One of the few things that you can take home with you after a trip to the ocean is sand. Collecting some sand and then using it to make an ocean craft is a simple way to preserve memories. Sand is also a great medium to work with because sand is durable. It does not break when you drop it or go bad over time. To help get you thinking about the kinds of things that you can make with sand, here are a few ideas.
The first thing that you need to do is to gather sand. There are times when you visit a beach and there will be natural variations in sand color. If this is the case, you will want to collect different colors of sand in different bags or containers so that you can make a sand jar that is more diverse. If the ocean sand that you have doesn’t seem very colorful or exciting to you, you can supplement the sand with other materials from the ocean such as dirt, pebbles, shells or whatever else that you may find during your ocean visit. Some people who wish to incorporate more vibrant color into their sand art jars combine what they have found at a special ocean site with colored sand that can be bought at the store. Another fun idea is to use sand art layers at the base of the jar and use the top portion of the jar to grow something in. For example, you can fill the jar with layers of sand from your favorite ocean side area, and then use potting soil as the base for a small plant (indigenous to that same ocean area). Keep in mind that if you are going to be layering sand that creating varying layers of sand art requires a lot of patience, self control and a steady hand. The slightest bump or spill can dramatically change the look of the entire sand art project. This is because the sand granules are so small that they can move their way into the smallest of crevices within whatever jar they are in.