DIY: Etched Glass Bottle

How was your weekend? Mine was great--I went to visit my fam and had a pre-bday celebration. I crossed a few items off my Autumn Bucket List too. I ended up getting the curling wand I wanted from my Birthday Wishlist! Thanks, fam!

As any long-time reader of my blog knows, I love to entertain...I love it. I enjoy hosting guests and hosting parties, and when I do those, I try to make even the smallest things special. Take, for example, the small act of serving water at dinner or a party. Instead of just having guests get a bottle of water from the fridge, I want to take it up a notch. See how I did it below:


  • empty, clean,wine bottle 
  • etching cream
  • exacto knife
  • stencil (use one pre-made with a design or but and make your own)
  • masking or painter's tape
  • small paint brush (foam or bristle)
  • Acquire a wine bottle--I bought mine, but if not a drinker, don't worry! Plenty of businesses do wine tastings--ask them to save you a bottle for free!
  • Clean the wine bottle and soak to remove labels. If that doesn't work, try rubbing alcohol to remove labels.
  • Choose a design for your stencil--stencils can be pre-made or you can make your own, like I did. I found a font I liked, printed it out on paper, and traced onto a stencil. I used a green Sharpie just so you could see the tracing better.
  • Here it is traced. Notice I was over tracing "water" and just did a "w!" ;)
  • Using an exacto knife, or some sharp something that cuts through plastic, cut out the design.
  • Take stencil and tape to bottle.

  • Using brush, apply a heavy coat of etching cream over design.
  • If your stencil is pre-made, wait 1 minute. These types of stencils are self-adhesive as well. If you made  your own, like mine, wait at least 5 minutes.
  • Rinse off and remove tape & stencil.
with water
without water
  • Allow to dry and enjoy! Use a funnel to help add water.
Not a fan of water? Try these ideas:
  • soda (be careful it doesn't overflow!)
  • alcohol
  • kool-aid
  • tea
  • lemonade
  • sparkling water
  • flavored water:
    • lemon
    • lime
    • lemon & lime
    • lemon & basil
    • orange
    • pineapple
    • berries
    • mint
    • ginger
    • cucumber
  • more wine bottle ideas
What have you DIYed lately?


  1. I havent done a DIY since my wedding...but this looks really cool and easy to do!

  2. What a great idea! Looks wonderful.

  3. I'm going to do this. I haven't done it for years. Thanks for reminding me about how great a look this is. Love your W font, Elle. Have a good week.

  4. Glad you had a nice weekend....love this bottle, so very creative!!!

  5. this is a great diy! i really need to start doing more of these types of projects.

  6. pinned, pinned, pinned on my pinterest. Imma gonna do tons of wine bottles! :)

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  7. I am so, so doing this...once I become crafty.

  8. Great DIY!!!! Totally saving this for later! have a grt week!

  9. Totally neat and much more do-able than I predicted!

  10. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! And this etching ideas is fabulous!! I am definitely going to try this!
    Have a great week!
    xo Steph

  11. Whaaaaat?! I had NO IDEA it was simple to do this! Etching cream?! Never heard of it - and now I want to try! :) Thanks for the great idea! Nice work.

  12. this is perfect...i love jars, collect them sometimes. this would be a great finishing touch to some of them!


  13. That's so awesome! You're really inspiring me to get my DIY on :)


  14. Elle,

    You are so talented I can't wait to try this!!


  15. Cute! I love when restaurants give you your own water carafe. I like to keep everyone's glasses filled!

  16. that's such a cool DIY... live the spin on the water bottle!

  17. Love this idea. I want to do a "Thanks" jar for november and write down things we are thankful for. The etching would be perfect for that.

  18. What a beautiful way to add a personal touch to a party! I wish I had your flair for entertaining!

  19. That is so cute! And boy do I have some empty wine bottles around from all my partying like a rockstar around here....

  20. Elle this is SO awesome! I love it, seriously I think I have to try this out because it's perfect for the upcoming holidays!

  21. That's so clever! I'm gonna use this idea.

  22. That is amazing. I really want to make this!

  23. That's a far out idea and it looks so good. Better than what you get in some shops

  24. that is SO cute!!!! Omg, I really love it. Granted, I am fairly certain if I did that that it would look like the worst thing in the entire world because I have sausage fingers but words can't express how amazing I think this is and adorable.

  25. Very cool! I've been meaning to try etching!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! :o)



  26. Happy Birthday it was my DH birthday on the weekend too. YOu are a clever cookie, I haven't done any DIY lately, need to pull my finger out.

  27. EEEKKK love this!! We just did two new crafts on our page! Hope you checked them out... they are pretty cute! Happy Birthday!! <3



  28. What a great DIY.. totally want to etch something now, ha.

  29. Happy belated birthday!! And keep buying Sutter Home wine (it's one of the brands my hubby sells; he's a wine distributor). Hope your birthday was everything you hoped for!!

  30. I saw your comment and needed to see your etched version...Actually, I think this was the first post I saw on your blog. The carafe is very classy I might add!


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