How To Etch Glass: Lace Design on Glass Paperweight

How to Etch a Lace Design onto Glass!

Where have I been? Either outside gardening and getting our yard in order, or inside playing with my newest favorite product from Martha Stewart Crafts: Glass Etching Cream. I showed you how to make your own etched beer glasses last week. It’s a great Father’s Day gift idea – very easy to do with excellent results in a short amount of time. We like those kinds of crafts!

I’ve been having so much fun trying out this cream on different glass pieces that I have, and over the weekend I got an idea that I wanted to try out. It worked! And it turned out exactly as I had envisioned, which is always “a good thing” as Martha would say!

Presenting . . . (can you feel the anticipation?)

How to make a lace design on glass using the Martha Stewart glass etching cream. 

I tried this out on a basic glass paperweight found at a craft store years ago. (Yes, this lovely thing has been sitting hidden under lots of other loot in my craft room. Let’s hear it for Spring cleaning and the goodies you can uncover!)

For complete start-to-finish instructions on how to use this cream, please see my tutorial on DIY Etched Beer Glasses here.

I cover all the specifics, including

  • prep work needed
  • complete supplies list
  • step-by-step instructions
  • action shots

Yes indeed, there are action shots! Glass etching happening before your eyes! So click over for the details. Then pop back over here and check this idea out!

Basic supplies:  (refer here for complete list)

  • Martha Stewart Glass Etching Cream
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Foam Pouncers
  • Martha Stewart Floral Paisley Adhesive Silkscreens
  • Rubber gloves
  • Blue painters tape
  • Glass paperweight
  • Optional: decorative paper, fabric and/or embellishments to finish off your piece
My idea was to use the etching cream over a silkscreen to get the look of an etched glass lace design covering the top of my paperweight.
After I washed the paperweight and applied rubbing alcohol to get any remaining oils off, I applied painter’s tape around the sides of the glass.
Martha Stewart Glass Etching Cream and Martha Stewart Adhesive Silkscreens

Next, I carefully removed the large paisley silkscreen from its packaging and backing, and played with the placement on the paperweight until I was happy with how I hoped and prayed the “lace” would look. The silkscreen is adhesive-backed, which made placement easy. Apply a thick layer of the glass etching cream with the foam pouncer. Because there are tiny netting holes (best way I can describe it for you) in the silkscreen pattern where normally the glass paint would go, I pounced the cream down a bit heavier than I’d normally do for stenciling, just to give you an idea of technique.

Once the cream was globbed on, I chose to wait 25 minutes instead of the normal 15 minutes, because I had no idea how this was going to turn out thought it might need the extra time to do its etching magic! You can see below how the large paisley stencil covered the paperweight, and then some, making it easy to use for my lace pattern idea.

Using Martha Stewart Glass Etching Cream on Silkscreens

And it worked!

Glass Etching Allover Lace Pattern

It totally worked just the way I had imagined! Whoo hoo!

Tutorial for Etched Glass Paperweight

You could really show off the lace pattern by applying some black velvet or velour to the inside of your paperweight. And I will probably do that on some future ones – but the idea I already had in mind was to cover the paperweight in the glass-etched lace, and then put a solid sparkly paper underneath along with one antique-style key.

I have a bunch of small diecuts accumulated over the years – you know how it is – and a found a great vintage-style key. However, the coloring on it was more of a muted gray. I wanted black, so I grabbed my trusty StazOn ink pad and stamped it all over the key to get it exactly the way I wanted.

Using StazOn Ink on die cuts

Next I made the key into a sticker simply by using my Xyron 150 Create-a-Sticker tool (named for the 1.5″ width opening). Simply put your item in the opening on the upper right side, pull the adhesive strip out slowly on the lower left side, and tear off.

Use the Xyron 150 Create-a-Sticker to make your stickers!

After rubbing the sticker paper covering the top and bottom of the diecut with my bone folder (to make sure all the adhesive transferred to the key), I removed the key from the sticker paper and placed it in the center of my oval cardstock shape I had previously cut out.

The paper I used is a gorgeous mint-colored glitter cardstock from American Crafts, which I first played with when making my Springtime Large Paper Medallion. I adore this cardstock and definitely want to get some other colors! I used a piece of adhesive-backed black felt that came with the paperweight for the base.

Make a Personalized Glass Paperweight

I’m smiling big-time as I type this, because I love the way this paperweight turned out and still can’t get over that it looks exactly as I had hoped and prayed that it would! 🙂

Lace Pattern Glass Etching Tutorial
Depending on how the light catches the paperweight, your eye is either drawn to the etched glass lace pattern, or your eye goes further down to see the gorgeous glitter paper and key, which are slightly magnified by the paperweight too!
Easy Way to Etch Glass
This paperweight has a slight inset where I fit the mint cardstock oval, so the black felt base provides a nice border.
Lace design on glass paperweight
Now that I know this works, I’ll be making many variations of this technique for gifts. By altering the decorative backgrounds and embellishments used, you could make something to suit each gift recipient’s taste. Just think: DIY office gifts for your co-workers, hostess gifts, Christmas gifts… I am hooked!
Lace Pattern Etched Glass Paperweight Tutorial


PS – This is not a sponsored post. Just me experimenting with my new favorite product! 😉



    • says

      Thanks so much Anne! I had “keys” on the brain. I love the vintage key motif that shows up on a lot of vintage accessories, both handmade and manufactured, yet I had never created something of my own. Now I have! 🙂

  1. says

    I have never tried etching before, I am definitely open to it after seeing your project!

    becoming a new bloglovin’ follower!

  2. says

    That looks great! I always love the look of etched glass but its never has noticeable as I would like it to be when I do it. I’ll have to try leaving it on longer next time.

    • says

      Hi Sheena – try an easy trick for those etched glass pieces you’ve already done: If you feel the etching doesn’t show up as much as you’d like, just put something very dark-colored behind it. Navy, black, maroon, dark green really show off the whiteness of etching. 🙂

  3. says

    This is great! I love the key and the depth it gives. I have been wanting to etch something for ages…. maybe I’ll finally give it a try. Totally pinning this.:)

  4. says

    Thanks for the tutorial! I just got a door with glass panes and was wanting to etch them. I will have to try the Martha Stewart Etching Cream. So cool!

    I hope you get your copycat taken care of. That really sucks!