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Salt Snowflake Tutorial + FREE Snowflake Templates

Learn tips and tricks for this favorite winter themed art project for kids. This salt snowflake tutorial will walk you through my step-by-step process to ensure project success. You can also find free printable snowflake templates in my FREE 20+page guide "8 Easy Art + Craft Projects for Winter"!


A child painting salt snowflakes with watercolors
Salt Snowflake Art Tutorial

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What you need:

Project Prep (Do this the day before or in the morning on the day you plan to paint):

  • Start by drawing a snowflake shape on your paper- use a template or freehand your design. This project works best on watercolor paper, but you can also use cardstock.

  • Place your design in a shallow tray. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle table salt over the entire snowflake design. Shake off any excess salt from the paper.

  • Let the glue and salt dry completely. This may take some time, so be patient.

Once your snowflake is dry:

  • Set up your watercolor paints with a small glass of water and some paper towels.

  • Use a paintbrush to apply the watercolor paints. Just a small touch of your brush will allow the paint to seep into the salt and spread. Try applying many different colors to watch the colors bleed and blend.

  • Focus on coloring your salty snowflake first, but once that is complete you can go on to paint the surrounding areas to create a colorful background.

TIP:For extra fun, after painting the background of the snowflake design with your watercolors, sprinkle a smallamount of salt on top of the wet paint and allow it to dry. Once dry, brush off the salt grains for a fun effect.



Grab your FREE snowflake templates for your salty snowflakes and 7 more winter-themed art ideas for kids in my free guide. Choose one, two, a few, or all of the projects to create with your family during this season and use the techniques and mediums to inspire your making all year long.


What others are saying:
“This guide is exactly what I needed heading into winter with an energetic toddler! As we move through the cold months, having a resource that is full of projects that fuel creativity will be invaluable for us. The projects are accessible - they’re not only easy on parents but extremely cost effective. I had all of the supplies on hand, this guide just helps to use them in creative ways.“ - Kari

"This thoughtfully curated collection of winter crafts are perfect for creating memories with your kids. I love that the activities are easy to set up and have a “wow” factor, that is fun for kids and adults. The printables are an added bonus to save time and effort in set up. I’m excited to try the flashlight activity!" - Stephanie O’Brien @craftedbymeart

"Winter often means more time indoors, and what a great opportunity to work on art and crafts with our kids! This guide offers simple, fun, and creative projects to get making together as a family during the cold months, I highly recommend it." -Danae

“This is so fun, I love it! My son is excited to do all the activities. The step-by-steps are very clear and easy to follow so parents and kids can both be motivated. Can’t wait for future guides!" -Joy


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