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How to Make Your Own Glitter with Salt - Kiddy-Safe Activity

Updated on April 14, 2015
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Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and travels. She spends her weekends doing papercraft models and painting.

Children love glitter

If you have been buying craft glitter for your children to decorate their daily craft activities at home, why not make your own salt glitter. It is a fun activity for the children as well. You can have your own colour scheme, blend two or three colours to form a new colour, and you might like to have different shades of the same colour.

Here's how to make salt glitter. You will need table salt and food colouring. Pour two tablespoons of salt into a bowl. Slowly add the food colouring to the salt until you get the colour you like. Mix well with a spoon until the colour is evenly distributed.

Line a baking tray with aluminium foil. Pour the coloured salt onto the baking tray and spread the salt thinly and evenly on the tray.

Preheat your oven to 170ºC. Place the baking tray with salt in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove tray from oven and let the salt cool. Use a fork to break up clumps of salt that may have formed. There you go, you have made your own salt glitter.

Pour the salt glitter into a salt shaker and you are ready to use the salt glitter in your craft projects. It is safe for children to use because you know it is made from salt and food colouring. You can even sprinkle it onto your dishes if you want to.

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    • Cik Hani profile image

      Cik Hani 

      6 years ago from Malaysia

      thank you. (^^,)Y

    • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

      lady rain 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Cik Hani, the durability of the colours depends on the quality of the food dye you are using. Natural food dyes are best because they are safe to use. Cheers.

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      Cik Hani 

      6 years ago from Malaysia


      But, may I know how long the color will be exist? Does the color will fade out?

      Cheers from Malaysia.


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      Kathy Hull 

      7 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      Oh what a great idea! I love the fact that kids can both help make it and use it. I will have to try this.

    • RTalloni profile image


      7 years ago from the short journey

      Neat idea! Kids will love the whole process.

      Voted up and bookmarked.

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      Diana L Pierce 

      7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Great idea. I never heard of this, thanks for sharing.

    • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

      lady rain 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Brittamama, thank you for your post. It saves you money as well to make use of what you already have in the kitchen. Cheers.

    • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

      lady rain 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Lily Rose, salt crystals have a natural shine but you won't get the metallic sparkle like those commercial glitters which are made from fine sand, stone, glass or aluminium. Most young children won't be too fussy as long as they get to make some creative mess.

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      Lily Rose 

      7 years ago from East Coast

      Sounds very interesting, but as you didn't provide an "after" picture I must ask - does it come out actually looking like glitter -> shiny/sparkly??

    • Brittamama profile image


      7 years ago from internet space

      Thank you for sharing this. I have two little boys, and one that loves to put everything in his mouth and now i have a safe substance to make things fun. I really appreciate activities like this.

    • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

      lady rain 

      7 years ago from Australia

      oliversmum, thank you for your vote and fan mail. Salt glitter is easy to clean up too. Hope you have heaps of fun with the activity. Cheers from lady rain

    • oliversmum profile image


      7 years ago from australia

      lady rain. Hi. What a brilliant idea.

      What an easy,economical and safe glitter for the kids to play with, My grandchildren will love it.

      Thanks for sharing it with us. Voted up. :) :)


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