Creative Sea Glass Ideas
Thirty sea glass ideas and DIY projects including jewelry, stepping stones, & artwork. Use pretty glass from the beach to make crafts for the home & garden
I can tell you personally that finding Sea Glass can be an addictive hobby. Before you know it you could have jars filled to the top with beautiful pieces of coloured glass. Instead of leaving them there, use sea glass to make beautiful crafts! From jewelry to wall artwork, this list of thirty ideas and projects should get your creative juices flowing.
If you’re interested in making sea glass art but aren’t sure where to find it, you can buy it. Amazon, Etsy, and Ebay are good places to look but there will be direct sellers as well. You can also fake sea glass as illustrated by some of the ideas below. Lastly, you can use coloured marbles or aquarium glass to make many of these crafts.
Foraging for Sea Glass
If you live near the sea or a large in-land lake, you may be able to find your own sea glass. I tend it spot it easier on rocky beaches, opposed to sandy ones, and some colours of glass are rarer than others. Above you’ll find a video of one of my sea glass foraging expeditions so you can understand the landscape better.
Sea glass comes from ordinary glass that’s somehow ended up in the water. It could be glass bottles and jars that were tossed into the waves — true trash to treasure. Some of the most beautiful pieces come from places that had a glassworks nearby. If you know of an old glass factory that was situated by the water make a bee-line for it first thing.
Once glass makes its way into the water, the action of waves grind it against sand and stones. It wears down the sharp edges and gives the glass a beautiful buffered look.
This and a couple other pieces below are from the Etsy artist the Rubbish Revival. Her pieces are absolutely gorgeous!
Painted birds – via Pinterest
This is one of my projects and my tip with making sure the glass looks colourful against the concrete is to spraypaint the back side white. This will make sure the glass reflects its own colour and not grey.
How to make a Sea Glass Stepping Stone
Driftwood & Sea Glass Wall Art
DIY Photo Transfer onto Glass – via Art in Red Wagons
Heart artwork on paper. Poster available from Amazon
DIY Faux Sea Glass effect – via NZ Girl
Bathroom counter – via Everything Coastal
Organized into a Letterpress tray
Ring made with wire-wrapped glass – via Sea Candy Jewelry
Mermaid – via Completely Coastal
DIY Sea Glass Bracelet – via the Sweetest Occasion
Driftwood & Sea Glass Christmas Tree – via Natural New Age Mum
Simple idea: Fill a vintage bottle – via Divas to Dandelions
Pretty Sea Glass Door knobs – via Beachy RusticaWindow filled with coloured Sea Glass – via Completely CoastalChunky rings – via Judith AltrudaSea Glass Mason Jar Candle – via the Country Chic CottagePolymer Clay Fossil tutorial – via EtsySea Glass effect resin ringsVisit Sea Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California – via Matador Network