How to Make a Fall Salt Painting With Kids

Did you know you can paint on salt and create beautiful salt paintings? You surely can and it’s awesome!

In fact, you only need 3 materials to have a whole afternoon full of fun!

Let’s dive right in.

Fall salt painting for kids

Watercolor Salt Painting For Kids

I m very excited about this week’s fall craft. My kids and their friends really enjoyed making their raised salt paintings and I m sure your children will love it too!

I personally love this salt craft since it is easy to manage in groups or a classroom setting and easy enough toddlers and preschoolers can participate without a problem.

In order to make it easier for young children or to save time, I chose to print templates. That way simply had to trace the lines.

Here is the link for the free printables I created for these fun salt drawings.

How to Make a Salt Painting

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Here is what you will need to create your own watercolor salt painting:

Raised Salt Painting Supplies

  • thick card stock
  • liquid glue
  • salt
  • watercolors
  • brush

These step-by-step instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this watercolor and salt painting. Please scroll down to simply print out the instructions!

Watercolor Salt Technique Instructions

Step 1: Planning

  • Decide on what you like to create. Pick a theme or simply print a templet on your cardboard.
free printables

Step 2: Add Glue

  • Take your liquid glue and either trace the outlines of your printed templet or simply draw a design or picture on your cardboard with it.
trace lines with glue

Step 3: Create Art with Salt

  • While your glue drawing is still wet use salt and sprinkle salt over it till its thoroughly covered.
cover glue with salt

Step 4: Check

  • Check if you salt drawing is fully covered with salt. If necessary add more salt to your art work.

Step 5: Remove extra salt

  • Remove the excess salt from your salt art by gently shaking or blowing it off.

Step 6: Let it dry

  • Let your salt craft dry. Be aware that it takes a while, depending on how thick your child made the lines with liquid glue.

Step 7: Add Watercolor to salt

  • When your fall art is fully tried, take a brush, and start applying watercolor to your salt painting by tapping gently.
watercolor salt painting

Step 8: Enjoy your salt water color art

  • After you added the watercolor to your raised salt drawing let it try again before you can enjoy your autumn art work.

Step 9: Optional

  • Does your child still want to keep going? Let them simply finish watercolor the parts without salt. Your painting will appear with a beautiful 3 D effect.
watercolor painting with salt

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Tips for Salt Painting

  • Any type of cardboard will work but for a better look I recommend using white thick cardboard
  • I tried this project with clear and white liquid glue. For the printed template, I recommend using white glue to cover the ink.
  • To avoid salt all over your room use a baking sheet or any type of pan big enough for your watercolor painting with salt. This way the extra salt can stay in one place and not all over your table or floor.
  • We used watercolors for this project but any type of liquid color will do. If you don’t have any take a glass, fill it with water, and add food coloring. Just make sure to add enough food coloring to keep the color vibrant.
  • I simply used white computer paper for this activity. The downside is you get stains from the liquid clue you can’t avoid on the paper. If you don’t have any cardboard paper in the house any type of thicker paper will work better than computer paper for this cool art project. You can even use paper plates or watercolor paper.
  • Cover your countertop or table with an old newspaper or old cardboard to avoid a big mess.
  • Use bright colors to get a vibrant crystal look.
  • I recommend this art with salt project for children 3 and up.

I hope you liked this raised salt painting activity for your children.
Don’t forget to let me know whether your kids enjoyed this fall craft project. Leave a comment below and add a picture.
I love to hear from you!

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Fall Salt Painting

Fall salt painting for kids

How to create your own fall salt painting with kids

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • salt
  • liquid glue
  • watercolor
  • paint brush
  • paper


  1. print free printables
  2. trace the lines with the liquid glue
  3. sprinkle salt on the wet glue till it is fully covered
  4. let the salt try
  5. remove left over salt
  6. start painting with water colors on the tried salt

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