I live near the sea and one of my hobbies is searching for glass on the beach. Not freshly broken glass but pieces that have been softened by the action of the surf over time.
The light shining through them looks beautiful and I figured out a way to capture it in a mosaic. A piece that not only looks beautiful but can be used in the garden -- a Sea Glass Stepping Stone.
Time: 2 Days Cost: $25 Difficulty: Medium
Watch the video above for the full instructions -- it's about six minutes long and shows you how to make this project in detail. It even shows you what happens if you get impatient towards the end!
For full written instructions with links to where you can get materials head over to my blog: http://lovelygreens.com/2015/08/diy-sea-glass-stepping-stone.html
Step 1: You'll need to collect enough sea glass (or other colored glass) to create the mosaic top of your stepping stone. I used about a Mason jar full for mine but it depends on how large your mold is. You can use an old steel pan as a mold or even better, use a silicone baking mold.
Step 2: Spray paint the back sides of all the glass white. This ensures that the color of the glass is vibrant instead of reflecting the gray concrete that you're going to use to create the stone.
Step 3: Mix the concrete and aggragate together with water and pour it into the mold. I like to layer a piece of wire in the middle to give the stone more strength.
Step 4: Press your sea glass into the top of the cement, white side down. You can also add shells and beach stones. I added some stones that I spray painted silver.
Step 5: Wait at least two days for the stone to harden before you tip it out of the mold. It should pop out a metal pan with a gentle tap but with silicone it's no trouble at all to get out. Spray the top of the stone with clear glossy finish to create a shiny and fresh-from-the-sea look.
Step 6: Dig your stone into the garden and watch as it glistens in both rain and sunshine. I made the stone in the above photo three years ago and it's still looking as gorgeous as the day I made it!
FOR FULL DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS check out the project link below.
Materials I used for this project:
- Sea Glass (alternatively marbles or aquarium glass) (Foraged from the beach!)
- Cement (Home & Garden Center or Amazon)
- White Spray Paint (Home & Garden Center or Amazon)