The use of glass floats dates back to the 1840s when Norwegian fishermen tied them with a hook and line. Primarily manufactured from recycled bottles, glass floats were originally produced in shades of green. Coveted as decorative accents in homes, glass floats are now manufactured in a variety of colours and sizes. Create an ethereal display with glass floats for a timeless beauty that conjures images of the simpler days of commercial fishing.
For aquariums or fishbowls, set one to three glass floats (without ropes) on the surface for a display that adds colour and dimension to fish habitats. Choose smaller floats in shades of green and blue to accent water's natural hues, or opt for bold colours such as red and yellow to enhance the colours of fish such as goldfish or betta fish. Look for aquarium-safe floats with no rope attachments in craft and hobby stores. Clean and rinse floats thoroughly before immersing in aquarium water.
Fill a large bowl or vase with glass floats for a table centrepiece. Clear glass bowls optimise colours of glass floats and you can add battery-operated mini-lights for a sparkling effect. Change float colours seasonally or for holiday occasions. For example, use red and green floats for Christmas, or blue and clear for Hanukkah. For a contemporary look, set a narrow tray or a mirrored plate on a table and line it with clear or aqua-blue glass floats.
Hang glass floats on the Christmas tree for a nautical theme. You can also hang floats on a chandelier. Use fine-gauge fishing line and hang the floats at different lengths for an optical "floating" illusion.
At Easter, opt for small glass floats to hang on an outside tree or shrub for a standout "egg" display.
Create a Halloween tree with black spray-painted twigs hung with small black glass floats. Add clear, purple and orange glass floats for extra sparkle and display them under a spotlight or up light at night.
In the Garden
Plant colour in your garden with large glass floats that catch the sunlight during warmer months. Set a float in the middle of a flower bed, or add five to seven medium-sized floats to an unused birdbath. Instead of front door pots filled with annuals, create a low-maintenance display with pots full of glass floats you'll never need to water.
Fill a small pond with glass floats for a temporary summer display, or if you have a koi pond in your yard, add glass floats to the surface for stunning sparkle.
Border a mixed-colour flower bed with a row of large glass floats in coordinating colours, or enhance a flower bed of white impatiens with floats in bold contrasting colours such as blue or red.
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