Raised Salt Painting – Making Colorful Fall Pictures with Children (+ Free Templates)

by Stephanie Yankova

Autumn is predestined for creative impulses, and crafting with your children is always a fun way to channel those impulses. Have you ever tried creating raised salt paintings? It’s such a unique way to create beautiful art that will make your kids beam with happiness and content from their creations! 

We’ll show you some crafting ideas for the fall that are super simple to recreate and require only a few materials. Let’s indulge in a calming artistic atmosphere together!

Fall Leaves Raised salt Painting with Watercolors

fall leaves watercolors raised salt painting

Here’s everything your children will need to make this simple fall leaf project:


  • salt
  • liquid glue
  • watercolor paint in red, yellow, and orange
  • felt tip pens
  • template
free fall leaves template to print


  • Print out the template.
  • Use liquid glue to trace the black lines of each leaf.
  • Then, sprinkle salt over the entire glued outline. After a few seconds, hold the paper over a trash can to remove any loose salt that hasn’t stuck to the glue.
  • Wet a brush and dip it in watercolor paint. Gently apply on top of the salt to transfer the paint.
  • Continue the process until you’ve colored all the leaves.

Read also: 4 DIY Fall Cardboard Art Ideas for Kids That Are Both Fun and Educational!

Fall Trees Painting with Salt

fall tree painting idea watercolors salt

Once you’ve tested out the technique with the leaf template, it’s time to move on to something a little more intricate, but just as fun! Here’s how you too can make your own magnificent fall tree:


  • tree template
  • watercolors
  • clean water
  • paintbrush
  • white glue
  • salt
raised salt painting template fall trees


  • Download and print the free tree template.
  • Trace the image of the tree with the liquid glue.
  • Then take the salt and sprinkle the outline with salt.
  • Remove any excess.
  • Take your paintbrush, dip it in water, and start applying gently the watercolor paints onto the salt-covered outlines.
  • Let it dry and enjoy!

Abstract Fall Painting with Watercolors and Salt

colorful abstract salt painting

Explore your creative side without any limitations by creating an abstract salt painting with seasonal fall colors!


  • thick white paper
  • paintbrush
  • watercolor paints
  • salt
  • water for rinsing the brush


  • Wet your brush well.
  • Dip it into the watercolor paint shades of your choice.
  • Blend different colors on the piece of paper to create this abstract effect.
  • While the paper is still damp, sprinkle the salt on top.
  • Let the painting dry completely, then gently rub the salt off the paper.

Simple Flower Painting on Black Paper

beautiful colorful flower raised salt painting watercolors

If you want to make something quick and easy without using a template, a flower is a great idea! Here’s how:


  • salt
  • black paper
  • watercolors
  • paintbrush
  • white glue
  • a glass of clean water
  • empty tray with the size of the paper


  • Draw the flower on black paper with a brush and white glue.
  • Place the paper in the tray.
  • Sprinkle salt on the glue outline.
  • Once the glue has dried, shake off the excess in the tray.
  • Dip another clean brush into the water, then pick a color and apply it to the flower outline.
  • Use different colors until you’ve painted the whole outline.
  • Let it dry and you’re done!

Read also: Dry Leaf Art: 8 Easy Colorful Projects for Kids and Adults!

Tips for Raised Salt Painting

painting fall leaves with salt for kids

There are a couple of tips to keep in mind that will ensure the smooth sailing execution of your creative project. Here’s what you should keep in mind when painting with salt:

  • You can use regular printer paper, but thick cardboard paper is best.
  • Make sure you have plenty of salt at your disposal.
  • You can pour the excess salt back into a container and reuse it for another project.
  • Don’t apply too much glue because when you shake off the salt, some of the glue may fall off.
  • The watercolor paint should not be too wet. If the paint is too wet, it will soak through the paper making it difficult to dry.
  • Let the salt paint dry for at least 24 hours.

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