Clinton's Craft Corner: Layered Sand Art

By The Chew Crew Jun 05, 2013


We all remember the layered sand art that we’d make at camp back in the day.  Clinton put a spin on this classic craft by making sand art planters.  They’re super chic and so easy to make.

What You Need:

Glass containers or vases of various sizes
Gel food coloring
Sand
Plants or flowers

How to Make It:

1.  Prepare your colors and get your sand ready.  First dissolve gel food coloring into hot water.  Use 1-3 spoonfuls per cup of water. 

The more food coloring you use, the darker the color.  Also, food coloring results in more muted colors. Gel is more vibrant.

Purchase sand at a craft store, pet store or home improvement store for about 4 bucks.  When looking for sand remember that the lighter the sand, the more vibrant the color will be. Brown sand is good for darker colors and neutrals.

2. Pour colored water over sand.  A good rule of thumb is 1 part water for 3 parts sand.  We used 1 cup sand and 1/3 cup water.

3. Stir with whisk until sand is completely colored.  It should still have a clumpy consistency, but it shouldn’t be too liquidy.
 
4. Pour out any excess water and spread sand onto baking sheet to dry overnight.  Or you can put in 200 degree oven until dry
 
5. Once the sand is dry pour sand it into a larger vase to create bottom layer.  Pour enough so the tops of the two containers are at an equal height.

6. Then place smaller vase on top of sand layer.

7.  Make a funnel with a piece of paper.

8. Funnel sand between two vases to create layers.  You can use a skewer, straw or paint brush to even out the sand.

9. Once you’re finished layering your sand, place your flower or plant inside…and voila!