This Sea Glass Craft post first appeared over at Princess Pinky Girl where I’m a contributor.
Did you know that you can turn just about any glass surface into a sea glass craft using sea glass spray paint? Follow this simple tutorial to make sea glass lanterns from empty glass jars.
This was my first endeavor with sea glass paint, and I think I’m hooked. Watch out, because no glass surface is safe! This spray paint is so easy to use once you get used to it. Think of the coastal craft possibilities ahead.
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Supplies to Make these Sea Glass Lanterns
- small empty glass jars, cleaned with labels removed. Use Goo Gone followed by warm, soapy water if you need to.
- sea glass “sea foam” spray paint
- floral wire – I bought the thickest I could find in the floral department of my craft store
- wire cutter tool
- votive candles or small electric candles
Tutorial: Sea Glass Craft
Spray paint your jars. In a well-ventilated area, place the glass jars upside-down on a large piece of cardboard. Spray a thin coat of sea glass spray paint on the jars. Let dry. Then spray on another coat. Let the paint dry completely before moving on.
A quick note about this spray paint: This does not spray or apply like ordinary spray paint. It sprays on goopy, and has a little bit of texture to it. That’s totally OK. When the paint dries, it will look perfectly normal. Don’t worry!
Make wire handles for the lanterns. Wrap floral wire around the mouth of the jar, creating small coil loops on either side of the jar. This is where you will attach the handle.
Cut a wire handle, and attach either end to the metal coils on the jar. The floral wire can be a bit tricky to work with at first. Be careful not to scratch the paint on your jar with the end of the wire.
Place a small votive candle (or a little electric candle) into the jar, and you have the perfect lantern for summer.
Alternately, if you would like, make longer handles for hanging lanterns:
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