fun with glass globs

i picked up a bunch of bags of glass globs at the 99cent store a while ago and decided to use them to spruce up some windows. i used them on the little windows on my front door (except for one square so i can peek out of it)…

inside looking out

it sparkles at night from outside! so pretty!


i also used them on the windows of my computer cabinet…do the printer and scanner really need a view? i love the combination of the shiny glass globs and the dull grout…

shiny and dull

it’s super easy to do-i glued the glass globs to the windows with E6000 and let it dry, then grouted it with a charcoal color sanded grout. i think the dark grout really makes the colored glass pop when the light shines on it. someday i want to do my bathroom window this way.

96 Responses to “fun with glass globs”

  1. Holly Says:

    I’m headed to the thrift store to get a cheap frame with glass so I can give this a try. I love it!!!!!!

  2. Beth Says:

    I have a foggy lower window in my bathroom and I would love to do this on that pane. It is on the same wall as the bath tub and the shower. How do you think this would hold up in a situation where it would be on the wall that would be behind the shower curtain? It would get moisture indirectly and possibly directly. Could it hold up without grout or would I have to grout? What an absolutely fantastic idea. Thank you so much!!!!!

  3. hannah Says:

    thanks beth! i think it would hold up better with grout if it is going to be in contact with moisture.

  4. Tammy Says:

    I’m wondering if I could do something like this on ugly cabinet doors?? Ever try it on something other than glass?

  5. hannah Says:

    the thing about doing it on glass it that the light shines through it. i’m sure you could do it on a door with no glass but it wouldn’t be as luminous.

  6. Anita Says:

    did you use grout on all of them including your front door

  7. hannah Says:

    yes i used grout on all of them

  8. Suzanne Says:

    I heart these glass globs! They have been my DIY obsession for the past year. Didn’t think to do a window..ohhh joy! (((:
    I happen to love that you left one clear window in your front door. It says..”I can still see you” and adds even more whimsy.
    Uniform is blah.
    Well done!(:

  9. hannah Says:

    thank you suzanne!

  10. Sherry Says:

    Wonderful idea & beautifully executed! I am going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. It is contagious.

  11. Brenda Fisher Says:

    what a fun project! On a larger window, would the glass buttons and grout be too heavy for the glass and break it? I made a window for my patio and it cracked. Just curious if you’d experienced that. Thanks!

  12. hannah Says:

    hi brenda! i have not tried it on a large window. i have not had any problems with cracking on the windows i have done.

  13. Liza Says:

    love this idea, I have an old inside door to my living room with 2 long glass panels in it, I wanted to replace the plane glass with stained glass but it’s far too expensive, this idea is a much cheaper but unique way of getting the stained glass look, thank you.

  14. Sheryl Carrerow Says:

    Hannah, you have inspire me..and so many! I will be using the glass gobs in frames to decorate my beach wedding. Thank you.

  15. Doreen Says:

    Love this idea! I have seen posts that you can make magnets with the glass gems. This is great. Almost like stained glass!

  16. Desarae Says:

    I love this idea! I want to do it on the upper part of my kitchen window in place of a curtain. I love the sunlight, but need to help keep out the heat of it! I wonder can I glue them on and not grout it? Thanks

  17. Irene Says:

    Beautiful!! But how does the other side look? Do the gobs of glue show?

  18. lovi Says:

    What r globs..for u mean marbles?

  19. Carol Says:

    Question…if I do this darling technique (without grout) on my small bathroom window, can I remove it if I ever redecorate?

  20. hannah Says:

    globs are flat on one side

  21. hannah Says:

    hi carol! the e6000 glue will be very hard to remove, you might want to experiment with different glues if you plan on removing it in the future.

  22. Zeo Says:

    Love the mosaic look of these pebbles….
    Question: using this glue, could you create a stained glass look without the lead outline framing? A colored glass mosaic glued over an ordinary glass window would look fantastic, and without the hassle of all the lead work and soldering. Think it would work? Thanks for the motivation !!

  23. Pamela Says:

    Love this idea and want to add some color to my garden. How do u clean the grout from the glass pebbles? Do u pretreat w/something before adding grout ??
    Thank You !

  24. Joan Says:

    I love your use of the glass on the windows. Was the charcoal color sanded grout used in the window and the cabinet? Thank you.

  25. hannah Says:

    yes i used the charcoal grout on both

  26. hannah Says:

    you have to clean off the grout before it sets completely. follow the instructions on the grout package

  27. hannah Says:

    i don’t know but it is worth a try!

  28. Pam Says:

    Hi! If this has been asked and answered, I missed it….Can the glass gems be glued on window pane and not grouted? I’ve got a door from my great-grandmother’s house with 2 rows of glass panels in the top half of the door i’m going to use as a barn-style slider door for my remodeled bathroom and have been looking for an idea for privacy glass without the expense of stained glass.
    Love the idea!

  29. hannah Says:

    hi pam! i’m sure you can glue them on without grouting but there will be gaps between them that will probably be hard to clean. maybe trying it with square glass mosaic tiles that you can glue close together would be better if you don’t want to grout. i would try it on a test piece of glass before doing the door.

  30. Pam Says:

    Thanks for your reply. I’ll take your advice and test it on a piece of glass and see how that does. If I’m not happy with the results, I’ll search for square glass mosaic tiles.
    Thanks again. Love your ideas!

  31. Jeannie Says:

    I just love this idea. I have a few really old redwood window frames. I will put glass in them and use this concept to hang outside in a sunny place. I am a stained glass artist and will use the material used to tighten up the space between the frame and glass. It adds structure under the edges of the lead and glass. It hardens up and is water proof. Oh!!! I can’t wait to do this project!!!

  32. hannah Says:

    hi jeannie! what is the material that adds structure? i like the sound of that, would like to try it out. thanks, hannah

  33. Cheryl Says:

    I see someone asked about what the other side looks like but no one replied. It must show the glue spots. Maybe this is ideally viewed only from one side. Is that right?

  34. hannah Says:

    e6000 dries clear so i think it looks ok from the other side, but not as nice as the front since you do not see the texture of the globs and grout.

  35. Ann Says:

    I have a window in one room that faces a neighbor’s kitchen. The wood fence gives us most privacey for the lower portion of the window that opens but the upper part of the window gives a view into ours and ours into theirs. I actually do have blinds and curtains, I just don’t like to open and close them all the time. I am wondering if using the square mosaic tiles and clear adhesive dots might work? I love the look of the project with the grout, but I’m not sure I want to make it permanent :-) Just curious if anyone else has tried the clear adhesive dots that you can use to hold papers and posters to the wall……Thanks

  36. Celia Says:

    Love this! But how did you get the grout to stick to the glass?

  37. Judith Says:

    I wonder if you can spray clear varnish to seal the gaps and make it easier to clean?
    I really Luke the clear look in doing a frame.
    Possible pouring liquid varnish could work also.
    Please advise.I have already layed out my pattern on glass in a frame.Not glued yet

  38. hannah Says:

    if you try it, please let me know how it works!

  39. hannah Says:

    i did not do anything special, it still looks great after 10 years of use. no chips or cracks.

  40. Sudha Raghunathan Says:

    Awesome. wish there is a video tutorial on this.

  41. Jennifer Says:

    Do you have to use grout?

  42. Diane Says:

    I would love to put this on my garage windows (nosy neighbors) but would have to be removable in case HOA says no must be removed.

  43. Marlene Says:

    Do you think this would work on a glass shower door? Thanks in advance

  44. hannah Says:

    might get too heavy for a full length glass door, that would take a lot of glass globs

  45. hannah Says:

    hi diane! maybe try stick on window film, they make it in interesting designs

  46. hannah Says:

    i think you do, but feel free to experiment!

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