I have been looking for a good way to texturize my fall DIY projects (did you see what I did to this thrifted planter?) and I finally found the solution with this DIY sand paint recipe. I was inspired by a saltwash painting technique my friend Chasida at Custom Southern Co. shared with her followers on Facebook and it got my wheels turning.
I wanted to find a way to recreate what she had done for my own projects since I didn’t have her medium on hand. This is the recipe I used to make my own textured sand paint.
Ingredients for DIY Sand Paint
- 3 tbsp Plaster of Paris
- 2 tbsp of water
- 2 tbsp of paint or 2 oz craft paint (I’m using orange for fall but it can be any color)
- 1 tbsp of sand (play or natural)
All you have to do is mix your ingredients in a container and stir until combined. The texture of the paint will be slightly more watery than toothpaste, and gritty of course.
This recipe will make quite a bit of paint. You can store this for up to a week in a sealed container so I recommend working in small batches.
The plaster in this recipe thickens the paint but it also creates a chalky finish on the surface your painting. You can spray with a lacquer if you want a sheen but I personally love the matte look of my pumpkin as it dried.
That’s all you need to know to make your own DIY sand paint. It creates a nice subtle texture that is great for disguising and transforming things like this Dollar Tree pumpkin.
Side note.…I finished off this pumpkin with a bit of distressing using Waverly Antique wax, spanish moss and a some greenery that I have for sale at Roost+Restore Home, my online home decor boutique.