Monday, June 18, 2012

Etceteras: beach glass and a mod podge week

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Hello creative friends. What better way to kick off summer [or at least the end of the school year in our house] than with some fun beach glass and a Mod Podge week.




Beach or sea glass is typically found in small bits along the beaches. They were once bottles, jars or other glass objects that have been tumbled around the ocean creating smooth, frosty pieces of colored or clear/white glass. I know you would probably never find an intact beachified bottle or vase lying along the shore but we can pretend these bottles were just plucked from the water.


Blog Beach Glass
  1. To make summer beach glass bottles, you’ll need: Mod Podge, water, white paint, dirt or sand and glass bottles, jars or vases.
  2. Mix together 1 part Mod Podge, 2 parts water and 1 part white paint. Pour into your bottle and swirl it around until it coats the entire bottle.
  3. Add a pinch of dirt or sand to the paint mixture by carefully sprinkling it into the bottle.
  4. Turn your bottles upside down on paper towels and let dry. Check the bottles every 5-10 minutes and wipe away the extra paint. 



Once the bottles are almost dry, turn them right side up to finish the drying process.



For more opaque glass use more paint. You can also opt to not add the dirt for a cleaner look. 



Add pieces of coral or shells to complete your summer beach look.


  
The best part about this project is, unlike painted glass or tinted glass projects where you want an even coat of paint, these bottles look best uneven and blotchy. You can’t mess up!




Stay tuned this week for more Mod Podge fun. I have new Mod Podge products to share with you, a book review and a fabulous giveaway.

Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn


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28 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness Carolyn! These are amazing. You are just sheer creative genius!

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  2. What a fabulous look - sandy and sunshiney - love these!

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  3. These are gorgeous Carloyn!! Wow, what a creative way to use Mod Podge :) Love it!

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  4. Brilliant and simple...My two main requirements for most any project.

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  5. So beautiful and simple. I would never have thought to use Mod Podge to make beach glass! I have a few plain bottles, this would be a great way to make statement pieces. Thanks for the idea!

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  6. Great use . . . of all things . . . dirt.

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  7. Very snazzy I can't wait to see your next Mod Podge project!

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  8. Love this tutorial Carolyn! I've been looking for a way to make glass bottles look old, and this is perfect! Definitely will be trying this out!

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  9. This is beautiful, Carolyn! This looks like a fun project the kids could help me with. The final product is just stunning!

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  10. looks amazing! thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

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  11. Very creative, thank you for sharing.

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  12. Hi there! I just found you over at Whipperberry...glad I did! I love your project. I combed the beach a few weeks ago for seaglass (I love it!). I made something similar for winter with jars and faux snow flakes. I'll have to try this out. LOVE your beachy bottles!
    Have a nice weekend! :)

    Krista @ mk inspired

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  13. That looks really cool. I love the rough texture adding sand to the glue gives the vase. Great idea!

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  14. Carolyn, what a lovely project! Holly of 504 Main and I love to go to a local beach that we call "Sea Glass Beach". The kids take their shovels and sieves and come home with buckets full of incredible sea glass. Such wonderful stuff!

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  15. What a fun project. So perfect for this time of year! I love the texture you used...Thanks for sharing at Show and Tell Wednesday over at SNAP!

    xoxo, Tauni

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  16. Cute! Have you tried adding a turquoise color to the paint to make them look like the pieces of glass you have around the bottles in your pictures?

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    1. Hi Caren,
      I haven't done any turquoise bottles but I have seen them around on other sites. The color of the bottle just depends on the paint so adding a little turquoise craft paint would be so pretty.
      I did make some cranberry glass - you can check out the post here: http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/07/etceteras-cranberry-glass.html
      Thanks so much.

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  17. Thank so much for sharing on our Whatever Goes Wednesday post. We will be featuring your project tomorrow on the blog at 8am EST. please stop back and grab a button for your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. Terrific idea! I assume you just used regular white house paint. Have you put a candle into your bottles? Does the paint withstand the heat from the candle?

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    1. Thank you so much. I did use regular house paint for my project but I haven't put a candle in my bottles. I'm not sure if the paint or even the glass would be heat resistant.
      Thanks for visiting!

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  19. Thanks Carolyn for a Great Tutorial!! I live on the Beach and have been searching for a easy way to do this, can't wait to get started!!

    Have a Great Day!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  20. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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  21. Your blog is so delicate and peaceful, and this post inspirational. I'm gonna come back for more reading ;D

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  22. Oh my! This is really cool. They really look like real beach glasses. And the process of making them seems fun too. Oh! I will definitely going to give this a try.
    WhiteLightProductions.com

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