How to Make Colored Sand for Crafts

Jars of colored sand.
Jars of colored sand. (Image: bottled sand art in jordan image by Rebecca Capell from

Making colored sand is a great arts-and-crafts project for both children and adults. Colored sand is nothing more than a simple mixture of sand and powdered tempera paint, which can be purchase at any arts and crafts or art supply store. After you have made your colored sand you can use it for decorating other crafts or fill glass jars with it to place on windowsills, shelves and tables for decoration.

Things You'll Need

  • Sand
  • Plastic cup
  • Paper plate
  • Teaspoon
  • Powdered tempera paint

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Fill up a plastic cup halfway with sand.

Mix one teaspoon of powdered tempera paint into the sand.

Add one teaspoon of water to the mixture and stir it until the sand is evenly colored.

Pour the mixture onto a paper plate to let it dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with different ratios of sand, paint and water to get different results.
  • Do not use to much water or the sand will take longer than 30 minutes to dry.


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