Do you know how EASY it is to make your own art sand? YES! It’s THAT easy! We’ve made tons of this in the past – simply store in a sealed bag or tupperware storage container and you’re all set to make as many colors and shades as you can imagine! It’s great to experiment with!
Note – I do recommend using this diy art supply recipe with dry hands as the color can tend to bleed off a little IF you’ve made it with a heavy amount of food coloring. So just a heads up there!
I love trying new things, especially when I make them cheaper than I can buy them. I immediately got to work trying out this recipe! While it IS technically non-toxic and edible, which is perfect for toddlers or children with special needs, too much salt can be harmful of course if ingested. I can’t imagine it would taste good enough to eat large amounts but nevertheless there’s your disclaimer!
So unless your child really guzzles containers of salt, this is a good recipe for young children that may be inclined to eat their art supplies.
Make Your Own Art Sand Recipe:
- 1/2 cup of iodized salt
- 1/4 tsp. food coloring
- baking pan/cookie sheet
- aluminum foil
Pour 1/2 cup of iodized salt into a dish or container. I wanted to try four colors so I set everything out that I needed to get started, and created one recipe worth PER color in each separate container.
Pour 1/4 tsp. of desired color in one container of salt and mix until the salt is completely covered evenly with the food coloring. I used a fork to mix my colors which worked well.
Pretty isn’t it? Now you’ll need to place one large sheet of aluminum foil over your baking sheet or pan. Cookies sheets work well for this!
Spread your colored salt out onto the aluminum foil covered baking sheet and spread it as thin as you can get it! The moist salt will need to dry out in the oven so the thinner you can spread it the better. Bake it in your oven at 350* F for 10 minutes.
Once your batch of colored salt has baked for 10 minutes take it out of the oven. When it has cooled off you can pour it into the appropriate storage containers! It will store for several months in an airtight container.
Now that I realize how incredibly simple and inexpensive it is to make your own art sand I will be making ours homemade in the future instead of purchasing it! You can use this with glue, crafts, throw it in your sandbox, or even make sand art gift bottles!
**You can also use actual sand to make this craft which you can find at the beach or purchase in 50 lb. bags from Lowe’s or Home Depot for about $3. If you use sand instead of salt, however, I cannot verify that it is non-toxic or edible! Also make sure you get specific playground sand which has less irritating inhalants!