DIY Beach Sand Vases


UPDATE: To address the many concerns about the illegal removal of sand from beaches, please note I did not break any "local" laws! BUT in a lot of locations this is indeed forbidden so it's best to purchase sand at a local hardware store for this project.
Do you love beach decor items but not the price tag at some of the fancy souvenir stores? I have an easy solution, that is if you have access to a small amount of sand from a nearby beach. You can make customized beach decor for your home with sand, food coloring and a vase, it's easy peasy!
diy beach sand vases, crafts, Wave Tealight Vases
Wave Tealight Vases
First I sifted with a simple kitchen utensil, I wanted the larger particles out of the sand and use only the finest for my project.
diy beach sand vases, crafts, Waste particles
Waste particles
Next I added drops of food coloring to the sand and mixed in until I got the desired color I wanted.
diy beach sand vases, crafts
Below are some of the colors I came up with along with the naturally red sand from Prince Edward Island which is very different from our natural colored sand.
diy beach sand vases, crafts
Next I added a recycled food can inside the vase upside down which saved the amount of sand I'd need to fill it, but it also acted as a base to put the candle on. The black sand came from another item that I recycled to add another color to the vase. I rolled a sheet of paper to use as a funnel to pour in the different layers in a wavey pattern.
diy beach sand vases, crafts, Layers in Place
Layers in Place
The last layer was a Michael's bag of gold stones to add a different texture to the look and lastly the candle was put in place.
diy beach sand vases, crafts
I was on a roll and created several of these to give as gifts to friends! This one has the rust colored PEI sand and my province, Newfoundland which is the gray sand.
diy beach sand vases, crafts
Red sand from a recycled craft and the natural gray along with black pebbles and a candle. This vase I etched the names of a newly married couple onto as a gift for their new home.
diy beach sand vases, crafts
This style I put the recycled food can in with an opening at the top so it could be used as a vase for florals or as a candle holder.
diy beach sand vases, crafts
It has the black, natural gray and a rose shade that I mixed up. The options are endless what you can create, go ahead and have fun is the main part! I did...perhaps too much!!! Ha-hah!
diy beach sand vases, crafts

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  • Barb Schmidt
    on Apr 26, 2016

    Beautiful, but I'd also like to know how you did the other bottle in the picture. The one that looks like it has crusty stuff on it. Could you give directions for that one too ?

    • Sea Trace Creations
      on Feb 15, 2017

      Annie Wiens Oper that bottle is the real deal....not a Craft project! It was a yard sale purchase that a diver had once recovered from a local dive here in Newfoundland.

  • Teresa
    on Jan 3, 2017

    1) How long did it take you to mix in the food colouring and how long did it take to dry? 2) Since food colourant is not stable even when dry how do you stop this from bleeding into the other sand or onto your hands when making this?

    • Spo13598254
      on Jan 16, 2017

      I just used food coloring to change the color of bags of white sand I purchased at the dollar store. While the colors weren't deep, they did add variety for the beautiful sand filled bottles my niece and nephews made. After adding the food color to the sand in a bowl, I mixed it with a wooden spoon (my hands had little food coloring on them and the bowl and wooden spoon had no traces of food coloring once washed). I then laid the sand out on wax paper, as thin of a layer as possible, and let it dry. It's cold here so each took about three days to dry, but it was so easy for such a lovely end product. Hope this answers your question.

  • Leonie Long
    on Aug 25, 2018

    I joined a minute ago, so excuse my ignorance if this question has been asked, but do you have instructions for the bottle on the right?

    Cheers! Lee

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  • Sea Trace Creations
    on Jan 9, 2017

    Thanks for the great tip but I don't if I'll be making anymore.

  • Kra4765048
    on Jan 22, 2017

    When I was in high school we did this same project, but with Tempura(finger paint) paint. We mixed in small buckets(or plastic 1 gallon icecream buckets). Just a small amount maybe 1 tbsp. of paint per 6 cups of sand. We used a hand-mixer for proper distribution of paint. Mixer blades can be washed in a separated bucket with water while attached to mixer. Let the mixer do the work while barely submersing blade tips to rinse. Next lay sand out on newsprint at least 2 layers thick and spread out thin to dry. Next day break apart any possible clumps and transfer to dry storage containers to use at your leisure.

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