Here in Melbourne, school holidays are here again! I don’t know how it happens, but every year things go faster and faster. I can’t believe that we’re half way through the year already.
School holidays have the ability to make most of us lose our mind at some point (or several points!) between the two weeks, but the July holidays are worse. When the weather is nice, my daughter (8) will happily play outside for hours, making fairy gardens on the back lawn with grass clippings and sticks, or drawing with her sidewalk chalk. When it’s raining for the eleventy billionth day in a row, not so much.
So, what do you do when it’s too wet to play? Unlike the good old Dr Seuss, my children would never sit there looking out the window. They’re just like when the Cat in the Hat arrives all on their own. If your crew are driving you insane already, check back often throughout the holidays for new ideas.
How to Make Your Own Coloured Sand Glitter
When you have a daughter as girly as mine, one of the first things you learn is that everything is better with glitter. It adds a special sparkle to just about anything, and can be used in a heap of different craft ideas. The home made variety isn’t quite as shiny, but it’s so easy to make at home, and makes a wonderful arts and crafts too, just like using coloured sand.
To make your own, all you need is salt, food colouring, foil and a baking tray – that’s it.
Step 1: Chose your colours
First, you’ll need to chose the colours you want to make. This is where you can get really creative. You’re not longer restricted to what you can find at the shops, you can experiment with mixing food colouring to get exactly what you need. Just play around with the colours until you like what you see.
If you don’t have food colouring on hand, try water colour paints. These also work well.
Step 2: Mix Mix Mix
Once you’ve got your colour perfect, add about 1/2 a cup of salt to a bowl. If you’re out of salt and like the sweeter things in life, sugar can be substituted. If you’re like me however, you’ve probably got more salt than you will ever need thanks to buying playdough ingredients.
Add in the food colouring, one drop at a time, until the colour looks about as strong as you’re after. Then, mix it in with a spoon and repeat unti all the salt is the right colour. It may start to dissolve a little, but this is fine. It will reverse when you bake it at the end.
Step 3: Turn up the heat
Take your baking tray and cover it in foil, this will prevent it being stained. Then, pour the salt out onto the tray and spread it all around until you have an even, thin layer across the sheet.
Place the tray into a preheated 190 degree oven. Basically, we’re baking the salt to get rid of any moisture from the process. Bake it for about 10 minutes, keeping an eye on it.
Once baked, remove the tray from the oven and let it cool. If some clumps have formed, use a fork to break it up.
That’s it! Your home made glitter is now all ready to use. Of course, a salt shaker is the perfect container to store it in.
Hot tip! If you’ve use food colouring to make it, you can add sparkle and colour to anything edible. Shimmering mashed potatoes here we come.
Enjoy! While you’re here, if you love glitter too, here’s a free printable to create a little sparkle in your life. It’s A4, all ready to print, just click the link to download. If you like it, please tell your friends where they can download their own. I’d really appreciate the share!