Below you will find sand arts and crafts projects for children to craft with sand - either store bought or sand from the beach. How to make sand arts and make cool stuff with sand with the following arts and crafts decorations, instructions, patterns, and activities for children
Sand Casting at the Beach
For this craft, you will need some of the following things clean sand; patching plaster; small, pretty stones or shells or old costume jewelry or marbles or pieces of colored glass; water; 6" piece of heavy cord; poster paints',and brush. (Note: If you do not have access to a sandy area, pour 2 bags of sand in a large flat box.) To make this, you should moisten sand so that it is damp for a depth of several inches. With both hands, make a mold for the object desired by scooping away sand and pressing designs in sand until you have the proper shape (sketch a). Press into place the decorations: marbles, costume jewelry, colored glass, etc. (sketch b). Mix the patching plaster to a thick consistency. Pour plaster into mold (sketch c). Knot 6" cord at each end and insert into plaster to form hanging loop (sketch d). Be sure to press cord at least 1" into plaster. Allow plaster to harden for 30 minutes (longer if weather is damp). Remove plaster from mold and brush off excess sand. Paint with poster colors (sketch e).
Making Permanent Sand Castles
To build a permanent sand castle, you start out with boxes and cardboard tubes, rather than wit sand as you would at the beach. Use a big box for the base of the castle, cut out rounded doors and windows. Use cardboard tubes for making the towers. You can cut out the turrets by cutting out strips of cardboard and then cutting out squares from te top. To make the cones....follow the illustration below.
Just cut out a circle with a slit in it and then push the circle into a 3 dimensional cone and then glue in place. Glue it to the cone. Once you have finished constructing the cardboard castle, then the sand part comes into play. Mix White Glue and Sand together until you get a consistency of thickish paint. Then just paint it on the cardboard until it is completely covered. Then let completely dry and add another layer. Do this a few times until it looks like a real castle. The laste layer of sand that you paint on, you might want to glue on some shells and other decorations as well. There you have it...how to make real sand castles. I hope that you have fun.
Even More Crafts with Sand
Painting with Sand : A Fun Kids Crafts Activity - This craft, while it still relies on paint brushes, is a popular craft with children. It brings in both the creative and a sensory stimulation that is not always there in a painting craft. In addition, the finished pieces have a 3D-effect to them and it looks amazing under the glass of a frame. My personal favorite is to use blue, white and silver, since the children often create pictures that resemble beautiful ocean scenes.
How to Make a Native American Indian Village - Learn how to make a native american indian village with teepees / wigwams.
African Sand Paper Art : African Crafts - This is a very simple, but very effective way to make a drawing that looks like it came right off an African cave wall.
Beach Scene Collage : Crafts Ideas for Saving Travel Memories - - What’s to love when you play and swim at the beach? Remember the fun times in the sand, sun, and waves!
Beachy Beads : Necklace Making Crafts Activities - The next time your family spends a day at the beach, bring home some sand and mix up a batch of this jewelry-making clay.
Building Corner Turrets of Sandcastle Make your sandcastle look like a real castle! Learn how to create corner turrets for your sandcastle in this free summer beach fun video from an expert sandcastle builder.
Colored Sand or Salt Arts - This one is easy yet colorful. Kids of all ages can do this craft with little supervision from us big kids.
Foot Juggling Ball Arts and Crafts Activity and Game for Kids - Make an April Fool's Day craft that turns into a game. Using balloons and sand, you can create a foot juggling ball that you and your friends can play with in the back yard.
Footprints in the Sand : Crafts Ideas for Kids - - Capture that barefoot-on-the-beach feeling -- and a record of your feet -- with this simple plaster-casting project.
Glass Jar Sand Painting - - The objective of this craft project is creating wonderful designs with sand using empty baby food jars.
Glue Starfish Craft/Necklace - This pebbly-textured starfish is easily made from white glue sprinkled with sand or glitter. It is fun to wear, display, or hang in a window.
Jar Paperweight - - Make this fun paperweight using a jar, colored sand, and a few other supplies.
Make a Sand Castle that Lasts This is one of our easy summer crafts for children who enjoy sculpting sand castles at the beach will love making a sand castle that doesn't get washed away with the tide. This craft is best for children who know how to sculpt sand castles beyond a mountain of sand or want to learn.
Miniature Beach Diorama Craft Activity - - Construct a miniature beach scene on a paper plate with dough, sand, and a jelly ocean! Add other elements that you love about the beach like beach umbrellas, fishes, sea creatures and sand castles.
Native American Sand Art- - Our Native American sand art project is based on the Navajo Sand Paintings used by medicine men for healing.
Native American Sand Painting - - You can purchase playground sand, collect sand from the beach or even use colored craft sand for this project.
Navajo Sand Painting : Thanksgiving Indians - - Navajo Indians made beautiful sand paintings inside their homes. Make some of your own!
Sand Art For years kids have enjoyed making sand art - layering colored sand in bottles. However, the colored sand can be quite expensive. Learn the secret to color your own sand at a fraction of the cost.
Sand Candle Holder - - These are instructions on how to make simple candle holders out of jars and sand.
Sand Candles : Arts and Crafts Activities to Save Vacation Memories - - Bring home some sand from your camping trip or vacation and make a candle to remember the good times.
Sand-cast Bass : Underwater Crafts Projects with Fish - There'll be no lamenting about the one that got away in this fish story. Cast right on the beach from plaster and assorted found treasures, this fine specimen makes a unique and lasting souvenir.
Sand-Cast Birdbath - Looking for a simple project with lots of potential? Try this sand-cast birdbath. It's easy to make, works with any large leaf and it can be finished a number of ways.
Sand Castle Glitter Globe Interesting castle can be build by anyone!
Sand Masks - - Make your beach-going experience a memorable one by creating decorative, plaster-cast masks using beachcombed objects. Each mask, formed face down in the sand, hides its identity until unmolded and washed in the sea. No matter what style you end up with -- be it surreal or straightforward -- your mask will be a personal memento of your seashore visit, one that shows off the personalities of both beach and beachgoer. It'll also last much longer than a tan.
Sand Painting : Thanksgiving Indians Crafts - - Sand paintings were made as a way of chasing away evil spirits. Make your own!
Sand, Pasta, and Glue Arts & Crafts Projects - I pretty much just let the kids go nuts with the glue a few paint brushes, then had sand and/or uncooked pasta for them to decorate their glue pattern.
Sand and Pebble Mirrors : Crafts Activities with Rocks, Stones, Pebbles - Even the pesky pebbles from your garden can be put to good use in this Zen garden-inspired frame. A mixture of tile adhesive and craft sand make a textured grout that will hold your found pebbles securely in place.
Sand Casted Starfish - Use some sand, twigs, plaster of paris, and some other items such as shells to make these casted starfish designs.
Sand Sculpture Crafts Activities for Kids Every beachside sculptor knows the frustration of seeing a masterpiece swept away by the waves. Now kids can craft a permanent sand sculpture just by using sand, water and cornstarch.
Sand Toy - - If you want to give this as a Gift , make two or three soaps to stuff in the netting that held your sand toys, then pop in a wash cloth and a net bath scrubby.
Sand Treasure Box - Make a sand treasure box out of an empty shoe box, sand, and glue.
Seashell Picture Frame : Arts and Crafts Activities to Save Vacation Memories - - Use sea shells and sand gathered during your vacation to frame your favorite vacation photo.
Soda Can Fireplace - - (PARENTAL SUPERVISION) This one is good if you are camping with your parents. Add sand to the bottom of the can, a few sticks, and a piece of paper or tree bark and you are done!
Summer Fun Keepsake Box Gather sand, shells or small rocks during your summer to decorate a box to keep your treasures in.