Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sand Play Dough

To make our fairy houses we use a variety of mechanics.  Including wire and tacky glue.  Hot glue doesn't hold up well out side so that is often a last resort.  Another item we like to use is sand play dough.  It holds up the sticks and the bark and provides a third hand while we are working.   It also dries hard so you have a permanent structure.  You can use it to make a sand castle also.  

Ingredients include: 1 C sand, 1/2 C corn starch, 1 t alum, 3/4 C water.   To make add the sand, alum and corn starch in a sauce pan and mix completely.   Add the water and stir until the corn starch is dissolved. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  It will thicken in a minute or two.  Once it cools down you can start sculpting with it.  Use it up within a day or two.

3 comments:

Angela McRae said...

This will come in handy--thanks!

La Tea Dah said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing your recipe!!!

I've enjoyed viewing the fairy gardens at the local plant nurseries this year. Each is so unique and interesting. I haven't made one this year, but have last year's that I have slightly redone. I did tend to get carried away with violas and they have taken over one --- so it isn't very fairy-like any more --- but I love it just the same.

I always appreciate your creativity.

Marilyn said...

Thanks for the tips and recipe. Now one of these days I must really make a fairy garden.