Sand Modeling

Sand Modeling

From Janice and Delores Gilligan


1 cup sand

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 teaspoon alum

3/4 cup hot water

bowl, pan and airtight container


1. mix sand, cornstarch and alum

2. add hot water, stirring vigorously

3. cook over medium heat until thick

4. cool

5. model or mold into objects

6. dry in sunshine for several days

7. store leftover dough in airtight container


1. makes 2 cups

2. grainy and stonelike

3. does not need shellac or varnish

About the Authors:

This summer fun is from from our friends Janice Gilligan and her mother, Dolores Gilligan, Editor of Country's Calling. You can pay her a visit at


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