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Hi, I’m Vivienne from The V Spot and it’s my turn here at Craft Camp.

I have to be honest, I don’t do a lot of kids’ crafts?  Want to know why?  Because I am mother to 4 boys, all of whom have the attention span of a gnat and rarely interested in crafting the first place.  The secret?  A craft that takes all of 5 minutes and incorporates some of their personal treasures.

My little guy and I made this Sandy Beach frame using sand from our local beach and sea shells he had collected.

You will need:

  • A picture frame (we used an old one)
  • Sand (we live near the beach and just brought a little bit home in a plastic bag, but you can get at any home & garden store)
  • Plain white crafting glue (or Mod Podge)
  • A paint brush
  • Sea Shells (collected or store bought)
  • Hot glue gun

Remove the glass and backing from the frame and brush onto the frame, covering the top and sides completely.

Once the frame is covered with a nice coat of glue, sprinkle sand all over it.  Make sure you are working over a plate or newspaper to catch the sand.  (Note: this is an excellent “outside” craft…)  We wanted our Sandy Frame to look like wet sand when it was done, so we used a black frame.  If you want it to look like dry sand, make sure you start with a white frame.

While the glue dried, my son to a Lego break and I fired up my hot glue gun.  Grant chose which shells to use and directed me where to put them.  (We discussed only putting them in one corner, but it would have been fun to put them all around the frame as well.)

You could either put a fun photo from your summer vacation or a treasure like this starfish.

That’s it.  Quick, easy, and even kids who have ants in their pants can do this one!

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Thanks for having me, Cindy!

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  1. what a great idea, we just came back from Myrtle Beach with a bag of shells and I’m quite tired of the glass vase full on them sitting around collecting dust. now to get some sand…

  2. Super cute Viv!! What a fun project to do with kids! It would be great to use up some vacation mementos too. Love it!

  3. Oh my this is a great kids craft! Any kids would love to make. Next Vacation I want to bring the sand home and make one as a memory!

  4. This is such a great beachy craft. Each year, we join a group of other families at the beach for a week, and I’m always in charge of crafts. This might just fill the bill this year! Thanks, Vivienne!

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