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How To Make a Sand and Shell Picture

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Sand & Shell Picture featuring Dolphins Compliments of Dawn Henthorn
This craft project is simple enough for children and nice enough to hang in the family room. Wouldn't this be a great way to preserve the sand and shells from your Florida vacation at the beach! This picture was made by a 12-year-old for a school project. She used the left over sand from the kit to decorate the frame and a colored poster board mat to accent the picture. You can use sand from your beach vacation or sandbox.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: One or two hours

Here's How:

  1. Purchase a sand art picture craft kit. A sea or tropical landscape scene works well with the shell theme. Complete the sand art picture according to the directions on the package and allow to dry overnight.
  2. If you already have a frame (you could use poster board) to fit the picture you can begin to decorate it as desired. Spread newspapers to protect working surface. First spread white glue where you want the sand. This is easily done with a small paintbrush. Next, sprinkle sand over glue until glued areas are completely covered. Allow to dry overnight.
  3. The next day, shake the excess sand off the picture frame and lay upside down on clean papers. Mount your picture into frame. You have several options here. If the picture is too small for the frame, cut a mat out of white or colored poster board to fit the picture and the mat. (Children should have supervision when using sharp objects.) If the picture is a perfect fit you will not need to use a mat. If you do not have a wood frame, you could just simply use posterboard.
  4. Now you are ready to add the shells to your frame. First arrange the shells the way you would like them, and then one by one, pick them up and glue them to the frame.
  5. Let entire picture dry another 24 hours.

What You Need

  • Sand art craft kit
  • Poster board
  • Picture frame
  • Sand
  • Shells
  • White glue

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