Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Create Your Own Sand Painting

To make your own sand painting, you will first need to make some colored sand.

Materials Needed:

Food Coloring
Plastic Containers
Paper Towels

Pour some sand into each plastic container. Use a different container for each color. Pour just enough water into each container to cover the sand. Then add food coloring and stir each mixture until you have all the colors you want. Let the sand sit for at least an hour to absorb the color. The longer it sits the brighter the colors will be.

When you’re happy with the colors of the sand, spoon it onto paper towels to dry. Remember to keep the colors separate. Clean and dry your containers so that when the sand has dried you can return each color to its own container.


Follow the instructions to make your own colored sand or buy sand that has already been colored. It is available at most craft stores. Now you’re ready to make a sand painting.

Materials Needed:

Colored Sand
Thick Paper like Construction Paper
Elmer’s Glue
Plastic Container

Gather your materials. Decide what you’d like to paint and use a pencil to draw it onto your paper. You can use any color paper because the sand will cover it.

Pour some glue into an empty plastic container. Mix in a little water to make the glue easier to paint with.

Choose your first color. Paint glue into the sections of your masterpiece that you would like to be that color. Try to paint only a thin layer of glue. Before the glue dries, sprinkle colored sand onto it. Tap off any sand that doesn’t stick and pour it back into its container.

Continue to fill in your painting with sections of color until it is completed. Let the painting dry for a few hours.

Cover the colored sand and save it for another project or create another sand painting right away.

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