One of the charms of walking up and down the beach is finding bits and pieces of sea glass. Sea glass are shards of glass from bottles that have been polished and smoothed out by the crashing waves of the sea and the abrasive sand where the glass is buried. Making a sea glass wreath is one of the easy ways of decorating your house. Here are the steps for you to create your own.
- Forage for sea glass. The first step is finding your own sea glass. If you live near the coast line, regular walks down the beach will usually suffice for you to gather sea glass. Keep in mind, however, that you will probably not find enough sea glass to make a wreath in one day, especially if you live in clean shored beaches. Beaches with plenty of people are usually those which have plenty of sea glass, since the refuse glass bottles from beach goers are the primary materials from which sea glass is made.
- Make your own. If you live far from the beach, however, and cannot afford to stroll down the beach each morning, you can create your own sea glass at home. You will need a rock tumbler, sand, and shards of glass for this. The best glasses are those from old soda bottles, which have thick shards. Wrap this in a towel, and use a hard object such as a hammer to tap the bottle until it cracks. Carefully separate the large chunks of glass, which you will place in the rock tumbler. Add sand into the tumbler, and leave it on for a couple of hours to a couple of days. The longer the glass remains in the tumbler, the smoother the sea glass will be.
- Purchase a grapevine wreath. Once you have the sea glass, get a grapevine wreath from any specialty shop. These are the same wreaths which people use to create Halloween or Christmas wreathes. From a pet shop, purchase plastic sea weeds. Loop these into the grapevine wreath to create an ocean feel for the wreath.
- Attach the sea glass. Once the wreath has been prepared, attach the sea glass by using a glue gun. If you have large chunks of sea glass, you can also wrap these in copper wire and use the excess wires to attach the sea glass into the wreath. This will allow you to attach the sea glass with much more stability. Otherwise, you will need to occasional reattach the sea glass into the grapevine.
- Add other design elements. The sea glass wreath can be complemented with a variety of other design elements, such as sea shells and corals. Pick these up from the shore. Some drift wood pieces are also very elegantly designed, and have a particularly beautiful look because of the combined effect of water saturation and sun drying. They are also very smooth and polished because of the sand. You can also spray on some glue onto the wreath, and sprinkle some sand.
Once you have finished your sea glass wreath, attach it to your doorway or place it in the living room. The sea glass wreath is a quick and inexpensive way to decorate your house. Even better, you can be sure that you will not find another wreath designed in the same way as yours.