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DIY Art Materials: Colored Salt

by on January 5, 2013

I love making our own art materials. I can spend a fortune in an art/craft store in the blink of an eye so it is such a relief to make our own materials with inexpensive ingredients at home. Colored salt is a very easy material to make with ingredients I bet you have lying around the house at this very moment. And this project is great for little hands. My daughter couldn’t wait to start mixing!

DIY Art Materials | Learn how to make colored salt for art and science projects. BONUS: six ideas for what to do with it!

Colored Salt

Materials

  • Salt
  • Liquid Food Coloring
  • Ziploc Bags

DIY Art Materials | Learn how to make colored salt for art and science projects. BONUS: six ideas for what to do with it!

Instructions

  • Step One Add the desired amount of salt to a Ziploc bag.
  • Step Two Add food coloring to the bag. The more food coloring, the more saturated your colors.
  • Step Three The most important step! Press out all the air from the bag and securely close it. The last thing you want is a bag of exploded food coloring and salt all over your house!
  • Step Four Knead the salt and coloring until it is all mixed together. I found that waiting to mix everything a minute or so after adding the food coloring made for less coloring clumps and an easier mixing process.

DIY Art Materials | Learn how to make colored salt for art and science projects. BONUS: six ideas for what to do with it! DIY Art Materials | Learn how to make colored salt for art and science projects. BONUS: six ideas for what to do with it!

You’re done! If you’ve added a lot of food coloring you may want to let your salt dry out a little by leaving it exposed to fresh air. Otherwise, you can either store it in the Ziploc bag or another airtight container.

DIY Art Materials | Learn how to make colored salt for art and science projects. BONUS: six ideas for what to do with it!

So now that you’ve made colored salt what do you do with it?

  • Water Color Painting with Salt Salt adds a great texture to water color paintings. If you haven’t tried it, have your kids sprinkle some salt on the page the next time they do a watercolor paining.
  • Salt and Glue Paintings  Have your child “paint” a picture using glue, sprinkle salt over the glue to create the color, then shake off the excess salt.
  • Salt Layering  Give your child a clear glass bottle, a spoon, and several colors of salt, then ask them to layer the various colors.
  • Ice Sculptures We made these last year at my children’s preschool and they were a hit! Sprinkle colored salt over large chunks of ice; the colored salt both helps to melt the ice and create colorful patterns.
  • Salt Pendulum This batch of salt was made specifically for this science/art project. Check out the tutorial here.

For more fun projects using colored salt check out the web. Unless the project involves water or a living plant, colored salt can easily be substituted for colored sand in many an art project.

DIY Art Materials | Learn how to make colored salt for art and science projects. BONUS: six ideas for what to do with it!

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DIY Art Materials | Learn how to make colored salt for art and science projects. BONUS: six ideas for what to do with it!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Becki January 7, 2013 at 2:47 am

Thanks for stopping over to my blog! I love this idea, and I want to try it with the glue painting. I’m following, and I can’t wait to read more fun ideas.

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Ana Dziengel January 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Thanks so much Becki!

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Bella January 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I love this idea! The colours are so intense, and I can’t wait to try it out with ice sculptures.

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Ana Dziengel January 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Thanks Bella! I’m so pleased to hear it. I’m a regular follower of your Art Club Blog! BTW check out what we did with the salt; I think you’ll like it: http://babbledabbledo.com/science-for-kids-salt-pendulum/

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Bonny @ thedomesticatedprincess.com January 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Who knew it was just that easy! I can’t wait to try this for my daughter. I’m pinning it too!

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Ana Dziengel January 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Thanks Bonny! Hope your daughter enjoys creating with the salt!

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Diana Rambles January 13, 2013 at 2:52 am

Great idea! Never knew about this!

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Ana Dziengel January 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Thanks Diana! Super easy and fun!

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Tina November 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

How do i get my salt to be a true red? Mine came out orange?

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Ana Dziengel November 4, 2013 at 5:37 am

You’ll need to use a LOT of food coloring, but it is hard to get really vibrant colors. I just started working with liquid watercolors, you could try substituting them for the food coloring :)

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