Salt Painting is a creative way to have kids make a two-dimensional work of art. Create these vibrant painting with simple items you probably already have at home. Kids will love the glittery texture salt paint creates.

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Easy & Fun Salt Paint Art Activity

Can you believe this fun kids art project is made with glue, salt, and watercolors? Allowing kids to choose their own designs and encouraging them to make choices and enjoy the experience makes this a great process art activity.

Salt Painting Supplies

This raised salt painting is pretty simple to make and the supplies are basic. You’ll need:

  • black paper (Heavier paper like card stock works great. It can be any color but black gives a great contrast.)
  • white glue
  • salt
  • water-colors  (you could even use diluted food coloring)

salt painting supplies watercolors salt glue black paper

How to Make a Salt Painting

The first step is to draw your design with your glue. Designs can be outlined first in pencil or just freehanded. Pictures can provide inspiration if needed to get the artistic juices flowing. We had a picture of a pineapple to look at and refer to and that really helped!

glue on black paper


After the gluing is done, sprinkle salt all over the wet glue.

sprinkle salt on wet glue

Dump off the excess salt and let the salt and glue dry.

shaking off salt on glue salt painting

Now for the really fun part! Take a paintbrush, get it wet with liquid watercolor paint and begin painting over the salt covered glue! It’s almost like magic how as soon as that paintbrush touches the salt, the color just transfers from the brush to the salt.

painting watercolor on salt

It’s really fun to create salt art and the end result is super adorable, don’t you think?

pineapple salt painting

If you like this fun art project you might also like another kitchen concoction to paint with. Homemade puffy paint is a mixture of salt and flour.

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  1. How adorable!!! This is such an easy, fun, salt painting activity – I am going to send it to Mickey (he loves to do these kinds of activities with the kids.)

  2. Looks like a fun craft for my daycare kids.. Just wondering how long it takes for the picture to dry completely

  3. I would have loved to do this project but there are so many ads that I could not find a “Print” button. Too confusing.

  4. This is such an awesome and easy to set up project! I feel like there are so many crafts out there that require too much prep work and it can be hard for parents/caregivers to set things up while caring for children at the same time!

  5. This is such a cool idea! I never would have thought, now that my 5 year old has seen it she is begging me to do it!

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