Sea glass jewelry: Craft your own macrame sea glass necklace from your beautiful seaside finds.
sea glass jewelry
Sea glass jewelry lets you wear your beach discoveries! If you can tie a knot, you can make this macrame sea glass necklace. My family is from the Jersey shore, so I grew up strolling on the beach collecting sea glass. My grandmother held her collection in a glass whale that perched on her coffee table. Back then, when glass was used more regularly than plastic, sea glass was much easier to find in blues, greens, browns, and whites. With the (over)use of plastic, it’s harder and harder to find sea glass on the beach. You can purchase sea glass from the craft store or online, or use painted rocks instead. (For more rock painting ideas, check out this roundup. For a roundup of macrame crafts, click here.)
If you like this idea for sea glass jewelry and love beach crafts, here are some instructions of making cute sea shell animals with beach shells and air-dry clay.
macrame sea glass necklace
With the (over)use of plastic, it’s harder and harder to find sea glass in shades of blues, greens, and browns on the beach. But you can purchase sea glass from the craft store or online, or use painted rocks instead.
You will need:
- sea glass pieces (between one-inch and three-inches in both width and diameter)
- 15 feet of cording (natural-color hemp cording and black nylon cording used here) per necklace*
*For smaller sea glass pieces, use thinner cording. You can use slightly thicker cording on large pieces. Any comparable cording will work. However, note that I found embroidery thread too light to knot as accurately as cording.
To make your sea glass jewelry, first cut six pieces of cording, each 30 inches in length. If you are using a painted river rock instead of sea glass, I suggest using eight pieces of cording. Because sea glass is jagged, it’s easier to secure between fewer pieces of cording.
Join all six pieces in a knot at one end of the cording, leaving an inch or two of fringe. This will be the bottom of your necklace.
Separate the six strands with the knot at the top of your workspace. Pair the strands into three sets of two. Tie a knot in each of the strand pairs about 1/2-inch (up to 3/4-inch for larger sea glass) from the knot at the top.
Now, separate all six strands again. Make new pairs, this time one strand from each of the knotted pairs. Tie new knots, 1/2 inches away from the other knots. This will mean the far left strand and the far right strand will end up being a knotted pair.
Test your sea glass to see if it fits yet. If not, repeat the step above.
Insert your sea glass into the macrame netting. Tightly tie a knot with all six strands at the top. Make sure the sea glass is fully secure. Separate the six strands into two sets of three. Tie a knot on each side about two inches above the knot at the top of the sea glass. Tie the top of the strands to make a necklace your desired length.
This beautiful and easy macrame sea glass necklace is motivating me to get to the beach this summer and do some sea glass hunting! This would also be a great craft for kids to do at a beach-themed party (after serving up some beach-themed cupcakes).