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Keep-sake Ivy Bowl

This is a super easy craft and an attractive way to display unusual collectibles.


  • ivy bowl - obtainable at most department and hobby stores.
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  • decorative sand - I get mine at Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart. My daughter Anna loves to do sand painting and I get it in small bags in different colors. You could use regular sand also.
  • your collectible


I made the Ivy bowl to display crystals that Ed (my husband) and Anna found and gave to me from a hike in the woods. Ed brought the little prospector back from a conference out West and gave to me as a keep-sake for my shadow box. Anna had been sand painting and had some sand left over.

  1. I took the sand and layered it in the bottom of the ivy bowl.
  2. On top of the sand I arranged my treasures.

You see the result. I've had a lot of compliments on it. I also have a display of shells and sand dollars done in the same way. To keep dust out of the display, I placed a clean medium size cup lid (from a McDonalds cup) at the top of the bowl. I put the lid upside and it fits nicely in the neck of the bowl.


There are a lot of attractive ways of displaying unusual items. Just use your imagination.

Happy Crafting!

By Ann Davis from Conway, AR

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May 5, 20070 found this helpful

You are so ingenious! I would never have thought of such a lovely way to display beautiful rocks and crystals! And to think up a way to keep them dust-free amazes me. Congrats on your ingenuity and keep up the good work. God bless you!

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