Thanksgiving Craft: Etched Glass Turkey Vases

Almost as soon as I closed the door on the last of the trick or treaters this year, I was brainstorming for Thanksgiving. Though I’ve got a few weeks to fine-tune my turkey game, Thanksgiving is the holiday that always sneaks up on me. I always think I’ve got everything covered and then all of a sudden, it’s the night before and I forgot to thaw the turkey. (No turkey duty for me this year, so at least there’s that in my favor.)

To stay ahead of the game on everything else, I’m trying to break the whole event down into small, bite-sized chunks to try to avoid the chaos and craziness. This week, I’m working out all of the kinks for the tablescape. I’ll give you a full preview once I pull everything together, but for now, my first small crafty project is a couple of Thanksgiving-themed DIY etched glass vases that will bookend the center of the table.



Step 1

 Open GalleryEtching glass isn’t difficult at all, and it’s an easy way to make an elegant and completely custom vase for your Thanksgiving table. All you need is a silhouette you can use as a stencil, adhesive stencil film, a sharp craft knife, a clean vase (mine was from IKEA), craft tape and glass etching cream.

Step 2

 Open GalleryPrint out your silhouette shape on regular printer paper. Tape it directly over the adhesive stencil film. Then use your craft knife to cut out the silhouette through both the paper and the stencil film.

Step 3

 Open GalleryNow you actually have two stencils — it all depends whether you want the shape to be the frosted part, or the clear part.

Step 4

 Open GalleryI decided I wanted my turkey to be clear with everything surrounding it frosted, so I carefully centered the stencil in the middle of my vase and then taped off a perimeter around the top and bottom of the vase. (The stencil is a very faint blue, so you may have to look closely to see the turkey in this picture.)

Step 5

 Open GalleryOnce your stencils are stuck on your vase, you’re ready for the etching cream. I normally use Armor Etch, but I ran out and my local craft store didn’t have any on the shelves, so I tried the Martha Stewart brand this time. Both work really well. The key is getting a thick and even coat of the cream to avoid an uneven etched finish.

Step 6

 Open GalleryOnce you wait the recommended time after application, rinse off the etching cream and then dry. All set to go and ready for some pretty fall flowers, acorns or pinecones!



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About Ellen Foord 


A tight budget has never stopped Ellen Foord from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every day as one of life's smaller celebrations. A freelance writer and ...

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