How to Create Sand Art Pictures

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic tablecloth

  • Paper

  • Pencils

  • Stencils

  • Standard liquid glue

  • Sand (in desired colors)

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When painted portraits won't do, there is always the fun alternative of sand art. Similar to paint, sand comes in many colors. You will need lots of table space and a clean, well-lit work area that is not by an open window, or where air can circulate freely and ruin your sand art picture. This can be a fun craft with children but they will need adult supervision. With a few simple tools and colored sand, you will be on the way to creating a masterpiece!


Step 1

Place the plastic tablecloth on a flat table surface. Make sure no windows or fans are on around you to disturb your sand art.

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Step 2

Place the paper flat on the table and prepare the surface using a pencil and stencil design.


Step 3

Using one hand to hold the stencil still; continue to trace the design onto the paper with the other hand, holding the pencil until you have achieved your desired picture.

Step 4

Trace pencil lines with the liquid glue and sprinkle on your chosen sand color. You may have to wait a few hours or a full day to proceed with the next color depending on how fast your glue dries.


Step 5

Continue to trace or fill the area in your picture with glue and add on the sand until it is complete. Wait at least a few hours or full day for it all to dry before handling your sand art picture.


A plastic cloth is recommended for easy clean-up after dealing with sand particles.

Using a drying appliance may speed up the glue drying process; otherwise waiting a full day to continue on to the next sand color will give you the best results.


You may want to wear a face mask to prevent inhaling any sand particles.

Turn off any fans, air conditioners and close the windows before starting your sand art picture to prevent messes and a longer clean-up process.


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