Decorating with Sand Art
By Sonya Weiss – interior Design
You may have seen the project kits depicting colorful layers of sand in plastic bottles in the craft section of your local store.
You might know that these are wonderful projects for kids of all ages to make. But what you might not know is that these projects are a great way to bring lively art into your home to hang on walls or group on a table.
You can make sand art pictures by using shadow boxes and layering it to the top with different or alternating colors of sand if you’re going for a particular color theme. You can also make this art yourself without having to buy any kits. It takes a little more effort but kids love the project and enjoy having decorative art that they made themselves displayed in their room.
To start, you’ll need some construction paper-you don’t want to use white typing paper because you won’t be able to see what you’re working on. Next, you’ll need regular table salt. Depending on the size of the art you plan to make, one container should do it. You’ll also need sidewalk chalk, glue, glitter and plastic flowers or another decorative item-such as a game banner. You’ll also need a clear container. You can use plastic or glass but make sure it’s appropriate for the age of the child.
Pour enough salt for one layer of sand art onto the construction paper. Using some firmness and the side of the chalk, color the salt by rubbing the chalk back and forth over it until you reach the desired level of color. Once you’ve done that, pour the layer into the container and then move on to the next layer until the container is almost full.
When you’re finished, pour a layer of glue over the sand, top it with glitter and stick the decorative item in the middle of the creation. The sand and the glue will hold the item in place and the glue will harden. Kids love this project and it’s also a great way to add festivity to fourth of July events by using red and white sand along with mini-flags.
A few years ago, her oldest daughter persuaded her to send a children’s short story to an editor and to Sonya’s astonishment and delight, the story sold. In April of 2003, she won Harlequin’s Writing Round Robin contest. Since then, her work has appeared on various online websites as well as in her local newspaper.
Sonya currently resides in the beautiful state of South Carolina with her husband and four children and works as a freelance writer.
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