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Sand Art ~ Save Those Vacation Memories! (she: Beth)

Hey Y’all! My name is Beth from Free Stylin’, and I am thrilled to be the new FabuLESS Contributor for Or So She Says!   My absolute favorite place on the planet is the beach. I love the sun, I love the surf, and I love having my toes in the sand. Instead of buying expensive souvenirs on our trips, I collect the sand from every beach we go to. It’s like memories in a bottle, right? For free!   I’ve wanted to display our sand collection in a special way. The sand has just sat in plastic water bottles on a shelf (super chic, I know!!)…until now!


Today I’m going to show you how to get that sand off the shelf and turn it into expensive “art” for your home. :)

First thing’s first…grab some picture frames. I chose white frames from Ikea that only cost $1.99 each! (Don’t want to spend any money? Shop your house for unused picture frames. Either spray paint them all one color or leave them as is.)

Ikea Frames

Now gather a few supplies: *Sand *Mod Podge or glue *poster board or card stock *a piece of paper cut into a “wave” pattern *pencil *disposable container (I used the bottom half of a plastic cup) *foam brush


*Remove the glass from your frame. (Save it for another project!) Using your picture frame as a guide, cut a piece of poster board to fit inside the frame.   *Trace the “wave” pattern onto the poster board.   *Mix equal parts sand and glue to make a sand paste.   *Using the foam brush, paint the sand mixture onto the board. Let it dry completely.

Your picture should look like this once it is dry:
Framed Sand Collection

*Once it is totally dry, place your sand art into the frame, and close the back. I wrote where the sand came from in pencil on the picture mat.

*Display your beautiful sand collection…hang it on a gallery wall, put a frame next to your bed…some place where you can see it and remember your “fun in the sun” good times.   Our office has a beach look goin’ on, so I placed our collection on the wall with a picture The Hubs took when we were vacationing in Mexico.

I love that this project is 1. Super Easy 2. Totally Personal 3. Inexpensive 4. Completely versatile  
Who says your souvenirs have to cost a ton of money? They don’t.  They only have to feel priceless.

Do you have an usual collection? How have you displayed it? Leave a comment and let us know!





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Mariel (mahr-eeee-elle) is a mother to six, wife to one. Loves homeschooling, golfing, cupcakes, traveling, cuddling, non-fiction books, gardening, James Taylor, and family time. This is her blog. Enjoy!

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