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Summer "Bucket" List: Make a Beach Memories Keeper

Simple Beach Keepsake Craft

Last week we went to the beach and collected shells, stones, beach glass and other beach finds with this craft in mind- a beach memories keeper. I also set out a cup of sand. You can use shells and sand bought at the store or any treasures you have collected on trips to the beach. 4 Cups All-Purpose White Flour
1 Cup Table Salt
1 1/2 Cups Water
Empty 2 Liter Soda Bottle
Large Bowl
Wooden Spoon
Baking Sheet
Beach Treasure

This recipe makes 4 displays.

Cut off the bottom of a soda bottle on the raised line.
Measure the flour, salt and water. Pour into a large bowl.
Mix ingredients until the consistency of dough.
Press the dough firmly into the cut bottom of the soda bottle to approximately an inch from the top.

Turn over and gently squeeze and tap to remove the dough from container.
Push beach finds firmly into the dough.
Meanwhile, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place creations on a baking sheet.
Put in oven for one hour or until edges are slightly brown.
Take out of oven. Let cool. I have two children that can't touch anything with gluten, so I made a gluten-free clay for them.
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tarter
1 cup water
1 tsp cooking oil

Mix ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until mixture forms a ball. You can also put this in the 2-liter bottle to mold. This does not need to be baked, but air dries instead.

This idea came from Kids Nature Spot and the recipe for the gluten-free clay from here.

Garden Mama has another idea for saving beach treasures; by making Jars of Summer.

originally posted Sep 6, 2010


  1. what a great idea. I also like the jars of summer, I am thinking you could do most seasons in a jar

  2. I think these would make lovely gifts too - as paperweights or door stops. Really helpful to have a gluten free recipe too. Thanks so much for joining our Play Academy again. Hope you have a great weekend with the kids. Cathy x

  3. What a great idea, and I'm glad to see there was a gluten-free version for those who need it to try :) And I love that it was something everyone could do and enjoy, regardless of age :)

  4. Love how yours turned out! We did this earlier in the summer from shells that were collected on our trip in May. However, I did the store bought route ;) You were much more creative! Sadly, the shells we have now are reminders of what is not left of Port Aransas after being hit directly from Hurricane Harvey. :(


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