A few years ago, my husband and I spent New Year’s on Italy’s sandy Calabrian shores. We stayed in the town of Tropea (you can read my guide to Tropea here) and it was like a dream. In addition to eating our weight in pizza (with those amazing Calabrian peppers and Tropean onions), we also combed the beach for seaglass and Italian tiles. We ended up coming home with two quart-sized bags of the stuff! While I’ve certainly enjoyed having the glass in decorative bowls to admire, I started wondering how else I could appreciate it and I came up with the idea of seaglass mosaics. While these ended up being a little time-consuming, the effort was worth it because I think they came out really well. I’m planning on gifting my family with these this Christmas but I think they’d make amazing gifts for bridesmaids or other special people in your wedding – especially if you’re planning a coastal or nautical-themed wedding! Check out the tutorial below.
- Seaglass (you can either hunt for this yourself or purchase it)
- Heavy-stock art paper
- A pencil to sketch out your shape
- Super glue
- Latex gloves (optional)
- Frame and matting
STEP 1 | Decide what it is you want to create. I wanted sea creatures so I chose to do a seahorse and octopus. I’m hoping to do a starfish soon, too.
STEP 2 | Make an outline of your shape in pencil. Try to make the outline as light as possible in case your seaglass doesn’t cover it up completely. You might even want to gently erase the outline so you can barely see it.
STEP 3 | Fill in the outline with your glass pieces. This is basically like a puzzle – you have to find the right pieces for the right places.
STEP 4 | It’s time to glue those pieces in place. After a few mishaps, I found it easiest to use the superglue while wearing a pair of latex gloves. I tied rubber bands around the wrists to keep them extra tight so I could work easily and keep the glue off my hands. I also found it easiest to work with superglue that has a brush. You just brush the glue on the glass and then set in place.
STEP 5 | Sign your artwork and frame. I used white Ribba frames from Ikea.
STEP 6 | If you’re using seaglass that you personally hunted, you might want to add a note on the back of the frame to say where and when you hunted the glass. It’s a fun little extra if the art is going to be a gift and a sweet reminder if it’s just for you.