Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Make it Shimmer with your own Glitter!

Over at our house, creating in the kitchen is an awesome experience, no matter what's cooking. Yesterday, we decided to try our hand at making our own glitter. We were excited at the prospect of having many different colors of dinner, on hand at a moments notice! Pre-Heat your oven to 325*. First you pour salt in to a bowl (however much glitter you want). Add a few drops of food coloring and mix it all up. Make sure that the color takes over all of the salt you use. Pour onto a baking sheet in a THIN layer.

Bake your salt on TINFOIL in the oven for 8 minutes and then let cool. If you see larger clumps of salt, use the back of a spoon to break it all down. I let it all cool for about 5 minutes, so that I could pour it into smaller containers that stack for storage.

Overall, I was quite let down with how dull it all turned out. It's basically colored salt and NOT glitter. The shine that my pink glitter has taken, came from a mixture of the colored salts and a TINY sprinkling os silver glitter. The purple seems a bit shiny, because instead of ordinary table salt like on the left, I used Sea Salt. That helped a little bit more and also seems to adhere better with glue. 
We used the glitter to decorate our Mr. Potato heads! All in all I was the most disappointed. I was hoping for a miracle way of making glitter, but in the end all we got was colored salt. The kids? THRILLED beyond words that they could play in the kitchen and create something so fun. They almost used everything we made and are already begging to make more so that they can bring some to their art teacher!

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