What child doesn’t enjoy making sandcastles? Even if it’s in their sandbox at home! We had so much fun creating this Sandcastle Keepsake and my daughter was very pleased that her baby brother wouldn’t be able to knock this one down!!
What you’ll need –
- Sand (2 cups)
- PVA or Elmer’s Glue (2 cups)
- Egg Carton
- Paper or plastic cup
- Masking tape
- Cardboard or Art Canvas
- Pop sticks
- Clear varnish spray *optional
Cut your egg carton so you have the inside dividers and cups. Use the tape around your plastic cup and then tape the egg carton pieces to create a castle shape. Tape your castle to some cardboard or a thin art canvas.
Mix one part glue with one part sand using a wooden craft stick (for this project we used 2 cups of sand with 2 cups of glue) you should get a thick mixture. Use your craft stick to spread on the thick gloopy mixture onto your castle like you would ice a cake. We added some shells to the sides and sprinkled some extra sand on top while the mixture was still wet.
Once your castle is fully dry you should be able to tip off all the excess sand. We gave ours a light coat in some clear aerosol varnish to help seal and preserve it. *Ours dried in 8 hours when we placed it in a warm spot in the sun – it may take longer depending on your climate.
We think this sand mixture would be perfect for making lots of creative school projects – we have some great ideas that we plan to create and share here on the blog soon…watch this space.
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