DIY Sea Glass Window Art

3 Materials
$30
4 Hours
Medium

I’ve always loved these beautiful sea glass windows. I’ve seen them in the shops on Cape Cod and online and have always wanted one. A few years ago I made this Sea Glass Dolphin and Sea Glass Sea Horse and I thought, ‘hey maybe I could try to make one of those windows’! Well, I finally did. And here is how...

diy sea glass window art
Step 1: The first step in making your DIY Sea Glass Window Art is to dump out all the Sea Glass and arrange it by color.  I know these  mosaic tiles I bought from Michaels aren’t really ‘sea glass’ but I bought them anyway.  I’m glad I did.  The colors are awesome!  Also, if you have your own collection of sea glass, use that.  I do not have my own collection so I bought  these.
diy sea glass window art
Step 2:
Lay out your frame and start playing around with some designs on your glass.  This step takes a while.  It is like doing a puzzle.  I knew I wanted to make a wave so I imagined a basic shape and then started putting pieces in.

Please note, I didn’t have access to a real window like the ones on etsy.com so I bought a float frame from Michaels (11×14).  They were $24.99, but were buy one get one free (so I can make another one!).  If you want to try this project and can get a hold of an old window, great!  Go for it.
diy sea glass window art
After playing around with it for a while, I decided I wasn’t liking the purple sea glass so I put those aside.  I also decided to use the yellow as the ‘sand’ (see below), although I did use a few pieces of yellow in the wave part too.  I also found some shells from my collection and added in a few of those.  Once you have what you like, move on to step 3.
diy sea glass window art
Step 3: 
Start gluing them down.  This is where it gets tricky.  Once you start to glue, you end up rearranging the sea glass a bit.  It takes a long time to get them right.  Be patient.  I found walking away from it and taking a break every now and then helped me to get it done.  I used my glue gun to glue them down.  I’m not sure this was the best glue to use, but it definitely did the trick.

And, viola, here is the final product!
diy sea glass window art
diy sea glass window art
diy sea glass window art
diy sea glass window art
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3 questions
  • Kor33233200
    on Jun 10, 2018

    It looks as if you glued the glass down onto a piece of cardboard. The finished product looks as if the wave is suspended into onto nothing. What am I missing?

  • Denise Kovacs
    on Jun 10, 2018

    I was wondering if you use those rocks from the Dollar Tree, if you broke them up. Maybe get the same effect?

  • Ann Scully
    on Jun 27, 2018

    Does the glue show through the glass as I assume that you are putting the glass side out towards the room?

    • Yes it does show a bit but its not that noticeable. I used my glue gun but probably should have used a different kind of glue. Maybe E6000?

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