After about a month of collecting all necessary supplies, prepping the perfect monogram and big talk, I finally sat down to etch 12 handled mason jars. I intend for these to be every day use glasses and to replace the many many many beer pint glasses that RP has collected over the years. Don’t worry, his glasses won’t be tossed, they’ll be carefully packed and put in the attic. They will sit beside at least six other boxes of beer glasses that will eventually have a home in RP’s man room. Lucky for me, having enough space for a man room is a LONG way off.
Anyway, back to the process.
Prior to doing any work, I did my research to find a recommended technique. HGTV ended up to be the source I relied on the most. I followed Norm Dobbin’s technique almost exactly, ignoring his safety precautions – because I live on the edge.
After seeking Maggie’s advice, I decided that I’d place the monogram on the jars so that it would be facing a right-handed person as they drink.
I covered the jars with white contact paper.
Then I set to work on placing the monogram on the jar. I first tried to measure the jars to center the monogram.
I actually had better luck just eye-balling the placement and after asking RP’s advice, I ended up using a level to make sure that the bottom of the P was straight. I used scotch tape to secure the paper monogram printouts to the contact paper.
I used an exacto-knife to cut through the paper and contact paper. RP tried using a box cutter to help, but the exacto-knife had a finer point and was likely sharper. My lines were much cleaner, so I let him head back to the couch to watch the Nats battle the White Sox (for 14 LONG innings).
About half way through, I had to take a float break. RP and I had picked up a mixed six-pack of Sprecher sodas from a recent trip to the Dairy Godmother for this purpose. Tonight’s flavor was cherry cola and it was delicious!
Finally, all of the monograms were cut. I took the paper off, leaving just the cut out contact paper.
Per the instructions on the Armour Etch, I cleaned the monograms with glass cleaner.
This is where I made some mistakes. I used a foam brush to apply the Armour Etch to the monogram. I followed the directions on the bottle for application but followed the HGTV instructions for timing.
I walked away for the 15 minutes and came back to find the etching cream running down the side of my jars. Cue swearing! Not only had it escaped the contact paper edge, it ran all the way down to my table. Everyone please remind me to put paper down before beginning crafts. Luckily, I was able to clean up the table (no damage) and the little extra etching doesn’t bother me at all. One of the many benefits of not being a craft perfectionist. Things are perfect in their imperfection, right? Well, at least my mason jars are.
I rinsed the etching cream off with tap water and then peeled off the contact paper. I think they turned out great!
They are exactly what I wanted to go with my new dishes! I can’t wait to set a table with them!
From start to finish, I would say that it took me about 3 hours. Luckily the Nats played the longest game ever, so I was able to watch baseball even away from the park (ugh!). I have six 1/2 gallon mason jars that I am going to use for pantry staples like flour, sugar, coffee, etc. I think I’ll etch them as well. I’ll let you know how they turn out. This was a quick, easy and inexpensive way to dress up some mason jars. I love them.