This is a fun raised salt painting craft for kids! Use watercolors and salt to create a green shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day. If you are looking for a St. Patrick’s Day craft that all of your kids can do together, this is the perfect one.
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Raised Salt Painting
Raised salt painting is a fun art project that doubles as a sensory activity. It uses all of your child’s senses – sight, touch, and even taste. This is a safe craft for kids of all ages to do since it just uses salt, watercolors, and glue.
Free Printable Shamrock Coloring Page
To make this craft super simple, I created a free shamrock coloring page. To download it, just sign up below. If you are already an email subscriber, then you should have access to my free printables library.
How To Make A Shamrock Salt Painting
Here is what you need in order to make your salt painting craft. You probably already have all the supplies in your craft bin! The entire craft doesn’t take very long at all. Your kids will love watching the paint spread across the shamrock, it’s almost like magic.
These are all of the things you will need in order to make this fun craft:
- Simple coloring page printed on white thick cardstock (recommended)
- Watercolor paint palette
- White glue
Shamrock Painting Steps
Just follow these steps to make your own raised salt painting for St. Patrick’s Day. I included some step-by-step pictures too.
First, trace around the image on the coloring page with glue.
Next, sprinkle the salt on the glue as you would with glitter. Tape the paper to settle the salt into any grooves. Gently lift the paper and shake to remove the excess salt.
You don’t have to allow it to dry before you paint it!
Dip the paintbrush in water and blend with watercolor to soften. Saturate the paintbrush with watercolor. Then, gently touch the paintbrush to the salt. The color will spread.
Allow the picture to dry completely before displaying or gifting.
Questions About Raised Salt Painting For Kids
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. Here are some questions that people have asked about raised salt painting crafts. I hope they help you too.
What type of salt is best to use?
I suggest just using regular table salt. If you use thicker sea salt, it will have a rougher texture and won’t be as easy to paint.
What can I use instead of watercolors?
Instead of watercolors, water down some food coloring and use that. I’ve even seen people use droppers to squirt the food coloring onto the salt.
How do I keep this from making a mess?
This has the potential to be a very messy craft – and your kids are going to love it! To contain the salt, I suggest laying the cardstock in a casserole dish while you sprinkle the salt on the glue. Another option is to just do this craft outside and let the salt fall on the ground.
You might also like these St. Patrick Day ideas!
- Shamrock Cut & Paste With Printable Shamrock
- Leprechaun Crafts
- Rainbow Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Lucky Charms Milk
- Luck of the Irish Rice Krispie Treats
- Rainbow Donuts
- St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Cookies
- St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Desserts