Make a Super-Sized Sand Dollar

tutorial for beach crafts

Follow along with Crafts by Amanda to make your own (almost) 16" sand dollar.

When skies are gray and the cold winds blow a few months from now, this Giant Sand Dollar (almost 16” across!) might lift your spirits with memories of summer beaches. I fell in love with this project when I saw it on the blog Crafts by Amanda. Amanda says that her original inspiration was a similar oversized sand dollar, priced at $99, in the April Pottery Barn catalog. Amanda, who is sprucing up her bathroom, made her own for a fraction of the cost from a disc of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and paints and MagiKote from DecoArt.

Pottery Barn Decor

You could pay $99 + shipping for this sand dollar, or you could make your own for a whole lot less.

In her tutorial, Amanda shares the step-by-step details, starting with a 15 7/8” x 15/16” foam disc. She’ll show you how to sketch out your pattern, and then cut out and shape a sand dollar. (Originally, Amanda was going to use wood to make the sand dollar, and found STYROFOAM Brand Foam much easier to cut and shape.) The secret to her realistic finish was new MagiKote from DecoArt, which creates a paintable surface on STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Pottery Barn inspired decor

Amanda cut and carved her Giant Sand Dollar with a craft knife.

But, don’t take my word from it – please visit Crafts by Amanda and check out her tutorial. This is one of the prettiest crafts made with STYROFOAM Brand Foam that I’ve seen in quite some time.

Be sure to stop in again tomorrow for our last Summer Craft Boredom Buster, and a fun giveaway, too.

Happy crafting.


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4 Responses to Make a Super-Sized Sand Dollar

  1. Amanda says:

    I actually agree with Annie in retrospect 🙂 it would definitely have a more realistic feel with the rounded edges. Thanks for featuring me Sharon!

  2. Rusty says:

    A Tail wagging ………Cool!!!

  3. AdoAnnie says:

    This really is pretty, I love sand dollars. We used to find them on the beach a lot when I was a kid, not so much anymore. I think I would “sand” the edges down on the styrafoam first to make it look flattened out toward the rim and round rim to give it an even more sand dollar feel. What a wonderful project.

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