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.
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  • Alicia Ceballos
    Alicia Ceballos
    on Apr 20, 2019

    What is the purpose of mixing with salt?

    • Raven-Antonia
      on Dec 22, 2019

      In the 70s, I was taught in art class to use chalk and salt method. However we poured large quantities of salt and rubbed the chalk onto the salt. I found that method quite the calming nature, so those who want can use this way for therapy.

  • Donna
    on Apr 20, 2019

    I'm wondering if you could just color the salt with food coloring like with coloring sugar?

  • Allison
    on Apr 29, 2019

    Could i use this in a gel wax candle im making? Thanks😉

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  • Brenda Doster-Smith
    Brenda Doster-Smith
    on Sep 18, 2019

    My church goes to nursing homes to do crafts with the residents. This is easy,penneys on the dollar, and ALL ingredients can be found at Dollar Tree YEAHHHHHHHHH

  • Barbara
    on Nov 10, 2020

    You don’t need to grate the chalk! The salt is abrasive enough that you can just rub the chalk in the salt to color it! More efficient & less messy!

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