Today I wanted to show you how to make salt paintings!
What a fun and easy art craft to do with the kids. We had so much fun using different types of materials than the average for our painting craft.
This art project only needs a handful of materials that are most likely already all in your cupboards. This makes it easy to set up and doesn’t cost anything extra for your weekly budget. Lets be honest, crafting materials can be really expensive!
You can really let their creativity shine through with this craft and they will get a kick out of the fun steps. Be warned, it can be a little messy so make sure you are doing it with appropriate age groups and have yourself set up for “catching” the extra mess.
How To Make Salt Paintings
Lets gather what we will need to do this cool art craft….
- Baking sheet or tray
- Piece of paper, canvas or another flat surfaced paper material
- Elmer’s glue
- Muffin tin or similar to hold “paint”
- Food coloring or liquid water color paints
- Paint brushes
Prepare Your Work Station
Lay your paper down on your baking sheet or tray. Pour salt into a small bowl to have close by. Fill your muffin tin spaces with some water and a couple of drops of food coloring.
Design With Glue
Next, you will want to brainstorm your design! Keep it simple or make it intricate. Then lay your glue down. You will want to make sure that the glue is thick enough to give a 3D affect!
Sprinkle a generous amount of salt all over your glue design, making sure to cover it completely. Shake off the excess salt, leaving a clean salt covered design.
Paint Your Masterpiece
The next step is to paint your salt design. The painting process is gentle. You will not want to do the typical swipe paint but instead a gentle touch of the paintbrush to the salt will grab the color right off of your paintbrush and you will see a wonderful spread of color in that section.
Once your creation is dried you can add other layers of paint behind it. Allow your design to stand out amongst 2D images! Not only is this a great lesson of art with uncommon materials but also of depths!
If you are looking for other fun things to do with salt lets explore some other great articles.
- You could make homemade puffy paint by Happy Hooligans.
- Make a salt dough by Yummy Toddler Food and create amazing ornaments!
- Try these gorgeous salt crystal snowflakes by DLTK’s Holiday Crafts.
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Love, light and a little grace…
Olivia Whalen is mama to three young girls who is devoted to creative learning, exploration and free range imagination. Olivia enjoys thinking outside of the box when it comes to preparing homemade baby food or meals for her family. She most enjoys allowing the little minds in her life to flourish and with that you will see her write about creative kid crafts, recipes that fit a family budget and keep everyone asking for more, tips and tricks for a tiny babe, and beginner homesteader fun! Some of her hobbies include gardening, hiking, reading, cooking or just basking in motherhood.