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DIY Frosted Seaglass Vase

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Learn how to make your own DIY Frosted Seaglass Vase from a thrift store find. It’s simple to transform plain glass vases into DIY frosted sea glass vases with a few items. Thrift store vases are perfect to transform.

DIY Frosted Seaglass Vase

Let me show you the thrift store vase that I started with.

thrift store vase

I basic vase that was ready for something new.

How Do You Get Frosted Glass?

The easiest way to get frosted glass is with a super cool product that I’ve used on a couple of projects. You just need to brush it on clean glass and let it do its thing. If you want to color it, to get that sea glass look, then you add paint to the Frost Effect in your layers. I’ll give you all the details below.

What You’ll Need:

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  • glass vase, glass bottles, or glass jars
  • Frost Effect
  • acrylic paint
  • foam paintbrush or sponge

How To Do It:

The first step is making sure your glass surface is really clean. The directions on the Frost Effect recommend using rubbing alcohol. I ran the vase through my dishwasher since it was from the thrift store, but then wiped it with rubbing alcohol before I started.

Applying Frost Effect

You want to use foam or a sponge to apply the Frost Effect. I went with a foam paint brush. I poured the Frosted Effect onto a paper plate and dapped some onto the paintbrush. Then I went with a soft, dapping to apply the Frost Effect to the glass. You don’t want to press too hard or create air bubbles. If I saw an air bubble I would just gently press the paintbrush on it.

seaglass vase

You can see the translucent effect that it creates on the glass. It’s beautiful just like this with a frosted appearance, but I wanted to add some blue tones to get that ocean vibe for my mantel. I let this layer dry for one hour before moving on to the next layer.

Acyclic paint and Frost Effect

After letting it dry for an hour, I started the next layer. I used a ratio of 2 parts Frost Effect to 1 part paint. I mixed it together until even. Then I used the same method as the first layer to apply.

Adding color to seaglass

I covered most of the surface, only leaving a few spots without the blue color. Then I let the blue layer dry an hour before doing the final layer.

Adding the final layer

After the blue layer dried, I went back and did a third, and final layer of just the Frost Effect. I covered about 3/4 of the surface. I wanted different shades of blue in my faux sea glass. Let it dry one more hour before using it in your home’s decor.

DIY Seaglass Vase

I love the different textures and tones that you get from layering. I made some votives with a similar technique but only used 2 layers. It really is such a fun craft that you can do with glass items. I think some wine bottles turned sea glass bottles would be fun too. Maybe do a cluster as a summer centerpiece. So many fun options!

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8 Comments

  1. I totally agree with you Maryann, that it did look great just with the frost technique. Amazing difference, then the blue? Just perfect!

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    gail

  2. I need to try this technique, Maryann! It looks like such a fun project and there is so much glass in the thrift stores to try it on! Pinned 😊

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