A small bag of these flattened marbles can be used to create a number of different decorative looks very quickly.
I bought these at Hobby Lobby, but just about any craft section of a store will carry bags of them. They come in little mesh bags with 2 pounds of the marbles. This works out to about 80 marbles.
The pack that I chose has light blue- almost aqua, medium blue, and clear with a white cat’s-eye center marbles. They are called oval gems because they are no longer round, but while hot are flattened on one side which also pushes them a bit out of round. This makes them sit flat on a table.
In the picture I have them sprinkled with polar bears and snowflakes (not showing in picture) for winter. But I chose this color group because they could just as easily be used with sand and seashells for summer, or mixed with Easter eggs for spring.
They are real glass, not plastic, so they will always clean up great and not fade. You could use them in a clear vase to hold cut or imitation flower stalks.
They would brighten up a jar placed on a window sill. They are even fun just to run through your fingers. Because they aren’t round they don’t tend to roll away and they feel sort of silky slippery when you play with a pile of them.
They could be part of an aquatic garden, added to homemade paving stones, or to decorate candles, etc. I don’t plan to use mine in anything that will fasten them down permanently.
These would be a definite choking hazard for babies or toddlers though. Better wait till the kids are older to sprinkle them around loose!
These come in lots of colors and various assorted packs like this one that I found, which gives me even more options because I can use them all, or just pick out one or two colors. I feel that I get a lot of decorative value out of this $3 item.