Have you tried painting salt before? Salt art painting is such a fun way to add texture and color to a project. Today we are making a fireworks picture, but you can make ANY scene you’d like!
The kids and I had a great time creating this fireworks salt art work of art. Salt adds such a fun texture and shine and is easy to paint on! I shared the tutorial on the Little Passports craft blog! a couple of years ago and it is a project that we still enjoy making!
Salt art is just about the most inexpensive craft to make with kids and it uses supplies that you probably already have on hand: water color paints, salt, white glue and paper.
Salt Art Painting for Kids: Add color and texture with salt!
- black cardstock
- water color paints
- cup of water for cleaning brush
Step 1: Draw firework shapes on black paper with white glue.
Step 2: While the glue is still wet, pour salt all over design, liberally. Pick up paper and let excess salt fall off onto a cookie sheet or paper plate. Dont worry about letting the glue dry. You can color the salt while it is still wet!
Step 3: Dip brush in watercolor paints and dab the paint onto the salt.
Note: DO NOT BRUSH the paint across the salt or it will wipe it away. Just drip the paint over the salt. You could even use a tiny syringe to apply the paint!
Step 4: Keep dabbing until all of the salt is covered. It will bleed and create beautiful swirls and blends of colors!
Step 6: Let dry completely before picking image up. Once dry, you can apply a light layer of hairspray to help keep the salt from flaking off easily, but either way the colors will fade a bit after a day or so. Expert tip – ours lasted over a week before the salt began to flake off, these arent forever pictures, but my kids sure had fun creating them!
What other images can you create?
The sky is the limit! My 3 year old and I made dinosaurs the other day. You could also make candy canes, trees, pumpkins, hearts, shamrocks or bunnies for year around fun!
If you liked this salt art painting, you might also like these kids crafts!
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Goldfish Soap: This melt and pour gelatin soap has a fun toy surprise inside! A goldfish! Such a fun activity to make for kids and they can even make them to give as gifts to friends and family!