Fine Salt DIY Glitter

I’ve been obsessed.  REALLY obsessed with this idea of making DIY non-toxic glitter.

First reason: ever wonder what glitter really is at the craft store?  It’s micron flecks of glass, plastic and polyester that is all individually punched by machines that create teeny, tiny microscopic grains of shiny glitter.    If you’ve used the stuff, you know A: it gets everywhere and B: it can be expensive.    While I’m not sure if storebought glitter is non-toxic or not, I assume if I blow my nose and see shiny specks coming out of my nose, it can’t be great to ingest.

So, that said, here’s a trail and error post on using regular old table salt and food dye to make DIY glitter.

I wanted masculine colors—think military greens and greys—for my glitter.    Try finding that at the store!  But if you want to make really bright pretty colors, stick with using just ALL red food dye or ALL yellow or ALL of any color.  Here I mixed it up with my box of 4 dye colors.

Mix really well.  Use the back of the spoon to break up the dye spots so it blends very well.  It will have the consistency of wet sand.

Bake away.  About 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  This totally dries out the salt and leaves you with dry customized salt glitter.

PS-Here’s what it looks like if you just stick with single dye notes…. pretty!

One Comment

  1. Kris says:

    Looks cool! So how do you use the glitter? Will it get all melty if you use it with a water based glue?