The air has cooled considerably here in SW Ontario – I believe last night they said it was feeling like 6 degree celsius (43 F) and all the stores are blasting their back-to-school specials, so I thought I’d do a little desk post today….

I bought myself a little vase of flowers the other week which have since wilted…
But the vase is just the perfect shape and size to hold pens & pencils.

I didn’t want to use it for pens as-was because I hate the ink-gunk that accumulates in the bottom of pen holders.  I didn’t want to be able to see it – so I thought etching might make a nice alternative.

I used the Silhouette to cut a couple of images that I liked out of adhesive vinyl.  (But you could do stripes with painter’s tape and it would work just as well).

Remember to wash the glass down with rubbing alcohol – VERY IMPORTANT – or the etching cream will leave splotches everywhere.

Then I adhered the vinyl to the vase – and a dollar store glass I had on hand just for this project.

It’s actually really pretty as-is – but there’s still my dilemma of having to see the ink-gunk.

A thick coating of Martha’s etching cream (yup, still the same bottle from before – this stuff goes a LOOOOOONG way).

Let sit for about 15 minutes and then wash off with water.

Peel your adhesive off and admire your handy-work!

One for the girls’ workstation to hold pencils for homework.

And one for me!

So much better than keeping yet another vase in the cupboard never to be seen again.

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 Have a great one!

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