Salt Painting Window Art

Our #easyplayidea series continues today with some multi-step process art. I've done this art activity a few times with preschoolers but not with my own children. Salt painting is simple to do and another great way to explore how different colours are made much like our #easyplayidea from yesterday

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Make your own salt art window clings from our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!


To set up this activity you will need -
  • white PVA  glue
  • white cardstock or we used old transparency sheets (leftover laminating sheets would also work)
  • salt
  • food colouring or liquid watercolours
  • fine brushes
Simply decide what you're going to write or draw. It might be quite abstract, some scribble lines perhaps but mine all decided to write their names. We got a little fancy at this point by printing out their names in their chosen font using Word to trace over with the glue.

Make your own salt art window clings from our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!


Once you're finished with the glue, cover it with a layer of salt. Give it a slight sideways shake to make sure all of the glue is covered then tip off the excess.

Make your own salt art window clings from our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Grab a fine brush, dip it in colour and then just touch your brush to the salt line. Don't press down and try to paint along the line. The paint will move through the salt by itself and where two different colours meet, a new colour will form. We were using up our paint left over from yesterday's activity so we only used red, blue and yellow.

Make your own salt art window clings from our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Make your own salt art window clings from our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

The process of how the liquid colour moves through the salt is quite mesmerizing for all ages. Being a natural desiccant, salt absorbs the liquid in the paint which is why it spreads further than where your paint brush touches the line. I love when science overlaps art!

Make your own salt art window clings from our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Look at all the lovely new colours!

Make your own salt art window clings from our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Make your own salt art window clings from our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

We made ours on the transparent sheets thinking they'll look perfect on one of our windows once they're dry.


Make your own salt art window clings from our #easyplayidea series - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!


You can read our other #easyplayidea posts - one, two, three, four, five and six and you can also check out the hashtag #easyplayidea on Instagram for more ideas to promote play in your house these holidays.



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7 comments

  1. Love this idea! They turned out beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Crystal :)
      It's such a fun activity on paper or plastic!

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  2. I did two test runs and they dried crumbly. I used Elmers glue, salt and water color paint. Any suggestions?

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    1. Hmmm I'm not sure Sball. The texture is still quite rough and grainy when finished as you would expect being salt but just the excess fell off ours when dry. We didn't use Elmers glue just a no-name brand from a local discount shop so maybe that makes all the difference? When you do the same on paper it dries as a raised 3D fixed line of salt. Maybe try it on paper and see how you go.

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  3. Can I ask about your daughter's shirt? I love it. How did you do it?

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    1. We love it too! It's been her favourite shirt this summer but it came from Target Australia Sacha :)

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  4. These have turned out beautifully. I've never seen this idea before, will give it a try! Thank you xx

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