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By Patty Cox

Puerto Rico


When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!


Main supplies:

  • Mason Ball® pint jar and lid
  • 16 oz light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Pacon® blue glitter
  • 1 teaspoon Pacon® silver glitter
  • small shells
  • small plastic knife or xacto knife and rolling pin

Sand Clay Recipe: (enough for 3 sand castles)

  • 1 cup Sand, light brown
  • 11/2 cups cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup white glue
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup flour


1. Pour 16 oz corn syrup into jar. Add glitter. Add about 2-3 shells for shakers. Fill jar 1/8” from the top with water. Place dome lid on mouth of jar. Screw lid tightly. Shake contents.
2. Make clay recipe. Knead well. Press and roll clay between 2 sheets of wax paper to about 3/8” thick. Place jar on clay. Cut clay circle base 1” larger all around jar lid. Fold 1” edges around jar lid (globe base) and sides. Place jar with clay on a piece of wax paper.
3. Cut out clay rectangle around fort pattern. Press rectangle on one side of jar. Place pattern over top. Cut out window opening and notches along top edge of clay. Remove window clay and top notches. Move on to the next side of jar and repeat. Cut four sides of fort around jar. Note: The chalky residue on the glass can be removed easily with a dry cotton swab after the clay dries.
4. Pull 1” balls from remaining clay. Press around jar lid area of globe to build a hill at the foot of the fort. Moisten fingers with water and smooth rough areas of clay, if desired. Press shells into clay around base. Allow to dry overnight.

Pacon® Spectra® glitter,

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