Homemade Christmas Gifts ~ Etched Glass Pans

I’ve been hard at work getting ready for Christmas. I really like making personalized gifts for our family members. We don’t live near our immediate family, so everything must be mailed. For me, that means I need to be done early, that way I can miss the lines at the post office and the packages will arrive in time.

Today I’m showing you the first part in a series of the gifts I’ve made for my parents, in-laws, and all of our siblings. If you are one of the people I just mentioned, please stop reading now and wait for the package to arrive at your house! Thanks! If you are not one of those family members…please keep reading, I would love to show you the beautiful Handmade Christmas gift I came up with this year.:-)Great gift ideas to make personalized pans for each family. They will never lose their pans again. I need to make these for personalized gifts for Christmas!I made a personalized etched glass pan for each family. I put each family name on one side of the Pyrex dish and a design on the other side of each dish. The name and the design are permanently etched into the pan. I got the idea from Make It and Love it in a post about Glass Etching and promptly pinned it to my Real Gift Ideas Pinterest board. Let me show you how I made this gift. Great gift ideas to make personalized pans for each family. They will never lose their pans again. I need to make these for personalized gifts for Christmas!


Great gift ideas to make personalized pans for each family. They will never lose their pans again. I need to make these for personalized gifts for Christmas!
I made my own stencils following the tutorial I showed you in this post: Make Your Own Stencils {Tutorial}. If you don’t have a Cricut, you can either buy a stencil or cut your own. I used adhesive vinyl this time and I have used contact paper in the past as well. Either will work fine to make your own stencil.
Because I used adhesive vinyl(affiliate link), I was able to peel the stencil from the backing paper and adhere it directly to the pan.
Great gift ideas to make personalized pans for each family. They will never lose their pans again. I need to make these for personalized gifts for Christmas!
Once I made sure the stencil was fully on, straight, and that no bubbles were near the edges of the letters. I put on the etching cream. I have done this several times now, so I have learned to put on a fairly thick coat of etching cream that covers the whole surface being etched. Once I got a fairly thick coat on, I smoothed the cream out just to make sure everything was covered. I left my etching cream on for about 30 minutes.
Great gift ideas to make personalized pans for each family. They will never lose their pans again. I need to make these for personalized gifts for Christmas!Once the 30 minutes are up, wash the etching cream off and remove the stencil.
Great gift ideas to make personalized pans for each family. They will never lose their pans again. I need to make these for personalized gifts for Christmas!
You will now have a gorgeous pan and gift!
Great gift ideas to make personalized pans for each family. They will never lose their pans again. I need to make these for personalized gifts for Christmas!
Maybe you will want to make some Christmas brownies in your newly etched pan. That is just what I did. The Christmas brownie mix just may be part of the gift for our family. 😉

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  • Dara - December 3, 2012 - 1:49 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try etching something – this is a great idea! do you put the etching cream over the whole surface of the glass? I thought it would have to go under the letters…or am I looking at it wrong?ReplyCancel

    • K Coake - December 4, 2012 - 2:01 am

      Thanks, Dara. Once you adhere the stencil to your glass surface, the etching cream goes on the glass part that you want etched. In this case, it would go on the letters because I wanted them etched. I don’t want it to go under them because in this case that would mean I didn’t have distinct letters. Does that help or am I not explaining it well. If you have ever stenciled anything, it is jut like that. You put the stencil on a put paint in the open areas you want painted. Same thing, except you put etching cream.
      Let me know if that helps or if you have other questions.

  • mauiquilter - December 3, 2012 - 6:22 pm

    Love this! Me too – have wanted to try etching – even bought everything needed – all I needed was to see your pictures – what a great idea! Mahalo for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • K Coake - December 4, 2012 - 2:04 am

      I’m so glad I could help out! I hope your project turns out beautifully. Have a great night.

  • Diana - FreeStyleMama - December 4, 2012 - 1:23 am

    Those are cool!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - December 4, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    What a great idea! Who doesn’t love a personalized gift. I have always wanted to try etching cream, and now I think I will. Thanks for sharing.


    • K Coake - December 5, 2012 - 2:42 am

      You are welcome! Have fun…the possibilities with etching cream are so fun and endless.

  • Deanne Gutierrez - December 4, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    I have also always wanted to try this ~ I pinned your project and added it to my “do to” gift projects – thanks so much!


    • K Coake - December 5, 2012 - 2:43 am

      Oh, Thank you so much! Thanks for pinning. Have a great week and have fun with your project…when you get to it.

  • L.B. - December 4, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    These pas turned out great…let me tell you if you get the kind of wonderful reactions i got when i made some a few years back…your smile will be huge. GREAT!ReplyCancel

    • K Coake - December 5, 2012 - 2:48 am

      Thank you! How fun, I hope my family really enjoy them as it sounds like your family did! :-)
      Have a great night.

  • Karen Mary Butterfly - December 5, 2012 - 5:50 am

    This is a fantastic gift idea!!! Really want to do this for my family gift exchange!!

    • K Coake - December 7, 2012 - 3:57 am

      Thanks! I hope they love the pans, if you make them! :)
      Take Care,

  • teenah - December 5, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Susan@Organized31 - December 8, 2012 - 1:59 am

    Love this idea – what a great gift! Visiting via Tatertots and Jello.ReplyCancel

  • Debi @ Adorned From Above - December 10, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    What a great gift idea. I love it.

    • K Coake - December 11, 2012 - 2:44 am

      Thank you! I love it, too and I really hope all our relatives love it as well.

  • Wild Oak Designs - December 12, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    I love this idea! I need to create small stencils to do this on wine glasses, this is cool….I have seen it done before, you refreshed my memory…thanks.

    • K Coake - December 18, 2012 - 1:43 am

      I love the idea of using this for wine glasses. I may even try it myself in the new year. It would make the usual wine glass so much more fun.
      Hope you have a great week.

  • gail@My Repurposed Life - December 12, 2012 - 10:28 pm

    I made one for my daughter a few years ago…she requested I use her first name because she was hoping to be married someday. So, now she IS married, and her dish says Jamie, not Wilson. hahahah smart girl she is!


    • K Coake - December 18, 2012 - 1:50 am

      I love the idea of using the first name. Yes, she is a smart girl to think of that. When I was single, I probably would have thought of it as well…but my first name it too long, so I would have been bummed and had to figure something else out. LOL!
      Take care,

  • Katie Drane - December 19, 2012 - 2:43 am

    I love this! Just wanted to let you know that I featured this in my 15 Homemade Gift Ideas post:)


    • K Coake - December 20, 2012 - 5:18 am

      Thank you so much! Thanks also for letting me know that you featured me. I appreciate both the feature and the notification.
      Have a great holiday season.

  • Jen - January 5, 2013 - 9:21 pm

    I love this! Is the dish still dishwasher safe or does the etching rub off?ReplyCancel

  • Doralyn Bravender - September 17, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    What did you use to cut your stencil out on the contact paper?ReplyCancel

  • Nana Rinny - December 16, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    These are adorable – love them! Are they safe to go in oven?ReplyCancel

    • KC - December 16, 2013 - 9:16 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes, they are oven safe. I would recommend you do a little research because there have been some issue with Pyrex pans cracking, breaking or exploding. It has nothing to do with the glass etching, but I just want to make sure you are aware.
      Take care,

  • Bianca - May 15, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    Did you put the stencil on the inside or outside of the dish?ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - May 18, 2014 - 8:10 pm

      I put it on the outside. Let me know if you have any other questions.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - December 10, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    I love this DIY project! I’m planning on making a few and wasn’t sure what size bottle of cream to get. What do you suggest Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - December 10, 2014 - 9:22 pm

      Thanks so much! I just bought the smaller bottle because it was $10. It was plenty to finish this and quite a few other projects as well. Hope that helps. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Taulman - August 26, 2015 - 2:57 pm

    Absolutely love these. Great idea for Christmas. And even the same name. :)ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - August 26, 2015 - 8:55 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you found them! They were loved by those I gave them to for Christmas and they are relatively easy to make. Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya - September 2, 2015 - 10:09 pm

    I love this. So just to clarify…you took something that was a solid sheet (contact paper) and your cricut machine cut the letters out. So what you had left was a solid paper with letter cut out that you stuck on the OUTSIDE of the dish. Am I correct?ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 4, 2015 - 12:45 pm

      Yes, I use contact paper or adhesive vinyl. I cut it on the Cricut. I remove the actual letters (the part that you would use if you were cutting something for scrapbooking). It should look just like a stencil at that point with just the inside of the letters or design. Then, yes, that gets stuck to the outside of the dish and the etching cream goes on that.
      So glad you like it. I’d love to see pics of what you make if you want to share. Fun! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

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