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Jun162012

Treasures From My Travels: Sea Glass Souvenir Display

When I posted about the souvenirs that I bought during my recent trip to Panama I forgot to mention a free souvenir that I literally picked up. On the day that Missy and I spent on Isla Taboga, an island off the coast near Panama City, we lounged at the beach for a good part of the day and cooling off in the water in an attempt to escape the ninety degree heat.

There was a lot of sea glass washed up on shore so we decided to collect some, rinsing the sand off in the ocean. I gathered a handful of pieces but Missy lives in the Caribbean and is a sea glass finding expert so she found a bunch and shared with me. That is sisterly love!

Now that I am home I wanted to do something cool with my sea glass. I found a tall slender glass apothecary jar on sale and thought it would be perfect to use. To make my display I started by printing out a little tag with the location and date and cut it out. I then put a little tape on the top back edge of the label and adhered it to the inside of my glass jar. I used some craft sand and filled up the bottom of the jar until the label was secure but not so much that the tape was covered. I then gently peeled off the tape and added more sand until I reached the level that I wanted. You have to be careful to slowly add the sand so that grains don't sneak in front of the label. Pouring the sand in the jar left a dusty residue on the upper part of the jar so I wiped it clean and then finished my display by layering the sea glass on top of the sand.

I think it turned out cute and it pairs well with the Japanese glass fishing floats that I picked up at the Toji Flea Market in Kyoto in December.

Do you like to collect sea glass? Do you have a fun way to display it in your home?

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I love sea glass and am constantly on the hunt for it when I go to the beach. Martha Stewart does something similar to your idea (http://www.marthastewart.com/275300/kids-art-projects/@center/276975/marthas-crafts-kids#/266957) but I like that yours is simple - it makes it much more elegant.

June 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRene

Both jars look so good, nice way to display happy memories from your travels. The colours of the glass fishing floats & sea glass are such beautiful shades of green. I do not collect sea glass but do collect varying sizes of rocks from my travels & some smaller ones are used in ceramic bowls around the house, some rocks are big enough that they have a place in the garden.

June 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

Mary-Lou- Thank you! Rocks are fun to collect, too. That is really neat that you have some big enough for your garden!

June 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

Rene- Thank you! I hadn't seen those Martha Stewart jars before. They are cute!

June 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

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