Saturday, September 29, 2012

Salt and Glue

A cool, rainy fall day and a cancelled soccer game meant it was time to see what I'd pinned on Pinterest in the way of kid crafts.  Luckily, there was one that piqued my interest and required only stuff we had on hand--a canvas, watercolors, clear glue, and salt.  The original link that provided our inspiration can be found here at Sweet Happy Life.

The idea is simple.  Paint a canvas with watercolors.

Unlike what we did, I would recommend covering the entire canvas for a better effect.

Immediately after painting with watercolors, apply clear glue in whatever pattern strikes you.  It will cause a blurring together of the paint in the areas it is applied.

After glue, sprinkle salt in desired areas.  The color will intensify around the salt, and the salt will provide a glittery effect.

We liked the outcome, but as I mentioned, I think the effect would have been more dramatic if we had covered the entire canvas with paint.  I also suggest controlling the amount of water the littlest ones use;  the darker, less watery paint produced the best results.

Anyone else grasping at straws for entertaining their kids in the gloom?  Any great ideas you want to share with the rest of us?


  1. I'm so glad you tried this project and enjoyed it! You do need to cover the entire canvas with a lot of color to see dramatic changes with the glue/salt, but I still thing yours looks great. :)

  2. Looks great :) My son would love this... now that his soccer season has started this would be a good back up incase one of his games got cancelled.