Make Etched Oil and Vinegar Bottles From Upcycled Wine Bottles

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Etching the words “oil” and “vinegar” into empty wine bottles is a great way to dress them up while also giving them a new purpose—as decorative containers for your much-needed pantry items. It’s so simple and satisfying to personalize glass with etching cream. Soon you’ll be etching everything in your house—you can customize drinking glasses, storage jars and more! You can even use etched bottles for table numbers at a wedding—get inspiration in this post.


Step 1

Start by making sure that your wine bottles are clean and dry, and that the labels and glue are completely removed. Then follow these steps to etch your bottles.

Step 2

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Make stencils from electrical tape. Draw letters on top of electrical tape with a pen. Then, carefully cut out your stencil with a craft knife. You can stencil the words “oil” and “vinegar” or come up with your own design.

Step 3

 Open Galleryphoto of wine bottle with stencil

Apply your tape stencil to the jar. With a cloth between your hands and the jar (so you don’t get fingerprints on it), smooth down the tape stencil so there are no gaps or air bubbles. Use long strips of tape to divide areas and make stripes on your jars.

Step 4

 Open Galleryphoto of wine bottle with etching cream

Apply glass-etching cream with a clean paintbrush. Follow the instructions for use on the packaging. Once you’ve applied the etching cream, let it sit for about 5 minutes. Be patient, and don’t touch your project.

Step 5

 Open Galleryphoto of wine bottle with etching cream

Follow the instructions on the etching-cream package for washing the cream from the glass. When the glass is wet, it’s hard to see the etched area. Don’t worry—if you followed the instructions from the etching cream, it worked just fine!

Step 6

Remove the tape stencil and wash the glass one more time with soap and water. Fill up your bottles with oil and vinegar. Add the pour spouts. Your newly etched wine bottles are ready for reuse.


  • 2 wine bottles
  • 2 bottle pour spouts
  • glass-etching cream


  • electrical tape
  • pen
  • craft knife
  • cloth
  • paintbrush
About Tiffany Threadgould 


I am a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life and the head of design at TerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. My ...

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  1. Lane Adams says:

    Where do you buy etching cream?

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