How to Make Your Own Colorful Sand

How to Make Your Own Colorful Sand

How to Make Your Own Colorful Sand

We’ve been playing around with food coloring a lot lately! For years, I didn’t even touch the stuff, but now I find that I can’t live without it. Why? Because food coloring is amazing. It’s fun. You can do so much with food coloring including fizzy fun, making sidewalk chalk paint, shaving cream raincolor changing milk and now our own colorful sand! With two young kids in the house, I’m always on the lookout for fun and exciting projects to do with the girls!

How to Make Your Own Colorful Sand

Creating our own colorful sand was something that I’d do again. It’s so easy to do and inexpensive as well. All you need is salt, food coloring, and plastic baggies!

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How to Make Your Own Colorful Sand

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Pour 1/2 cup to 1 cup salt into a plastic baggie.
  2. Drop 10-12+ drops of food coloring into the bag.
  3. Squish the salt around in the bag until the food coloring evenly covers the salt. *Add more food coloring for a brighter color.
  4. Let the colored salt sit in the plastic baggie overnight to make sure it’s dry.

Using a flat pan or plate, allow your child to play with the sand! Give them a cup or spoon or other toys they can use to make their playtime even more fun! You can even pour the colored salt into little containers and make pretty colored layers with it.

A few important notes:

*I did receive a question from a reader asking if salt would make hands dry. I didn’t experience this with my own children, but if you think the salt is in fact causing your child’s hands to get dry, I would recommend discontinuing the use. You can also use the salt for just scooping and pouring and avoid using hands in the salt.

**As with any activity involving small children, monitor your child during this activity to make sure they aren’t putting the colored salt in their mouth. 

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My girls enjoyed playing with their sand! When we were finished playing, we poured the sand back into the bags to save for another day! Try mixing the colors for more fun!

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  1. says

    Wow! This is so pretty, and looks like so much fun! My daughter would LOVE it for days that she can’t play outside in her sandbox! Great idea!

    • Brittany says

      Thank you for your question. Great question! I addressed your question in the post with this response:

      *Note: I did receive a question from a reader asking if salt would make hands dry. I didn’t experience this with my own children, but if you think the salt is in fact causing your child’s hands to get dry, I would recommend discontinuing the use. You can also use the salt for just scooping and pouring and avoid using hands in the salt.

      • joanne hardy says

        My husband has dry skin issues and uses salt to moisturize it. seems to work for him. He discovered this after restoring a boat feral cats had nested in over the winter and it was so infested with fleas. He didn’t know they were on him til he saw the bites the next day. I knew salt had a drawing effect so he put handfuls of salt all over him. Took care of the itch and made his skin softer.

  2. Bec says

    Do you think you could use actual sand.. I work with children and they would love this but it’s expensive to buy.. I’m thinking sand would also work instead of salt.. What are your thoughts?

    • Brittany says

      Great question!

      As with any activity involving small children, monitor your child during this activity to make sure they aren’t putting the colored salt in their mouth.

  3. Kris says

    Could use this to fill decorative bottles, have done this with granddaughters and they loved it, used a small funnel to “aim” the sand and turned containers to make patterns then when really full put wax over the top to seal

    • Brittany says

      You could try using sand. I have not. I am not sure the color would show up as well using regular sand. Maybe I’ll experiment with that in the future!

  4. sab says

    I am looking to buy sand for a wedding to put into glass vases. I wonder if this would last long if kept air tight in the vase.

  5. kim says

    We use to make it using chalk n salt…. Put the salt in a bowl n take a piece of chalk( whatever color u want to be) n put on side n slide around in the salt until it’s the color u wanted

  6. lisa says

    This is an awesome n easy idea. I just tried it with regular beach sand n it worked great. Make your own colored sand for your sand ceremony.

  7. Dorothy Moss says

    O.k. I followed the steps given above using blue food color (for an ocean project) and my sand is green ish not but. Is it because it need to dry? What did I do wrong?

  8. Christy says

    Where did u find the food coloring in the pic? All I find is the bold colors and I need brighter colors like teal, coral, yellow etc. Thanks!

    • Mom. Wife. Busy Life. says

      You could probably use gel food coloring, but I think the liquid food coloring would work a little better! I did use gel food coloring for the first time recently for some play dough I made but I wasn’t a fan and sticking with the liquid kind!

  9. Rachel says

    This is such a cute little idea!! I would have never thought of something like this. I myself might even enjoy something like this because I am a child at heart.

  10. Fiona says

    This looks like such a fun idea! Do you use regular table salt, or do you use a coarser salt that won’t break down as easily?

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