The Chew: Clinton Kelly’s Layered Sand Art Craft For Summer Camp

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The Chew: Clinton’s Craft Corner – Layered Sand Art

With The Chew being camp-themed, Clinton Kelly showed us his layered sand art craft to help out any aspiring camp counselors out there looking to get some crafts going at their summertime getaway.

The Chew: Layered Sand Art Craft Supplies

The Chew: Clinton Kelly's Layered Sand Art Craft For Summer Camp

Clinton Kelly’s layered sand craft will have you actually wanting some sand in your home.

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  • Glass containers or vases of various sizes
  • Gel food coloring
  • Sand 
  • Plants or flowers

The Chew: Layered Sand Art Craft Directions

  1. Prepare your colors and get your sand ready. 
  2. First dissolve gel food coloring into hot water. 
  3. Use 1-3 spoonfuls per cup of water. 


  4. The more food coloring you use, the darker the color. 
  5. Also, food coloring results in more muted colors.
  6. Gel is more vibrant.

Purchase sand at a craft store, pet store or home improvement store for about 4 bucks. 
  7. When looking for sand remember that the lighter the sand, the more vibrant the color will be.
  8. Brown sand is good for darker colors and neutrals.
  9. Pour colored water over sand.
  10. A good rule of thumb is 1 part water for 3 parts sand.
  11. We used 1 cup sand and 1/3 cup water.
  12. Stir with whisk until sand is completely colored.
  13. It should still have a clumpy consistency, but it shouldn’t be too runny.
  14. Pour out any excess water and spread sand onto baking sheet to dry overnight.
  15. Or you can put in 200 degree oven until dry.
  16. Once the sand is dry pour sand it into a larger vase to create bottom layer.
  17. Pour enough so the tops of the two containers are at an equal height.
  18. Then place smaller vase on top of sand layer.
  19. Make a funnel with a piece of paper.
  20. Funnel sand between two vases to create layers.
  21. You can use a skewer, straw or paint brush to even out the sand.
  22. Once you’re finished layering your sand, place your flower or plant inside…and you’re done!

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