Create Sand Art in Vintage Bottles

One of my children’s favorite projects to do with these vintage bottles is the age-old craft of sand art.

One of my children's favorite projects to do with these vintage bottles is the age-old craft of sand art.

Remember how I’ve got a random, 1950s-era glass bottle dump in the back of my woods?

Well, with the fun of hiking out into the woods every now and then to scavenge glass bottles comes the burden of having to figure out what to do with them!

We’ve decoupaged them, turned them into vases, painted them with chalkboard paint or color washes, put candles in them, and countless other things, but one of my children’s favorite projects to do with these vintage bottles is the age-old craft of sand art.

We go through a lot of colored sand, so we use these store-bought sets of colored craft sand; it is possible, however, to color your own sand with grated chalk as a more eco-friendly option.

The vintage glass bottles should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, of course. I still use this method for cleaning vintage glass bottles, although I’ve also taken to scrubbing out the insides of the extra-filthy bottles with a bottle brush and a little dish soap.

The kids and I make funnels out of scrap paper from our recycling bin, held together with a little Scotch tape. After that, the process is dead simple: just make some art!

One of my children's favorite projects to do with these vintage bottles is the age-old craft of sand art.
The only tricky thing to remember is that you should always fill your bottle all theΒ way up! Otherwise, it takes just one fall, or even a careless shake, to ruin the entire creation. Sometimes, kids get bored before completing their entire bottle. If that happens to you, just fill the rest of the bottle with plain or white sand for the kid, and their art will still display nicely.

One of my children's favorite projects to do with these vintage bottles is the age-old craft of sand art.

Most vintage bottles don’t still have their lids, but fortunately, air-dry clay is an easy substitute for a lid; just roll it into a snake, fit it into the mouth of the bottle, then make the top of the stopper look decorative.

One of my children's favorite projects to do with these vintage bottles is the age-old craft of sand art.

Written by Julie Finn

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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