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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thrifty Thursday: DIY Seaglass

You all know that I am in love with anything nautical/ocean inspired. Well, I decided to try my hand in making some "seaglass" bottles!

I did a bit of research online, and it sounded like I would need either some mod podge, or elmers glue for the base. I went with mod podge, as I knew I could get it in the matte finish. Somewhere along the way, I read something about using dish soap to help make the "frosted" look on the glass. So, those are my 2 tricks! The other things I used were: gel food coloring (blue & green), a 1 inch paint brush, cup for mixing, and paper plates for setting the glass on while painting them, and letting them dry.

I used about 3 Tbs of the matte mod podge, 3 drops of dawn dish soap, 3 drops blue food coloring, and 1 drop green. I mixed them all up in my cup, and started painting it on my jar. Right away, I noticed some streaking from the brush bristles. But I let it be.
I wanted it to have a little bit more color, so I did a second coat. You could leave it as it, if you'd like. It could have also been my food coloring, I believe they were a lighter blue and green. Here they are with the 2 coats.
Aren't they pretty? They do have some streaking, but that's okay with me. Something that's nice about this mixture is that it can be washed off and redone. If you'd like to make it more permanent, I'm sure you could spray it with some kind of varnish. I'm just going to leave them and see how they hold up. Also, you could apply the mixture inside the jar, swirl it around until it coats everything, and put it upside down to dry. I want to use mine for flowers, so that wouldn't work out for me very well.

Hope you give this easy project a try! I love how mine turned out! Let us know what you think!

Have a great Thursday!

23 comments:

  1. Love this! I'm going to have to try the trick with the dish soap, I love how they look a little frosted!

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  2. Thanks, Lusine!!! I hope you give it a try and let us know how it turns out!
    -Kenzie

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  3. I cannot wait to try this! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  4. You are very welcome! Its a fun project to do, I hope you try it out!
    -Kenzie

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  5. I love how simple this is to do. I'd love to have you drop by & share at my party. I look forward to visiting again, your new follower @DearCreatives

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  6. Hey, Theresa! We'd love to come by and share. Thanks for letting us know!
    -Kenzie

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  7. Love them!! Definitely trying this out. Thanks for sharing!
    :) Liz @ www.rusticpeach.com

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  8. Hi, Liz! You are welcome! Let us know how they turn out!
    -Kenzie

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  9. I love sea glass too ~ your pieces really came out well ~ thanks for sharing your method ~ seems quite easy and something I might be able to tackle! Judi

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  10. Hey, Judy! It IS quite easy, and error proof as you can always wash it off and try again!
    -Kenzie

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  11. They turned out amazing! I am going to have to try this :) Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at Lately Loving!

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  12. Thanks, Lish! I love them! I hope you try them out. And thank you for hosting!
    -Kenzie

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  13. Good Morning,
    What a fun and pretty project! I think it would be fun to experiment with other colors to match a theme party and use mason jars for vases... I'm stopping by from the Pin It Party - happy Sunday!
    - Ang, Juggling Act Mama

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  14. Ang, different colors would be awesome! Since it is so easy, and you can wash it off after, it would be a great way to make decorations for a party! Great idea!
    -Kenzie

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  15. Love this! I'm featuring (yet again!!) this project tomorrow.

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  16. Just wanted to let you know I featured you this week!!

    Fotini

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  17. Thank you so much, ladies! We really appreciate it!
    -Kenzie

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  18. Hey Kayla & Kenzie featuring you tomorrow! Thanks for sharing at the party. Drop by to see & grab a featured button!& feel free to share what ever your working on or cooking up!Theresa @DearCreatives

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  19. I absolutely agree! Those are really pretty. It turns out really great. And rest assured that I will be going to give this project a try too. But I hope it will also be as lovely as yours.

    WhiteLightProductions.com

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