Colored sand is a simple way to decorate for a bridal shower or even a wedding. It is also fun for kids to use to make various crafts. You can make it yourself and save a lot of money!!
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You don’t have to use sand to get the color you want. In fact, I didn’t even use sand. I found a way to make colored salt.
Yep! It works better than sand and no one will be able to tell the difference. If you have priced colored sand, you know it can be pricey. This recipe to make sand in the colors you want costs pennies a batch. It all starts with standard table salt and affordable baking dye. That’s it!
Once you make your own DIY colored sand, you can use it to decorate for baby or bridal showers and even weddings. It looks great in the bottom of a vase of flowers and to decorate a mantel for holidays such as Easter or Halloween.
Try some of these other DIY ideas too:
HOW TO COLOR SAND
Food Coloring (liquid, not gel)
Jar, vase or another container (something like this with colored sand and flowers would be gorgeous)
First, you need to determine the amount of salt to color. Fill each container to know for sure how much you will need. Then, split the salt into different bowls, one for each color you will need.
Next, measure the amount of salt in each bowl. Add 3 – 4 drops of food coloring for each 1/4 cup of salt. For example, if you have 1 cup of salt, you would add 12 – 16 drops of food coloring. Keep in mind that the more vibrant you want the colors to be the more drops you will need to add. If you are looking for very muted or light tones, add fewer drops.
Use a small whisk or fork and mix the coloring and the salt, in a rapid motion. While mixing, check for clumps and make sure you break them up. Continue until all coloring is dispersed and there are no salt clumps.
The final step is to layer the colored salt back into your containers. You’ll never be able to tell that it is salt and not sand. This is a much more affordable option for decorations or even crafts for kids. For just pennies, you’ll have all the colored sand you need!