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September 14, 2012

I love the beach and I love sand… but the regular old color of sand can be a tad bit boring. So, here is a quick and super easy way to embellish a simple substance like sand and breathe new color into it!

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

SUPPLIES:

  • play sand (do not steal dirty sand from the beach, that’s gross and it has bugs in it)
  • neon or regular liquid style food coloring (we used neon pink)
  • a cheap spoon
  • glass container for mixing
  • candles
  • glass vases 

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

Start by adding a large amount of sand to your glass mixing container. Glass will not discolor when using food coloring, other containers might! Which is also why the candle holders or jars you put this sand in should be glass if you are going to reuse them. Also, the candles themselves can discolor if set in the colored sand for too long – so burn them and you won’t have an issue! Then add a nice amount of your desired color of food coloring, like 15 drops…

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

Using your cheap spoon, mix – mix – mix. It will start out chunky at first but keep mixing and mixing until the sand and color are combined and smooth.

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

Since this will be the darkest layer of sand for the ombre, I needed to add more drops of food coloring to this first batch. The depth of color is completely up to you, if you feel like you’ve made it too dark, mix in a little more plain sand – if it’s still too light, add more food coloring. The variation in color is your choice!

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

Here is the darkest layer completed. Isn’t it pretty?

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

Pour into your glass containers! Note: the shots below are a perfect example of how staining this type of food coloring can be – the spoon I am using is bright pink and still is after washing! Use a spoon that you DO NOT care about! The glass mixing bowl however is unaffected.

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

Now for layer two, slightly lighter… same steps… add color and stir!

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

Perfect. Now add the second color to your sand jars.

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

Now onto the third colored layer… same steps… working lighter still…

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

I just love how this bright pink food coloring tinted the sand so beautifully…

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

Light and enjoy! How pretty are these… they feel so romantic…

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

You don’t have to layer your ombre… you can individually color batches of sand and place them in their own jars all over your reception… this ombre need not be confined to one container and only three shades – the sky is the limit!

DIY ombre colored sand with food coloringDIY ombre colored sand with food coloring

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DIY Tutorial Credits

Photography: Studio 11 // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // play sand 50 lb bag $6: Lowe’s // glass candle holders and candles: Michaels // glass batter bowl: Pampered-Chef // cheap plastic serving fork $1: Party City // McCormick’s Neon Food Coloring: Pavillions // nail polish: OPI Ski Teal We Drop


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Katie
June 19, 2013

Great project! I recently dyed my own sand turquoise and red for my wedding centrepieces (actually my husband did! What an awesome catch!) ... we ended up doing it two nights before the wedding, and we had to dry our sand in the oven, because it was still too clumpy to layer into the coke bottles we were using as vases. It was pretty awesome and hilarious :)

I linked to your project on my blog, because I used it in an inspiration board. Hope that's ok! http://superflashcreative.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/inspiration-board-dark-beachy-living-room/