DIY Sea Glass Window Art

I’ve always loved these beautiful sea glass windows.  I’ve seen them in the shops on Cape Cod and online on and have always wanted one.  A few years ago I made this Sea Glass Dolphin and Sea Glass Sea Horse and I thought, ‘hey maybe I could try to make one of those windows’!  Well, I finally did.

Read the tutorial on how I made this DIY Sea Glass Window Art (it’s pretty simple) and see how it came out.

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Materials Used – DIY Sea Glass Window Art…

Sea Glass
And these Mosaic Tiles
This 11×14 Float Frame from Michaels
Glue Gun or this E3000 Glue would do the trick


Step 1: 

The first step in making your DIY Sea Glass Window Art is to dump out all the Sea Glass and arrange it by color.  I know these mosaic tiles I bought from Michaels aren’t really ‘sea glass’ but I bought them anyway.  I’m glad I did.  The colors are awesome!  Also, if you have your own collection of sea glass, use that.  I do not have my own collection so I bought these.

DIY Sea glass window project

Step 2:

Lay out your frame and start playing around with some designs on your glass.  This step takes a while.  It is like doing a puzzle.  I knew I wanted to make a wave so I imagined a basic shape and then started putting pieces in.  You can do any shape you wish!

Also note, I didn’t have access to a real window like the ones on so I bought a float frame from Michaels (11×14).  They were $24.99, but were buy one get one free at the time of my purchase (I used the other one to make this).  If you want to try this project and can get a hold of an old window, great!  Go for it.

DIY Sea Glass Window Project

After playing around with it for a while, I decided I wasn’t liking the purple sea glass so I put those aside.  I also decided to use the yellow as the ‘sand’ (see below), although I did use a few pieces of yellow in the wave part too.  I also found some shells from my collection and added in a few of those.  Once you have what you like, move on to step 3.

DIY Sea Glass Window Project

Step 3: 

Start gluing them down.  This is where it gets tricky.  Once you start to glue, you end up rearranging the sea glass a bit.  It takes a long time to get them right.  Be patient.  I found walking away from it and taking a break every now and then helped me to get it done.  I also took a picture of it before I glued them down so I could refer back.  I used my glue gun to glue them down.  I’m not sure this was the best glue to use, but it definitely did the trick.  This E3000 would do the trick too.

And, viola, here is the final product!

DIY Sea Glass Window Project

DIY Sea Glass Window Project

And here is how it looks hung in my living room….

DIY Sea Glass Window Art

DIY Sea Glass Window Art


Maybe not quite as good as the ones you can find on or in the shops of Cape Cod, but not half bad and was fun putting it together…What do you think?

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  • Reply Debra Bessette November 1, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Do you know this is done using resin and shells. I’ve seen many done, but haven’t found any specific directions. Thank you

    • Reply Jodi House November 1, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      Yes I have seen the ones made with resin but wasn’t sure how to do it that way, so I used glue instead. I suppose you would just do it the way I did and just pour resin over the top and let it set.

  • Reply Susan December 28, 2019 at 10:15 am

    I would think the glue would show on the front side if you’re flying them down from the back side of the frame. Seems like you want to glue them down from the front into the glass. Maybe I’m thinking wrong? Looks great in your photos though:)

    • Reply Jodi House January 2, 2020 at 10:17 am

      The glue shows a little but not to bad.

  • Reply Erica January 15, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Is the glass on the inside or outside of window/glass? Do the ones you see on Etsy or the expensive gift shops have the sea glass on the outside or are they in between two lanes of glass? I’m still kinda confused. I have SO much leftover tumbled sea glass Ive been looking for a project like this. Thanks for posting it!

    • Reply Jodi House January 16, 2020 at 8:14 am

      Yes, I glued the sea glass right on top of the glass. I think the ones in the gift shops are glued to the top and then they use epoxy to set it.

  • Reply cassandra may fleming September 5, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Very very cute and thanks for the simple instructions & tips! I love the blue opal-like mosaic tiles very much. I’ll be making one for my daughters bathroom and am looking for the best glue for a wet/humid environment. How has the glue gun held up?

    • Reply Jodi House September 5, 2020 at 4:32 pm

      Hi, I’m glad you like it. The glue gun has held up well, but I bet E6000 would work even better, especially in a bathroom.

  • Reply michele November 9, 2020 at 9:52 am

    It looks GREAT! I am a crazy collector when it comes to seashells,beach glass, tiny beach rocks. I have so many I have been looking for ideas to utilize them. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Reply Jodi House November 9, 2020 at 10:39 am

      Cool! I am so glad I could inspire you.

  • Reply Crystil January 13, 2022 at 6:13 am

    Love this ❤️ I’m going to try it.

    • Reply Jodi House January 13, 2022 at 6:38 am

      Thanks! I hope you give it a try and would love to see the results if you do.

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