We Tried To Make Homemade Glitter

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Kora & Logan love art projects, science experiments, and helping in the kitchen. That’s why I thought it would be fun the other day to make homemade glitter. I came across the recipe in a fundraiser cookbook I bought recently and I’ve been seeing it floating around Pinterest as well. The recipe in the cookbook had no pictures but the photos on Pinterest showing colorful homemade glitter had me hooked. I thought if ours turned out half as pretty it would be a really fun after school project.

Kora is as obsessed with glitter and sparkles as I am and Logan loves anything science related so when I told them we were going to make homemade glitter they were really excited.

We set up at the dining room table and got started. The recipe called for salt and food coloring. That’s it. I poured a couple of different kinds of salt into plastic cups and gave the food coloring bottles to the kids.

How To Make Homemade GlitterThey had a great time mixing up the colors into the salt and seeing what combinations they could make.

Homemade GlitterThey both enjoyed putting every single color into each cup. In some cases they ended up with a very pretty mosaic mix that Kora called “Tie Dye.”

Homemade Colorful GliterIn other cases their cups ended up being a greenish-blue color and after awhile all started looking the same.

Homemade Green GlitterI encouraged them to try just using the red and yellow either separately or together to see what they could make. They made a few cups of spring-like oranges and reds.

Homemade Orange Glitter

Homemade Glitter RecipesI then lined cookie sheets with tinfoil and poured the colored salt on to them in a single layer being careful not to mix the colors. Following the cookbook instructions I baked it at 350 for 10 minutes. When it came out of the oven I was disappointed that it was not really like glitter and, in fact, still looked like it did in the cups before we baked it. I would simple call it colorful salt.

While it didn’t turn out exactly like I thought it would, Kora & Logan had so much fun with it and it’s such a simple project that we would do it again.

Making GlitterThe homemade glitter isn’t sparkly but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be used for art projects and even in baking. A few sprinkles of colored salt on a sweet cookie might look pretty and be delicious too. I’ve also heard that it looks great on the rim of margarita glasses and other fancy glassware.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Kora & Logan make with the colorful salt/homemade glitter and even though the end result wasn’t what we thought it would be it was still fun making it and spending time together.

What about you? Have you ever tried a recipe or craft and had it not turn out how you thought but still had fun anyway?

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  1. I love this idea – too bad it didn’t turn out like you expected. It looks like it will still be good for art projects. The mixed bunch was really pretty!

  2. I figured pinterest is nothing but pretty pictures and things just dont tasted very good or turn out right, with those too good to be true instructions

  3. Fun! I bet it doesn’t make as huge of a mess as glitter does too, lol!

  4. We’re getting cabin fever up here in MT.. so we’re always doing crafts.. some are a complete disaster.. but we always have fun!

  5. You are very brave!

  6. It does look like they had fun! I’ve had many craft projects that didn’t quite turn out (and recipes too) as expected but there’s always fun in the journey.

  7. Wow I didn’t know you could make your won glitter. I do agree it would be great for baking. I really like this craft idea.

  8. honestly-I’m not that crafty–so I would have NEVER even been brave enough to try this at all. However-I do think it would work out great for school projects to decorate boarders or when they need to make those 3-d cities in a shoe box as rocks, a lake etc-giving cool texture!
    love all the photos
    thanks for sharing

  9. Even though it didn’t turn out like glitter (love glitter!! So shiny and pretty!) looks like your kids still had a blast making it! Looks like a fun experiment for sure! :)

  10. ellen beck says:

    Was kinda wondering how salt would turn ‘into’ glitter- once it is dry again it is dry. I bet it would be perfectly fine though to add something you normally salt-maybe popcorn or in chex mix?

  11. Most of the time I enjoy the steps getting there as opposed to the final craft!!

  12. Still sounds like a fun project! I would let my kids decorate their own soft pretzels with their colorful creations. Might even be a fun addition to St. Patrick’s Day homemade bagels.

  13. It may not have turned out perfect but it looks like you guys had fun making it. What a great family project.

  14. This looks like a fun project! My granddaughters would have fun doing this:)

  15. Jennifer Marie says:

    we have not tried making any crafts really, but I really like this idea!

  16. MD Kennedy says:

    These definitely look they would be interesting glued on construction paper, maybe cut-out in fish shapes? The make the fish scales and faces with the “glitter.”

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