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Sand Cast Sea Treasures
by Brenda Spitzer

Learn to cast your own seashell treasures and add a little glitter to bring out their true beauty.

You will need:

  • Starfish or shells found on the beach
  • 4 cups sand
  • Clear plastic pony beads - Yellow and Purple
  • Decorative gel glue
  • White glue
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Glitter glue - Green and Purple
  • 2 Containers for sand and plaster mixture
  • Spoon
  • Paintbrush
  • Water


  1. Collect shells or starfish on the beach. If you do not live near a beach, these items are often available at craft stores.
  2. Fill container with four cups of sand. Add 1/2 cup of water to sand and mix well.
  3. Press starfish or shell, face down into sand to make an impression. Remove shell from sand.
  4. In another container, mix 1/2 bottle of white glue with 1/2 cup of water. Add 1 cup of plaster of Paris. Mix well. Tip: This step is messy. Work outside if possible.
  5. Pour this plaster mixture into impression in the sand. Allow this to set for one hour. Remove plaster casting from sand. Brush off extra sand with a paint brush.
  6. Brush a coat of decorative gel glue over the top surface of sand casting. Outline and add accents with glitter glue. Glue pony beads to sand castings.

Elmer's® Galactic Glue™, 3D Glitter Paint Pens, White School Glue; Darice® Pony Beads, Sand; Eagle® Golden Taklon Brush


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