How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic Edible

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Make Your Own Art Sand Tutorial - Non Toxic & Edible

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!

colorful art sand blue green yellow red craft

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.

How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic and Edible

Make Your Own Art Sand Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup of iodized salt
  • 1/4 tsp. food coloring
  • baking pan/cookie sheet
  • aluminum foil
How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic and Edible

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.

How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic and Edible
How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic and Edible
How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic and Edible

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.

bowls of colorful art craft sand
Bowls of color salt used for craft sand

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!

How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic and Edible
Baking sheets of colorful dyed salt for craft sand

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.

How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic and Edible
How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic and Edible

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.

How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic and Edible
How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic and Edible

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!

How to Make Your Own Art Sand – Non-Toxic and Edible

**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!

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  1. The Queen of Swag says:

    love this! I'm so going to do this with the family. Pinned it to my boards!

  2. QueensNYCMom says:

    love this will try to do with my son. this may sound stupid but where do u get the dyes.

  3. The Teachers Wife says:

    I'm sorry! I guess I should have made that a little more clear! 🙂 I just use food coloring from the grocery store in the baking section!

  4. What a fantastic idea! I am so going to do this with my kids! Thanks for the tip! I stumbled and pinned it too! 🙂

  5. Mama to 4 says:

    great idea! The sand is pricey @ the craft store. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I made some colored salt with my girls a little over a year ago. I didn't think of drying it in the oven. Thanks for sharing. I am pinning this.

  7. Love this idea! My son and I will definitely need to try this. We have been doing a lot of sensory play and this is perfect. Stopping by from the Pinterest Blog Hop! 🙂

  8. I agree that after one taste most children won’t attempt to eat this again! At least it will not hurt them if they do–would love to catch a photo of their expressions if they do!! This DIY sand used for art is a great idea–

  9. I will keep this in mind if I need a craft for my grandchildren. I also like pudding finger painting.

  10. Awesome! I am always looking for easy, cheap craft ideas for the kids. They will love that they get to color the “sand” and not just use it! Thanks for a great post.

  11. LuAnn Braley says:

    Some friends of ours built an outdoor sandbox for their kids under the balcony at their house. My daughter talked about it all the time. So DH bought one of the last of those little plastic wading pools of last summer and about 300 lbs of sand (which just filled it).

    Love the idea of making small batches with salt, though. Following from Thirsty for Comments Thursday at Acting Balanced.

  12. A great craft idea! Look forward to seeing you again next Thirsty for Comments Thursday.

  13. Catherine@(Momma's Fun World says:


    New follower found you through Pinterest. We made this sand the same way but with kool-aid for the color. The kids would love this. 🙂

  14. Love this, with all the snow where I’m at a little sand would brighten the kids day!!!

    Thanks, Visting from SITS link!!

  15. Will the colored salt be permanent? I am making a bottle lamp and am wanting to layer sand in the bottle, so I need to know if the color will fade after time.

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