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Monday, March 14, 2011

shower gift

Two of my cousins are getting married this summer!  I very sadly had to miss their shower this past weekend due to the prom dress giveaway.  But I've been planning their gift for awhile.  I've seen this idea floating around the blog-o-sphere for awhile, and I'd been dying to try it. 

Supplies needed:
*pans - I got a set of 3 Pyrex pans with lids from Target (I love mine and use them all the time)
*contact paper or vinyl (something that has a sticky side)
*Silhouette machine or scissors/exacto knife
*glass etching cream - I got mine at Michaels using my 40% off coupon
*fun things to fill the pans - spatulas, whisk, measuring cups/spoons, cookie mix, and my favorite recipes
Here's how to do it:
  1. Decide what you want each pan to say.  Then cut the words out BACKWARDS into your vinyl or contact paper.  I had my handy dandy Silhouette machine do this for me, but you could print out your words on paper, then use that as a stencil and cut it out of the contact paper with an exacto knife. 
  2. Carefully peel off the back of your vinyl and stick them to the pan.  I'll be honest, this step is a pain especially for those of us that are perfectionists.  Your words should be backwards on the pans, meaning you can read them when holding the pan right side up
  3. Make sure the vinyl is really stuck on there.  I used my pampered chef scraper to really go over the vinyl before putting on the etching cream.
  4. Put on your nice cleaning gloves since this stuff is powerful.  Put a generous amount of etching cream on the words.  I couldn't find a paintbrush, so I made do with a old toothbrush.
  5. Let the cream sit on there for 10-30 minutes.  I was impatient and 10 minutes worked just fine!
  6. Scrape off the extra cream and put it back in the bottle!  You can reuse this tons of times.  And it's pricy stuff, so definitely don't skip this step.
  7. Then, simply wash off, peel off the vinyl/contact paper and wash your pans. The pans can be washed and washed and they'll still look like that!  And Alyssa and Audra will always know which pans are theirs.
  8. I then put all the fun stuff in the pans and wrapped them up.  Ok, well my mom actually wrapped them up for me. :)  A perfect gift for the ladies getting ready to stock their kitchens for the first time!
  9. Now I'm off to etch everything glass in my house!


  1. Seriously...stinkin' ADORABLE! You are so talented! Love it!

  2. Thanks for the amazing gift. It was a total hit at the shower! Everyone remembered your gift for sure. So creative, but I'd expect nothing less from you! :)

  3. Too cute!!! Luv it, OK, you need to start your own business!!! Welcome to MLE'S Personalized Gifts, Party Favors, and Party Planner!!!! You would make a mint!!! Luv, Auntie Du


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