Sparkly Watercolor Salt Painting Craft For Kids

Jul 12, 2022

This sparkly watercolor salt painting craft for kids uses watercolor and salt to create fun raised salt pictures. It is a fun craft for all ages and it uses simple materials found around the house.

This method of watercolor painting makes the perfect 4th of July firework craft, beautiful snowflake craft for kids, weather rainbow craft, and more. You can even have kids freehand draw a picture or image that they desire and fill it in.

For this craft, you will need paper (or cardstock), table salt, liquid glue, watercolor paints with a paintbrush, and glitter (optional).

For other fun patriotic things to do for the 4th of July be sure to also check out this fun patriotic fizzy play activity for kids.

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Salt Painting Tips for Success

*If completeing this project with younger children you can cut the very top tip off of the glue bottle. This will make it easier for their little hands to squeeze when drawing the glue lines.

*For this craft you can use cardstock or construction paper. Cardstock will work better with the heavy glue and paint but construction paper should work fine as well. 

*Be sure to touch the salt with the paintbrush lightly when coloring the images. If you rub your paintbrush like a typical painting it will remove the salt and make a mess with the glue.

*Once completely dry, some of the salt will dump off you once you pick up your picture for the first time. This can get messy so be sure to do this over a sink or a garbage can.

*This is a great craft for any holiday as you can do different shapes with the glue. Some suggested shapes for salt painting would be a salt painted pumpkin, salt painting fireworks, salt painting snowflakes, salt painted flowers, salt painted Christmas ornaments, salt painted rainbows, and more.

Salt Painting Process

How to Do a Salt Painting Craft for Kids



  • Paintbrush
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Liquid Glue
  • Cup of Water
  • Table Salt
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Salt Painting Directions:

  1. Draw a photo outline with a pen on a piece of construction paper or card stock.
  2. Go over top of photo outline with liquid glue, trying not to let it pool too much.
  3. Sprinkle salt on the top of the liquid glue until it covers the glue completely.
  4. Dump any remaining salt off.
  5. Repeat this process with optional glitter if desired.
  6. Using a wet paintbrush, dip the brush in watercolor of choice and carefully touch the paintbrush to the salt. Make sure to not rub the paintbrush over the salt or push too hard with it as this will wreck the glue photo.
  7. Touch all areas of the salt covered glue photos with the paintbrush to cover completely in color.
  8. Let dry and knock off any extra salt over the garbage or a sink to curb the mess.
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Hi, I'm Rachael. I am a kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom of two sweet girls.

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