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How to Color Sand

Three Methods:

Colored sand can be used in a variety of sand art projects. While you can buy colored sand at craft stores, it’s very easy to make your own. In same cases, it is even cheaper to make your own. Best of all, you can create colors that you would not find in a store!

Steps

Using Liquid Food Coloring

  1. Get some light-colored sand.You can buy sand in hardware stores, art stores, and in aquarium-supply stores. If you already have access to sand, you can use that instead, as long as it is light enough. Try to get the lightest color of sand you can find; white would be the best because it will allow the colors to show up better.
    • You can use this method to tint sand at the beach and make brightly colored sandcastles with it.
  2. Divide the sand into plastic zippered bags.You will need one bag for each color of sand that you will be making. Leave enough room in each bag so that you can shake the sand. How much sand you put into each bag is up to you. Anywhere between ¼ and 1 cup (95 and 379 grams) will be plenty.
    • Consider dampening the sand with water. This will make it easier to mix the food coloring into it.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring into each bag.Plan on using 3 to 4 drops of food coloring for every ¼ cup (95 grams) of sand. If you used 1 cup (379 grams) of sand, 12 to 16 drops of food coloring will be plenty.
    • You can also use liquid watercolor, but you may need to add more than just a few drops. Liquid watercolor comes in small bottles and is already diluted with water.
    • Do not use liquid watercolor if you are doing this at the beach. Food coloring is safe for the animals, but liquid watercolor is not.
  4. Close the bags tightly, then shake and squeeze them to mix the sand.Zip the bags shut tightly first. Next, shake the bags to help distribute the food coloring. You can also gently squeeze and massage the sand through the bags. Keep doing this until the color is even.
    • Add more food coloring if the color is too light for you. Keep in mind that the sand will dry lighter.
  5. Transfer the sand to baking sheets.Make sure that you use a clean baking sheet for each color of sand. Spread the sand across each baking sheet as thinly as you can. If you don't have enough baking sheets, you can use trays and shallow dishes.
  6. Allow the sand to dry overnight.If you don't want to wait that long, you can dry the sand in a preheated oven at 200 °F (93 °C) for 5 to 10 minutes. When the sand is almost dry, take it out of the oven and let it finish air drying for a few hours.
    • Don't let the sand dry completely in the oven. If you do, the color may fade.
    • Do not bake sand that's been colored with liquid watercolor.
  7. Use your sand.Fill vases with it to create beautiful, layered designs. Draw a picture on a sheet of paper with glue, then sprinkle the sand over it. Avoid getting the sand wet, however. Even though the food coloring will have stained it, there is a slight chance that it may come off on your hands if the sand gets wet.
    • Do not put the sand in water or aquariums. It will bleed into the water.

Using Paint Powder or Colored Chalk

  1. Purchase a bag of light-colored sand.White sand would be even better because the colors will show up brighter. You can find bags of sand in craft stores, hardware stores, and even in aquarium-supply stores.
    • This method is not safe to use at the beach. Paint and chalk contain ingredients that could be harmful to the aquatic life.
  2. Place 5 tablespoons (118 grams) of sand into a zippered bag.This will be enough for one color. If you want to make more colors, you will need to fill more bags with more sand. You can also put the sand into a cup or bowl instead.
  3. Mist the sand with water, if desired.You don't have to do this, but many people find that it helps the paint powder stick to the sand better. The easiest way to do this would be with a spray bottle, but you can also stir a small spoonful of water into the sand instead.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of tempera paint powder into the sand.You can add more paint powder later on, if you want to, but start with this amount first. You can find paint powder in arts and crafts stores. It is simply dried, powdered tempera paint.
    • You can also use sidewalk chalk or a chalk pastel (notoil). Grind it up first using a craft blade, food grater, or sandpaper.
  5. Zip the bags shut and shake them to distribute the powder evenly.If you need to, gently squeeze and massage the bags to help work the paint powder into the sand. If you are mixing the sand in a bowl, simply stir it with a fork or spoon.
  6. Spread the colored sand out on a baking sheet to dry.Open the bag up, and spread the sand on a baking sheet or tray. Leave the sand out for a few hours so that it can dry. If you play with the wet sand too soon, the paint powder my come off on your hands.
    • If you made multiple colors of sand, use a different tray or baking sheet for each one.
    • If you didnotdampen the sand, you do not have to dry it. It is ready to play with!
  7. Play with the sand.Use the sand to make beautiful sand art. Fill vases with it, or sprinkle it over drawings made from glue.
    • Don't let the sand get wet, otherwise the color may come off on your hands.

Making Fake Colored Sand

  1. Purchase a bag of Epsom salt.You can find this salt in pharmacies. It is often added to bathes to soothe aching muscles. Although it contains the word "salt," this product isnotedible. Thanks to its pure-white color, however, the food coloring will show up much better compared to real sand.
    • Regular table salt will also work for this method.
    • If you want to make edible colored sand, use white, granulated sugar instead.
  2. Divide the salt into several zippered bags.How many bags you use depends on how many colors you want to make. You will need one bag for each color. Don't fill the bags more than half-way, however; you will need that extra room to shake the salt.
  3. Add 5 to 10 drops of liquid food coloring into each bag.Smaller amounts of sugar will need just 5 drops, while larger amounts will need up to 10. Don't worry if this doesn't look like it will be enough; you can always add more drops later!
  4. Zip the bags close, then shake them.Make sure that the bags are tightly closed first. Next, shake the bags in order to mix the food coloring into the salt. You can even squish the bags to help distribute the food coloring further.
  5. Add more food coloring, if desired.If the salt did not turn out bright enough for you, open the bags up and add in a couple more drops of food coloring. Zip the bags shut and shake them again. Keep doing this until you get the color you want.
  6. Open the bags and let the salt dry.How long this takes depends on how dry or humid it is in your home. For most people, this will take overnight. You can speed up the drying process by spreading the salt out on a baking sheet or tray. Make sure that you use a separate sheet/tray for each color, however.
  7. Play with the sand, but don't let it get wet.If it gets wet, it will melt! You can use this sand to fill vases in colorful layers. You can also use it to make sand art. For example, you can draw a picture on paper with school glue, then sprinkle the salt over it to create a sand painting.
    • You can use edible sugar sand to decorate cakes, cupcakes, or even a tropical-themed gingerbread house!

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  • Question
    Can I color any kind of sand?
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    Yes, although you should keep in mind that darker sands won't work with lighter colors.
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    How long will these colors last?
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    It depends on the type of color you used. Paint powder and colored chalk should last a very long time. Sand (including fake sand) dyed with food coloring may fade or discolor over the years.
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  • Question
    Can I use powdered Kool-Aid to color sand?
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    You can, but the color may not be as vivid as you'd like.
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  • Question
    Can I crush crayons to dye sand?
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    Community Answer
    No, you cannot use crayons to color sand. You can use chalk to color sand, though.
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  • Question
    How do I color black sand?
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    Try black food coloring or black liquid water color. You will need to use a lot of it in order to get such a dark color. Chalk and paint powder may not get dark enough.
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  • Question
    If I use colored sand on wood and seal it, will it hold up?
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    It might. Make sure that the sand is dry first, then add a light coat of sealant. Let it dry, then add another one. It would be best to do a test patch on a scrap of paper first, however.
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  • Question
    Are any of these methods good to use to dye desert sand?
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    All of the methods described are mostly 'translucent', so they will not truly cover over the original sand color. Even the concrete dyes will not get rid of the color of desert sand completely.
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  • Question
    I want to use the colored sand for aquascaping. Does the food coloring method bleed when in water?
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    Yes it will. Don't try it or you'll have to change 100 percent of tank water to get it out.
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  • Question
    Why does my sand keep coming out as peach when I try to color it pink?
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    Chances are, the sand you are using is yellow. Food coloring is translucent, so when you add pink or red to yellow sand, you get peach or orange as a result. Try any of the methods using white sand. You can find it in crafting stores and aquarium-supply stores.
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  • Question
    How long do I soak it before draining?
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    You don't have to soak it for any certain amount of time, I just added the coloring, mixed the sand together, and continued with the steps, including draining it.
    Thanks!
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  • How do you make gold sand. What colors do I need to use for each method?
  • I want to use dyed sand in an outdoor beach scape what will work?
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Quick Summary

To color sand using food coloring, start by placing ¼ to 1 cup of sand into a plastic zippered bag. Next, add 3 to 4 drops of food coloring, close the bag tightly, then shake and squeeze the bag until the color is evenly distributed. Afterwards, spread the sand evenly along the bottom of a baking sheet and let it dry overnight. Alternatively, place it in a 200 degree F oven for 5 to 10 minutes, then take it out of the oven and let it finish drying for a few more hours.

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  • Colored sand made with paint powder or chalk will stay bright for a long time. Sand colored with food coloring may fade or discolor over time.
  • You can mix food coloring (or paint powder/ground chalk) to make new colors.
  • Add some extra-fine glitter to the sand for extra sparkle!
  • Start with a smaller amount of coloring than you think you need. It's always easier to add more to reach a darker color.
  • If you used liquid food coloring, be aware that your sand (including salt or sugar) my dry lighter.
  • You can use real sand from the beach, but be sure to sift it first to get rid of any large shells, pebbles, or sticks.
  • Store your sand in jars or plastic, zippered bags when you are not using it so that it does not spill.

Warnings

  • Do not use colored sand in water or aquariums. The color is not bound into the sand, so it will bleed and stain the water.

Things You'll Need

Using Liquid Food Coloring

  • White or light-colored sand
  • Plastic zippered bags
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Baking sheets or trays

Using Paint Powder or Colored Chalk

  • White or light-colored sand
  • Plastic zippered bags
  • Tempera paint powder, sidewalk chalk, or chalk pastels
  • Craft blade, food grater, or sandpaper (if using chalk)
  • Baking sheets or trays

Making Fake Colored Sand

  • Epsom salt, table salt, or white, granulated sugar
  • Plastic zippered bags
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Baking sheets or trays

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