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!

how to make sand art with salt

Looks like colored sand, doesn’t it?  You will be surprised at how easy this project is.  And cheap too!  I used dollar store containers, salt is very inexpensive, and the chalk I used to color it was just a few dollars.  A great way to keep the kids busy on a summer day.

Warning- this project can be messy.  If you are working with children, you might want to do this project outdoors.

how to make sand art with salt

For this project I used:

3 containers of salt
Colored Chalk
Ziplock bags
Glass Containers
votive candles

how to make sand art with salt

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.

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how to make sand art with salt

Add about a cup of salt to your chalk gratings.

Ready for the next step?

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  • http://www./ January 28, 2017, 8:50 pm

    That’s the thinking of a creative mind

  • melanie July 18, 2016, 1:07 pm

    Cool idea for making fun beach themed centerpieces!

  • Beverly July 15, 2016, 4:32 pm

    IiII have made sand art, but I used a different method. I took salt and put it in a “pie plate”. I took chalk and rubbed it on the salt going into a ciccircle around the pan. I put a wick dunked in wax in the middle of my jar. It was a craft that I did for our church’s midweek program. The kids made their “sand” in layers like you did. I poured melted paraffin on top. Humidity causes the salt to deteriorate/melt, so the sand shrinks. I just wanted to share my method with you. It was quite awhile ago-in the late 1900’s.

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