Glass Etched Monogram Vase

Photography by Dan Engongora

Looking for a fun craft or a great gift idea? Though this project may seem difficult, etching designs on glass or mirror is as simple as applying a cream over a stencil and then rinsing. This is a great idea for creating unique and personalized designs to  glassware,  door plaques, windows, and wherever else your creative flair takes you. The results are not only beautiful (think great gifts) but permanent and food-and dishwasher-safe as well.

Materials and Tools

  • Etching Cream
  • Ammonium bifluoride, (available in craft stores) the active ingredient in etching cream, changes the glass surface to a permanent frosty, matte surface in approximately 15 minutes.
  • Glass

Just about any glass surface can be etched. Flat glass or glass with simple curves will prove the easiest surfaces on which to apply the stencil.

  • Resists

Anything that covers a portion of the glass to prevent etching is called a resist (stencils, stickers and shapes cut from contact paper and clear labels). Some stencils are sold with adhesive backing. You can  use spray adhesive to apply non-adhesive  stencils  to glass surfaces.

  • Craft knife/ Scissors

A craft knife is the best for cutting out some stencils; scissors work best for others. A swivel blade works well for rounded shapes.

  •  Foam brushes,Paint brush


Basic Techniques

Applying Etching Cream

1.Gather material together on a flat surface in a well- ventilated, warm workspace (above 70®F, 21® C). Etching  cream  will not work properly in cold temperatures. It’s a good idea to wear  rubber  gloves to protect your skin. Read and follow all manufacturer instructions.

2.Use foam brush to put  a thick, even layer of etching cream across the exposed area of the glass. Work slowly and carefully, as any spilled cream will leave a permanent mark.

3.Let stand 15 minutes, scrape cream off surface of the glass with a foam brush. (Cream can be scraped back into the original bottle for later reuse.) Rinse off the cream thoroughly with warm water, and then remove the resist. Note: only once the glass is completely dry, the etched design will be visible

Basic Techniques

Making Stencils

The design and style of the resist are probably the most important decisions you will make in glass etching, and your options are unlimited. Although stencils are widely available in craft stores, it is simple and fun to make your own.


  • Craft knife, scissors

Any of the following materials to create your resist.

  • Printable clear shipping labels-available in 3 ½ X 4”, 8 ½ X 11 (Method 1)
  • Contact paper (Method 2)


  1. You can create a stencil from just about any design, though it’s a good idea to choose images with simple lines and shapes, at least at first. Enlarge or reduce images to the desired size.
  2. (Method 1) Print your design onto printable clear shipping labels

(Method 2) Print your design on cardstock,cut out your design and trace onto contact paper.

3. Determine whether you want to cut out the stencil before or after applying it to the glass. This will vary according to the design. For simple designs in which you would like to save the inner portion of the stencil, cut out the design before applying the stencil. For larger or more intricate designs, apply the stencil to the glass first. Use a craft knife to cut out the stencil. Remove the inner pieces of the stencil by lifting them out from the center of the piece with the tip of the craft knife.


Materials and tools for  monogrammed vase

  • Vase
  • Initial stencil
  • Etching cream
  • Foam brush
  • Rubber gloves



1. Print or trace an initial or design (following directions for making stencils)

2. Using your craft knife carefully cut out initial, you will be using the stencil (outer part).

3. Slowly begin to peel off the backing, then lay the stencil down gradually, smoothing it down as you work from one side to the other. Rub the resist with your fingers to make sure all areas of the resist are firmly adhered to the glass. Pay particular attention to the edges of the resist, making sure there are no wrinkles or air bubbles – where etching cream can seep in.

4. Use a slightly moistened cotton swab to wipe off any residual adhesive that may have smeared on to the glass.

5. Follow directions for applying etching cream.

For more etching ideas go to Etched Striped Glasses.

This article by EstherO. originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine.

Apple-Almond-Brandy Cobbler

Photography by Dan Engongoro

Maybe it’s my childhood memories of visiting my grandmother  and always receiving a marzipan treat years ago, but for whatever the reason, marzipan has always been for me a delicacy. Try this variation of the popular apple cobbler,  with marzipan,  a little brandy for a new twist and topped with a caramel sauce.


  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 10 Golden apples
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 2 T regular sugar
  • 3 T corn starch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 T Brandy
  • 1 t vanilla extract


  • 2 ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 stick margarine
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 oz almond paste-crumbled
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup whip
  • 2 Tbsp light karo syrup
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat  oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a large bowl  with water, add  2 T lemon juice .
  3. Peel  the apples, cut them in half, remove the seeds and slice into ¼” thin slices.
  4. Place the apples into the bowl of water. Drain water .
  5. Toss the apples with sugars, cornstarch ,cinnamon, brandy and vanilla extract.
  6. Prepare topping by putting all the topping ingredients into the bowl of your mixer. Mix until well combined.
  7. Place ½ of the crumbs into a 10×15” pan or 20-24- 4 oz ramekins .
  8. Place apples on top of crumbs. Sprinkle the rest of the crumbs over the apples .
  9. Bake 45 minutes-1 hour.
  10. Place all ingredients for the caramel into a small pot.
  11. Cook over low flame, stirring frequently until sauce begins to thicken.Remove from heat. Allow to stand 15 minutes before serving.

I prefer to chill apple cobbler and drizzle with warm  caramel just before serving .You may serve it warm as well.

Yields 18

Freezing tips

For best results freeze before baking. Upon removing from freezer, allow it to thaw.

This article by EstherO. originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine.



Noah’s Chocolate Ark


Ever since my mother sent me this adorable Noah’s Ark Chocolate Mold, I’ve been using it  yearly for Parshat Noach to create our very own chocolaty ark. Last night, I prepared it thinking I’d accomplish two things, the ark for our Shabbat party, and a cute blog post. Early this morning I was having second thoughts about posting it… cute yes, but I wasn’t sure it met the standard I’m looking for in my posts. However, when my two young children woke up this morning, they changed my mind very quickly as they oohed and ahhed about it. All day they’ve been discussing who gets the giraffe, the rhino, the hippo, etc, thereby convincing me to post this blog and hopefully inspire others to create fun Parsha themed goodies for their families.



Melt the chocolate you would like to use for the details on the animals (1 ounce of each color should be enough).

Using a small paintbrush or a toothpick,fill in the details (ex. brown spots on the giraffe,eyes…) . Allow to dry.

Melt chocolate to fill in the animals and the ark. Place in freezer till solid.

Turn the mold over and carefully remove the chocolate.


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Invitation Jello Cups

Enhance your next party with these attention grabbing monogram jello cups.Color coordinate them to match your sweet table and party decor.


  • 12-6 oz Plastic parfait cups
  • 4 boxes Clear jell-o
  • 1 box colored jell-o
  • Transparency paper (available at copy center)
  • Invitation, monogram, name, message (i.e. It’s a Girl!)


  1. Reduce invitation, monogram, etc .to 1 ¾”x 1 ¾” square (you should be able to fit approx 20 per page)
  2. Copy onto transparency paper
  3. Prepare  clear jell-o (following directions on package)
  4. Fill parfait cup with the jell-o up until 1/2” from the top
  5. Allow to jell
  6. Place cut out invitation, monogram etc, into clear jell-o
  7. Prepare  colored jell-o (following directions on package)
  8. Fill remaining space with colored jell-o

*For best results allow to “sit” overnight as this will allow the colors to blend nicely.

*Please note:transparecy paper is not edible-it is for decoration only.

Yields: 12

*For more party ideas check out Invitation Cookies, Monogram and Photograph Glass Marble Party Favors