Monday, May 16, 2011

Color My Summer - white - etched glass votives

Today I am a guest participating in Color My Summer, a Fabulous Series hosted by KoJo Designs and Delia Creates. Each day a new color is celebrated with fun ideas for summer. 

My color is White and I'm sharing one of my favorite parts of summer.

 I am so excited for summer to finally arrive at our home.  I'm especially looking forward to summer nights outside.  

Is there anything more magical than twinkling candlelight. They make parties festive, dinner more romantic and lounging more relaxing.  

This is a fun, simple and inexpensive project to help anyone light up their night. I used flowers, but you could make it with any design. I love the idea of using a monogram for a wedding. 

to make this project you'll need:
glass votives (Mine are from Dollar Tree)
contact paper 
a razor blade
Etch Cream
a disposable paint brush

Step 1: cover your votive with contact paper

Step 2: using the razor blade cut out the images you want to appear on the glass. 
(I cut my flowers free hand, because it was faster. If you don't feel comfortable with free handing, you can tape an image to the inside and trace it with the blade. )

Step 3: apply the etching cream following the directions of the bottle.
( I actually added an extra 5 minutes) 

Step 4: remove the cream and clean the glass. 
You can actually reuse the cream. I tried to scrape off and save as much of the cream as I could before washing. Also don't rinse it in a ceramic sink, it can dull the finish. 

And Voila'

Just another reason to wish those summer nights didn't have to end.


Unknown said...

I LOVE this! So beautiful, yet simple!

Delia said...

Beautiful and so perfect for summer! Thank you for being apart of the series!

Kathy Sandler said...

I followed the link from Delia's blog, to see how you put it all together. I'm very impressed! I've etched glass using this process before, but your's is so well executed it put my efforts to shame. LOVE the cardigan, too. I'm looking forward to learning more from you!

Erin said...

oh kalleen! i just love this, can't wait to try! said...

Those came out so, so pretty! They have me super excited about summer- I can't wait either! Thanks so much for sharing the how-to, I'll be linking.

Sawdust Girl said...

These are so pretty! I'm definitely going to try this.

Little City Farm said...

Those votives make you wish you were sitting at that table, chatting away the night. I love the simple flowers you did, very fresh.

Joseph said...

Super Cute!!! I bet one that was monogramed would be FABULOUS! Can't wait to see what else you've got up your sleeve.

Charity said...

These are so chic, something like this would make perfect wedding decor! Since I am in full wedding decorating season again, I am marking this as inspiration. Once again, you keep me inspired.

Cha Cha

Amazing_Grace said...

LOVE it! :)

Kat said...

Nothing like beautiful votive holders with a lit candle in them!

Milliscent Morgan said...

I stumbled upon by the design of etched glass, very beautiful it seems it was made from a hand with full of arts. Better to keep on posting!


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