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Paper Sand Dollars (Beach Crafts)

Paper Sand Dollars

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

It's easy to see why kids sometimes think sand dollars are old pirate coins or mermaids' loot, but of course they're actually the shells of bottom-dwelling sea animals that have washed ashore. Luckily, you don't have to wait for the tide to recede to get a few of these ocean treasures for yourself.


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


Paper Sand Dollars - Step 1

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.

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

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

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