Posted by: Sylvia, aka Shucky | July 26, 2010

Diane Makes Beads From Sand!

Sand Beads Napkin Ring+necklaceAbove: String un-colored beads on an elastic cord for beachy napkin rings, or on a plastic lanyard for a simple necklace. Make magnets from dome-shaped beads that were made with no hole, by simply gluing a small magnet on to the back of each bead.

You’ll Need:

  • Clean sand
  • White Glue
  • A plastic spoon and bowl
  • Toothpicks, skewers, nails
  • Markers or paint
  • String, elastic cord or plastic lanyard cord

Here’s How: You won’t believe how simple it actually is!

Sand Bead How To 1+2
Step 1: Mix together 1 cup sand with 1/4 cup white glue. Mix well to make a stiff dough. If the dough seems too dry, or seems to fall apart easily, add a bit more glue.

Step 2: Shape beads, poke a hole in the center of each with a toothpick, skewer or nail, and set aside to dry for at least 24 hours.

Sand Bead How To 3+4

Step 3: After beads are totally dry and hard, you can color them with markers. Just don’t use your best markers, as the roughness of the beads is hard on markers. Permanent markers actually work the best, though certainly are not suitable for young children!

Step 4: Now you can string your beads! You can use elastic cord, plastic lanyard cord or even string. If you like you can combine the beads you’ve made with other smaller wooden or glass beads for a very finished look.

Tips:

•Make sure the holes you make are big enough for the cord or string you plan to use! Once the beads have dried they are quite hard, and enlarging holes afterwards may not only be very difficult, but may cause beads to crack or chip.

•Beads can be made in many shapes and sizes, take the time to experiment.

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