Take an empty Altoids type can and paint it inside and out. Since this was going to be my portable beach, I painted the inside of the tin and the outside of the lid blue. Then, I painted the outside base of the tin white to represent weather worn board and white sand. I covered the outside base with sea worthy sayings clear stickers from Michael's craft store. I also added two tiny shovels and shells to the outside decor. The top outside lid has a sea sticker on it "Rise and shine. It's beach walking time!"
Once the outside was finished I added white glue and white sand alternately until I had a good bit of "hardened" sand inside. I poked a hole in the sand mixture, cut the end of my parasol and added beach stuff. Now wherever I go, I can carry my beach with me - - or I can keep the tin on my desk at work when I am missing the ocean.
Here are the photos: