raised lettering that usually appears on the bottom of the glass bakeware. I personally dont care about the lettering and just ignore it. The etching cream still works on it. But if the lettering bothers you, you can just place your design around the lettering by measuring and moving your design elements before you cut your stencilI explain how to do that in my tutorial on how to make vinyl decals for kitchen appliances.
To get your started on this project, Im sharing several free stencil designs for glass casserole dishes. So let me show you where to get the free designs on my blog at JenniferMaker dot com, then Ill show you how to etch your casserole dishes with the stencils and etching cream!
Ready to make your own etched casserole dish? Let me show you how!! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it wont cost you a penny more)! Read myfull disclosure policy.
Materials to Make Etched Casserole Dishes
- Glass Baking Dish (Pyrex 2 Quart Glass Oblong 7" x 11")
- Permanent Vinyl (any color)
- Transfer tape (StandardGrip, NOT StrongGrip)
- Armour Etch cream
- Isopropyl Alcohol (to clean the dish before applying the vinyl stencil)
- My free SVG/DXF/PDF cut files/stencils (available in myfree resource libraryget the password at the bottom of this post)
- A way to cut your vinyl stencil (I use the amazing Cricut cutting machine)
- Cricut StandardGrip cutting mat
- Paintbrush, small (no foam brushes)
- Painter's tape or masking tape
- Weeding tool
- Scraper tool
- Lint-free paper towels or coffee filters (for cleaning)
- Disposable gloves
- Safety glasses
- Access to a sink or running water
Step 1: Get my free Etched Glass Casserole Dish Designs
My free Etched Glass Casserole Dish SVG cut file contains 3 different designs to make your own personal Casserole Dish.
Get my free sock sayings designs from my free resource library (get the password at the bottom of this post).
Heres what the uploaded file will look like once uploaded to Cricut Design Space:
Tip: If youre not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If youre on an iPhone or iPad, heres how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app .
Step 2: Prepare your design for cutting
Youll want to use permanent adhesive vinyl for this project as it gives a stronger bond and helps stop the etching cream from bleeding under the edges.
Dont forget to mirror your design before you cut it.
Step 3: Cut out your casserole dish design
Cut a piece of permanent vinyl to the right size for your design. Again, I recommend permanent vinyl over removable vinyl because I believe it forms a tighter seal for the stencil.
Place your permanent vinyl color side UP on a green StandardGrip cutting mat.
Load your fine-point blade into your Cricut machine and press the flashing button to begin your cut.
Step 4: Reverse weed your cut vinyl to make a stencil
Carefully reverse weed your design using a weeding tool. (Reverse weed means youre only removing the vinyl you want your etching to appear under. So you're removing the design elements and leaving the rest of the vinyl.)
If your design is not centered on your vinyl, trim it so all sides are equal -- this will help you when it comes to centering it on your casserole dish.Safety first
Once your vinyl is weeded, cut a piece of transfer tape the size of your vinyl backing and apply it to the front of the vinyl decal.
Using your scraper, go over the entire decal to make sure it adheres to your transfer tape.
Gently remove the backing from the vinyl. Your decal is now ready to transfer to your glass!
Step 5: Apply your vinyl stencil to your casserole dish
First, check which direction the raised lettering on the bottom is going and turn your casserole dish so the lettering is right side up. It'll bug you if those words are upside down.
Now wipe down your glass casserole dish by cleaning it with isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth or coffee filter. Be sure to let it to dry, which takes less than a minute.
Next, carefully place your vinyl decal on your glass. I recommend you curve your decal a bit (like a taco) so only the center touches the glass, then press from the center out toward the edges to smooth it into position. This will give you a better seal with fewer creases or bubbles.
Use your scraper over the entire surface of the transfer tape to adhere the vinyl well to your glass.
Gently remove the transfer tape at an angle, leaving only the vinyl.
Your goal is to have no wrinkles or creases at the edges of design.
If you dont have a wide margin on your vinyl decal, put some masking or painters tape around the edge of the vinyl to prevent getting any etching cream there.
Step 6: Brush the etching cream on your dish
Now youre ready to etch! First, remember to wear gloves, an apron, and protective glasses. Safety first!
You should also shake or stir your Armour Etch etching cream before you use it.
Using a regular brush (avoid foam brushes), brush on the minimum amount needed to cover the glass. You do NOT need to gob it on.
Brush the etching cream around your design for five full minutes. Brush up and down, side to side, and diagonally. Keep the cream moving around your design, getting into every nook and cranny.
Step 7: Rinse off the etching cream after 5 minutes
After five minutes, rinse off the etching cream (or if you used a lot, scrape it back into the container first and then rinse).
Make sure you get ALL of the cream off. You do not want to accidentally touch it or get it on your work surface.
Step 8: Rinse off the etching cream after 5 minutes
Once your casserole dish is rinsed off completely, dry it off and remove the vinyl.
If you used permanent vinyl like me, it make take a little effort but it WILL come off.
With the vinyl all removed, wipe down the surface again with rubbing alcohol.
And thats it enjoy your beautiful etched casserole dish!
FONTS USED FOR THIS PROJECT:
- Made With Love (Gilden)
- If You Can Read This ()
- The Secret Ingredient ()
Special thanks to the JenniferMaker Design Fairy team, specifically design fairy Miranda, for helping me design and assemble this awesome casserole dish.
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If you have any questions on how to personalize your dishes with etching cream, let me know! Ask a question in the comments below this video, or come on over to my Cricut Crafters Facebook group at jennifer maker dot com slash cricut crafters
Get my free SVG files to make your own Etched Casserole Dish!
Id love to see your etched casserole dish, pie plate, and other bakeware! If you make one, please share a photo in our Facebook group, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.
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