I love giving hostess gifts. If I am honest, it is the main reason I like doing things. While I have no problem making or cooking things for myself, I love being able to share those things with friends and family even more. And hostess gifts are the perfect reason to share them!
If you live anywhere else than a major city, you can probably get away with dropping off a a box of cookies, flowers, etc at your friends house anytime. But in LA you have to take into account traffic flows, if they will be home, is it safe to leave it on a step, etc. etc. So I stick with sharing things for birthdays, holidays, and get togethers. I have dreams of moving to suburbia just so I can drop off cinnamon rolls to a neighbor on a Tuesday without it being weird. Limoncello has been one of my go-to gifts for a couple years. When Andrew and I went on his bar trip I had wanted to bring back a limoncello bottle for everyone we knew. Once we were over there, treking 20+ glass bottles around for 3 weeks with limited bag space didnt really work out. So we picked up two larger bottles and dived them up when we got home.
I always try and have a bottle of homemade limoncello in the freezer, while it is very easy to make, it takes some time to infuse, so I like to be prepared!
When I saw this blank jar at a craft store downtown (PS if you live in LA, you need to spend time downtown) I instantly thought limoncello. I have been wanting to etch a bottle for a while and this was the perfect bottle.
I cut out the design I wanted on a sheet of vinyl. You can use a stencil or sticker as well. These Martha Stewart ones are great because they have an adhesive back that is key to etching, especially on a non-flat surface. Sealing the edges of your stencil is very important to getting crisp lines.
The using a sponge brush I applied a THICK coat of etching cream. I used 4+ year old etching cream I had in a drawer. It had turned very dark (as seen in the video) but it is totally okay, per Martha. Also, when I fist did an etching project, 4+ years ago, I only applied a thin layer, not wanting to ruin anything. Well the cream didnt etch enough and it ended up dull and only partially etched. So glob it on!
Let sit for 10-25 mins. then wash off with warm water. Dry with a paper towel and you are good to go!
Note: Etching cream is extremely toxic. Some people recommend using gloves when applying, I use to but mine had gotten stuck together so I just skipped it and was okay. If you don’t use gloves just be careful not to get it on your skin. Wash it off immediately if you do. DO NOT use a sponge that you use on food, dishes, counters, etc to clean off the cream. I go as far as to rinse it off in our guest bath. You do not want to cross contaminate! But once it is cleaned off, the items you etch are food safe.