How to Frost Mason Jars

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How to Frost Mason Jars
Make your own frosted glass using glass etching cream. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Frosting glass is a simple and elegant way to diffuse light or to mimic the mood of the winter season. Instead of buying pricey frosted glass containers, you can create your own beautiful and personalised frosted pieces with glass etching cream and everyday household supplies. Be especially cautious when working with etching cream, as it can burn the skin.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mason jars or glass containers
  • Glass etching cream
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Painter's tape
  • Stickers
  • Dust sheet

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  1. 1

    Wash the Mason jar and dry it thoroughly with a towel. Cover the outside of the jar with tape and stickers to make your own personal design. All of the exposed glass will be frosted.

  2. 2

    Cover your workspace with a dust sheet. Put on rubber gloves. Pour a small amount, about 1/2 cup, of etching cream onto a disposable plastic plate. You can always squeeze additional cream onto the plate if you need more.

  3. 3

    Flip the jar over, so that it is standing on its mouth. Apply etching cream onto the jar using a paintbrush. Cover the entire glass surface liberally, including the stickers and taped areas.

  4. 4

    Wait 10 to 15 minutes for cream to set in. Wash the jar thoroughly with warm water.

  5. 5

    Remove the stickers and tape from the jar. Wash the jar in soapy water to remove any remaining adhesive.

Tips and warnings

  • Frosted jars are dishwasher safe.
  • Etching cream can burn your skin and hands, so always wear protective gloves.

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