Beautiful Colored Sand Art in Mason Jar Craft
It's time to turn that gritty, often annoying sand into something beautiful that can decorate any area of your home.
Coloring sand is very easy to do. I will provide you with two methods that don't need a lot of explaining. After all, we like to keep things simple and affordable.
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Method 1 — Food Coloring
Put sand in a container that you don't mind potentially staining.
Add just enough water to cover your sand. Add one or two drops of food coloring until you have reached the color you want.
Pour out all excess water, then dump colored sand out on several layers of paper towels to dry completely.
DO NOT USE FOOD COLORING NEAR ANYTHING YOU DON'T WANT STAINED. THIS INCLUDES CERTAIN COUNTER TOPS.
That's it. Now for the preferred method, since it uses dry ingredients and is not as potentially messy.
Method 2 — Dry Tempura Paint Powder
Plastic containers with a flat bottom make perfect mixing and storage containers for coloring sand.
This poweder can be found at any arts and crafts stores, and is not expensive.
Start by adding only a little (dry) tempura paint powder to your sand. The more powder you add, the darker the color will become. To avoid wasting sand by having to dilute the color with more of it, only use about a teaspoon per cup of sand at first, if even that much.
That's it for that.
Now, you can use the colored sand you have created and layer it in jars. You can place a chop-stick or a screw-driver down into the layers once poured into your jar, and swirl the sand.
To maintain best appearance, make sure you pack your sand all the way to the very top of the jar so that it doesn't get bumped or turned upside down and lose its style by 'mixing'.
Tempura Paint Powder is nontoxic and ecofriendly.