Salt Art

by Aubrey on September 15, 2010

After my month long vacation visiting family, I’m ready and excited to get back to crafty with my kids!  This one has been a hit!  My four year old spent over an hour creating and reusing the salt.  She kept saying, “Mom, how did you know to do this!”  I think I made her “cool” list today!  :-)  I got this idea from a friend back when we made the Baby Food Jar Tea Lites.

To make the salt I put about 1/4 cup of salt in each container.  Then I added food coloring to get the desired color that I wanted.  It make take a minute, but keep stirring!

I then put paper on a cookie sheet, gave her some glue, and a paint brush to help move the glue and sand around in between pictures.

Of course she wanted her name on her paper, so I wrote it out for her.  Then she had a great time spooning the salt on her name.

It turned out really cute.  She said, “We will never throw this away, will we mom?!”  I couldn’t tell if that was a statement or a question, either way, she likes it that much.

I thought it would be fun to put some of the salt in salt shakers to make it something my 20 month old could do as well.  I didn’t  try it yet because she was napping when we did this project.

I hope your kiddos enjoy it as much as mine did!

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Jamie M. September 15, 2010 at 7:02 am

That looks like so much fun, I bet my kiddos would love it!! Thanks I will be trying this with them.


Jileen September 15, 2010 at 7:31 am

I may have to try this today. Thanks Aubrey! Always a lifesaver when it comes to kids crafts! :)


heidi @ wonder woman wannabe September 15, 2010 at 7:48 am

very fun! neat idea!


Destri September 15, 2010 at 8:19 am

You had better never throw that away!
I love this, who doesn’t have all those things on hand? So simple!


Suzanne September 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

great idea Aub!


Christene from September 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm

You don’t know how much I love this idea! I’m teaching preschool this week to five darling three year olds who will go nuts for this sweet little activity! The colors make me so happy. Thanks for sharing!


Tina September 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm

So simple and fun! Love it!


Aubrey September 16, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Thanks for all the nice comments! I hope you all have as much success with it as I did!


Eileen September 16, 2010 at 5:48 pm

This turned out so cute!


Amanda September 20, 2010 at 6:36 am

So pretty! What a great project :)


Andrea @ September 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm

What a fun idea. I’ve never thought of using salt!


Erica September 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

We did a salt painting last year and the kids loved it! We’ll have to try again with colored salt, thanks!


rybar April 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

do you know a way to usetable salt or Epsom salt to make a water taffeta look to paper?


Aubrey April 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I’m sorry, but I’m not sure.


rybar April 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

The look I want with the Epsom salt or table salt is like a “Jack Frost” look on paper.


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