Etched Pie Plate Tutorial

Posted on Nov 26 2014 - 3:14am by Monica
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I’ve been dating my boyfriend for about seven months and things are getting serious! His family invited me over for Thanksgiving and it’ll be the first time I meeting his parents! In need of an amazing Thanksgiving hostess gift to impress his mom, what’s a girl to do? Get out her Cricut of course!


I love how this turned out! I was a little nervous to etch a pie plate because every pie plate I saw had writing on the bottom in the glass. But it turned out not to be an issue at all. The etching just went over the glass that was raised without a problem.

Ready to do it yourself? Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

  • Pie Plate (I used a 9.5″ Anchor Pie Dish)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paper Towels
  • Cricut or other die cut machine
  • Vinyl – the removable kind, not the outdoor/permanent kind. It doesn’t matter what color because you’re using it as a stencil.
  • Transfer Paper
  • Etching Cream (I used Armour Etch)
  • Gloves
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Painters Tape

Etched Pie Plate Tutorial Steps

Step 1 – Prep your Pie Plate

Remove any stickers and wash and dry your pie plate. Flip it over and rub the bottom of it with rubbing alcohol. Also, measure how wide the base is. Mine was about 8×8″ so I made my stencil 7.25×7.25″ so it would fit.


Step 1 – Prep the Pie Plate

Step 2 – Design Your Stencil

This step is where you get to be creative! I created my stencil with the name and split letter using Adobe Illustrator but there are so many ways to create cool designs! You could also use Inkscape or Design Studio. I made a few for you in Design Studio that are lots of fun! Check them out here:

Step 2 - Etched Pie Plate Ideas

Etched Pie Plate Ideas


Step 3 – Cut Your Stencil

Now that you’ve designed your stencil, cut it out of removable vinyl. Don’t forget to mirror the image and to choose the right setting on your cutting machine.

Also, be sure to have plenty of vinyl around your design. This is so you won’t get etching cream anywhere you don’t want it.

Time to Cut! Don't forget to mirror the image!

Time to Cut! Don’t forget to mirror the image!

Step 4 – Apply Your Stencil

Now that you’ve cut your stencil, it’s time to put it on your pie dish!

Start by applying transfer paper to your vinyl. Rub on top of the transfer paper to get the vinyl stuck to it. Then carefully peel up your vinyl.

Take your stencil over to your pie plate and carefully apply it. You want to make sure it is centered. Since the image is almost the size of the base, this is pretty easy to do. You should also check that it is lined up with the handles of your pie dish (if it has them).

Use a credit card or your scraper to make sure there are no bubbles. This is important! Bubbles in your stencil will cause the etching cream to creep into those spaces and mess up your pretty design!

Apply Your Stencil

Apply Your Stencil

Now, make sure the sides are covered. Use painters tape if you need extra coverage. This is important because etching cream can run and it will start to etch any glass it touches instantly. You can see in the picture below that I needed tape on the top and left side.


Be sure to have the sides well covered – use painters tape if necessary

Step 5 – Apply Your Etching Cream

It’s time to etch!!

First, Put on your gloves. I used to think this wasn’t necessary until I was etching something and the etching cream started to run. My insticts to grab the cream to stop it kicked in and I touched the cream – a lot. If I hadn’t been wearing gloves I would be seriously injured!

Now, pour the cream over the glass and spread it out with a popsicle stick. Make sure you’ve covered every part of your design. Check the edges – I almost missed some!

Wait 5 minutes if you’re using Armour Etch. Other etching creams may have different times but I’ve found 5 minutes is right for Armour Etch.

Next, rinse with warm water to remove the etching cream.

Etching Time!

Etching Time!

Step 6 – Remove the Stencil

This is the fun part! You get to see your work! Remove the stencil. You may need to use your scraper to get all the little pieces off.

Remove the Stencil

Remove the Stencil

Step 7 – Admire & Share Your Work

Wash and dry your pie dish. Now take a few minutes to admire your work!! GREAT JOB!!!

We’d love to see your finished plate so please post it in the comments!

You're Finished!

You’re Finished!



Q: Will it be ok in the oven?

A: Yes, the etching is oven safe.

Q: Will it be ok in the dishwasher?

A: Yes, the etching is dishwasher safe.

Q: Is it food safe?

A: This is unclear so I’m going to be safe and only etch the back side of plates and dishes.

Q: Is this a kid-friendly craft?

A: No, I wouldn’t recommend it because the etching cream is pretty hazardous and I would want your little ones burned!

Q: What if my question isn’t answered?

A: Ask us in the comments! You can also check out Armour Etch’s FAQs

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