How to Make Colored Salt Rocks

Colored salt rocks make either a fun science project or a craft activity that could be used for making costume jewelry or other simple items. While not hard to make, it does require a waiting period, making it a good afternoon project to be checked the next morning when it's done!


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    Assemble the items needed. These are listed below under "Things You'll Need".
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    Mix the salt, glue, and colored sugar in the small bowl. Mix well until it becomes soft and jellylike.
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    When the salt has formed a dough-like consistency, scoop it onto the wax paper.
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    (If you want to use a rock on jewelery, stick a toothpick inside it before leaving it to set.
    • At this stage, while the salt "dough" is still malleable, you can mold the salt rock into shapes such as gems, animal shapes, items for adding to hair accessories or pendants, etc. Mold as wished and leave on the wax paper to dry.
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    Wait for 12 hours or more, or until hardens. It's best left in a warm, dry place overnight.
    • Once hardened, use to make craft items, jewelry or anything else such as game pieces or fake gems for cosplay, fancy dress and role playing.


  • This may get very messy so lay down some newspaper.
  • You can double or triple these ingredients to make bigger rocks.


  • Young children should be supervised while doing this activity, as this is not edible.
  • Use non-toxic glue.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tsp. of coarse crystal sea salt
  • 1 tsp. colored sugar
  • 1 tsp. white liquid glue (non-toxic)
  • Wax paper
  • Toothpicks
  • Small bowl for mixing

Sources and Citations

  • Fashionable Hairstyles and jewelry – research source

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