Vacation Souvenirs

Boardwalk Frame

Summer Vacation Souvenier

After a trip to the boardwalk, pier or just your vacation at the beach, this popsicle stand makes a wonderful display reminder of your photos and small souvenirs.

To make this, you will need:

  • A strong glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Cardboard (maybe 6 x 9′)
  • Blue card stock
  • 32 standard craft sticks or popsicle sticks
  • Craft knife
  • 2 Corks
  • 6 (2 1/2 inch) craft sticks – available at craft stores
  • Jute twine
  • Acrylic paint or markers
  • Small piece of driftwood, wood or cardboard
  • photographs and maybe small sea shells

1.  Make the base.  Glue the sandpaper to the cardboard and trim off any excess.  Cut a wave design along one edge of the blue card stock to mimic waves.  Glue the card stock to the sandpaper, folding the extra card stock under the front of the cardboard and glue it.

2.  To make the boardwalk, lay out 20 standard craft sticks (popsicle sticks), long sides touching.  Glue on four sticks horizontally with a slight overlap in the middle.  Using the craft knife, cut the corks in half.  Glue the four cork halves for “feet” on the under side of the frame and set aside for the glue to dry.

3.  To make the center frame for the photos, arrange 8 standard craft sticks in a frame shape and glue them together at the corners.  Set aside for the glue to dry.

4.  To make each of the smaller frames, glue three 2 1/2 inch craft sticks together at the corners and let the glue dry.  Cut a piece of jute twine (about 17 inches long) and wrap it around the middle stick using a dab of glue at each end to secure it to the stick.  Glue the small frames to the large one and set aside to dry.

5.  Glue the cork feet to the sandpaper base, then glue the large frame to the boardwalk.  (TIP:  Cover a book with waxed paper and press it against the back of the frame to support it until the glue dries.)  Use the paint or markers to decorate a small wood or cardboard sign, then glue it on.

6.  Trim each photograph to size and dab a little glue at each corner to attach to the frame.  Decorate your boardwalk with sea shells or any treasure you found on vacation.

Create a Sand Castle That Lasts


Next time you are at the beach, gather some sand from your favorite vacation spot and turn it into this easy-to-use clay and build a permanent, air-hardened sand castle keepsake.

Items needed:          Steps for the Castle

  • 1 cup sand
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon alum (sold in spice section at grocery store).
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Shells (optional)
  • Twig (optional)
  • Tacky glue (optional)

Directions:

1.  Add sand, cornstarch and alum to a saucepan and use a wooden spoon to combine them completely.

2.  Add the water and stir the mixture until it is smooth and the cornstarch is dissolved.

3.  Cook the clay over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.  The clay should start to thicken within a minute or two.  Stir more vigorously, being sure to scrape the mixture from the sides and the bottom of the pan.

4.  After about 3 minutes of cooking, the clay will have thickened to the consistency of play dough.  Remove the clay from the pan.  Once it’s cool enough to touch, you can start sculpting.  (For best results, use the clay within a day or two of mixing it).

5.  Create your sand castle with towers and crenellated walls.  From the example below you can see that you can add a shell door and flag (shell glued to twig).  The clay should dry completely within a week.  If any pieces fall off after the clay dries, attach them with tacky glue.

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