DIY Glitter - Pinterest Pass or Fail?

So, sometimes things I see on Pinterest cause me to say "DOH! Why didn't I think of that??" hence, my Great "Doh!" Moments board.

One such pin for DIY Glitter originating at PlanetPals explained how to make glitter in your oven with salt and food coloring.

The directions were as follows:

Mix together 1/4 cup of salt with 1/2 teaspoon of food coloring until well mixed.

Spread mixture on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Cool and use as glitter in your projects.

Robyn commented that this pin might be a fail, so I decided to try it out for myself.

I followed the directions and though the salt colored well and uniformly, it just wasn't sparkly as shown in the example photo! It resembled colored sand:

Wait! This would be great for sand art projects. But glitter? It's a stretch. I have to give this pin a FAIL. Let's rename this pin "DIY Colored Sand".

But hold up, this pin gives me a thought. Let's experiment:

DIY Colored Sugar:

Mix 1/3 cup sugar with 1/2 tsp. food coloring until uniformly colored.

Spread onto a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 5-10 minutes. Watch closely because sugar will melt and/or burn!

Cool and pour into an airtight container, breaking up any clumps that may have formed. Use to decorate cookies!

Robyn made Toffee with Saltines.

Shelly learned how to cut her son's hair.

Jennifer learned how to Photograph her Christmas Tree last week.

What pins have YOU tried lately?


  1. That toffee with saltines is awesome. I've made it before, but I call it Christmas Crack. Crack because it is so addictive.

  2. I have commented on this pin, the photo has been sourced from the web as have some (maybe all) of the ones on the website the pin leads tooHerve playdoh on that page us the one that caught my eye as I know the photo was taken by a blogger I like. The photo is of real glitter not salt glitter so by using a sourced photo it makes false claims.
    I do like to leave comments on my pins if I have actually tried the craft/recipe, I had a roast broccoli fail but every thing lee I have tried has worked so far

  3. I make colored sugar all the time-you don't even need to cook it.

  4. I tried a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge from Pinterest -it was AMAZING. We used to use colored salt in art projects like colored sand. But we would just lay some out on paper and rub some colored chalk over it (chalk on it's side) to color it. The sugar to use on cookies is a good idea.

  5. Colored sugar - that's something I must try this Christmas season! Thanks for the idea.

  6. i've been doing photo tiles with modge podge. It works, you just need a tile bigger than 6x6 to make it look good/fit right.

  7. I had a pinterest fail that I made into a win!! http://www.keepingupwiththephelps.com/2011/12/cinnamon-glazed-pretzels-pinterest-i.html

  8. My boyfriend and I, since i am obsessed with glitter, are planning to try this sometime soon. Thanks for posting that it doesnt actually look like glitter, i thought it sounded like a great idea!I guess we shouldnt try it, as it doesnt work. Thanks for the feedback! <3 Elizabeth&Brett.

  9. Thanks for saving me time and trouble! i pinned the same thing and was going to try it for Vday. not anymore. :)thanks again

  10. Wow... Thanks for this post cuz I was thinking you use the foil to make the glitter. Rather misleading.


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