How to Harden a Sand Dollar

Hardening sand dollars will help them stay in good condition and reduce breakage. Properly treated sand dollars will also resist becoming smudged or dirty.

Steps

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    Make sure your sand dollars are clean, bleached and dry.
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    Prepare a solution of white glue and water mixed in equal parts. Ensure that it has been stirred well, to verify that the mixture is fully combined.
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    Use a clean sponge dipped in the glue solution, and cover the entire surface (top and bottom) of the sand dollar with the mixture.
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    Allow the treated sand dollars to dry thoroughly.
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    Treated sand dollars may be used for craft projects or be displayed.

Tips

  • Prop the sand dollars on something (like on inverted thumb tacks) to ensure they do not become stuck on the drying surface.

Warnings

  • Maintain a clean work area to ensure dirt and debris does not stick to the sand dollars.

Things You'll Need

  • A sand dollar
  • Water
  • Glue
  • A sponge
  • Inverted thumbtacks (optional)

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Categories: Nature Crafts