How to colour table salt

Updated February 21, 2017

Layers of different coloured salt added to a transparent bottle make a decorative sandscape, providing you don't shake the bottle and turn it to muddy brown. You might also want coloured salt for culinary purposes. There are several ways to colour table salt. One method is not suitable for culinary purposes; use it in craft projects.

Craft coloured salt

Pour table salt into a plastic food storage bag, filling less than half the bag.

Add a piece of coloured chalk to the bag.

Seal the plastic bag.

Massage the bag, breaking up the chalk and blending it with the salt. The salt will take on the colour of the chalk, and the chalk will disappear into the salt. Add more chalk for a darker colour.

Culinary coloured salt

Pour salt into a bowl.

Add a drop of food colouring to the salt.

Stir the salt with the spoon, mixing in the food colouring with the salt. Add more food colouring if desired.

Spread the salt on a plate in a thin even layer. Allow it to thoroughly dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Coloured chalk
  • Plastic bag
  • Liquid food colouring
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Plate
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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.