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Project: Sea Glass Paint

 Project ~ Sea Glass Paint


Found: Glass candle holders

Location: St. Louis/St. Charles County Goodwill Stores. These were originally purchased to make centerpieces for my wedding reception. I dug these two up in Mom’s basement.

Supplies: Glass candle holders, Elmer’s Glue All (not School Glue), food coloring, cups to mix in, a paintbrush, sticks for mixing, wax paper or such to cover your work surface.

Total cost: Less than $5.00 ($1.99 Elmer’s Glue All, found candle sticks, food coloring & supplies raided from Mom’s kitchen)


I used instructions I found via Pinterest. There was quite a bit of discussion on the Pin, so I did the best I could with the info and supplies I had.

Start with clean glass. I wiped mine down with a dry rag. If you want to get technical, the instructions said to wipe down with alcohol. I’m a rebel.


Gather supplies. Cover your work surface. Food coloring is a dye, and it will stain your counter tops  You’ll need Elmer’s Glue All, not School Glue. You can probably use School Glue, but I find Glue All just works better in almost all circumstances. The directions I was using called for Wilton gel food coloring. Mom bakes professionally, so she had some on hand. Normal people (like me) probably won’t have fancy gel food coloring in their kitchen. So I dug up some plain ol’ McCormicks. Both red, so we can make a direct comparison.


The instructions had no measurements for glue and coloring. I put about a half inch glue in the bottom of each cup. I added about ten drops of McCormick color (left) and a comparable amount of Wilton (right). The Wilton coloring is in gel form, so you can’t really measure drops. Stir well with appropriate tool. I used a couple wooden shish-ka-bob skewers.




Here’s both with one coat. I really expected to end up with a pink, but ended up with a coral color. I was amazed how similar the colors were. You can see from the pictures, Wilton covered much better.


There was plenty of glue mixture left over. I could have easily painted six candle holders more with what I had mixed in the two cups.


Both with one coat. The Wilton is obviously better at one coat.


However, with two coats on the McCormick glass, the color is nearly indistinguishable from one another.

So, the original picture that came with the instructions:

seaglass candle

And my final product:


I call that a win! This project was fairly easy, but a bit time consuming. I worked on them all evening, off and on. Take your time when painting on the glue mixture. The paintbrush marks self leveled, but the drips dried ugly. If you do a second coat, make sure the first coat is completely dry first.

These are definitely not food safe nor water proof. But I will say that it took some fairly determined scratching with my fingernail to get the glue mixture off when it was dry.

Imagine the possibilities! Colors and patterns! Easily customized for holidays, favorite colors for birthdays, or even team colors. Red and dark blue for the Cardinals? Yes, I think so! I have neon food coloring at home. I can’t wait to try those colors out. I’m thinking just straight Glue All would most likely produce a frosted look.

If anyone tries this (or any project), please share your photos! As always, I would love to hear from any of you – questions, comments, ideas!

Happy Thrifting!

Peace, NiftyThriftyGirl

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