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Sea glass sun catcher jar

Sea glass sun catcher jar

I was totally spoilt growing up by the sea. We could go down to the beach whenever we liked and it remains my favourite place to be. A few weeks ago we enjoyed our annual holiday in Devon by the sea and we collected a *lot* of sea glass. It seems to have become our tradition to go searching for beach treasure.

collecting sea glass

This year we brought a lot home with us to craft with! Which was kind of lucky because today we’re taking part in the fourth craft in the Project: Recycle and Create series. The material this month were jars.

Today I’m going to show you how we recycled a glass jar and our beach treasure to make a sea glass sun catcher.

beach treasure

We used:
sea glass
empty jar, washed with the label removed

Sea glass sun catcher jar

We love crafting with sea glass. It’s been buffeted smooth by the waves so it’s a really child-friendly material. Did you know you can clean it to make it shinier? You can read how over here in a previous post.

cleaning sea glass

Once you have your sea glass ready, fill up your glass jar. We had fun finding different colours and pieces to fill the gaps in our jar.

sea glass sun catcher

Place a lid on your jar, just in case someone knocks it over!, and set on a windowsill so the sun can shine through the glass.

sea glass sun catcher jar

Project: Recycle and Create is a monthly craft challenge celebrating eco-friendly creativity in children!


Don’t forget to see what the other participants have made:

DIY Snow globe by Kidz Activities(not shown)
Recycle Plastic Pendant by Our Whimsicle Days
Calm Down Sensory Bottle by Sugar Aunts
Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift by Crafty Mama in ME
Chalkboard Lid Jars by Play and Learn Everyday
Photo Jar Luminaries by Mum in the Madhouse
Edible Sand Jars by Playdough & Popsicles
Fairy Lights Recycle Jars by Peakle Pie
Washi Tape Photo Jars by Teach me Mommy
Nature Gifts by Nemscok Farms


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    April 29, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    I love that there’s no gluing or anything to worry about with your version – all the prettiness, none of the mess! 😉

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    Jen Walshaw
    April 29, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    This is so beautiful and simple and a great way of showing all your fantastic beach treasure – love it

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