Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Easy Wedding Gift Idea- Personalize Casserole Dish {Glass Etching Tutorial}

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With Christmas coming up, I thought that this would be a perfect gift, a personalized casserole dish. Everyone goes to some kind of potluck dinner and we all have had problems of getting our dishes back. So here is a way to personalize it so you don't have that problem anymore!

I actually made this for my mom. She already has everything that she wants and has no more room for pictures or decorations in her house, so I thought that this would be a very practical gift for her!

This is what you'll need
- glass casserole dish (any size)
-contact paper (or vinyl)
-sponge brush

This is how I made it
1) I used my Cricut to cut out the letters on a 6x12 inch piece of contact paper. You can also use a craft knife to cut out your letters. Make sure that you cut your letter in the side that says contact paper.  

This is what it looks like once the letters are cut out.

I made it so you can read the name with the casserole is facing up, but if you want to do it so you can read the name from the bottom, then cut on the other side of the contact paper. You can make these with vinyl also, just mirror the image before cutting out the vinyl and then use transfer paper to put the vinyl onto the casserole dish.

2) Place your contact paper on the casserole dish, without taking off the backing.

This is for you to kinda see where you want to place the paper. I would even maybe tape a piece of tape to make where you want the paper to begin. I didn't do that and mine it is a little off center

3) Now start to take off the back of the contact paper.

I took off a little bit and then pressed it onto the casserole dish. I slowly continued to take it off while pushing the paper down.

4) Make sure to get all of the air bubbles out, especially around the edges of the letters. If you have letters that have holes, make sure to add those also.

5) Using your glass etching cream and sponge brush, apply it onto the contact paper. Make sure to wear gloves. 

You will want to put a generous amount on there. Start by going up and down and then from side to side.

6) Allow to sit on there for 5 minutes.
-Here's a tip, when it's done sitting you can put the excess cream back into the bottle and use it again

7) Rinse the cream off with tap water and peel off contact paper

8) Wash with window cleaner and dry

And just like that, you have your own personalize dish!

Like what you see? Then follow along!


Emily @ Finding My Aloha said...

Flipping brilliant girl!

Emily @ LaForce Be With You said...

This is really neat! Would be great to use as a gift too!

LyndaB said...

Brilliant! And what a great way to personalize an otherwise simple gift and make it something special!

Michelle said...

How simple, yet cute! You have such great ideas. This would be a great touch to add to a wedding gift or shower gift.

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chikwithyarn said...

I LOVE this idea. Thanks for sharing.

Crystal said...

love this cute idea! where did you get the glass etch?

the cape on the corner said...

that's a great idea as a hostess gift, or bringing a dish for the holidays. love it!

Danielle said...

Very cool! I may actually do this...

concretenprimroses said...

What a fantastic idea!
I suppose one can just write ones name on the cover.

BigBearswife said...

You're mom will love it!! I love it! everyone loves it!

Mrs. Huse Clifton said...

Wow I never thought I could do something like that.

Diana by Lagoa Design Studio said...

Such a wonderful idea!! Thanks!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

This is so fun (and practical). Great idea!

kpmattingly said...

This is on my list this year to make as gifts for some family members. Thanks for explaining it so easily!

It's A Priceless Life said...

That is sooooo cool! I'm going to make one for my mom-in-law for Christmas!! Thanks for the inspiration!!
Shantel @

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

That's one of the most clever ideas I've ever seen....what a great way to ensure that you get home with your dish from the church potluck.... However.... I still might have a hard time finding mine....sad to say, but whatever I bring is usually untouched.... Cooking isn't my forte'....but it's not THAT bad.

Warm blessings,

Krista @ Craving Some Creativity said...

Wow! That is so handy and quick! Nice work:)

kpmattingly said...

Thanks again for posting this. I made three tonight! I LOVE LOVE LOVE how they turned out. I can't wait to give them for Christmas! I plan to post about it on my blog (after Christmas) with a link to you!

Ginger said...

Great tip! Looks easy to do. Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Tara said...

That is an awesome idea, I am going to personalize mine and also make them as a bridal shower gift. Love the idea! Thank you!

Honey said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I tried it today and it's fantastic and easy. I'm afraid I might go etch every piece of glassware in my house now. Thanks again!

Liz said...

Awe.some! I have a dish like this that I use a ton, especially when bringing meals to others because my name is automatically on it. :) I didn't realize it was so easy to make! I can't wait to get started on mine. We will be featuring you on our blog ziggycrafts.blogspot Thanks so much for sharing!

Patti Royster said...

This would be a great wedding gift! Cheap yet personal! You could make a "basket" out of it and put in the ingredients for your favorite casserole along with the recipe.

Thanks for the great idea! You could do drinking glasses too!

Mimi said...

Brilliant! I have been thinking about trying etching glass but never saw a project that inspired me....Now I am inspired and will try this over the weekend! Thanks so much for sharing

Alli said...

I love this! Perfect to use for those post-baby casseroles, to prevent mommy-brain from keeping your dish for months because she can't remember whose it is!

Life with the Websters! said...

I am loving this! If only I had a Cricut... After seeing all of these adorable projects, I'm really getting close to breaking down and buying one.

Shelby said...

I love this idea!!! Cute, Practical, and looks fairly easy. Great Idea!!!!!

Maria DeVore said...

I love this, I tried it tonight for a christmas gift and it turned out great... It was my first time etching something and I was sure I was going to mess it up. I can't wait to make one for myself now. I wish I could post a picture, I found you on Pinterest and I plan on posting a picture. Any idea how I can link your blog on pinterest?

Debi said...

This is a great idea. Thanks for hosting the party.

I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above