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How to Make Etched Glass Shampoo Bottles

Personalize these etched glass bottles to make your own custom shampoo bottles and upgrade your shower. Perfect for handmade gift giving!

When I remodeled my bathroom, I solved all sorts of design and function problems. But then I noticed I had a created a new problem. Now that my shower was so pretty and helped me greet every day in a zen state, my tacky random plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles stood out like a sore thumb.

They really harshed my design vibe but I had a hard time finding a better solution. So I decided to make one, and I enjoyed my previous glass etching projects so much, I decided that’s what I wanted to do with this project.

When I shared with my husband my brilliant idea to make custom glass shampoo and conditioner bottles for the shower, he rolled his eyes. But I told him he doesn’t get a say because he doesn’t need either shampoo or conditioner.

So if you’re with me and you do want prettier, and even custom, shampoo bottles for your shower, here is an easy way to make your own.

DIY Etched Glass Bottles

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How to Make Your Own Etched Glass Bottles


You’ll need a few simple supplies for this project:

  • Glass Bottles (or any glass container that you want to personalize)
  • Letter Stickers (be sure to use the kind that peel away from the background sheet, since we’ll actually be using that part instead of the letter)
  • Etching Medium
  • Paintbrush
Materials for etching glass: glass bottles, etching medium, and stickers to use as stencils.

You also may want to use gloves, and you’ll definitely want to protect your work area. Etching medium is mildly corrosive, so try not to get it on anything other than the glass.

I like Armour Etch (linked above) because it washes off with plain water and is easy to clean out of my brushes.

Etching Process

Etching glass sounds intimidating but it’s really not. The etching medium does the work, and the hardest part is getting it into the places you want it, and not into the places you don’t.

For this project, we’ll use a stencil made out of the negative space of letter stickers. I’m creating one with “S” for shampoo and one with “C” for conditioner, but you could always use your initials, or come up with a completely different design.

Cutting apart letter stickers to use as stencils.

This would be a fun project to get really creative with your Cricut machine!

Using the outside paper from a letter sticker as a stencil.

First, peel off the letter sticker and set it aside. Then use the outside edges (negative space) of the sticker as your stencil. Affix the sticker to a clean glass jar and smooth it down with your fingers so it seals all the edges.

Adding the secondary parts of the sticker to the stencil.

Be sure to include any parts that define the interior of the letter, like the two inside pieces of this S.

Rubbing the edges of the sticker so it stays affixed to the glass.

Once your sticker is in place, brush on a thick layer of etching medium within the lines of the stencil. Follow the manufacturer’s directions on drying time. Armour Etch recommends leaving it on for 1-3 minutes.

Painting on etching medium inside the lines of the stencil.

After the etching cream has set, rinse off under running water. If you want your etching to be clearer, you can repeat the process.

Rinsing off etching medium from glass.

Remove the sticker and you’re done! Now you can fill your bottle with shampoo or conditioner, or whatever you like. Or give it away as a house warming gift, wedding gift, or for any other special occasion.

I finally got the esthetic I was looking for in my shower!

Etched glass shampoo and conditioner bottles in a tiled shower niche.

Note: be sure to follow manufacturer’s guidelines about safety, since etching medium can be harmful if used improperly. This is definitely NOT a kids’ craft project!

White tiled shower with decorative inlay tile niche and etched glass shampoo bottles.
Etched glass shampoo and conditioner bottle in a tiled shower niche

Etched Glass Shampoo Bottles

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy - no experience necessary
Estimated Cost: $40

Make your own custom etched glass bottles. I used mine in my pretty new shower niche, but they'd also be perfect for personalized gifts!


  • Paintbrush
  • Gloves


  1. Affix the sticker to the glass bottle, using the negative space (outline) only. Include any pieces that define the interior lines of the letter.
  2. Smooth the sticker down so the edges don't lift up.
  3. Paint on a thick layer of etching medium.
  4. Allow it to sit for 1-3 minutes.
  5. Rinse off under running water.
  6. Remove sticker.


    Follow all manufacturer guidelines for safety. Etching medium can be harmful if used improperly. Not for children.


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