We all have accidents around the home, so why should your little dollshouse people be any different!

This is a simple way to create a mess, without making a mess (if that makes sense?)

Things you will need:

  • Soap powder box
  • Fine white sand (we found this at a local fish tank shop)
  • Scalpel with new blade
  • PVA glue
  • Non-stick surface (we used a silicone sheet, however, a non stick baking sheet is also a good option)
  • Mixing pot
  • Mixing stick
  • Cocktail sticks


1. Firstly find yourself a soap powder box. We used a box of Tide but any brand will do!
2. Start by cutting 3 edges of a square on the side of the box. You want to create a flap rather than cutting out a hole as that’s how it would be in full size.
Make sure you use a fresh blade so that you get a lovely clean cut.
3. Fold back the flap to reveal the hole.
4. Pop some sand into your mixing pot and add a small amount of PVA. Add small amounts of PVA at a time, you don’t want the mix to be too wet.
5. Mix together until the sand starts to clump, adding more PVA if you feel the mix is too dry.
6. Here you can see that the sand clumps and holds together without being too wet.
7. Once the sand and PVA are well mixed, pop a bit of the sand into the hole you have made in your soap powder box.
8. To make it a little easier to control, we put a blob of PVA onto our non-stick matt and popped the box next to it.
9. Lay some of your mix onto the blob of PVA and start to arrange it so it appears it has spilled out of the box.
10. Press down the mix with your finger to get the desired look. Compacting the mix will also help it bond together, making it stronger.
11. Finally, leave it to dry. We would recommend leaving it over night to dry fully. If you try to peel it off to soon it is likely to crumble.
Once dry you should be able to carefully peal the non-stick sheet away from the box. If you find it sticking, try sliding a knife under the powder and easing it away from the sheet.
12. Hopefully you should end up with something like this.Have fun and remember to share your creations with us on our Facebook page! We’d love to see how people get on.