Learn how to make easy DIY sea glass lanterns. This is a great way to upcycle empty glass jars into a beautiful home decor craft! Make the perfect little lantern for summer.Learn how to make easy DIY sea glass lanterns. This is a great way to upcycle empty glass jars into beautiful home decor craft!

Hi guys! I’m Aimee, and I blog over at The Crazy Craft Lady where I strive to make everyday creative with simple crafts, easy family-friendly recipes, organizing and DIY decor projects. Thanks so much to Jenn for letting me stop in today and share this guest post – my DIY Sea Glass Lanterns. I hope you all enjoy it!

With summer quickly approaching, it seems like coastal DIYs and crafts become more popular. Well, are you a lover of all things coastal?

Did you know that you can fake the look of sea glass? Yep! With a little paint, the sea glass-inspired crafting possibilities are endless.

I’ve done something similar before on colored glass, but for this craft I tested out a new kind of spray paint.

easy DIY sea glass lanterns.  This is a great way to upcycle empty glass jars into a beautiful home decor craft! Make the perfect little lantern for summer.

Here’s your supply list for these DIY Sea Glass Lanterns:

  • empty glass jars, cleaned with labels removed
  • sea glass “sea foam” spray paint
  • floral wire – the thickest you can find in the floral department of your craft store
  • wire cutting tool
  • votive candles or small electric candles

Paint, Mason Jars, wire and candles to make DIY sea glass lanterns.

Sea Glass Lantern Instructions:

Select your glass jars. For this project, a small olive or pickle jar would work well.

Clean the jars well, removing any sticky label residue with Goo Gone if needed. I recommend wiping down the sides of each jar with rubbing alcohol as well, to get a thorough clean.

Place your glass jars upside-down on a large piece of cardboard. In a well-ventilated area, spray a thin coat of sea glass spray paint on the jars. Let dry. Then spray on another coat.

Note about this spray paint: This does not spray or apply like ordinary spray paint. It sprays on goopy, and has a little bit of texture to it. That’s totally OK. When the paint dries, it will look perfectly normal. Don’t worry!

Spray paint mason jars

Once your sea glass spray paint had completely dried, it’s time to make wire handles for the lanterns.

Wrap floral wire around the mouth of the jar, creating coil loops on either side of the jar. This is where you will attach the handle.

wrap wires around mason jars

Cut a wire handle, and attach either end to the metal coils on the jar. The floral wire can be a bit tricky to work with at first, so just be careful not to scratch the paint on your jar with the end of the wire.

And that’s it! Place a small votive candle (or little electric candle) into the jar, and you have the perfect little lantern for summer.

DIY sea glass lanterns - make handles around top of jar

How to make DIY sea glass lanterns. Step by step instructions

Thanks again to Jenn for letting me share this craft with you. Happy crafting!

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Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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