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Beach Picnic Crafts | Embellished Utensils and Sea Glass Bottles

Beach Picnic Crafts | Embellished Utensils and Sea Glass Bottles
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Last week I went to Parson’s Beach in Kennebunk, ME to celebrate a friend’s birthday with a beach picnic (we referred to it as a Mermaid’s Breakfast).  I love any excuse for a picnic—even early morning ones—and I wanted to make this picnic extra memorable.  I pulled a couple craft projects together that would add to the decor and theme of our meal.  The projects were Embellished Utensils and Sea Glass Bottles.  The embellished utensils were used for serving picnic fare, and the sea glass bottles were used for holding flowers (they could have been used for holding extra utensils, straws, or decorations as well).

Beach Picnic

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Beach Picnic

Beach picnic

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Beach picnic

The picnic was a success! I arrived early to set up a small teepee where the food could be placed in a shaded spot.  I was lucky enough to have a lace tablecloth with a ship on it that was big enough to become the teepee cover.  I put extra linens on the sand to put the food on, and placed the utensils and glass jars around it.  All I had left to do was unpack the food.

Prepping for the beach picnic

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Prepping for the beach picnic

Embellished Utensils

Materials Needed to Make Embellished  Utensils

Materials needed to make embellished utensils

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Materials needed to make embellished utensils

  • Vintage silverware
  • Thin wire
  • Beach colored beads and/or beach-themed beads
  • Wire cutters (or scissors that can cut thin wire)
Embellished utensils

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Embellished utensils

Directions to Make Embellished  Utensils

  1. Wash and dry all the utensils.
  2. Cut a piece a wire about 10-12″.
  3. Wrap one end of the wire around the handle of the utensil.  If you are working on a fork, you can wrap the wire around one of the fork tongs instead of the handle, if you prefer.
  4. Twist the wire into place.
  5. String a few beads onto the wire, then wrap the wire around the handle or tong again.  Add more beads, and wrap again.
  6. Continue to add beads and wrap the wire around the utensil until you have about 2 inches of wire left.
  7. Add one final bead and then twist the remaining wire into a loop—this will keep the final bead from slipping off.
  8. Twist or wrap the end of the beaded wire around or onto the handle.

    Embellished utensils

    Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
    Embellished utensils

 

Sea Glass Bottles

Materials Needed to Make Sea Glass Bottles

Two key materials needed to make sea glass bottles

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Two key materials needed to make sea glass bottles

  • Clear empty bottles—mine varied but I experimented with an extract bottle, a taco sauce jar, a jam jar, and a salt shaker.
  • Martha Stewart’s Glass Paint Frost Translucent paints in colors Beach Glass and Ballet Slipper
  • A paint brush
  • Optional—twine, thin wire, and beach colored/themed beads

Directions to Make Sea Glass Bottles

Sea glass bottles

Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Sea glass bottles

  1. Make sure all the bottles are thoroughly cleaned and dry.
  2. Paint a very thin layer of the paint onto each bottle.
  3. Allow the paint to dry.
  4. If you need to add more color, paint another very thin layer over the first.  I found that the Beach Glass paint looked great with 1-2 layers but the Ballet Slipper paint needed 2-3 coats.
  5. To “cure” the bottles you have two choices.  You can allow the bottles to air cure—if you let them air dry for 21 days they will be cured and, reportedly, dishwasher safe.  I haven’t put mine in the dishwasher yet to test this out.  You can also oven bake the bottles to make the paint cure faster—allow the paint to dry for at least an hour; place the bottles in a cool oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees F.  Bake for 30 minutes and turn the oven off.  Make sure you allow the bottles to cool completely in the oven.
  6. I used extra wire and beads from the embellished utensils to wrap one string of beads around some of the bottles, and then wrapped a few layers of twine on them as well.

    Sea glass bottles

    Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
    Sea glass bottles

Now you have a couple beach picnic crafts of your own, but they do not have be used for just beach picnics.  These crafts could be used at an under-the-sea themed party, a bridal shower or beach themed wedding (the bottles would make beautiful favors), or added to any beach themed home decor.

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. Bonnie Thomas works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine and is also an established artist and author. She has published two books via Jessica Kingsley Publishing, titled Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities and Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft and Journaling. Don't miss her latest book, How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors, and Connecting With Nature
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