Social media has tons of posts and pins about a simple faux sea glass recipe. I was prepared to only have tinted glass after seeing other people’s results. After trying the mixture of water, glue or mod podge, and food coloring, a tint was all that I got. For more vibrant color, I had to do several applications (letting the jars dry completely in between coats.) Glue gave me a more streaky application than mod podge–so I stuck with that.
I tried adding a bit of gesso & paint to the mixture but they were too opaque. The tinted jars are pretty as is, but I decided to coat them with Frosted Glass Spray Paint ($3.74 at my local Wal-Mart) and that did the trick! The jars are decorative now–I wouldn’t risk washing them. Any tint that made its way onto the rim of the jar wiped away easily after a week.
The project is easy and affordable. I used regular food coloring and neon gel food coloring–and I added more than the 3 recommended drops.
Creating Faux Sea Glass Jars
What You Will Need:
- Clean Glass Jars
- Glossy or Matte Mod Podge
- Food Coloring
- Frosted Glass Spray
How to create the Sea Glass effect:
- Begin with clean jars
- Prepare your work surface
- Combine 1 tsp of school glue or Mod Podge, 1 1/2 tsp water, and 5+ drops of food coloring (mix until thoroughly combined.) Add a little more water if the consistency is too thick to easily distribute. This amount was good for a pint jar or smaller.
- Pour the mixture into the jar and roll it around the inside of the jar to coat completely. I had a very streaky application when I used a brush.
- Roll the color mixture around several times to coat and then pour out any remaining mixture.
- Repeat the process if necessary after 12-24 hours dry time.
- After the inside of the jar is dry, prepare an outside work space (I worked on newspaper.)
- Coat the outside of the jar with 2-3 coats of Frosted Glass Spray. Shake the can well for 1-2 minutes, apply a medium coat from 12 inches away, and wait a couple of minutes in between coats.
- Allow the jars to dry 24 hours before handling
The frosted glass spray is a must for this project! The jars look colorful, fun, and frosty. Sea Glass Spray Paint is another easy option for creating a faux sea glass effect. I really wanted to try out the water, glue, and food coloring recipe to see how well it worked. It works fantastically with the help of a frosted glass spray paint!