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Salt Art: Completed Projects

Salt Art

September 27, 2011 Sarah Coggins
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I found the idea for Salt Art in a similarly named post at Smilemonsters blog. It looked like a fun thing for my son and I to try. I prepped the salt a few days in advance, placing 1/2 cup of salt in each of three bags. I added 6 drops of food coloring to the bags and then shook & squeezed until all the salt was colored.

Since using salt as an art medium would clearly get messy with a 2 year old, we headed outside to the picnic table to create.

Salt Art: Supplies


  • Colored Salt
  • Paper Plates
  • Foam Brush
  • Glue


In a small bowl I mixed Elmer’s glue with water to create a brushable paste for my son to use. I handed him the foam brush and a paper plate explaining he needed to “paint” on the glue first. Since painting is his current favorite art activity, he immediately jumped into this part.

Salt Art: Painting with Glue
Then I showed him how he could pinch a bit of the salt and drop it onto the plate.

Salt Art: Salt Drop
He continued to paint glue and add salt to his plate. Sometimes painting over the salt already there. He did add a bit of the yellow & red pink salts but so little it barely shows in the photos.

Salt Art: Brushing on More Glue
I confess, I got in on the fun too and created my own masterpiece. I was thinking of our beach trip, more specifically the ocean and sunrise, as I added my glue and salts.

Salt Art: Completed Projects
After it was done, I realized mine looked more like an Easter egg! ha! Oh well, it was fun to create regardless and we still have a good bit of sand left to play with another day.


  • ter@waaoms September 27, 2011 at 9:23 am
    It looks like you are creating a lot of wonderful memories for Dylan, and for yourself too.
  • Bri September 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm
    this is precious! :) such a fun craft to do with a little one!
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