Who could resist a festival celebrating beach glass? Especially when it’s a beautiful Saturday morning and the festival is in a charming, waterfront town. A few weeks ago, I took a short drive east, along Lake Erie, to attend the Ashtabula Harbor Beach Glass Festival. I’m sharing a few of the pretties I saw at the festival, along with some favorite DIY beach glass and sea glass crafts.
The festival was in downtown Ashtabula, a quaint little town on the Ashtabula River. Native Americans named the river, and it means “river of many fishes.” Vintage storefronts line the downtown streets, along with intriguing gift shops, restaurants, and even a chocolate shop.
It was a sunny, blue sky day, perfect for enjoying the views, and the river that runs right through the downtown area. Four-wheel traffic often comes to a halt when the lift bridge raises for boat traffic. In the background, Jimmy Buffett music played, adding a beach vibe to the event.
Of course, there was an astonishing amount and variety of beach glass. From gorgeous jewelry to resin toilet seats(!), the festival showcased the soft and sometimes vibrant hues of beach glass. I admired $15 pendants to lavish pieces of wearable art selling for hundreds of dollars. Besides jewelry, the booths included framed art, concrete garden décor, mobiles, birdhouses, greeting cards, mosaic windows, and so much more – all of it strikingly embellished with beach glass.
Other beach finds were turned into artwork, too, including crafts made with driftwood and polished rocks.
Maybe I’ll return to Ashtabula next month for the Wine & Walleye Festival!
If you want to DIY your own beach glass or sea glass crafts, I have a few, favorite beach glass crafts here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. If you’re not lucky enough to live on a beach where you can find beach glass or sea glass, no worries. Your local craft store sells sea glass by the bagful. So check out these projects made with beach glass and other found objects.
I know that there are other beach glass and sea glass festivals around the country – have you attended one?