Not counting the wonderful hours you can spend collecting sea glass on the beach, this diy project takes all of about ten minutes to complete. I thought of the idea while noticing how pretty the glass I found while beach combing was when held to the sun. I originally thought they could be used to make a colourful mosaic to hang in the window but I shot that idea down since didn't want to mar the glass with glue spots. Sandwiching the sea glass between two pieces of clear glass would work though and my original idea morphed into one where you sandwiched two clear glasses together.
The glasses I used were an old tea light glass and a squat Kilner/Mason jar that had lost its lid. You probably have a couple of glasses in your home that could work for this project but if not, look for second-hand items at your local charity and thrift shops.
Use your choice of sea glass to fill the space between but personally I decided on sticking with the lighter and brighter pieces since the idea was to place a small tea light in the centre. The flame from a tea light isn't quite strong enough to shine through my darker pieces so I'm saving those ones for another project.
Essentially, all you do is place one glass inside the other, making sure that they allow for at least a centimeter of space between, then fill the space with glass. No glue, tools, or any other equipment is needed and when you're finished you have a beautiful and handmade votive that you can enjoy in your own home or give as a gift. Easy isn't it?
What I also really like about my design is that it's easy to either change the sea glass design or take your pieces out for a wash should they get dusty. Since there aren't any pieces glued in place you can literally dump the inner parts out, wash and rearrange as wanted, and you're back in business with a fresh new design. Easy, fun, quick, creative, and beautiful...what else could you ask for in a rainy day project?
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