Salt painting is such a fun process art activity for kids and the creations always turn out so gorgeous. We did this simple art technique and then turned them into a kid-made Christmas ornament that can be hung on the Christmas tree or combined to make a Christmas garland.
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- Watercolor paper
- Food coloring or liquid watercolors
- Epsom salt (or table salt if you don’t have Epsom salt)
- Hole punch
- Decorative Ribbon
Get started by having kids randomly squeeze glue on the watercolor paper. This is a great step to do the day before you want to paint, because they will need to dry overnight.
Use pipettes to drop liquid watercolors or food coloring with a bit of water onto the watercolor paper. We chose to keep the colors separate so we wouldn’t have a brown mixture for our ornaments.
Sprinkle Epsom salt on the watercolors and let the paintings dry overnight. Once they are dry shake off the extra salt. You’ll have a beautiful sparkling painting.
Cut them into traditional holiday ornaments shapes. Punch a hole and add ribbon. Then hang them on your Christmas tree or lace them together to make a festive holiday garland.