Crafts: The Glass Totems

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Every garden deserves a little whimsy.

Glass totems have been circulating the internet for ages.  I started collecting some various glass pieces from purging china cupboards and thrift stores when a friend mentioned she really like the glass totems we had seen at a craft sale.

collecting old glass

The fun part was stacking them in different ways to see which looked best.  I collected all clear glass this time as I didn’t want the patterns on the glass to be overshadowed by various colours.

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collecting old glass

Plates, bowls, glasses and candle holders were glued together.  It took awhile to make as I glued 2 pieces together using E6000 glue and then waited for it to dry. You used to be able to use a Michaels coupon to bring the price down, but they determined this was a everyday value item so you can’t get the discount anymore.

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original glass totems from 2013

Above are the original ones I made a few years ago. One was gifted to a friend and one was kept for me, which unfortunately got broken. So a winter project was to create a couple of new ones.

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The first one I remade is on a shelf full of nature items. Do you see the lighthouse next to it? I have a thing for lighthouses and have lots of them displayed throughout the house. I cant believe that I’ve never shared the lighthouse made with seaglass collected from the beach in Sidney, BC, flat gems, and a cutting board. I added the photo to the lighthouse page.

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And here is the second one I put together. This is on a shelf in the guest bedroom full of shells collected on our travels. Once the weather gets nicer the totems will find a location outside.

Do you rescue and reuse old glass. Check out some other projects I made.

I’m sharing with Funky Junk, The Really Crafty Link Party, and Creative Crafts.

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5 Responses

  1. Myrtle

    I am not a very crafty person but do love coming in and seeing all the craft items you have and continue to make Linda.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Thanks Myrt. I just love creating, especially things made from thrift store finds or yard sales or old pieces from the back of the cupboard. Hope you are having a good day.

  2. LINDA

    Gosh you never cease to amaze me, I have never seen a glass totem before, it’s lovely, you have so many different collections, the sea glass lighthouse is beautiful. I’m off to look at your other glass projects. ?

    • Crafty Gardener

      Thanks Linda. Glass totems have been very popular around here, all sorts of them being made. Perhaps you will be tempted to make one for your home or garden and start a trend in your area. Have a good day.

  3. Margie

    The glass totems look great! Looking forward to seeing your whimsical garden decor again!

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