DIY Magic Sand
Sand That Won’t Get Wet!
You’ve probably seen the commercials for Magic Sand: the water repellent, colored sand material that remains dry in water. When the magic sand is poured, it maintains its shape and allows children to build really amazing underwater sandcastles. We were way excited to find an inexpensive/ easy to make alternative.
DIY Magic Sand
The key to making your own magic sand is the secret coating that keeps the sand dry even after it has been dumped into a container of water… fabric protector! We used a simple Scotchgard Fabric Spray to coat colored sand. For about $15, you can make a few pounds.
You can purchase colored sand in bulk online, use regular play sand or find it at your local craft store. We actually had a couple colors in our craft supplies: blue and white. Once you’ve gathered the fabric spray and sand, move the materials to a well ventilated area.
**I recommend preparing the magic sand for your child and welcoming them to participate once the sand is dry and ready to use.
To begin, I covered a 2 large trays with aluminum foil and spread a thin layer of sand on each. In a well ventilated area, I generously sprayed the Scotchgard Fabric Spray over the sand and raked through it with a disposable fork. Allow time to dry (a few hours) and then spray the sand with a second coat. Allow the sand to sit overnight to dry completely.
I filled a small, clear vase with water and put the sand in two small containers. It was fun to experiment with different pouring speeds and patterns. When you’re finished, pour the water off and the sand is still dry! You can use it over and over again!