How to Make a Sea Glass Vase

Sea glass vases are popular and make great gifts too. If you want a sea glass glass vase but don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can make your own with a glass vase, sea glass and some glue.

For this project, I bought a glass vase from JoAnn’s with a 40% off coupon. I used real sea glass collected from northern California beaches and E-6000 glue.

Sea Glass Vase

Things You’ll Need

  • Glass vase
  • Real or faux sea glass
  • E-6000 Industrial Strength Glue
  • Paper plates
  • Q-tips

Learn different ways to make your own sea glass

Sea Glass Vase Materials

Sea Glass for Vase

Step One

Wash glass vase with soap and water. Set aside to dry. If desired, use some rubbing alcohol to wipe any residue off vase.


Step Two

Spread out sea glass on table. If you’re using different size sea glass, organize the shards by large, medium, and small.


Step Three

Place glass vase on it’s side. Squeeze a little E-6000 glue onto paper plate.

Glue Sea Glass Vase


Step Four

Use Q-tips to smear glue on the back of a sea glass shard. Try to avoid getting glue on your fingertips. Place shard on glass vase and hold in place for a few seconds.

Glue Sea Glass

If you’re using a round vase, the sea glass may slip around a bit while drying. So, you’ll have to hold each shard in place for a few minutes or secure it with something.

Once you have the first row done; however, it’ll be easier to glue the rest of the sea glass onto the vase.

Glue Sea Glass Onto Vase


Sea Glass on Vase

Step Five

Display sea glass vase by itself or with some flowers, a candle, or a light in the vase.


Sea Glass Vase Making Tips

  • Because the sea glass can move around while the glue dries, it’s best to take your time and glue a few shards every day rather than make the vase in one day.
  • Use only a little glue at a time. E-6000 glue tends to get stringy sometimes as it dries. When this happens, twirl Q-tip, so the glue wraps around the tip and discard it. Squeeze more glue out of the tube and begin again.
  • If you get spots of glue on the wrong side of a sea glass shard, scrape the glue off gently with your fingernail.



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  1. Julia Carlson says:

    This looks like such a beautiful glass vase. How do you go about finding sea glass? I love that there are so many different colors to look at. They work so well together. I want to make my mom a sea glass vase like this made from the beaches where she grew up. I think that would mean a lot to her.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks, Julia, Most of the sea glass I find are from Northern California, but I also have some from Redondo Beach and Bonaire, which is an island in the caribbean. Good luck making your mother a sea glass vase. I’m sure she’ll love it.

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