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Beach in a Bottle Craft

Use a Bottle to Make a Sand and Sea Shell Shaker Craft


Follow these directions, shared by Michele, to make a fast and simple beach shaker. Depending on the treasures you use to fill your bottle, this bottle craft can also double as an 'I Spy' game.

  • Age Guideline: All Ages
  • Time Required: 10 minutes
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.

Materials Needed:

  • Clear Soda or Water Bottle with Lid
  • Sand
  • Sea Glass, Sea Shells, Pebbles, Twigs, Plastic Sea Creatures/Fish (all of these items must be small enough to fit into the bottle)
  • Small Kitchen Funnel
  • Craft Glue or Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Start out by cleaning the bottle well and removing the label. Make sure the bottle is totally dry before you start this project. If you prefer, you can also purchase bottles.

Michelle suggests you use white craft sand. She bought sea glass at a craft store. The twigs are used to look like driftwood. You can find small sea shells at a craft store, but Michele cut apart a seashell lei. Again, anything you use should be able to fit into the top of the bottle.

Place the end of the funnel into the bottle and start filling it! Start out with about 2/3 cup of sand. You can add more or less if you like. Then, start adding your small beach items into the bottle. Place a few of each item into the bottle. Make sure, if young children are helping you, that they do not put any of the small items in their mouth.

Once you have everything you want in your bottle, spread some glue around the threads on the neck and replace the cap tightly. This will prevent the cap from falling off or being removed by small fingers.

You can reveal different 'seascapes' by shaking the bottle gently and laying it on it’s side. It’s fun and interesting to see how different the scene looks every time you move it around - it’s never the same! This was a craft Michele did at her school’s summer day camp with donated bottles a few years back and they still enjoy it at home to this day - she says, "even adults can’t put them down!"

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