Let everyone know what is on the menu for dinner with our fun, etched menu board of chef's and various cooking items. The art frame is easy to take apart. Just insert your menu and pop the frame back together!
15-0200 Armour Etch Cream
#21-1674 Over N Over Whats Cooking stencil
#21-1643 Over N Over Western Alphabet
#25-4000 Pinstripe Border tape
#30-2403 8x10 Art Frame
#15-0315 Glass cleaner
#08-9415 Half inch Masking tape
#85-2108 Craft knife
Soft paper towels
Black or dark colored cardstock- 8x10
1. Take the art frame apart and set the clips and backing aside to keep dry. Clean the front side of the glass with glass cleaner.
2. Cover your work surface with some paper towels. This will help to prevent scratching the backside of the glass and keep it from moving while working with it.
3. Place the frame in a vertical position. First you want to lay out some borders of tape.This will help keep the stencils straight and even without the need to measure. First, lay a strip of masking tape across the top and another across the bottom lining up one edge of the tape on the edge of the glass. Do not stretch your tape, you will warp it and it will not be straight.
4. Next, lay two strips of tape side by side along the long edges of the glass. Place a third strip over the top of the middle where the first two strips of tape meet. This will ensure that any gaps where the tape meets will not accidentally get etched later. You should now have a one inch wide border on the long sides of the glass.
5. Measure and cut two strips of pinstripe tape 7 inches long. Take one piece of pinstripe tape and remove the backing paper. Line up the white edge of the pinstripe tape with the edge of the masking tape that is across the top. Lay the stripe down with the ends overlapping onto the masking tape on the sides by a half inch. Repeat with the other piece of pinstripe across the bottom.
6. Slowly remove the clear top cover from the pinstripes. Take a piece of masking tape and vertically tape down the ends of the pinstripes following the edges of the masking tape underneath.
7. Lay a strip of masking tape across the top of the frame overlapping the edge of the pinstripe and the masking tape so there are no gaps (your sealing the edges of the two ). Repeat at the bottom.
8. With a pencil and ruler, make a vertical center line ( 4 inches) at the top and bottom. This will help guide you, so you can equally divide your items evenly, half to each side.
9. Lay down the letters for MENU. The E should be to the left of the center line, the N to the right of the line. Overlap the letters with the bottom of the pinstripe tape. They should also line up straight along the bottom edge of each stencil and over lap side to side. Cut a strip of masking tape in half lengthwise and cover the edge where the stencils meet the tape to secure them.
10. Center the rolling pin under the word MENU. Top edge of the rolling pin should overlap the bottom edge of the letters. Tape over where they meet with the other half piece of tape.
11. Apply a walking Chef to either side of the word MENU as shown in the picture.
12. Apply different cooking item stencils across the bottom just above the bottom pinstripe the same as you did at the top. We tilted some of our items to the side, but you do not have to. Fill in any gaps between stencils with masking tape, overlapping all edges.
13. Notice where the spoon and fork are located. To place them at the sides of the frame, you will have to remove some of the masking tape. To do this, place the stencil where it will go. Trace around the outside of the stencil with a pencil. Remove the stencil. With a craft knife, gently (do not cut hard or you will scratch the glass) cut inside the lines by a small amount. Remove the square of tape where the stencil will go. Gently clean the spot with a paper towel moistened with a tiny amount of glass cleaner. Wipe dry. Place the utensil stencil over the hole and rub down. Over lap edges with masking tape.
14. Surround stencils with masking tape and cover entire face of the glass with tape. Go over the edge and around to the backside by at least an inch all around.
15. Put on the gloves. Etch one end of the glass at a time. PAT the Armour Etch glass etching cream on the stencils with the brush. Do not brush it on like you are painting. Patting the cream on will avoid streaking and give you a brighter etching.View the directions and How To video HERE
16. Wait 5 minutes. Holding the glass at an angle, rinse off all the Etch cream under low water pressure. Pat the stencils dry with paper towels. DO NOT remove the tape or stencils until you have etched the other end of the glass.
17. Repeat step 15 and 16 at other end of the glass.
18. Once you have etched both ends of the glass, Remove tape and stencils and rinse entire glass again. Dry well.
19. Re-assemble the art frame with the black paper against the masonite backer (we glue dotted ours on) and your menu, then the glass. Bon Appetite!