Hands on Crafts For Kids is the resource for kids craft projects and instructions for kids 6-12 and parents, teachers and other group leaders. It includes school and curriculum based projects,  multi cultural projects, and every day, holiday and seasonal ideas.

It is  the online home of the public television program Hands On Crafts for Kids.

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Jenny Barnett-Rohrs fashions a talking stick like those used by ancient tribes. Then, she paints images of nature with sand.

Watch the video for this project online at:

Hosts:Jenny Barnett-Rohrs

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Easy

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day, Home Dec, Gift Giving and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Areas of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
45 minutes plus drying time


Sand Painted Bird
Designed by Lisa Galvin


Elmer’s® Bright Confetti Glitter Glue pens: blue, red, gold and purple
Elmer’s® Clear School Glue
Activa® Products, Inc.:  Scenic Sand: Bright red, light blue, and dark brown
One 6 5/8” clay flower pot saucer
Paintbrushes, small and medium
Paper plate
Three reclose-able plastic bags
Water container
Paper towel

1.  Copy pattern found on website.  Cut out bird and branch patterns separately.  Cut along both lines that mark birds’ wing, leaving a stencil-like gap between wing and body to trace wing lines onto saucer.  With pencil, trace branch onto clay saucer, bending ends up onto slanted edges of saucer.  Place bird pattern ¼” above branch and trace, leaving enough room for glue lines in step 2.
2.  Resting side edge of hand on top side of saucer, begin applying a thin line of glitter glue over pencil lines.  Use blue for sky, red for bird, and gold for branch.  Let dry overnight.
3.  Apply a small pea-size puddle of clear school glue at center of bird and use small paintbrush to spread a thin layer of the glue inside the red glitter glue guidelines that outline the bird. Add more glue as needed for a thin coat.  With spoon, pour red sand over glue.  Let set a few minutes, then turn saucer upside down onto a paper plate to release excess.  Pour excess sand into a reclose-able plastic bag to save for another project.
For best results, let dry completely before moving to the next color.  Once dry, use medium size paintbrush to brush away stray bits of sand that may be lodged in other areas of the saucer before moving to step 4.
4.  Repeat step 3 to sand paint sky with light blue sand.  Let dry.  Sand paint branch with light brown.  Let dry completely.
5.  Use purple glitter glue pen to add a dot for bird’s eye.  Let dry.

TIP:  If sand accidently adheres to glitter-glue outline, let the sand dry completely, then touch up any stray areas by reapplying glitter glue on top of the stray sand.  Let dry.








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