Rainbow Salt

March 21, 2011

dyed salt with chalk photos by Anne Weil

Oh! I love this project. I had no idea you could dye salt with chalk. I’m sure it creates quite a mess, but I bet kids would adore it. You can find Anne’s full DIY instructions here.

dyed salt with chalk dyed salt with chalk dyed salt with chalk

Now I’m wondering what sorts of things I could do with dyed salt. This could be fun for a birthday party activity.

P.S. — Do you like to make things? This looks like a really worthwhile retreat for makers.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Holly March 21, 2011 at 5:02 am

Can you do this with sugar?
Is it edible?


2 Bri (like the cheese) March 21, 2011 at 8:15 am

I wouldn’t eat it…since there’s chalk in it.


3 Christina March 21, 2011 at 8:21 am

I’ve done it with sugar but I still wouldn’t eat it


4 Arezoo March 21, 2011 at 5:08 am

I like this colored chalk, especially Lego type, and I do like your posts as well…:)


5 Jill V. March 21, 2011 at 5:24 am

Hmmm…not too into sand art, but I do like the simplicity of the project. neat idea!


6 robyn March 21, 2011 at 6:58 am

My kids would love this too!


7 alyson boehr March 21, 2011 at 7:26 am

I did this a lot when I was a kid…it was even an art project in school:)


8 Heather C. March 21, 2011 at 7:40 am

I’ve done this with older preschool kids and it makes lovely MOther’s Day gifts, especially if the children bring in unusually shpaed bottles and trinkets with which to decorate the lids etc. Good fun.


9 Alli March 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

so great!!!


10 Bri (like the cheese) March 21, 2011 at 8:16 am

Makes me want to dye a whole bunch of road salt and make a rainbow-colored safer sidewalk in the winter….


11 caru March 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

i did this at school, but never worked. Now i know, i’ll do this with my kid. tghanks¡


12 Marielle March 21, 2011 at 9:12 am

Great idea with sugar, too. Kids have been eating chalk forever. It won’t be nutritious, but it won’t hurt anyone. I’ve been yearning for the black salt I by-passed in an airport giftshop somewhere in Europe a couple of years ago. Gonna try this.


13 r8chel March 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

Neat idea. Would it work the same with sugar? There must be a reason that they used salt instead of sugar — besides the fact that we wouldn’t want our kids to eat their art. :) For those of us who probably won’t get around to making this, it would be fun to just put some white salt on a dark plate and let my kids draw pictures.


14 valleyartproject March 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

What an inexpensive thing to do with kids!


15 bdaiss March 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

You can do something similar with sugar and food coloring. Just put the sugar in a jar with a tight fitting lid, drop in a few drops of food coloring and then shake. It takes a couple minutes of shaking, but just turn up the music and let the kids go crazy. Want more intense colors, use more food coloring.


16 Claire March 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

What fun!


17 anne weil | flax & twine March 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

First, Gabrielle, Thanks so much for sharing my tutorial. I appreciate it immensely. Second, to address the sugar issue – I think using sugar would take this project into nightmare territory to clean up. The salt sweeps up easily and can be collected by a damp rag with little trouble. You add sugar and water together – sticky disaster, not fun. Yes, and my kids weren’t tempted to eat the salt. Those are my two cents.


18 jan March 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

How fun!


19 Kristen Duke Photography March 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

what a fun idea!!! love it!


20 Emily March 22, 2011 at 3:23 am

I did this in pre-school, and at after-school care when I was younger. I never thought anyone didn’t know about it! It must be a garden-variety here in Sydney.
When I was in pre-school, I made this for my mom for a mothers day gift and she still has it (some 13 years later).
It never made much of a mess when we did it when we were in primary school. When we were a bit older, we got really creative, using a paddlepop stick (is that what they’re called in the states?) to press the sand down in specific areas to create all kinds of different shapes and patterns.


21 Julie March 22, 2011 at 5:54 am

that is incredible! I didn’t know you could do that either. I bet the kids would think it’s some type of magic! thanks for sharing.


22 Nícia Cruz March 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Wonderful idea!


23 Candace March 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm

My mother decorates for weddings and often uses this colored salt technique. She uses the colored salt in the bottom of glass vessels to anchor small candles. Another bonus — the wax drips into the salt and leaves your glass wax-free.


24 Cyn March 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Cool idea! I use powdered tempera paint to dye mine.


25 Dee March 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Love this idea!


26 Marissa March 26, 2011 at 5:58 am

My dad still has some salt art I made when I was 9 on top of his bookcase…Thanks, Dad!


27 nancy August 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Can you glue this salt on paper for a salt design on paper?


28 Ophelia February 2, 2014 at 1:13 am

You could use white glue and sprinkle the salt on top, yes!


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