Colored Salt Paintings!

Here’s a simple, fun and nearly free craft that’s really fun for kiddos of all ages.

Colored Salt Paintings!

You need:

  • Sturdy cardboard (cut up cereal boxes and cardboard boxes are ideal)
  • Salt
  • Small bowls
  • Food coloring
  • Glue
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pen or pencil (optional)
  • Small spoons or scoops (baby spoons or souvenir spoons work well)


  1. In the small bowls, pour several spoonfuls of salt and add a few drops of food coloring to each.  Stir well and add more to get desired color.  We used paste food coloring, which is very intense and requires very little.  If your salt ends up too wet from the coloring, you can microwave it very briefly or put it in a hot oven for a few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, give the kids each a piece of cardboard (blank side up, or vice versa if they want to do the art over a pattern) and ask them to draw a simple design on it.  It should be big, without tiny areas.  Flowers, fish, designs and patterns work well.  Little ones can skip this step.
  3. Have the kids paint sections of their designs with the glue, and then scoop the colored salt onto the sections.  They can then pour the extra salt back into the bowl.
  4. They can then paint the next section with glue and sprinkle a new color, repeating until the picture is finished.
  5. Allow to dry.

Our kids all loved doing these, from 3 year-old Alex to 12 year-old Victoria.

Be sure to take pictures, as they can be a bit delicate!  🙂

Happy Saturday!


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4 responses to “Colored Salt Paintings!

  1. I can’t wait to try this with my boys! 🙂

  2. Mama J

    Any kind of painting is a big hit in our house so it will be fun to try this new technique with my girls.

  3. katherine marie

    Super! SENSATIONAL!!!!

  4. Oh, these are wonderful! can’t wait to give this a try at our house 🙂


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