Epsom Salt Painting

Hello Practically Functional readers! I’m Linda from Night Owl Corner! and I’m excited to be back this month to share a magical kids craft with you that has a surprise ending…epsom salt painting!

Epsom salt painting is a fun kids craft with a surprise ending!

This art project will start out looking like regular watercolors but as it dries the salt will crystalize and form ice-like crystals over the whole painting!

Epsom Salt Painting

All you need is water, heavyweight watercolor paper, paintbrushes, food coloring and of course epsom salt. You can find epsom salt in the drug store near the alcohol and witch hazel. Start by heating up the water in the microwave until it boils. I used 1/2 cup of water to make 4 different paint colors. Then pour in an equal amount of epsom salt and stir until it is completely dissolved. Next, evenly distribute the water / salt solution into small containers to mix your paint. Add a few drops of food coloring in each container. We made red, yellow, blue and green paint.

Now let your child paint on the heavyweight paper. You definitely want to use heavyweight paper for this project. Thinner paper tears easily when saturated with water and will curl up when dry. And if your child is like mine, he or she will paint, paint, paint until that paper is soaking wet! My daughter Sophie covered every inch of it!

Epsom salt painting is a fun kids craft with a surprise ending!

The paint will just look like regular watercolors when it first goes on the paper, but as it dries magic happens! The salt will crystalize and make a shiny, sparkly film over the painting that looks like ice. Don’t let your kids wander too far away if they want to see the action. It happens fairly quickly…this first picture was taken just a few minutes into the drying process and you can already see the crystals starting to form.

Epsom salt painting is a fun kids craft with a surprise ending!

Sophie was so excited to watch the “ice” crystals form! Being a huge Frozen fan, as is every other girl on the planet right now, she instantly said, “Elsa froze my painting!”

Epsom salt painting is a fun kids craft with a surprise ending!

Epsom salt painting is a fun kids craft with a surprise ending!

Epsom salt painting is a fun kids craft with a surprise ending!

Another totally mess free version of this craft is to dissolve the salt in the water but don’t add any food coloring. Then you can paint the salted water on black or purple paper and watch white “ice” crystals form. This is just as much fun for the kids and what mom doesn’t love a mess free art project?!

I’ll be back again next month to share another fun kids craft but in the meantime I’d love for you to keep in touch through my blog Night Owl Corner and the social media links below!

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Linda

Hi I'm Linda from Night Owl Corner! On my blog you will find lots sewing, crochet, arts and crafts, and DIY projects that I'm often working on late into the night! I also love to share recipes, especially desserts. I'm married to my best friend Robbie and mom to 2 beautiful girls Sophie (age 4) and Audrey (age 1). We live in coastal South Carolina so I love to fit in trips to the beach in between all my craft projects! Hope you'll stop by and see what I'm making this week!

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  1. Biserka says

    7 years ago

    Which amount of Epsom salt is necessary?

  2. Brianna says

    7 years ago

    Cute idea – wonder if the same system would work on wood, as in distressing.

    • Brianna says

      7 years ago

      …. and crackling.

      • M Q says

        5 years ago

        Have you tried this? Did it work?

  3. Tara says

    8 years ago

    Can you paint over this like to add an image?

  4. Jodi Stuber says

    8 years ago

    what an awesome project 🙂 cant wait to try it out.. thanks for sharing!!

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