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Etched Glass Blocks

We just got back from spending time at the lake at our family’s cottage for the last time this summer. My kids favorite thing to do is go to the cottage, hang out with Grammie and Pa and look for sea glass and shells on the beach.

For Christmas my Mom and Dad got each of the grandchildren these hollow glass blocks to keep at the cottage and they could put all their little sea glass and shell treasures inside of these.

To personalize them we thought to etch their names into them. It would be subtle, but we wanted the treasures inside to take focus so that would be fine.

I learned to etch last year during my DIY a Gift Series on Facebook and I fell in love with it. It’s really so easy.

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  1. Wipe the glass blocks clean with a lint free cloth
  2. Measure out the letters on the stencils and place in your desired spot. Make sure to smooth them down so everything is sealed.
  3. Glob the Armour Etch onto the stencils making sure not to get any on the outside.
  4. Wait 60 seconds
  5. Rinse off in the sink with stencils still on. Remove stencils and dry with a paper towel.

I think they turned out so great!

It’s a little hard to photograph the etching on these glass blocks but I think they turned out super cute.

You can use these as banks, ticket stubs, put pictures on the inside to display for anything else kids love to collect.

You can also check out this video on etching glass ornaments for Christmas: