Faux Sea Glass Jars

Faux Sea Glass

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:

  1. Clean Glass Jars
  2. Glossy or Matte Mod Podge
  3. Food Coloring
  4. Frosted Glass Spray


Faux Sea Glass



How to create the Sea Glass effect:

  • Begin with clean jars
  • Prepare your work surface Faux Sea Glass
  • 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




Finished Results


Faux Sea Glass



Faux Sea Glass



Faux Sea Glass
Matte Mod Podge and School Glue (with Frosted Glass Spray), Sea Glass Spray Paint, and Gloss Mod Podge (with Frosted Glass Spray)


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!



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