Tutorial + How-to Sand Art in Recycled Containers

Published on June 26th, 2010 | by Julie Finn

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Create Sand Art in Recycled Containers

It may not be the 1980s anymore, but it is summer.

But really, do you ever need an excuse for kitsch?

Sand art, the practice of layering colored sand into glass jars, may seem a little nostalgic, but I assure you, it’s still around. 

However, children’s sand art kits tend to be very eco-unfriendly, with their inclusion of plastic containers instead of glass, and the other main outlet for sand art, the wedding market, can get pricey fast.  

Fortunately, with the generous use of natural, recycled, or stash components, you can make sand art that’s eco-friendly, practically free, and centered on your own personal style.

The first thing that you want to look for is a container that can be recycled. Glass, from Mason jars to test tubes to wine glasses, are always beautiful, but that perfectly clear #6 plastic, whether it comes in the shape of a travel-sized shampoo bottle or a take-out container, is also beautiful, and gives your work the look of found art.

You can make colored sand, buy it new, or, if you’re lucky, thrift it (our six pounds of rainbow colors came from Goodwill), but to make it go farther, you can alternate layers with some of your stash craft supplies. At our house, we used up the last of the glitter making a few sparkly layers, but a layer or two of leftover buttons, beads, fish tank rocks, or other small supplies could make a piece look even more at home in your home.

For a perfectly natural centerpiece, however, consider forgoing artificially colored sand altogether. How about a layer of natural sand, alternated with a layer of dirt from the garden, and a layer of river rocks from the nearby creek, and a layer of wood chips from the fallen branches in your backyard?

Completely beautiful, completely personal, and completely natural.


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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



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  6. Michelle says:

    Whether or not I craft these ideas reading about them proved mind sparking!

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  9. anyuta says:

    very nice

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