Thursday, May 29, 2014

ETCETERAS: DIY Faux Sea Glass Jars

DIY Faux Sea Glass via homework  | carolynshomework (1)Hello friends! It’s unofficially officially summer. Once the 3-day Memorial Day weekend has passed we can start wearing white, flip flops and of course start breaking out the starfish, shells and sea glass.

DIY Faux Sea Glass via homework |  carolynshomework (7)I’ve made a lot of painted jar projects here on homework: cranberry glass, amber glass, faux hobnail glass, beach glass and radiant orchid glass but for some reason I had yet to make my favorite color of sea glass, sea blue.

DIY Faux Sea Glass via homework  | carolynshomework (5)Depending on how the light hits the jar, the blue can look more sea green or sea blue. Want to make your own DIY sea glass jar? Here’s how:

DIY Faux Sea Glass via homework | carolynshomework.comThe secret ingredient is Martha Stewart Translucent FROST glass paint. The frost finish is what gives the glass that sand blasted textured look. To make this jar I started with a light coat of Martha Stewart Translucent Glass Paint in Key Lime (this coat wasn’t the Frost finish). Once that dried, I painted a second coat in Martha Stewart Translucent Glass Frost in Beach Glass (blue).

I have to say, I love this product. I don’t know of any other glass paint that gives this textured frosty finish. However, it’s a little tricky to work with. You can see in my photo above that you can see the brush strokes in the paint. You need to use a soft brush and work quickly. Once it dries the brush strokes are less noticeable.

Once the paint is dry, you can leave your jar as-is or embellish it like I chose to do. I used a plastic net that I had been saving (hoarder). This is the type of net you get with produce of other bundled products.

  DIY Faux Sea Glass via homework  | carolynshomework (2)Simply slip your jar into the net and glue it down on the inside of the rim.

DIY Faux Sea Glass via homework |  carolynshomework (4)Once your nautical netting is dry, add twine or string to hide the neck of the jar. I added a piece of leather cording and a tag.
DIY Faux Sea Glass via homework |  carolynshomework (1)I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of some of the shells I was using as props. I love summer!

DIY Faux Sea Glass via homework |  carolynshomework (6)Shells and sea glass! Three cheers for summer!

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  1. Very cute idea! Perfect for summer!!

  2. I love that frosted paint! Great project for it.... And great netting! It pays to be a hoarder!!! Happy week to you!!! :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  3. This looks awesome! Pinned! Thanks again. Lou Lou Girls

  4. I like this .... bunches! You do neat, beautiful work. Thank you for telling us what paints you used.

  5. Beautiful colors- I love this idea!


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