I bought a Silhouette!
It’s true, I finally broke down and bought one. I’ve been planning projects in my head for months, so with Christmas fast approaching and thus upcoming Christmas presents to be made, I bit the bullet and bought one.
I know, I know, I wanted a Le Creuset dutch oven… So that is now put on hold. The sole reason why my lovely Silhouette beat out the Le Creuset was because I am still decorating my new home, and the Silhouette would play a key role in that. If I bought the Le Creuset instead, my home would remain unfinished.
So when I ordered my Silhouette, I ordered a couple other things at the same time for what I knew just had to be my first project:
Glass Etching Cream.
That’s right! Time to do some glass etching!
In our kitchen/dining area, we have this striking black demilune chest with a matching mirror above it. It’s really a beautiful piece of furniture. Though it was in the living room at our old place, its new location leant itself well to become a small bar area on top. We bought a black tray, and instead of buying fancy liquor bottles, I decided I should make some myself and customize them by etching the glass. Not surprisingly, we have a wine theme throughout the house, so as a twist on the usual liquor bottles, I saved a few different clear wine bottles to use.
Now let me tell you, clear wine bottles are not as common as you might think, so I did actually have to have this planned for a while to get three different clear bottles. But I’m so glad I did, because these turned out fabulous!
So let’s jump in to the project!
I started by creating in the Silhouette software how I wanted each label to look: Vodka, Scotch, Tequila. I wanted them all to be a little unique, but still appear as a set. Once I had it all arranged, I ran the vinyl through the cutter to get my outlines for the etching cream.
I adhered the vinyl to each bottle (all three thoroughly cleaned) and applied the etching cream.
I applied two applications of 8 minutes each, and washed off after each application **Note – do not wash this off in a ceramic sink. I don’t have a ceramic sink so I can’t speak from experience, but I hear it’s bad.
This was so easy to do, and the results are fantastic! They look both unique and professional, and no one would’ve guessed I made them in my kitchen one Sunday night with old wine bottles. If you have a cutting machine, you have to give it a try!