Sea Glass & Sand Orbs

Decorative orbs capture the essence of the seashore. Embed sea glass nuggets and assorted shells in a sandy grout for a mosaic of sun and surf memories.

Completion time – 2-4 hours

Designer – Kathleen George


    Other Materials


      • Jumbo craft stick
      • Small natural sponge
      • Soft cloth
      • Water basin
      • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks


      • 1. Sort sea glass by color. Use complementary colors of glass
        or a single color for a monochromatic look.
      • 2. Glue sea glass to foam balls with small shells randomly
        interspersed, allowing very little space between pieces.
        (Note: Glass pieces will appear farther apart after spackling is applied.)
      • 3. Tint spackling compound with a small amount of tan paint,
        mixing until thoroughly blended. If desired, stir in small
        amounts of sand until the desired texture is achieved.
      • 4. Apply spackling to each orb, using your fingers to press
        compound into small crevices. Gently wipe off excess spackling
        on sea glass and shells with a clean damp sponge, leaving a
        smooth, even coat between pieces. Rinse your sponge often.
      • 5. Allow spackling to completely cure.
      • 6. Wipe sea glass and shells with a damp sponge to remove haze
        left by spackling residue. Let dry thoroughly and then buff
        each orb with a soft cloth.
      • 7. Tie raffia gift-wrap style around each orb and knot at
        center top. Trim raffia, gluing small seashells to random ends.