I’ve mentioned several times that I have a hard time throwing out glass jars. I don’t know why, but I always think I can put them to good use, so I hold on to them. I have a cabinet full of everything from big pickle jars to small salsa jars. It’s just so easy and convenient to embellish them and use them as vases, candle holders, pencil/pen holders, desk organizers, etc.
One of my very first projects that I ever did for my blog was a glass marble vase made from a mayo jar. Ever since then, I’ve wondered what it would look like to grout in between the glass marbles. So I decided to give it a try, and I really like how it turned out!
My original idea was to use it as a hanging lantern with a candle inside that would shine through the glass marbles. Turns out that a candle isn’t really bright enough to make the impact that I had hoped for. I would imagine that a small strand of battery powered lights would do the trick, but I didn’t happen to have any on hand. So instead, I turned my attention to making a little grouted glass marble vase.
The process is quite simple. Start with a clean glass jar, decorative glass marbles (the kind that are flat on the back), and a hot glue gun.
I hot glued the marbles to the jar using plenty of hot glue so that no bubbles or voids would show through the glass marbles.
Since I originally wanted to make hanging lanterns, I used some craft wire to make hanging doodads for the sides so that I could attach a chain. I hot glued these directly to the jar.
And then, I grouted. I placed the jar upside down onto a drinking glass to make it easier to turn while grouting. I learned that the bigger gaps between the glass marbles made it more difficult the grout. So when I used the smaller jar to make a vase, I placed the marbles right next to each other, and grouting was a bit easier.
On the lantern, I attached a small chain that I purchased at Home Depot. I’d really love to see how it looks at night with a small strand of lights inside. I can imagine using several of them on a covered patio in the spring and summer.
But I definitely liked the little vase better. I used a tall, skinny tahini jar for it. I think I’ve purchased olives in a similar jar.
On the small vase, I also decided to mix the colors of the marbles, starting with white at the top, green in the middle, and blue at the bottom.
I really love how the light plays off of the marbles. It’s really more beautiful in person. I couldn’t quite capture the effect in a photo.
And of course, it can be used as a candle holder also. But you can see here how the effect isn’t quite as dazzling as you would hope. I wanted the whole thing to be lit up, but that’s impossible to do with a tiny little candle.
I think in the spring, I might give this another try with the bigger jar/lantern idea. And right now is the perfect time to get my hands on some tiny strands of battery-powered lights!