Add Frost Etching to Your Glass Block Wall

What You'll Need
Etching acids cream
Painters tape
Plastic knife
Glass object or mirror
X-Acto knife
Latex gloves
Glass cleaners
Soft, clean and lint-free cloth

There’s nothing more ornate than frost etching on a glass block wall. With the right tools and a little know-how, you can etch out a beautiful design on glass and help beautify your home. Below is a listing of the necessary tools, as well as the 8 steps necessary to complete the process. It might appear daunting, at first, but once you get going, you’ll likely be satisfied with the results.


Step 1 – Clean the Glass

Be certain your etching glass is smooth, first. Wipe it off with a cloth that has no lint, after dabbing it in glass cleaner.

Step 2 – Cover Your Project with Transparent Contact Paper

Take some contact paper and cover the place where you intend to etch. Contact paper bubbles can be removed by using the X-Acto knife's handle to flatten them.

Step 3 – Place Design Inside Glass

For transparent glass etching, take two-sided adhesive, which can be attached to the inside section of the glass. But for etching on a mirror, do a direct outline design onto the glass with a stencil on the paper.

Step 4 – Cut Your Design

Slice the design out with an X-Acto knife. Do this step carefully and slowly.

Step 5 – Flatten Bubbles

After you’ve done your cutting, look for bubbles and flatten them out from the edges with the X-Acto knife.

Step 6 – Secure with Painter’s Tape

Take your painter’s tape and place it onto each outside edge of contact paper, further securing it.

Step 7 – Spread Etching Acids Cream

With protective gloves on, spread your etching acids cream across the contact paper’s exposed sections using a simple plastic knife, as you would frost a birthday cake. Let it set for 10 minutes.

Step 8 – Rinse

Rinse the etching cream throroughly from the glass using clean running water. Remove the leftover contact paper and painter's tape and rinse a second time. Let dry completely.

With eight steps in total, frost etching on glass blocks is a detailed and time-consuming process. But many beautification projects take a little time and effort, so once you’ve focused and finished a lovely glass craft such as this one, you’ll be glad you did. When all is said and done, you’ll have transformed a simple glass surface into a homemade work of art.