Inside: Who knew how easy and cheap it was to make gorgeous sea glass out of any old glass bottle or jar? I’m showing how this fun and easy DIY is perfect for upcycling any glass decor! ➡
Some might think I’m lazy because I don’t want crafts to be too involved. I prefer the term “time-efficient.”
But I wanted six summery vases to fill the center of the table for the Fourth of July. And I wanted them now.
And I didn’t want to spend much if any money. Okay, you can call me cheap too.
In my defense, (and my husband will back me up on this), I know how to spend money just fine. I just don’t like to spend a lot on things that won’t get much use.
I remembered a craft paint that I saw on the internet that I had just been looking for an excuse to try out. And here was my chance because it would add the prettiest touch of blue to my patriotic centerpiece.
And for five dollars, this stuff ended up being so cool I just had to share it!
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The easiest (and about the cheapest) craft ever.
This craft was super cheap because I always have a few mason jars laying around to use for a cute, casual flower vase, so I didn’t have to buy anything but the paint.
And while there are other methods to make a DIY sea glass vase, this paint product is one of the easiest ways to make your own decorative sea glass bottles in minutes!
This sea glass DIY requires only two things:
- Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint
- A glass bottle or jar
That’s it. I bought the paint at Hobby Lobby during 50 percent off spray paint week and it only cost me $4.50.
And you can use any clear glass bottle or jar you want. Mason jars like these, bottles from the thrift store, dollar store, or even empty jars and clear wine bottles from the trash.
All clear glass decorative accents you might have laying around are good candidates. (Warning: you’ll be tempted to use this on them all so you may have to reign yourself in.)
I’ve used the sea glass spray in “aqua” but it also comes in different colors, including an amber as well as just a clear frosted glass spray paint. I can’t wait to try out the “seafoam” which makes gorgeous green sea glass.
How to make DIY sea glass bottles.
It’s fairly straightforward on how to use spray paint (duh), but I can share some tips I learned from my first go round:
- Clean the glass and make sure it’s dry before you spray. A lot of times old glass is dusty and grimy or had oil-based food in it.
- Set up an area outside away from everything. Because – overspray and paint fumes. I find ripping apart a box headed to the recycle bin makes a good base for painting.
- Spray a very light coat of paint from at least 12 inches away. If you hold the can closer, you’ll get a much more opaque, intense color. This paint dries almost immediately with a thin coat. At least it did for me in our heat. If you want more coverage or color, go back and spray a second very light coat. Better to go slow in thin layers and add.
I was going for a more “vintage” glass look than “sea glass” so I just wanted a hint of blue tint. So these don’t have as much of the frosted opaque sea glass finish. You can still see the glass shine with this very light coat.
- I turned my jars upside down and sprayed first from that direction to achieve the old glass look that was still somewhat clear. After I turned the jars over I sprayed just a little more over the top.
Since I used glass jars I already had, these six sea glass vases only cost me $4.50 – the cost of the Krylon Sea Glass Paint! Yay me!!
Where to decorate with sea glass bottles.
I love the extra bit of blue they add to my 4th of July table on the back porch.
I’ll be able to these colored glass jars again in a variety of ways – maybe next time as a row of candle holders.
If you get on a roll and need another fun idea for Independence Day, check out my Fourth of July mini mason jar strawberry cheesecakes.
Aside from using this as the beautiful blue in your red, white, and blue patriotic decorations, sea glass decor looks lovely in any decorating style, especially in summer. You may be thinking “farmhouse” with the mason jars, but you can make your own diy sea glass bottles with any glass containers.
But the soft colors of sea foam and aqua blue in beach glass can go anywhere – minimalist, cottage, boho, modern, and everything in between.
And of course, in coastal decor. A collection of green, blue, and clear frosted bottles or jars would be right at home in any coastal grandmother‘s house!
(Don’t know what this viral trend is? I explain it all in “The Epic Guide to the Coastal Grandmother Style Trend“.
I hope you’ll try out this cool craft paint product because it’s fast, it’s cheap, and it requires no crafting skills.
And if you’ve already used it, did you love it? I can’t wait to try it again! It’s a little addicting…
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Such a great idea. I didn’t know that there was sea glass spray paint.
Hugs and blessings to you.
Thanks Renae! You should try some of that paint. It’s very fun for me and people that like to craft but aren’t “crafty”!!