I’ve never had much luck finding sea glass, have you? Imagine my surprise when my daughter came home from a week at summer camp on the lake with a pocketful of sea glass! Perhaps I’ve been looking in all the wrong places. I love the soft colors of sea glass, and I absolutely love the Sea Glass Mosaic Wreath designed by Kathleen George. This is the last wreath in our mini-series of summer beach wreaths (and it’s the last day to enter our giveaway, so don’t miss out).
To make a Sea Glass Mosaic Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” half-round wreath
- Tumbled sea glass, several bags
- Lightweight spackling
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Seashells, moss, dried flowers, other found items
- Ribbon for hanger
- Low-temperature glue gun
- Tools needed: Small natural sponge; U-pin; disposable container; spatula; 1” soft flat brush
To make a Sea Glass Mosaic Wreath:
1. Glue sea glass onto the front and sides of the wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam using low-temp glue. Glue glass pieces as close together as possible, and use a mix of light and dark, short and long. Try to keep the surface as level as possible. When applying a thicker piece of sea glass, position it pointed side down and push into the foam wreath till it’s level with the other pieces. (Note: The stones will appear farther apart once the spackling is applied.)
2. Mix a half cup of acrylic spackling in a disposable container. Using your fingers, apply small amounts of spackling between the sea glass pieces, filling in the gaps. Wipe excess spackling from the sea glass as you work.
3. When all of the gaps and cracks are filled, wipe remaining spackling from the glass using a small, damp natural sponge. Rinse the sponge often. Don’t forget to clean the sides of the wreath, too.
4. Put the wreath aside to set up for a short while. Then repeat the sponging until the sea glass pieces are completely clean before the spackling dries. Do not wait until the spackling is completely dry because it is difficult to remove the film from the glass at this stage.
5. Brush on Mod Podge to set the surface and to enhance the colors of the sea glass. Let dry.
6. Arrange and glue on gathered shells or other natural items.
7. Glue a ribbon loop to the top back of the wreath for hanging. Pin and glue a u-pin over the ribbon to help secure it. Let glue dry.
One final reminder to enter our giveaway for the downloadable book Big Blast of Kids Crafts (50+ pages of colorful, crafty fun!), a craft kit of your choice, and a craft apron. I’m giving away three of these prize packages, so be sure to enter by midnight tonight.
I’ll announce the winner tomorrow, and wrap up the Summer Soirée with a very special beach theme craft for the kids.
Do you have a favorite wreath from this week? Is it today’s wreath? Or maybe you’re all about the current driftwood trend and adore the Driftwood & Seashell Wreath? Or, is the Polished River Rock Wreath on your “must make” list?