sand painting in a jar
You have probably
seen the fancy "sand paintings" which are jars of
layered sand in a variety of colors, and the edges are often
made to be wavy. This is an incredibly easy craft to do, perfect
for all ages, and it is quite inexpensive as well... yet packs
quite a visual punch when you give it as a gift!
First, you will
need white sand from a garden supply shop. Be sure to ask
about broken bags, as you can usually get them for much less
than the sticker price!
Next, decide on
how many colors you want layered, and pour sand into that
many paper cups (for easy cleanup!) Using food coloring, add
a few drops to each paper cup, and mix well - chopsticks are
inexpensive and easy to use, then toss when you are done or
add to your craft cupboard for later non-food use.
With a jar, carefully
pour sand into jar to create a layer. Repeat for as many layered
colors as you wish, until completely filled (this will prevent
the colors from mixing when the jar is moved).
To create waves,
use a thin stick such as a toothpick or shishkebob stick and
slowly push down to the bottom where you would like the waves
To complete, tightly
screw the lid on. You can decorate the lid for gift giving.