Make your own eco-friendly, kid-safe edible DIY glitter!
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Make: Eco-friendly, taste-safe DIY Glitter!

Eco-friendly DIY glitter you say? That’s right. You can make your own safe-for-kids, safe-for-the-ocean glitter!

Different kinds of salt will give you different sizes and colors of glitter, so experiment with using table salt, rock salt, epsom salt, etc. to see which you prefer!

To make your own DIY edible glitter you’ll need:

  • Salt (you can experiment with different types)
  • Food coloring (I’ve used both drops and gel)
  • A Small plastic bag or similar for mixing

DIY Edible Glitter Instructions:

  1. Prep

    Preheat the oven to 350 and place salt  into a small bowl.

  2. Dye with food coloring

    Add food coloring and mix evenly with the salt. In my experience, both liquid drops and gel work well, but the gel may be a bit easier to mix quickly and evenly.

  3. Bake

    Spread mixture onto a baking sheet in one layer. Bake in oven for 10 minutes.

Yay! Ocean and riverbed-friendly glitter you can sprinkle to your earth-loving heart’s content!

If you’re wondering if you could get the same results with sugar, here’s what I’ve learned: Sort of. Food coloring mixed into sugar produces a beautiful brightly-colored, glitter-like sanding sugar. It comes with some issues though…

  1. It’s much easier than salt to over bake, which creates a melted, scorched mess.
  2. When held in little hands for too long, the sugar warms quickly enough to become sticky, creating a technicolor mess.

So while it’s absolutely perfect for baking, I didn’t love using it as a glitter substitute for crafting with kids.

Make your own eco-friendly, kid-safe edible DIY glitter!
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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs, and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a freelance graphic designer and modern art curator.

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