Asked on Jul 12, 2019

Can you give me ideas on how I can make a DIY version of this (pic)?

Grace GleasonSea Trace CreationsJo Ann Stidman


I saw this on FB, went straight to the ad site and lord behold they are $200. For real, I think something beach similar could be made. I have the perfect mirror in our sunroom, I have the shells, a few glass pebbles but not good at the design. Maybe I could do a swirl but any suggestion how to get something like a stencil maybe?? Any thoughts or suggestions?

q anyone made something like this
9 answers
  • It's very beautiful. I would use it as a guide. It looks like they have gone up the straight side and ended with a wave pattern. You can find wave patterns on Google, print one up, cut it out and trace it on the glass (they sell glass pen markers that erase with a cloth). Or you could try to draw a design free hand with the marker, since it will erase, you can try until you get a design you like. Then just fill the pattern in with sand, shells, glass making sure to use a glue that will adhere to glass. I think you could make a really unique piece!

  • Use this as your guide and do a dry fit. Then when happy with your design, snap a photo with your phone or tablet so you know how to glue your items in place. Using a stencil or even a free coloring book page that you can download and print is a great idea too. If using a coloring book page, place underneath the glass as a guide and glue your design on top. I do this all the time, I see something I adore, but can't afford, take a photo and recreate for a fraction of the cost.

  • Vickymcreations
    on Jul 12, 2019

    This is beautiful, no wonder you wish to replicate for yourself. I would definitely print off a template and use it as a guide.

  • Mitchmom
    on Jul 13, 2019

    I made something like this out of an old window my sister had. I used clear silicone (clear caulk) to glue everything down. Because it was my first time, I had to use q-tips to clean the edges where too much silicone oozed out. Its water cleanup, so don't be scared to use it.

    Once you design your pattern, lay down about 4 inches at a time of silicone on your glass/window. Just eyeball it and coat as much as you think you can do in 10 minutes. Use a plastic paint scraper to flatten the bead(s) of silicone. Just don't flatten it more than approx 1/8" thick. Silicone takes a while to dry dependent upon how thick it is. If its drying too fast, you can coat it with water. Now just start your pattern. You decide where you want to start/stop. Once its dry, you can peel it off and cut through the silicone if you don't like the pattern and start over.

    Hope this makes sense and helps...

  • Jo Ann Stidman
    on Jul 13, 2019

    Thanks! This is very helpful.....a lot of really good suggestions

  • Grace Gleason
    on Jul 13, 2019

    Yes! Please use silicone. Hot glue would never hold up.

    • Jo Ann Stidman
      on Jul 16, 2019

      Grace: Can u answer Sea Trace Creations question on the E6000 and silicone advantages?

      i picked up some supply but have a couple major projects goi g on before I do this fun stuff.

      bought a waterfall pond yesterday.....on my...going have to do lots of research on this one with no trades in our remote area.

  • Sea Trace Creations
    on Jul 16, 2019

    I'm anout to try the same type of craft but I was going to use E6000 for placement of my items and then do a resin pour over top as the example shows. I'm wondering now if the silicone is a better product for this? As to why its so costly I guess time and expensive products used.

  • Grace Gleason
    on Jul 16, 2019

    I really don't know about pouring resin over it. I don't like E6000 for the simple reason that every tube of it (3) I've bought had partially dried out. Too expensive for me.

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