Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Artworks: Sand Art Jewelry

There were pretty serious storms hitting the east coast (and elsewhere across the country) last week and we took some part of one rainy day to work on a project that has been our list for a while. Mom spent much of her summers growing up on a little island in Lake Michigan and Grammie B always had a fantastic set of beach-centered art projects for mom and her siblings to do. One of mom's most favorite projects was making sand art jewelry. It's incredibly easy, but makes pretty and wearable art.

Here's what you need:
- plastic tubing and stoppers (we bought these pre-cut kits of bracelets and necklaces)
- a tiny funnel (the kits we purchased came with these)
- dry sand (we scooped ours from the beach, but if you are at home, sandbox sand works just as well)
- liquid food coloring
- a small container and spoon for mixing

Mix a few drops of food coloring into a small scoop of sand -- the tubing is tiny and a little sand goes a long way (although you can make other sand art with the leftovers). Place the funnel in the end of the plastic tubing and pour the sand in (we found out the hard way that wet sand is difficult to get in -- it worked, just took a little pushing and prodding). Layer the sand in whatever colored design you like. Then push a stopper in and wear it!

FYI, No Monsters in My Bed posted a great set of beach vacation activities last week and we've added those to our list as well. Check it out!

1 comment:

Cath said...

This is too cool! I love it.