Introduction

How to Make Home Decor from Sea Glass

How to Make Home Decor from Sea Glass

Learn how to drill through sea glass from the beach to make your own custom decor.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Did you score handfuls of sea glass on a recent trip to the beach? If you’re looking for a crafty way to display those treasures, consider a handmade decoration like this that you can hang in your home and cherish forever.

Step 1

Carefully Drill Holes in Sea Glass

Collect and organize enough sea glass for your project. Diamond bits are the perfect tool for creating small holes in the individual pieces of glass. Look for a set that will work well in a Dremel or other multi-use power tool.

It’s not often that you get the recommendation to operate power tools in the presence of water, but it’s necessary in this case. The diamond bit will get very hot as it bores through the glass, and to keep it cool, working in a shallow pool of water is ideal. The shallow pool is also great at containing glass shards and dust that are created during the process. Recycle the metal lid from a jar, and fill it with approximately 1/4” of water, or enough to submerge the sea glass.

Step 2

Drill Through the Driftwood

Use a 3/16” drill bit to create small, evenly spaced holes in a piece of driftwood.

Step 3

Assemble the Glass Strands

Tie pieces of 10” embroidery thread through each of the wooden beads, one strand of thread for each hole you predrilled in the driftwood.

Use a sewing needle to guide the thread through each piece of sea glass, and then through the hole in the driftwood. Knot the thread securely around the driftwood, and then wrap the remaining length. Use a dab of hot glue to hold the loose end in position.

Step 4

How to Make Home Decor from Sea Glass

How to Make Home Decor from Sea Glass

Learn how to drill through sea glass from the beach to make your own custom decor.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Display It

Attach another length of thread to both ends of the driftwood, and display your pretty creation in your home.