Craft Ideas for Kids - Food Colouring and salt art

Food Colouring Salt Art

My daughter loves Julia Donaldson’s book ‘The Singing Mermaid’ and I knew when I stumbled across this craft on Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, that I had found the perfect medium for an underwater back drop.

You will need:

  • Food Colouring or Watercolours
  • Card
  • Rock Salt
  • Thick Paintbrush

We like to get experimental with our crafts and when I gave Olivia the choice of watercolours or food colouring, she opted for food colouring to simply see what happens…

Step 1

Add water to the food colouring. Having experimented with the water to food colouring ratio, we preferred ours to be a little thicker. I would recommend adding a small amount first and gradually increasing until you find a suitable consistency.

Using a thick paintbrush, begin spreading the food colouring paint over the card.

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Step 2

Sprinkle a generous amount of rock salt over the card whilst the paint is still wet.

Olivia loved watching the salt absorb the food colouring and noticed the colours deepen in shade and spread.

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Step 3

Leave the painting overnight or until completely dry and then brush off the salt.

Your crafty kid should now be left with some fabulous textured paper!

We used our paper to create an underwater scene featuring Olivia’s favourite fictional mermaid – The Singing Mermaid, finishing off with plenty of sparkles!

What will your crafty kid do with theirs?
 

 

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