DIY Custom Etched Water Bottle

As a runner and being active, staying hydrated is crucial to your performance, training and well-being. Between a busy lifestyle and the quick availability of sweet and fizzy beverage options, getting enough water each day isn’t always easy; but it is important. During the day I can go hours without drinking anything, including my beverage of Finally it caught up with me during a race when severe muscle cramps and other issues set in and landed me in the doctor's office. 

Experts in fields from beauty to medicine agree that hydration’s role in proper physical function cannot be overstated. According to the Mayo Clinic, your daily activities, such as breathing and sweating, deplete your hydration, making a fluid intake of 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women crucial—more if you are exercising or live in a hot climate.

Not in the habit of drinking enough? With a custom glass water bottle and your favorite sweet essential oils, you’ll love meeting your daily goal! Check out our fun, easy DIY instructions below for etching a personalized design on your water bottle. Almost all of the necessary supplies should be available at your local crafts store.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials
  • Glass water bottle: Do not use plastic, as some essential oils may erode the material
  • Adhesive stencils: Find alphabet and decorative designs at craft stores or create your own design using clear laminate paper and a trimming knife or vinyl cutter.
  • Painter’s tape
  • Glass etching cream
  • Paintbrush
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rubbing alcohol

Step 2: Etch Your Water Bottle

1. Work in a well-ventilated area and wear an old, long-sleeved shirt and rubber gloves

2. Wash and dry your water bottle; then wipe it thoroughly with rubbing alcohol.

3. Carefully place your adhesive stencil designs, making sure to smooth out any air pockets.

4. If desired, use painter’s tape to line the edges of your stencil and cover any areas you don’t want frosted.

5. Shake the etching cream to combine contents and pour some onto a disposable plate.

6. Wearing gloves and using your brush or sponge, apply a smooth, thick layer of etching cream to the stenciled area.

7. Let sit for 5–15 minutes, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

8. Rinse off the etching cream with water in a stainless steel sink, using the brush to remove excess etching cream. Be sure not to use a porcelain sink.

9. Remove stencils and dry with a cotton ball. Wash the bottle with soap and water before use.

Step 3: Drink Up!

A glass bottle allows you to add your favorite essential oil for an even more flavorful kick. My favorite is 2 drops of lemon essential oil and 1 drop of peppermint essential oil. Check out how to get your own essential oil kit to start adding flavor to your water and find out about all the great benefits of using essential oils to support your wellness by clicking here!

Here are my top essential oil picks to use (fruit optional):

What creative ways do you ensure you’re drinking enough water? Share your ideas in the comments!

For more details on how to get your complete essential oil kit which includes:

10 Oils PLUS 2 Bonus Oils
Education Package and 400 Page Reference Book
BONUS $20 Amazon Gift Card


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  1. This is really cool! I found you from Blogelina. I blog at Daily Momtivity. Stopping to say hi!

  2. Jennifer Self6/10/2015 11:24 PM

    I absolutely love this idea! So cute.

  3. sosewdelightful6/11/2015 9:29 AM

    This is a really cool idea! I'm a crafty/DIY kind of person and I just started delving into EO's. I've been thinking about finding a glass water bottle recently specicfically so I can put EO's in it! I found you through Blogelina. I just recently started blogging, but please, check it out! its

  4. Gill Perkins6/11/2015 11:49 AM

    Love this - really cute :) Would be a great method to use on glass storage jars too I guess. Where do you get etching cream from? Is it dishwasher proof once done? x

  5. These are so pretty! I really need to step it up with my water intake. :-/


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