Sand casting takes takes a little time and patience, but it'll be well worth the effort when you and your kids create beautiful art craft sculptures to enjoy forever.
What You'll Need:
- Pie pan
- Brown or white sand
- Vegetable oil
- Tools such as a small spoon, knife, and toothpicks (to make impressions in sand)
- Plaster of Paris
- Paper clips
How to Make a Sand Casting:
Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Fill the pie pan about half full with sand. Add oil until the sand sticks together.
Step 2: Pat the sand base down to about 1 inch thick in the pie pan. Build up a 1/2 to 3/4-inch rim around the edges.
Step 3: Use a small spoon or knife to press in a design, dig holes, or build ridges in the sand. Use a toothpick to create finer lines or letters.
If you are making projections such as legs or stems, place straightened paper clips in the sand to strengthen your plaster casting.
Step 4: An adult should help kids mix the plaster of Paris, following package directions. Carefully spoon the plaster into the sand mold. If you'd like to hang your plaster casting, press a paper clip into the top edge.
Step 5: Let the plaster set overnight. When it's dry, remove your cast from the sand and brush off excess sand.
What happens when your kids mix sand with powdered poster paint? See sand art in a jar in the next section.