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Salt Painting Fireworks

salt painting with watercolors to make fireworks

Have you tried salt painting? It’s a great way to experiment with watercolor paints and so much fun for kids. Just watching the watercolor travel down the salt is pretty magical, but then you also get a piece of artwork to hang up, or you can make your salt paintings into cards!

Salt painting takes no time at all to set up and make, so it’s an excellent craft for kids to squeeze into a busy day.

Supplies For Salt Painting

Card stock or other sturdy paper or cardboard

Black cardstock

Squeeze bottle of glue

Salt

Watercolors

Brushes or droppers

How to Make Salt Painting Fireworks

To make the salt painting fireworks, you need to set out your card stock pieces for each kid. I would plan on several pieces for each kid, as they will want to make lots of these!

First you squeeze the glue out of the bottle in whatever design you want. We are getting excited about fireworks over here, so we decided to make salt painting firework art.

Experiment with different styles of fireworks, and different thicknesses of glue areas, so you have several pages to play around with color combos.

Next grab your salt and pour it all over the glue lines on your page.  Make sure they’re all covered with salt and then shake off the excess salt.

pouring salt on glue for salt painting

salt on glue fireworks for 4th of july salt painting

Now is the fun part!

Dab wet watercolor paints onto the salt and watch it spread throughout the salt. You can also use droppers here if you’d rather.

salt painting with watercolors to make fireworks

You can use any watercolor paints you have at home. We used watercolors in pans, but these liquid watercolors are so vibrant. If you don’t have liquid watercolors yet, check out how they look on this coffee filter snowflake project, and this watercolor process art.

salt painting

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We’ve also tried salt painting before, but not as fireworks. You can see how awesome the liquid watercolors look on salt here. 

Let your lovely creations dry flat and then you hav some beautiful 4th of July art to show off while wearing your 4th of July dyed t-shirts.

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Jeanette Nyberg

Written by Jeanette Nyberg

I'm Jeanette Nyberg: artist, author, introvert, creativity-pusher, color-lover.

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