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DIY Beach Glass Photo Transfer

My Aunt and Uncle have been collecting beach glass for years. When I was recently at their house for a visit, I was fascinated by how many pieces they have acquired over time. I picked up a few and started looking at them. I thought to myself, “There has to be something cool that you can do with all of this glass.” I remembered Julia’s wood photo transfer post, and that gave me the idea to try a photo transfer on a different type of medium-beach glass! I snagged a couple of white pieces from my Aunt and Uncle (with their permission) and tried out the photo transfer technique.


What you need:

White beach glass

Mod Podge

Paint Brush

Laser printed images (I made sure all of the images were a resolution of 300 and sized them down to fit my glass. Make sure to flip them so they don’t show up backwards after the transfer is complete! I used pictures of flowers, but landscapes also work really well.)

Hand towel


Step one- Apply Mod Podge to the front side of your image.


Step two- Place the image onto a piece of beach glass and press it down to be sure all of the air bubbles are out. Trim or tear off the excess edges. Allow the Mod Podge to dry for about an hour.


Step three- Once all of your pieces are dry, lay them out on a towel and cover them with a damp one.


Make sure the towel is wet enough but not soaking. Press down to make sure all of the pieces are covered and allow this to sit for 1o minutes.


Step four- Start to rub away the white paper gently with the towel.


Step five- Once all of the white paper is removed, apply another coat of Mod Podge.



After the Mod Podge is dry, your beach glass photo transfers are finished! These are great to fill up mason jars with or to use as decorative paper weights.


You can also hang them from a tree using twine as outdoor decor. This is a perfect decoration for a festival campsite!


… But my favorite way to use these pieces of beach glass is to make necklaces with them.


All you need is some cording and a hot glue gun!


Do you all have any other suggestions on ways to use these pieces of beach glass? I would love to hear!

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Beth C -July 30, 2013, 8:26AM

This is awesome! Yet another reason to continue my never ending search for more beach glass!

MacK Mars -July 30, 2013, 8:54AM

Such an awesome idea!!

MacK @ SoulMakes Blog

Hemingway -July 30, 2013, 9:05AM

I love this idea; thanks so much for the tutorial!

meg -July 30, 2013, 9:34AM

This looks super easy to do! I love the effect the picture has on the glass!

FpSophiaBurls -July 30, 2013, 9:41AM

This is awesome, Jana! I love the idea, must try!

Lindsay Ries -July 30, 2013, 9:43AM

I actually know your Aunt and Uncle..Cathy and Gil and have seen their collection too! I brought my sea glass over to show Cathy the other day before vacation and they were impressed, which meant a lot coming from those experts. I love this idea! A lady from Maine, where I found my glass, told me that jewelery wire is also a good way to make a necklace. Wrap it around the piece like a present and attach the chain!

Lauren -July 30, 2013, 10:09AM

Maine has da best secret beaches and coves that hold a plethora of sea glass – lived on the coast me whole life!! totally gonna try this

Becca -July 30, 2013, 10:17AM

These would be beautiful to use to make a windchime, maybe hanging from a piece of driftwood. Thanks for the tutorial!

Cathy -July 30, 2013, 10:17AM

I think this glass has never looked better! Well done, Jana!

Catherine -July 30, 2013, 10:33AM

Love this idea! Mod podge is a must have in my house, and I love finding new techniques to use.

Bree -July 30, 2013, 11:40AM

Hey Jana,

Did you ever get my wood transfer resume for the senior blog writer? I sent it to Julia and I never heard back from anyone. I called and no one would connect me either. Again, just trying to follow up.


Ellie -July 30, 2013, 11:48AM

such an awesome tutorial I would definitely try that! I tried the necklace idea that you showed but I had a different spin on it if you want to check it out! I created necklaces out of beach glass and sea shells:

Mona -July 30, 2013, 1:21PM

I think I’ll try this but with white stones instead!

DIYEARTE ♦ DIY -July 31, 2013, 5:17AM

Beautiful idea!! ♥♥♥


tamar -August 1, 2013, 1:44AM

What kind of glue is “mod podge”? They don’t have the brand around where I live…

franziska -August 1, 2013, 8:42AM

yei <3 printed my pictures today, will try that at the weekend, can't wait *_*

Katie -August 3, 2013, 3:33PM

my mom and i have been collecting beach glass for years, what a great idea for the bigger pieces!

instead of an elephant

Erica -August 21, 2013, 3:14PM

Did anyone try this? It does not work!!!

Erica -August 22, 2013, 12:17PM

Suggestions please??

laura@printing-instagram -August 22, 2013, 5:30PM

Hey, this is an awesome idea! I blog about tips and tricks for printing Instagram photos at and this is an awesome idea to use with peoples favorite Instagram prints!

Ingrid -August 22, 2013, 5:35PM

It does work, I just did it. You may have to let the pieces dry a bit longer than they do in the tut, but it does work. Are you sure you have laser-printed images? Regular photos prob won’t work.
I think a GREAT idea for this would be for a Christmas tree at a beach house! You could take photographs of tradition ornaments, maybe pine cones and holly, or just really take the beach theme all the way and get some photographs of starfish, anemones, lifeguard stands, etc. Really wish I lived in a beach house so I could start working on it NOW!

Edrina -September 30, 2013, 7:38PM

Hi! Love this idea, do the images have to be printed on photo paper or regular paper?


Indy -October 4, 2013, 9:00AM

My partner collected hundreds of sea-polished glass pabbles off the beach in Cornwall and slowly glued them all into a large spiral until they gained an igloo shape. He carved a board exactly to fit the shape of the glass pebbles and the whole thing sits perfectly onto the carved board. iI is utterly beautiful. It is SO tactile and I can’t keep my hands off it! It gives off the most gentle and forgiving glow with a tealight inside it and is so lovely it could grace ANY table and look at home. One of life’s treasures simply looking at it! :)

Bianca -December 22, 2013, 10:11PM

I see that you used regular Mod Podge. I used transfer Mod Podge for mine so hopefully they still turn out fine!!

Aysha -January 9, 2014, 12:31AM

Does it really matter what the resolution is?

Monique -January 10, 2014, 4:27AM

could you do this using an image from a home inkjet printer?

Lisa -May 28, 2014, 8:16AM

Are these waterproof?

Nathalie -June 24, 2014, 9:12AM

can you use an ink jet printer?

kristina -August 5, 2014, 1:11AM

Does this have to be done on regular paper?or photo paper?

Sea Glass Jewelry -August 11, 2014, 8:51PM

What a great idea. Must give it a try. Thank you.

Rachel -September 3, 2014, 12:59PM

How do you prevent the image coming off? I just tried this and unfortunately I rubbed some of the image away.

Donna -October 4, 2014, 7:32PM

Do the printed photos have to be mirrored images?

amberlynn -October 20, 2014, 2:36PM

I would grab an old table and upcycle it or make one from scratch using these as an inlay. I think they would make a beautiful and fascinating table top. I would paint the bottom a light color before I placed these into the table top to ensure the image shown through. I’d also use a beachy color for the grout so they look like they are laying on the beach again. :) Let me know what you think of this idea!

Angela Downer -March 16, 2015, 1:15PM

This is super cute, and it isn’t even that hard. My favorite use of it that you showed is for yard decorations. I think I might make some and then hang the glass in my yard, as sort of a makeshift wind chimes.

Isabel -May 26, 2015, 12:05AM

I tried it. It works! How to make it waterproof?
I soaked it into water and after some minutes the image fell off from the glass.
Can anyone suggest how can I make it waterproof?
Thank you!

Stav -February 28, 2016, 9:41AM

So cute! Does it work with regiular glass also?

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