Here is a fun and tactile project for your little artists – colorful drawings made with glue and sand. Drawing with a glue bottle takes patience and control, then you get to go a little crazy and cover your design with brightly colored sand.

Colored sand drawings

Supplies for Colored Sand & Glue Drawings:

  • bottle of white glue
  • paper – construction paper or card stock
  • colored sand
  • plates, trays, or dish tubs for sand

You can find colored sand at the craft store, or order online from Discount School Supply. A little goes a long way – our supply has lasted us for a few years of projects! You can also make  your own colored salt for this project using the tutorial at Flax & Twine.

Colored sand project supplies

Gather some plates, trays, or plastic tubs for sprinkling and dumping the sand. If you’re crafting with little ones, I highly recommend using tubs to contain the mess.

Prep for colored sand drawings

The first step is drawing a picture with glue. We used small pieces of paper to keep our designs simple. Draw a simple shape, animal, person, or even an abstract design of lines and dots. It takes a little practice to control the glue – remind your kids to touch the paper with the tip of the bottle and gently squeeze as they move.

Drawing with glue

When the glue drawing is complete, cover the design completely with sand. Use just one color for the whole picture, or do parts in different colors. Just sprinkle and dump each color before moving on to the next.

Colored sand drawing art project

When your glue is covered with a thick layer of colored sand, dump off the extra sand and gently tap your paper to reveal your picture.

Colored sand and glue drawings

Let dry completely and display! We especially like the way the colored sand pops on the black paper. So pretty!

The colored sand is fun to play with, too – don’t be surprised if your kids want to spend some extra time running their hands through it.

Colored sand and glue drawing project

Happy creating!