Sand Dough

Combine sand with flour, water and white glue to make a no-cook dough that can be used to make gritty sand-like sculptures.
Sand dough


  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 ½ to 3 cups sand
  • 1 tablespoon white glue
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing container
  • Acrylic paint or poster paint (optional)


Step 1 Sand Dough 1. Measure out 2 cups flour and ¾ cup water in a basin or bowl.
Step 2 Sand Dough 2. Mix and knead into a soft and somewhat sticky dough.
Step 3 Sand Dough 3. Add 2 cups sand. Fold the sand into the dough - the dough will slowly take in the sand as you continue to fold and knead.
Step 4 Sand Dough 4. Add about 1 tablespoon white glue. The glue will add extra cohesiveness to your dough and allow for more sand to be added.
Step 5 Sand Dough 5. Measure out another cup of sand and add it bit by bit, kneading the additional sand into the dough. You don't need to put in all the sand - stop when you reach the desired consistency of the dough. In case you've added too much sand and the dough becomes dry, adjust by adding a few drops of water or white glue.
Step 6 Sand Dough 6. The color of your dough will be determined by the sand's natural color. If you used light-colored sand, you may further color your sand dough by adding a bit of acrylic paint or poster paint. Continue kneading until the dough is uniformly colored.

*The paint will only color the dough and not the sand particles.