Tuesday, December 29, 2009


For Christmas I made my mom and step dad some etched coasters. This was my first attempt at the etching process, and I have to say it was very easy. Alot easier than I thought it was going to be.

I bought some glass coasters at Michaels on sale ( for $5.00). So then I picked a design on the silhouette that I really liked and cut it out on some vinyl. Then you pick up your design with transfer paper and lay it right down on the coasters. After that you lay on a thick coat of the etching cream on and let it sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Remove the vinyl and walla!

The coasters that I got you can add pictures to, but I just added a black piece of cardstock to match their house for now. I didn't want the etched design to cover up parts of the pictures.

Instead of making all 4 of the coasters look identical, I changed them up a little bit for each one. I didn't line each design up in the middle on all 4, but instead I put some off to the side or top. I like that it gives a different look to each coaster, yet it is the exact same design.

I was always afraid that working with the vinyl and etching was going to be a big to do and a big mess. So I can't wait to make something else now, as soon as I get some more vinyl. I am really wanting to make some vinyl sayings for our walls and the front door too. First I need to order some more vinyl.