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How To Make Salt Paintings

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
  • Salt
  • Muffin tin or similar to hold “paint”
  • Food coloring or liquid water color paints
  • Water
  • 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. 

salt painting tray

painting 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.

salt painting salt


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.

salt painting drip

paint salt


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.

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