There are many different styles that you can choose to make your "beach in a bowl." I used sand and shells and a glass bowl or cup. But if you want a different style/look then you can use different materials on the inside or decorate the outside.
Step 1: Adding the Inside
First pour the sand into your container. I got mine from the beach but you can use whatever you want.
Step 2: Adding Accessories
Once you have chosen your accessories you can put them in however you want to make it look visually pleasing.
Ex. I decided to take a quahog shell and put pearl earrings in it and put that in the middle of my beach in a bowl to add a decorative feel to it.
Step 3: Making It Useful￼
During the step you can put anything on the outside that you think would make it useful.
Ex. I hung dangly earrings off of this edge of the cup so that it would look fancier and would be more versatile.
Step 4: Picture-Perfect
In the step you put your masterpiece wherever you would like so that it looks picture-perfect.