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How To Create A Seashell Sand Art Jar: Turn Childs Play Into Gorgeous Home Decor

Sand art is not just for children. Enhance the seashell theme in your home or make wonderful gifts with a little creativity.

Supplies Needed To Make Seashell Sand Art Jar

  • Various seashells
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Sand in a variety of colours
  • Drinking straws
  • Mason jar
  • Kitchen knife
  • Funnel
  • Spoon

Mixing The Sand

  1. Using a clear glass mason jar, either plain or patterned, decide what colours you would like in the jar. There are many ways to create patterns in the sand using a few basic household tools. Pour the sand into the jar a little at a time using a spoon, funnel or both. This is a very easy way to create coloured layers of sand.
  2. Once you have the layers completed, you can try making patterns within them by pushing a straw slowly in, then out of the sand, causing small areas to mix. A kitchen knife works for this as well or even toothpicks, depending on how big you would like the effect to be.
  3. You can also use the straws to leave gaps in the sand which you will fill with a new colour later. Hold the straws up against the glass as you pour the base layers of sand into the jar. If you are using many straws, grab a friend to help out. When the layers are done, pour a different sand colour into the straw opening, using the funnel for accuracy. Once the straw is filled, lift it slowly to release the new colour and angle the straw opening towards the glass.
  4. Try swirling a knife around the outer-most area of the design to create waves and larger mixtures of colour. Keep in mind though, once the sand is mixed, there is no going back. And if you plan on adding seashells to the inside of the jar atop the sand, be sure to leave room.

Adding the Seashells

  1. You can add shells to both the inside and outside of the jar. Place enough shells on top of the sand so that they touch the edges of the jar and will not shift around too much. Once this is done, close the jar and secure the lid.
  2. Using the hot glue gun, attach a few shells to the top of the lid in the center. Once the glue has dried, tidy up any loose glue strands and your jar is complete.

When your jar is ready for display, remember to place it on a flat surface where it will not get knocked around. Bookshelves, coffee tables and window ledges are all wonderful choices. Use your imagination!

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