camp tinker: sandscape terrarium

[ 0 ] August 8, 2012 |

Welcome back to Camp Tinker! As mentioned in my previous post, Camp Tinker aims to be a series of summertime posts featuring simple and enjoyable craft projects. It also serves as a little “craft lab” for me to try out new ideas and twists. This post’s project is a sort of no-fail terrarium.

Ready, Campers?!

For the “findings” think of small seaside-related items such as a tiny starfish meant for scrapbooking, little shells, glass beads, pebbles, wired roses.

Let’s begin by making a beachy fence by cutting craft sticks a bit more than half-way, as shown.

Next, glue two pieces of string across the sticks to form a fence; let dry completely and snip loose ends.

Gather all of your supplies. Grab anything that you have in your craft-stash that you think would be pretty. No craft stash? Look around for broken jewelry or beads, small rocks and sprigs of plants — real or faux. Digging through my own supplies, I rediscovered a bag of shells spray-painted white and among them scallop shells saved from a restaurant. (Yikes!?)

Yep, I even had a coffee cup filled with sand and lavender sprigs saved from December so I poured that into the vase; it wasn’t quite enough sand so I mixed in some table salt until it was the amount and shade I liked best.

I added the little fence in the sand and then played and placed things about.

When my beach scene was to my liking, I decided to place it on a large plate and surround it with shells.

For variations, create scenes using small toys or miniatures or add a candle. So many possibilities! Imagine a row of jars, each filled with sand and treasures …

Use emptied bags from lunch at the beach to take sand home; fill bottles and label. Fill other bottles with sea glass to create a sparkling vignette.

{Please feel free to share completed projects on the Tinkered Treasures Facebook page}

Category: crafts, high school age, kids, preschool, teens (13 +), tweens

Elyse Major

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Elyse (Press) Major has been creative since childhood. In addition to being a longtime contributor to Kidoinfo, Elyse has authored craft and DIY home décor books, and been featured in, produced projects and written for many home décor publications. She lives in her beloved Rhode Island with her awesome boys and husband. Follow Elyse / tinkered treasures on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and her blog

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