How To Make Glass Fishing Floats Using Clear Christmas Ornaments

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It’s only natural that once summer arrives, my mind drifts toward the beach and the ocean.  The sights and sounds of families enjoying time together, the salty smell of the ocean, the warm breezes, the seafood, the laid back attitude…ahhhh…there’s nothing like it.

I can’t be at the beach 24/7, but I can certainly feel like I am by adding a few coastal touches to my summer decor.

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A driftwood bowl filled with glass fishing floats coupled with a cork fishing float is just the right beachy touch that I need.


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 These little guys are so easy to make that it’s scary.

Here are the supplies that you need:

Clear glass Christmas ornaments with the hanging ring removed 

Food coloring 


A funnel


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I enlisted the help of my granddaughter, Miss M.  We had such a good time making these together.

Simply mix together some ModPodge and blue or green food coloring in separate containers.  Add a few drops of food coloring at a time until you get the shade that you desire.  Keep in mind that the mixture will turn darker and transparent once it dries.


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Use the funnel to pour some of the mixture into a glass ornament.  Swirl the ornament around until it is completely coated on the inside.


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 Place the ornament back into the package tray to dry.  Make sure it is upside down so that any of the excess Mod Podge mixture can run out.  I’ll warn you that it does take a pretty good while for them to dry.  Some of mine dried faster (and became darker and transparent) than others.  The thinner the mix of ModPodge and food coloring, the faster they will dry. 


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It’s just that easy.


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The hardest part was waiting for them to dry!  

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  1. I love this idea and I happen to have everything I need to make some for my own home. My niece and I will have fun making these very soon!

  2. I love your project Suzy! I have an empty dough bowl that’s waiting for something summery to land in it! Great project to do when the grand girls are here!

  3. This is so cute, Suzy, and what fun that you shared it with your granddaughter. I’ve always tried to encourage my kids to be crafty and find what interests them. We used to have a recycling tub that was just for the kids to go find something to make. My son Joshua would make a car or a computer or whatever. The girls would make something pretty, of course! If they were ever bored I sent them to the tub!

  4. Love this idea, Suzy!! I think I have some clear ornaments in a container of Christmas stuff in my attic… may have to pull them out for this one! Great project for kids, too!

  5. How funny that we ended up doing similar projects…Love how your turned out with all the different shades…nicely done…xo

  6. I love this idea! I have looked at the real thing in stores, but never wanted to pay the price- this is right up my alley. Thanks!

  7. Oh my goodness, Suzy…is that cute or what! I was bemoaning the fact that Hobby Lobby already has out their Christmas decorations but I need to make a quick trip and get some of those glass ornaments! Have a great week!…hugs…Debbie

  8. Wow – you started us off with a bang! I love, love, love this project and plan to do it soon for my back porch! Thanks for sharing with us Suzy!

  9. Those turned out great!! I’m so glad to be on the tour with you!

  10. Oh how beautiful!! I totally want to try and make some of these. Thanks for the awesome tutorial Suzy! 🙂

  11. OH MY GOODNESS! These are brilliant! The real ones are so so expensive and yours are so easy to make… and they look like the real deal. Thanks so much for this great idea. Pinning and featuring you on my fb page!

  12. I love these Suzy! What an awesome idea, looks so fun and easy to make too. A perfect summer project to do with the kids!