Over spring break this year, my momma, L and I took a little trip down to Myrtle beach for some fun, sun and sand. It was a great week, and my little man loved the every part of the beach. With some inspiration from Crystal and Pinterest I decided to commemorate the trip with a fun craft! I decided making “sandprints” (sand handprints) made with sand clay would be the perfect craft because, 1. it would be super cute, 2. it would be easy and 3. I had everything I needed! What more could you want in a toddler craft?!?!
I decided to gather our sand and shells at the beach but actually do the crafting part back home in good old Maryland. At first, in true crafter form, I wanted to have only whole, perfect shells to go with my craft, but when I saw the fun L was having picking up all the shells he could find how could I not decide that those would be the shells we would use. Together, we collected shells for a good half hour, which is like 3 hours in toddler time! I was so proud of him! He was verrryyyy particular, I picked up several that he then promptly threw back on the ground haha!! He also only wanted me to hold them, not put them into a bag or bucket! The kid has opinions and they are STRONG! In order to avoid picking the wrong sand, I let him hang out with Mimz while I went and collected some in a plastic bottle. I found a “recipe” for sand clay on Pinterest, but I had to tweak it a bit so I have included what I ended up using. As with all dough, add the wet ingredients slowly a little at a time. If the dough is too sticky, try adding more sand or flour.
Sand Clay Recipe:
- about 2 1/2 cups of sand
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 1/4 cup salt
- In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients together. Make sure it is all blended together well.
- Add in the water and mix with your hands. If it is too sticky, add more dry ingredients, if it is too dry, add more water, a tiny bit at a time.
- Dump out your “dough” and divide it up, I made 5 small “sandprints”, so I divided it into fifths and rolled it out to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. I then moved my dough to a cookie sheet.
- Create the print by pressing down carefully on each finger than gently picking up the hand.
- Decorate around them with small objects, we used our shells from our little hunt.
- Bake in a warm oven (about 250°) until it is hard and dry all the way through, if the top seems to be hard but the bottom is still wet, carefully flip the disk over.
- Let cool then enjoy looking at a super cute keepsake! (Or wrap them up as a homemade gift that is sure to please)
What kind of keepsakes do you like to get on trips?
Peace and Love,