Friday, July 08, 2011

Sand Jars

Maddie and I are big on decorating jars... we've rolled them in melted crayons, decorated them with tiles, made them into jack-0-lanterns...

This time I had the idea that we could decorate them with colored sand...

We've colored our own sand before, but this time we had bright sand that we bought from the craft store.

We just used glue, sand, jars, a tray (a cookie sheet would work great) and a tool to fine-tune the glue areas (paintbrush, pencil, toothpick, whatever works) .

I used tacky glue for mine, as I was going for a patterned design.

We just drew on our design with glue - one color at a time - and then put the sand on.
After each color we poured the excess sand back into its container, then we drew with more glue for another color, and so on.

If the glue slipped a little (started to drip) then we'd add more sand to that area as it slipped.

Maddie was content to make a free-form design, so she used Elmer's glue.

The jars would be perfect for holding pompoms or cottonballs, marbles or scissors.

And they're lovely for candles - put a wire around it and hang them for pretty lights during a garden party.

Happy summering!

Linking with Friday's Nature Table at The Magic Onions on July 15, 2011.


  1. Lovely! I have quite the glass jar fetish. I can never get enough. But pretty jars! Ooooo, so nice.

  2. They turned out beautifully!! I love them.

  3. What a good idea. I've never seen jars decorated with coloured sand before. Think we'll have to give it a go.

  4. I like it! I also have a tendency to horde glass jars- in fact, I have been known to buy foods in specific brands just because the the jars are better for re-purposing:)

  5. We save jars and this looks like a perfect project for a few of them. :)


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