Use this simple tutorial to create an etched mirror for Thanksgiving using etching cream and vinyl stencils. You’ll find yourself pulling out this “Gather Together” mirror year after year to complete your Thanksgiving decor.
Hi, Friends! I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween night and that you were all able to sneak your favorite candy from your trick-or-treater.. not that I would do that! Ah, who am I kidding? #candyfiend. And, thanks for all of the love on yesterday’s wallpaper post! Every single time I walk into my would-be Game Room, I break into a happy dance! Only nine days left – but who’s counting?
I’m here today to share a fun and easy etching cream project just perfect for all of your Thanksgiving decor displays!
Thanksgiving etched glass mirror


The first Tuesday of the month means it’s time for the November Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the projects we’ll work on each month. Last month, you all voted for our group to create something about glass etching – which reminds me; be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for next month’s project theme before you go! *Contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information. 




The very first thing I did was to give this thrift-store mirror a little spray paint love. I used Rustoleum Canyon Black.

etched_glass before

The stencil design is found in the Silhouette Store and needs no editing.

How to etch a mirror using etching cream
Etching cream is used to etch a Thanksgiving themed mirror.

I cut the stencil from vinyl and removed the center of the letters and leaves. Using transfer adhesive paper, I transferred the vinyl stencil to the center of the mirror.

Etching cream is used to etch a Thanksgiving themed mirror.

Using a small brush, I applied an even coat of the glass etching cream over the stencil on the mirror and let stand for 5-6 minutes. Next, I removed the cream with a damp cloth. I wasn’t able to run water over the mirror as it had a paper backing, but the cloth did the trick.

Etching cream is used to etch a Thanksgiving themed mirror.

Then, I removed the vinyl, leaving the etched pattern behind! At first, I was a little concerned that I’d not left the cream on long enough the etching does not show on wet glass – but once the mirror dried, I could see the design.

Thanksgiving etched glass mirror_closeup

My etched glass mirror will be just perfect for my Thanksgiving display in a few weeks.

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For even more amazing etched glass projects, check out the other projects for November!
Christmas Centerpiece – Love Create Celebrate
Numbered Vases – My Life From Home
Etched Glass Mug – Our Crafty Mom
Etched Vase – Little Bits of Home
Song Lyric Artwork – Refresh Living

Want more Silhouette projects? You might like these.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon! xoxo


  1. Amy Dowling on November 1, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Wonderful idea! I love that it's personalized to the holiday and can be brought out each year and used to decorate around.

  2. Love Create Celebrate on November 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I love what you did! Such a beautiful idea for thanksgiving 🙂

  3. Samantha on November 1, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    This is so gorgeous! I really need to get a Silhouette!! Great job!

  4. Michelle James on November 2, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Simply beautiful Kim!

  5. Jenny Leads - Refresh Living on November 2, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Such a cool idea to use it on a mirror – I never thought of that before, but it looks awesome!

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