Sand Dollars and Stars – Fun Paper Crafts for Kids

We've been scouring the internet for some fun craft ideas. We were thinking "sky and sand", so we borrowed the following two paper craft ideas from Disney's Family Fun Site*!

Dreaming of beach treasures? How about creating your very own paper sand dollars?

What's a sand dollar?

  • The sand dollar is a living creature of the sea that has a circular shape and is related to the star fish and sea urchin. They live in shallow waters off of the coast and measure 2-4 inches in diameter (that means all the way around!)
  • Live ones look a bit like fuzzy cookies – when they are in the ocean, sand dollars are covered in a velvety covering of tubular spines and tiny muscle-like projections that help them move around and burrow in the sand.
  • The sand dollars that are found on the beach are no longer alive, and are just shells that look like grayish white discs with a five-pronged imprint in the center that looks like a star.
  • Many legends are attached to Sand Dollars – one fun tale is that Sand Dollars were once used as money by mermaids!

Paper Sand Dollars –
Time Needed – About an hour

Materials

  • White or cream-colored card stock
  • Round cotton pad or circle of packing foam
  • Glue
  • Kid-Safe Scissors
  • Clothespins
  • Dry barley

Instructions

Step 1 – To make your own paper sand dollars, first cut a pair of circles, about 3 inches in diameter, from white or cream-colored card stock.

Step 2 – Sandwich the 2 circles together with a round cotton pad or circle of packing foam between them.

Step 3 – Glue the circles together, using clothespins to hold them in place until the glue has dried.

Step 4 – Finally, glue on a star-shaped design of dry barley, as shown.

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Want to touch the sky? Try these fun fold-and-snip stars!

Stars are actually giant balls of plasma that exists in outer space. They're held together by gravity, and are actually huge spheres of energy and light. Stars look like tiny points of light up in the sky because they are so far away – they are actually millions of miles away from Earth! Don't worry, though – you can create your very own stars right here on Earth.

Fold-and-Snip Stars
Time Needed – About an hour

Materials

  • Paper
  • Kid-Safe Scissors

Instructions

Step 1 – Fold the paper in half from top to bottom, creasing it firmly. 

 

 

Step 2 – Fold the paper in half again, creasing it lightly.

 

 

Step 3 – Undo the second fold.

 

 

Step 4 – Make a third fold, bringing the tip of the upper right corner to the crease mark at the paper's left edge.

 

 

Step 5 – Fold down the upper left corner along the top edge of the section you folded in step 4.

 

 

Step 6 – Fold the paper vertically so that the left and right edges match up. Cut the paper at a sharp angle, as shown, creating a small triangle. Open the triangle, and there's your star.

 

 

HAVE FUN!

 

 

 

SOURCES:

*Disney Family Fun – http://familyfun.go.com

Paper Sand Dollars
http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/paper-sand-dollars-668483/ 

Paper Fold-and-Snip Stars
http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-material/paper-crafts/paper-crafts-850665/#Fold-and-snip%20Stars;10 

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