My first conference project was inspired by Deanna Jump - Rainbow salt printing. Deanna had a friend that used a box lid then added construction paper and salt for writing. I liked the idea, but I had visions of the lid being dropped during transporting and the salt going everywhere. Plus, I was worried about storing the lid on a shelf.
I decided that I needed a container with a lid, so I went to Wal-mart to get a couple of containers. I thought I had the perfect size container not too big or too deep. The problem - I didn't check the inside of the container and I bought the divided containers, geez. I, really wanted to make it for my kids to use right away - so I checked the house and found two Ziploc containers that I could use. Of course, I couldn't find any construction paper in the house - so I scavenged through my scrapbook paper.
Total cost of the project - $.48 for the salt. Score.
Below are the directions for the project.
First, I made a template of the bottom of the container and traced it on to black cardstock for a base. I thought it would be easier to attach the rainbow pieces to something.
Gathered my cardstock, which is so much brighter than construction paper.
I divided the base into 6 sections and made a paper template - then traced on to the color cardstock.
I found the middle and worked my way out. I tucked the pieces under the other color cardstock - so there were no gaps. I used scrapbooking adhesive squares because I wanted to be able to move it around a little when I was laying it out and tucking the paper underneath.
This is what it looked like when it was finished sticking to the black piece. I turned it over so the black side was showing and cut off any of the color rainbow that was sticking over. Per Deanna's recommendation, I laminated it - so the salt wouldn't get in between the rainbow layers.
I taped it to the bottom, but will probably end up gluing in down - not sure yet. Pour in the salt. I used about 1/2 the salt for both containers. If you put in too much salt, it is hard to move the salt around. I understand why she used the box lid - it gave them a bigger working surface to move the salt around. But, I still like the idea of not having the salt everywhere and the kids being able to manage this center on their own.
I noticed that I had a pin on my Pinterest page where they put the salt into a pencil box. This idea would work that way too - but I didn't have any pencil boxes at home. I couldn't wait to get it made for the kids. I will probably try that idea, too.