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Colored Sand

Although spring is right around the corner, the weather here is not warm enough for garden work just yet. To update my house and quench my desire for floral work this month – I made a couple batches of colorful sand and added in my collection of simple succulent plants.

This is an easy project that brings a vibrant color to succulent flowers. Perfect for a windowsill longing for spring, and great as a centerpiece on a table desperate for color. You can mix the sand to whatever color would perfectly brighten up your spring.

To make the colored sand you will use: sand (from the beach or purchased at a craft store), food coloring and a couple large baking sheets to let it all dry out on. See the full tutorial I designed, with tips for a quicker dry time, today at Project Wedding.

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Photography by Pictilio for A Subtle Revelry.


  • l o v e l y t h i n g s
    March 28, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Colored sand always reminds me of tourist shops in Arizona…flashback from my youth…but these are delightful and perfect for spring!

  • Sonja
    March 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

    It’s a great idea for spring!!

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  • Stephanie Choo
    April 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I came from Cassidy’s site (Succulent & Sunshine) as I wanted to know how to colour the sand. Love to make some of these one day. Thanks for this amazing project :-D

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  • Jess
    May 14, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Does to colour from the dye run when you water the plants?

    • Victoria
      May 16, 2016 at 5:39 am

      Jess, Ours bled just a little, but since we only used one color per vase it settled and didn’t give any issue. Great question!


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