How to Frost Mason Jars

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Things You'll Need

  • Mason jars or glass containers
  • Glass etching cream
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Painter’s tape
  • Stickers
  • Drop cloth

Frosting glass is a simple and elegant way to diffuse light or to mimic the mood of the winter season. Instead of buying pricey frosted glass containers, you can create your own beautiful and personalized frosted pieces with glass etching cream and everyday household supplies. Be especially cautious when working with etching cream, as it can burn the skin.

Wash the Mason jar and dry it thoroughly with a towel. Cover the outside of the jar with tape and stickers to make your own personal design. All of the exposed glass will be frosted.

Cover your workspace with a drop cloth. Put on rubber gloves. Pour a small amount, about 1/2 cup, of etching cream onto a disposable plastic plate. You can always squeeze additional cream onto the plate if you need more.

Flip the jar over, so that it is standing on its mouth. Apply etching cream onto the jar using a paintbrush. Cover the entire glass surface liberally, including the stickers and taped areas.

Wait 10 to 15 minutes for cream to set in. Wash the jar thoroughly with warm water.

Remove the stickers and tape from the jar. Wash the jar in soapy water to remove any remaining adhesive.


  • Frosted jars are dishwasher safe.


  • Etching cream can burn your skin and hands, so always wear protective gloves.


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Since 2008, Jen Kim has been a professional writer and blogger, working for national publications such as Psychology Today and Chicago Tribune affiliates. She holds a Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University.

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