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Toddler Talk: DIY Glitter

I’m back with another craft staple that you can make rather than buy. This time: GLITTER! And, unlike the craft-store version, this is actually safe enough to eat.


Salt (however much glitter you’d like to make)

Food coloring (I use gel food coloring, found in the baking aisle of your craft store)

OPTIONAL: A little “silver dust” (known as “edible glitter”—again, found in the baking aisle) for extra sparkle. If you don’t have any on hand, the recipe works fine without it.


1. Put salt into a bowl and mix in a drop or two of food coloring. (Play around with the measurements!) It will be really clumpy so just keep mixing, mixing, mixing until all of the salt is covered in color.

Note: You can also use sugar—which is awesome for glittery cookies or cakes!—but skip the baking step.

2. Spread the glitter onto a baking sheet and bake on 350-degrees for only 7 to 10 minutes. (This draws out the extra food-coloring liquid.)

Note: If you’re using sugar, or you just don’t feel like baking, leave the homemade glitter out on the countertop to dry.

3. Once it’s cooled, start crafting! Store extra glitter in salt shakers or Tupperware.

Not only does this recipe make homemade glitter, but you can also use it as sand art. Fun!

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