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How To Create Art Out Of Sand

Updated on September 17, 2014
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I am a mother of 3 wonderful adult children. I am a born-again Christian, I share my personal experience, Hubpages helps me to do that.


Fun, Easy & Affordable

This type of craft caught my eye when this was giving to me as a gift from my children when they were little and in elementary school. I still have them and I cherish these gifts forever. If you love the rainbow, you will diffidently love this. I am sure you all have come across a design yourself or even own one or two or more.

What makes this kind of craft fun is that it is so easy to create even a child can do this. The products that you need is so affordable that anyone can afford to do this. You can buy or use old bottles of different shapes. With that create a colorful rainbow design with the shape of the item that you are using. Another fun thing to do is to try it in a class room making it a project for a group of children even adults would love this. I am positive that they would enjoy this and would love the outcome.

There are many ways to go about creating art out of sand and many options to use as well. I will share with you a couple of options and also how to go about it. So hang tight and let me hold your attention just a bit longer. Thank you for your patience :). You might want to get pencil and paper to jot down what you want to use out of this.

Remember this is:

1. Fun, Easy & Affordable.

2.This craft can be used for individual hobbies or a group of people in a class room setting.

3.They make fun gifts for any occasion and can be used for a decorative piece anywhere in your home.

Like I have expressed in other lens it is up to you "not to limit your imagination" because this is a type of craft that can be used for almost anything. I will just give you a few ideas. As I do let your own ideas come into play and create an awesome project.

Pre-Made - Art bottle sand kits

I would prefer that you try this yourself or have someone else do this, rather then go out and buy pre-made bottles. These are just a few here at amazon that do sell it already made. What I am showing you here is how easy it is to come up with different ideas for almost anything. From toy dinosaurs to sports, jewelry and pictures, the options are not limited which makes it so cool. But if you don't have the time to do this project then by all means purchase one for a gift or to arouse an interest to either create your own, or have someone do with you etc.

My Children's - Gift To Me


  1. sugar
  2. food coloring
  3. plastic bowls, spoon
  4. corks and plastic or glass bottle
  5. hot glue gun or just glue will work


  1. Put the sugar into the plastic bowl
  2. Choose your food coloring and pour it into the bowl with sugar, mixing it with your spoon.
  3. Once the food coloring is completely soaked into the sugar make sure you mix it well with your hands by kneading it. Then start with the next plastic bowl and pick a new color after the sugar is already poured in the new bowl. Repeat the same step with each color.
  4. Make sure that all the bowls with the different coloring have different spoons. Don't use the same spoon on them.
  5. Get bottle that you choose for this project and start filling the glass with the different colors of sugar. Make sure that it is filled to the very top so that it won't get all mixed up.
  6. Using your hot glue gun you put it on the cork and on the rim of the bottle and stick it on secure.
  7. Let it dry for a few minutes and remember to use with caution if you are using a hot glue gun.
  8. It is finished have fun, you can even put stickers if it is for a certain occasion on the outside it is up to you, make it fun.

Everything that you will need to make your sand art

minus the sugar and plastic bowls and spoons

Single High Temp Gun

Cast your vote for Glue Sticks

Option 2. - Things You May Need

So simple and very affordable! Yet fun to do!


  1. Colored chalk
  2. salt
  3. plastic bowls or baggies
  4. paper or funnel
  5. spoon


  1. First of all have a sheet of paper handy because you will be pouring the salt on it. Unless you prefer to use the baggies illustrated instead.
  2. Assemble your colored chalk
  3. You will take the chalk and row it on the salt as shown in the video below it is so easy. If you prefer to use the baggie then simply put the colored chalk in the baggie with the salt and sake it around until the salt is fully covered.
  4. Have your bottle or container ready to pour the finished color in. You can use a folded paper or just pout it carefully from the baggie with a small plastic funnel on top of the container.
  5. Make sure you layer it as such so that the colors can separate and not get all mixed up.
  6. Once it is full to the top then put the lid or cork on and see the finished touch.
  7. There are so many things that you can do with sand art. There is no limit. It can be done with pictures but that is a whole other illustration I am just giving you the simple basics.

I felt that this video illustrates it well

Tell us about how you create art out of sand

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    • poetryman6969 profile image


      3 years ago

      I love this rainbow colored sand.

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      5 years ago

      The idea about chalk and salt looks fairly easy and practical- thanks!

    • MarathonRunning profile image


      5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Great lens!

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      silla lm 

      5 years ago

      Oh wow, we had these when I was a kid! I haven't seen them in years. I'm sure we have some chalk somewhere, if I can find it them I'm going to try this out! :)

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      Hal Gall 

      5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      I like the little elephant in your last picture. Great article!

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      5 years ago from Philippines

      pretty nice color combinations.

    • Mr Criminology profile image


      5 years ago from Philippines

      pretty nice color combinations.

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      5 years ago

      So, "sand" isn't always sand, now that just took me by surprise. I've always wondered about a tall sand bottle that my aunt and uncle have had since the 60's how that sand could be so fine....maybe someone knew of these secrets back in the early 60's....they still have that bottle. A delightful DIY with so many possibilities and I love the gift from your children, what great inspiration! :)

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      5 years ago

      I love these! So colorful! :-)

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I might have to try this with the ladies at my Mom's nursing home. Thanks for the info.

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      5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      We used to have a beautiful terrarium with a sand art scene in the bottom. It lasted years and then somehow some water got in and ruined the whole bit. Such a shame.


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