TUTORIAL: Sand and Plaster Beach Molds

by Dana on July 25, 2012

I’ve been wanting to do this for years. But as every summer rolled around and we visited the beach with our family, I’d forget to bring the supplies. Doh.
So this year I was determined to make it happen.
We did!
And it even morphed from simply molding my kids hands to other beach-y objects….like this:

to this!

And we drove home to Texas with real beach momentos to decorate our house. I love how the glasses almost looked brushed in gold.It was all thanks to the special ingredient, Plaster of Paris:
and the sand of course.
I sort of remember using Plaster of Paris back in the day (probably for a Girl Scout project) but I couldn’t remember quite how it worked.
Mix plaster and water?
Oh yea. Now I remember.

You just need a mold to pour the wet plaster into. And damp beach sand makes the perfect spot, though you can also use your sandbox or even clay to create your mold.
Now aside from the process being easy…I will say that it’s also pretty messy (but hey you’re at the beach). And we also lost a few finished products because some fingers broke off or the tide washed them away.
Exhibit A, Lucy’s sad broken hand:
So watch where you create your molds if the tide is coming in. And transport the finished items carefully.

Okay, here are the simple steps:
• You can buy Plaster of Paris at Michaels and other craft stores for about $7
• You don’t need a proper measuring cup, just use whatever you have on hand…toys, drinking cups, etc.
• Saltwater from the ocean works just fine.
• Work in small batches till you find the proper consistency.
• You don’t want the plaster to be too thin and milky or it will seep into the sand. However if it’s too thick, it will dry faster than you can pour it. Mix it till it’s like a milkshake.

• You definitely need wet sand to create a mold but you don’t want it so hard that a child won’t be able to create a hand imprint. The best sand is right above where the tide breaks.
• Loosen up the sand a bit with you hands and smooth it out. Then help your child press their hand or foot or face?? into the sand and carefully pull it back up so the mold is as precise as possible.
• Work quickly to pour the plaster into the mold. Try not to leak any plaster outside of the mold.

When the mold has dried for only 5 or 10 minutes, use a feather or stick (whatever is around) to inscribe your child’s name and the date on the back. You could make this an annual tradition, capturing your child’s growing hand from year to year. The plaster molds make cool artwork for you home or beach house. Or give one to a Grandparent for Christmas. Make paper weights. Shadow box art? There are many possibilities.
While the plaster dries, enjoy the other beach amenities.
Then after about 30-40 mins, the plaster molds should be finished!

• Wash the molds off in the ocean and admire your amazing art.
• Place them in a safe place near your other belongings. You may want to bring a cookie sheet or pie pan with a towel inside to transport the finished molds. This will prevent them from getting stepped on and they can continue drying.
• When you’re home, you can remove excess sand with an old toothbrush or cleaning brush. Just work carefully to avoiding breaking any plaster and don’t brush off all the sand. That’s the charm!

And there you go.
From glasses to beach art.
(btw, glasses are from Forever 21. $1.80 regular price. What tha what?)

Then find a cool place for your souvenirs, on or off the shelf.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Pin It FacebookTwitter

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Helen July 25, 2012 at 8:16 am

This is such a cool idea! I think I need to go and buy some plaster of paris :) Thanks for sharing!
Helen x


2 Amanda July 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

I am definitely going to try this with my kids before they return to school. I love it! Thanks for the idea!


3 Emily July 25, 2012 at 10:36 am

We did this at the beach too!! We also put small sea shells and cute rocks in our handprints before we poured the plaster.


4 Lauralee July 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

If you break off the ring finger, it will be a hand that says “I LOVE YOU!” for always! What could be sweeter?! :0)


5 aSprinkling July 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

That’s just what I was going to suggest, Lauralee!


6 Stephanie July 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

Love it!!! Thanks for sharing! We are headed to my parents house in Florida in a couple days! It will be a great activity for the kids to do with their Grammie.


7 Shannon July 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

Love it! Can’t wait to try this at the beach :)


8 Aude July 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Just love it…I will try it next time we go to the beach….I really enjoy your blog it…


9 Palak July 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Lucy’s hand print looks like a ‘hookem horns!’ sign! …. um kind of. :) What a clever idea!


10 Abby July 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm

That’s such a fun idea! Now if I could just get to a beach :).


11 Jackie July 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

This sounds like a great thing to do with my kids when I take them to the beach in September for the first time. A great way to remember the trip.


12 delia July 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

what an adorable keepsake! I love the beach. I don’t love swimming in it! ;) But all the other ‘amenities’ are a favorite. I hope I remember to make these treasures the next time we go.


13 Twins Squared July 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Oh we used to do this as kids in church summer camp! I totally forgot about this. Thanks for the great idea! I think I need to do this with my kiddos.


14 Anneliese July 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Super cute idea! I’ll have to remember this next beach trip.


15 Fiona @ Imogen's Angels July 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Love this idea, just need the beaches and weather to heat up here in Australia. I’m doing a similar post on my blog this weekend but we are making moulds of shells into polymer clay : )


16 Kristen July 26, 2012 at 12:58 am

Love this! Wish I lived near a beach


17 Christine July 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm

What a fun idea! Maybe our MOMS Club will have to try this!


18 ScruffyKat July 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Love. love, love this Idea! just moved away from the beach:( But we have a sand box…LOL


19 Gill July 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

What a great idea!


20 tash July 29, 2012 at 4:28 am

Love love!
Must remember to take the plaster of paris to the beach next time.


21 dixie July 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm

i like this, i normally use play doh just i spray a tad bit cooking spray on the kids hand and then pressinto the duh then pour plaster of paris in and you have a outprint like this


22 SmileySammy13 August 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thanks for a fab idea. My little nephew is only 5 yrs old, so this would be great to do every yr & watch him grow! He’s going to think I’m such a cool aunty -Thank you :0)


23 Kim July 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Can’t wait to try this out next week at the beach in Michigan!


24 Cat Holtzclaw January 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm

If you would take the pop top from a soda can and make it into a v shape….you can insert the flat part of it into the plaster as it begins to set. The ring part will protrude and later become a hanger for your casting. This may take a little practice but once you grasp the concept…you will be thrilled. The ring can bend out a little if you need to adjust it.


25 Lawn Pros Denver Complaints April 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this
post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my trouble.

You’re wonderful! Thanks!


26 What Is Pest Control In Food Nanaimo BC April 29, 2014 at 1:26 am

My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
I have always disliked the idea because of
the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on numerous websites for about a year and
am worried about switching to another platform.
I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.net. Is there
a way I can import all my wordpress content into it?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!


27 humana health insurance Butte Montana May 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Valuable info. Fortunate me I found your website unintentionally, and I
am stunned why this coincidence did not took place in advance!
I bookmarked it.


28 Flea Control Service Guelph ON May 30, 2014 at 11:31 pm

This post gives clear idea in support of the new users of blogging,
that in fact how to do blogging and site-building.


29 Temp Agencies Orange County June 8, 2014 at 8:35 am

It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donaqte
to this fantastic blog! I suppose for noww i’ll settle ffor book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my
Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will share this website witth my Facebook group.
Tallk soon!


30 dui attorney portland June 19, 2014 at 7:37 am

Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to “return the favor”.I’m attempting to find things to enhance my web
site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!


31 para que sirve la garcinia cambogia July 2, 2014 at 12:14 am

This is the perfect blog for anyone who hopes to find out about this topic.

You realize a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not
that I personally would want to…HaHa).
You certainly put a brand new spin on a subject that’s been written about for decades.
Excellent stuff, just excellent!


32 youtube July 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

First of all I want to say terrific blog! I had
a quick question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.
I’ve had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.
I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to
15 minutes are generally wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or
hints? Kudos!


33 Sonia July 8, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Usually those types of software are promoted by affiliate marketers You can take
your articles, upload to this type of software, have a
video created and upload into you tube in just a few minutes.
Video Marketing is something that is going to be with us for a long time.
With a first name like Kim, I wanted people to know that I was male and that was all I cared about back


34 vacation rental in Bellevue July 9, 2014 at 1:23 am

I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme.

Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
Plz answer back as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to
find out where u got this from. thanks a lot


35 how do i bail someone out of jail July 16, 2014 at 11:50 pm

fantastic put up, very informative. I wonder why the
opposite experts of this sector do not notice this.

You should continue your writing. I am sure,
you have a huge readers’ base already!


36 Florrie July 17, 2014 at 6:52 pm

And Newt Gingrich aside, I am tired of the subsidies
really. Once you have your list of prices, then you can head to e
- Bay and look for deals, you want to be able to
get the same quality items you could buy online or in the store for less.

The best way to be set up for a major power grid
failure is to radically cut back on the amount of electricity you use so that you can operate at night off some batteries.


37 seattle mortgage company reverse mortgage July 17, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Thanks for the good writeup. It in fact was a enjoyment
account it. Glance advanced to far delivered agreeable from you!
However, how can we communicate?


38 mortgage loan rates houston texas July 18, 2014 at 4:55 am

Everything is very open with a clear description of the challenges.

It was really informative. Your site is very helpful. Many thanks for sharing!


39 termite control cost July 18, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Attractive portion of content. I just stumbled
upon your website and in accession capital to claim that I acquire in fact loved account your weblog posts.
Anyway I will be subscribing in your feeds or even I fulfillment you get admission to consistently quickly.


40 driving under the influence July 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just
your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all.
Nevertheless think about if you added some great graphics or videos to
give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this blog
could definitely be one of the greatest in its field. Fantastic blog!


41 remedio casero para aumentar gluteos July 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm

When I originally commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time
a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same comment.

Is there a means you can remove me from
that service? Cheers!


42 Marcela July 18, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Create as many copies as the families wish to purchase and
remind them that they can always reorder more later
too. If you are going to show the memorial video during visitation, you
can play the slideshow in a continuous loop. The table is pretty distinctive from
all other tables and in a way exclusive.


43 periodicos de valencia espana July 19, 2014 at 2:33 am

No matter if some one searches for his vital thing, thus he/she wishes to be available that in detail, therefore that
thing is maintained over here.


44 house cleaning services douglasville ga July 19, 2014 at 6:19 am

I like the valuable info you supply on your articles.
I’ll bookmark your blog and take a look at again right here regularly.

I’m relatively sure I will be told plenty of
new stuff proper right here! Best of luck for the following!


45 fast cash loans atlanta ga July 20, 2014 at 4:52 am

Hi to every single one, it’s actually a fastidious for me to visit this web page, it contains precious Information.


46 quick online payday loans south africa July 21, 2014 at 2:01 am

Appreciation to my father who informed me on the topic of this website, this web site is really awesome.


47 buy houses in london July 21, 2014 at 11:06 am

If some one wishes to be updated with most recent technologies therefore
he must be go to see this site and be up to date daily.


48 Guitar Solo July 21, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Having read this I believed it was very informative. I appreciate
you finding the time and effort to put this information together.

I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments.
But so what, it was still worthwhile!


49 Brenda July 21, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Create another page with the number from the Amazon gift card, and let the film redirect your friend to this page, when he’s seen the video.

Technical Support: when you are paying for software it usually comes with direct technical support and sometimes with user forums
and blogs with useful resources tricks and tips to make the most out of your software.

On final comment about selecting a tribute video software.


50 para que es la viagra July 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging
for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your
site is great, let alone the content!


51 DUI attorney Virginia Beach July 23, 2014 at 9:07 am

Hi there colleagues, how is the whole thing, and what you wish for to say about this post, in my view
its in fact remarkable in favor of me.


Leave a Comment

{ 3 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: