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How to Make Sand Art With Salt!

I’m always on the lookout for fun colorful ways to decorate my home. And I love a good faux technique. So I was thrilled when I ran across the idea of creating sand art with salt! Here is a great way to make up so many different colors of “sand”, with a very low budget. This is a great project for the kids. Oh, and adults too!
For this project I used:
3 containers of salt
Colored Chalk
Ziplock bags
Glass Containers
votive candles
Begin by using the finer part of the grater to grate your chosen color of chalk. I used about half a piece of colored chalk for each color, but you can use more or less depending upon how deep a color you are going for. Grate the chalk over a large ziplock bag or piece of parchment paper.
Add about a cup of salt to your chalk gratings.
Pour into a ziplock bag. Seal, and mix the salt together with the chalk for an even color. Add more chalk or salt as desired to get the color you are looking for.
Repeat. As many times as you like for as many colors as you would like to work with! As you can see, I got a little carried away.
Now for the fun part! I found some great glass containers at the dollar store for this project. These were perfect for showing off the layers of color. Simply pour colors from your bags into the container in layers. Spread them out with your fingers or a pencil, then add another layer.
The colored layers look amazing!
My final touch was to add a votive candle to each one. These are perfect for colorful decorations in my house. Because they are salt, I wouldn’t recommend them for outdoors. They were certainly fun to make and would be a great project for the kids on a lazy summer day.
For more great craft ideas, be sure to check out Suzy's Sitcom!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Salt
  • Colored chalk

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  • Tikva Morrow
    Tikva Morrow
    on Jul 16, 2016

    This is so darn clever! I never would have thought of doing this with salt!

  • Carolina Constantino
    Carolina Constantino
    on Jul 17, 2016

    If u knew how much Crayola can cost here in Brazil... Such an expensive piece of art 😅

    • Leslie
      Leslie Methuen, MA
      on Jul 17, 2016

      Carolina, if I may suggest, any generic brand colored chalk will work, it doesn't have to be Crayola :)

  • Debra McMenamin
    Debra McMenamin Essex, MD
    on Jul 17, 2016

    Cute and fun idea

  • Donna Marie Herzwurm
    Donna Marie Herzwurm
    on Jul 17, 2016

    So Darn Cute

  • Lisa Gore
    Lisa Gore Saint Simons Island, GA
    on Jul 17, 2016

    I have used a $3 bag of playground sand to do this....the advantages are the kids eyes will not burn if they happen to rub them. The sand works better for outside. The skinnier the containers work best for less sand and stacking color. Plastic. "ice" drink comtainers work well for just sand art with no candle or cout off to desred height and use a votive candle.

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