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How to Make Sea Glass Bottles – Thrifty Style Team

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After visiting California, I was inspired to create a bit of coastal inspired home decor. Creating sea glass bottles was way easier than I ever thought it could be. This is how to make sea glass bottles for your own home.

Blue and white are classic decor color choices and I use them throughout my home. On my recent trip to Los Angeles hues of bright white, driftwood, denim blue, aqua and turquoise were showcased everywhere. It was a feast for the eyes and opened creative windows that were previously dormant. Wanting to hold onto this beachy, calming, relaxing feel of vacation – I decided to make something for summer. Let me show you how to make sea glass bottles.

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Sea Glass in a Can of Paint

Sea glass begins as normal shards of broken glass that are then persistently tumbled and ground until the sharp edges are smoothed and rounded. In this process, the glass loses its slick surface but gains a frosted appearance over many years. This Krylon® paint amazingly replicates this process – no need to wait 40 years! My preferred color choice was aqua.

Here is my personal collection of beach sea glass. You can see how beautifully frosted all of the pieces are.

Summer Lake House Tour


  • Clear glass bottles and jars.
  • Make sure the labels have been removed and the jars are well-cleaned, free of any residue or oils.
  • Protective surface for painting area. I used boxes
  • Krylon® Sea Glass Paint. I used THIS color. Other colors available: sea foam, Ice, cornflower, rose, lemon, royal purple, and amber.

This Italian lemonade bottle had the tiniest bit of aqua color.

When I used the last of the balsamic vinegar, I saved the bottle because I loved it. This was the perfect project to finally use it!


  • Place protective covering on the ground, outdoors in a well ventilated area.
  • Put the clean bottles and jars on the covering.
  • Shake the paint can for two minutes
  • Using a very light touch, spray the front of the bottles with one coat of paint.
  • Let dry for 10-15 minutes.
  • Turn the bottles around and repeat the above steps on the back of the bottles.
  • Let dry completely.
  • Touch-up paint as needed.
  • **This paint does not need to be thick as with other paints.**

Remember, this paint is not like typical spray paints. You still want to be able to see through the bottles and jars. Therefore you don’t want thick coverage.

Just spray very lightly to maintain the frosted effect.

Look at how beautiful they turned out.

I’m so happy that I saved the balsamic bottle.

They match the vintage sea float perfectly.


I’d say that this was a very thrifty project. All of the glass containers were free and I received the paint free at a conference. Seriously though – the paint goes a long way. You can paint lots of glassware or better yet, buy a can and share it with family or friends.

Let me know if you use this paint and how you like it! How to Make Sea Glass Bottles – who ever knew that it was this fun and easy?

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  1. What a pretty little beachy display. And now I want pizza.

  2. I can never get over the power of paint!! These are just gorgeous 😉

  3. Those turned out so beautifully!! So perfect for summer!

  4. These turned out so beautifully! The look of sea glass is so calming and your display makes me wish I was at the beach.

  5. I am with Bliss. I want to know where to get that pizza sauce! Seriously, these bottles turned out gorgeous!! I save my favorite bottles, too, but I’m running out of cupboard!!

  6. These are so pretty, you guys! They look just like sea glass I can’t even get over it. I love all the shapes of the bottles you guys chose too. I can’t wait to try this now. Thanks for the tip on the cardboard box too! Hugs, CoCo

  7. Janet Hency says:

    I love the sea glass bottles, wine bottles and all the others I look forward for new pins. Keep them coming

  8. I wonder if you can store liquid inside since the paint is on the outside???

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