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Thursday, July 22, 2010


Building Your Own Private Sandbox - Craft

Maybe those tiny sand Zen gardens aren’t for you. You can still hear the kids with no Zen in sight. That trip to Hawaii is looking further and further away with each set of braces and back to school shopping due in August. So how do you deal with the kids at home all day summertime, no beach that doesn’t include screaming blues? Build your own tiny sandbox and ocean at home!

Metal tin in any color (about 5x7inches)
Easy Cast Crafting Resin and Hardener
Easy Cast pigments in green and blue
Sand (3-4 cups)
Tiny windsurfer (only if you can find one of course)
Ocean themed sheet of scrapbook paper
Mod podge

  1. Mix the resin and hardener according to the manufacturer directions
  2. Tint the resin to your desired ocean color with the blue and green pigments
  3. Prop the tin up at an angle so that when you pour the resin in it will all pool at the one end and at an incline to create the look of a “deepening” ocean.
  4. Pour the tinted resin in and add some of the sand to the resin with a gentle stir so the sand sinks to the bottom. About ½ cup of sand.
  5. Spread some sand at the “edge” of the unhardened resin as well and leave to set overnight.
  6. While you are waiting, take the scrapbook paper and trim to fit the lid of the tin.
  7. Apply Mod Podge liberally to the back of the paper and set onto tin lid. Smooth out any creases.
  8. If you really want to make it yours, cut out of Cricut you name out of scrapbook paper and glue on the lid. Set aside to dry.
  9. Once the resin has hardened, pour in the rest of the sand for your beach and place the windsurfer on the water!

Go all out and see if you can find a tiny shovel to build your own sand castles with or deck it out further with tiny fish and palm trees!

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