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Seaweed Art Cards
  • Materials needed:

    Sand

    Scissors

    Dark construction paper

    Liquid glue like Elmer’s

    Shoebox lid

    Assorted seashells, sea glass and other found objects.

    Cut a sheet of paper to fit inside the shoebox lid and glue in place. Using the glue bottle, draw a design on the paper. You can make flowers, a landscape, a funny face, whatever suits your fancy. Make sure you draw it in such a way that when you sprinkle it with sand, the design will still be evident. For instance, it could be the outline of a face, or mountains or the stems of flowers. Then, while the glue is still wet, sprinkle it with sand. Shake off the excess and fill in your design details with the beach objects.

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  • This project is similar to the footprints, but a little more complicated and well worth the effort.

    Materials needed:

    Plaster of Paris

    2 large buckets (A milk jug with the top cut off works great.)

    Wooden spoon for stirring

    String or wire for hanging

    Found beach objects like shells, sea glass, driftwood, bottle caps etc.

    The first step is to dig your mold. Scoop out a space about 8 inches tall, 5 inches wide and 2 inches deep.  Like the footprints above, you want to pick a spot near the water’s edge where the sand is moist but hard. Be careful to not get to close to the water, lest you run the risk of having your creation washed away. Next, place the found objects in the mold to create a funny or scary face. Embed them slightly into the sand. Bottle caps can be eyes or seashells could be ears. Use your imagination.

    Next, it’s time to prepare the plaster. One carton of Plaster of Paris usually makes about three masks, so estimate accordingly. The plaster will harden in about 10 minutes so you need to work fast and in small batches. Again, as in the footprints, the plaster should be creamy. If it is too watery it will seep under the object.

     Now it is time to pour. Unlike the footprints where you pour directly into the mold, here you want to hold your hand over the mask about an inch above it to catch the plaster as it falls into the mold. Basically, you want to break the fall so that the pouring action doesn’t disturb the decorative objects you’ve placed inside the mold. Try to keep the plaster layer about an inch thick. If you would like to hang your mask, take a string or wire about 8 inches long and fold it in half and knot it about an inch from the end. This will act as an anchor. As your mask begins to harden, gently push the knotted end about an inch below the top of the mask to make a hanger. Let your mask dry in the sun.

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  •  Here’s a clever and fun way to keep a record of your child’s footprint.

     Materials needed:

    Plaster of Paris

    Small bucket

    Sea water

    Wooden spoon for stirring

    String or wire for hanging

    First, choose a site on the beach to cast your footprint molds. The harder, moister sand near the ocean’s edge is best. Have your child walk across the sand to make deep indentations. They should be about 2 inches deep. Next, mix the plaster in the bucket  following  the directions. It should have a creamy consistency. Pour into the molds and let dry about 20-25 minutes. If you would like to hang your footprints, take a string or wire about 4 inches long, fold it in half and tie a knot about an inch from the bottom. As your footprints art drying, gently press the knotted end about 1 inch from the top of the foot.  To remove the footprints from the sand, gently dig out from underneath and let dry in the sun.

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