Salt Painting in a Jar
Parental supervision is recommended
Create a pretty and colorful effect by crafting a salt painting in a jar. This makes a fun and easy craft for kids to do on a rainy day.
What you'll need:
- Small jar with lid
- Large tray or cookie sheet
- Plastic cup
- Egg carton (optional)
- Candle (optional, and only with a grownup's help)
For each color of sand you want to use:
- 1/2 cup of salt
- Food coloring
- Ziploc bag
How to make it:
- Pour half a cup of salt into a Ziploc bag and add several drops of food coloring.
- Close the bag tightly, making sure that most of the air is out.
- Use your fingers (on the outside of the bag) to mix the color into the salt.
- Pour the salt in a thin layer on the newspaper and let it dry.
- Repeat this for each color, giving each color its own piece of newspaper. (You can use half a page.) When all colors are dry, pick the papers up one at a time and pour the salt back into ziploc bags or into separate compartments in an egg carton.
- Using your hands or the spoon, sprinkle each color, one at a time, into the jar, forming color layers. (You can make them as thick or thin as you would like. Making the layers an uneven thickness can make your work look more "natural.")
- Repeat these steps until you reach the top of the jar. If you want really interesting layers, you can use the pencil to "poke" the sand layers into the layer beneath as you go.
- Once you're done, get a grownup to melt wax over the top layer of sand before you put on the lid. (This is an optional step, but it can make the project a lot more permanent because it prevents the "sand" from moving around as much in the jar.) If you don't have a grownup and a candle handy, put on the lid and enjoy your "sunset."