3D Salt Painting ~ Easy Crafts for Kids

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3D Salt Painting ~ Easy Crafts for Kids

My 5 year old and I made some fun salt paintings today. Salt painting are fun because they stick up off the page and have bold vibrant colors. You can drop the colors onto the salt and watch it follow the path, such a fun way to make a pretty picture. PLUS they are budget friendly and FAST to make… two things that are important for me, that way I don’t feel bad when I toss this in the trash after it has been proudly displayed in our house for a few days.

kids craft projects, 3d Salt Painting, perfect for kids of all ages preschool up to teens, Low cost art and craft projects

To make these you will need

  • Cardboard or poster board (thick paper plates work well too)
  • Elmers school glue
  • Table salt
  • Food coloring (diluted with water)
  • Eye dropper
  • Little hands ready to make a project

Draw your image on the cardboard, make sure some of the lines overlap so the color has a path to follow. Cover with salt, tap off the extra salt and  set aside to dry. In small bowl drop a few drops of food color, then dilute it with water to thin down the color.  Use an eye dropper to suck up some color and drop it on the salt. Watch it follow the salt lines and make a beautiful picture.

kids craft projects, 3d Salt Painting, perfect for kids of all ages preschool up to teens, Low cost art and craft projects, primary colors

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154 COMMENTS

  1. That looks like fun! Thank you for sharing. I will definitely give that a go with the family this summer!

  2. I’m a nanny for a 6 year old girl and she LOVES crafts! I needed a new craft. Thank YOU soooooo much!!!!!!!

  3. So sweet, you made a ladybug!!! Can’t wait to get back to class on Monday to share with my kiddos! Got to head off to a Birthday party right now—thanks!

  4. Any idea on what I can for kids for my wedding? I’m going to have a good amount of children all ages

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  6. My triplets are dying to try this project. I’m a k teacher and used to do this project many years ago with my class.

  7. We are studying “Insects”, so can’t wait to make ladybugs and bumblebees using this process! Thanks!

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  9. We do an art craft every Saturday with the kiddos! Definitely doing this tomorrow. Thanks for the awesome idea!

  10. Love this idea. Gonna try with my so and next yr. With preschool class.. thanks for Sharing

  11. It’s like a real life version of using the paint can on on Microsoft paint! Do kids even know what that is anymore??!! U0001f602

  12. It’s kind of what we did in elementary school but I think we dyed the salt and just put it right on the glue.

  13. Try touching the 3 dots in top right and turn off seeing live reactions, this may help wi the cutting out (on mobile device)

  14. If I’m thinking what you are doing, we did this same thing in elementary school. We did it with like aztec drawings or whatever. Like the ones you see on sides of mountains.

  15. We just did this with watercolor paints at my summer art camp @ Creation Station in Columbus TEXAS!!!!

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