I have a bit of
an obsession a love for beach glass and for all things in that soft aqua colour. Last week I happened upon a DIY tutorial for sea glass vases on Pinterest from Sand and Sisal. And I was immediately off to Michaels to pick up the needed supplies, well almost immediately. Here’s how my little beach glass experiment turned out.
Aren’t they sweet?
I started out with three of these little jars. (Sorry I had already started on one before I remembered to take a before picture). I scraped off the little flower sticker and obviously removed the ribbon and top.
I used Martha Stewart Glass Paint Frost in Beach Glass (not Sea Lavender as Kim used – they didn’t have that colour at my Michaels and I thought the Beach Glass looked like it would work just fine).
You’ll also need rubbing alcohol, paper towels and a small brush. I started out with a small bristle brush but switched to a small foam brush (I’ll explain why in a minute).
So for the instructions:
1. Wash the vase with hot water and dish soap and dry completely. Then wipe it down with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining residue. This will ensure that the paint will stick properly onto the glass.
Tip: To easily hold the vases while cleaning and painting them, place your hands or fingers inside the edge.
2. Paint the first coat in a horizontal direction, the second coat in a vertical direction and I actually did a third coat, again in a horizontal direction. This is to try to eliminate any brush strokes. I waited 15 minutes in between coats for the paint to dry. I also switched from the small bristle brush to a small foam brush. I found the small brush was leaving too many brush strokes and the foam brush worked better. However, I did use the small brush on the lip of the jars.
3. That’s it…easy peasy. The instructions say if allowed to air dry, that in 21 days the paint will be permanent. It also mentioned that you can bake the item to seal the paint but hey….I’m going to let them air dry….that’s just the way I roll 🙂
4. Add water and some freshly cut tiny buds from your garden and Voila!
Wouldn’t this be great on a large vase too? That just may be my next DIY.