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What to do with the shells, postcards, and other beach-related trinkets? Keep vacation memories safe inside this keepsake container.
Decorate a wooden craft box (or recycled cardboard box with a lid) however you like to hold mementos from any occasion. Here’s how this box was made. Use your imagination and any theme to decorate your container.
Cover your craft area with newspaper. Paint the box inside and out with Crayola Washable Kid’s Paints. Mix at least two colors for realistic ocean hues. Add a coat or two of Crayola Texture It! Tempera Mixing Medium for a sandy look, either before or after you paint. Use swirling brush strokes to achieve a wave look. Air-dry the paint.
Decorate the box with anything you like--fish, seaweed, starfish, seahorses, mermaids—made with Crayola Model Magic® modeling compound. Model Magic compound sticks to almost any surface, including itself. If you work on your box over several days, just store the pieces in a plastic container with a lid until you are ready to assemble everything.
To make fish, flatten ovals with your finger for the bodies. For tails and fins, attach little triangles.
Roll Model Magic into long and short worm-like shapes for seaweed.
Roll Model Magic compound flat with a marker barrel. Cut out starfish with Crayola Scissors or a plastic knife. Poke a toothpick into the surface for a textured look.
Sculpt mermaids and other sea creatures piece by piece (arms, head, and hair). A garlic press is perfect for making long hair!
When all of your pieces are ready, attach them to the box and/or to each other. Model Magic® dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 to 3 days.
Add details, such as tiny fish eyes and mouths, with CrayolaMarkers. For glittery effects, use a coating of Glitter Glue. Air-dry the box before you use it to store your precious memories!
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