Make Your Own Colored Art Sand
As a child I loved sand art. It was therapeutic, easy, and the results always pleasing. However, I always wished a better selection of sand colors. The commercial sand for these types of art projects were always too deep of a hue, or they were on the neon spectrum. There was no in between. I wanted a softer pallet. I wish I had known then what I know now...that you can make your own sand for sand art!
For this project you will need...
- Regular Iodized Salt- About 3-4 containers worth (This will allow you to make about a half pound of 6 different colors)
- Sidewalk Chalk- I love Crayola Brand, and make sure it is sidewalk chalk and not school chalk.
- 1 Gallon Plastic Bag
- Wooden Rolling Pin or Rubber Covered Mallet
- Glad Food Storage Containers (Or other seal-able container)
NOTE: Okay, quick secret...did you know that craft sand isn't sand at all? It's salt! What the what? I know. Crazy, right? It makes sense though, salt is white and white is a great starter base to ensure bright colors. If you tried using real sand for this project you would end up with some very muddy colors. In other words, it just wouldn't work. So, salt. It's a miracle worker in the child arts and crafts world.
To Begin, select your chalk colors. These will be used to dye your "sand." I like to use 2 pieces of chalk per half pound of salt. You can choose two of the same colors of chalk, or two colors that are in similar hues.
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Place your first two similar colored chalk into you plastic bag. Close the blag and press out the air. Use your rolling pin or mallet to break the chalk into small pieces. This takes about a minute to pulverize the chalk completely. If you are using a rolling roll over the pulverized chalk to smooth out all of the pieces and really break down all the chalk into little bits.
Pour in about a half of the salt from one of your salt containers into the plastic bag. Close the bag and gently work the salt and chalk around until they have fully mixed. Pour your colorful salt into a container you can seal like a Glad Food Storage Container.
Repeat the above steps for each color of sand you wish to create.