Fireworks Salt Paintings

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Our family loves to watch fireworks, so this week we tried these gorgeous fireworks salt paintings and it was such a fun activity! They’re so satisfying to make and look stunning. Here’s how we made them.


First, I had the kids put a dot of glue on the page and then draw lines coming out of it like a firework. Next, we poured salt all over the painting — note: you’ll need a LOT of salt — to cover the glue.  Don’t worry about wasting because you can brush it off into a paper bag and reuse for the next picture. Let it dry for a couple minutes, and then it’s time to paint! I gave the big kids watercolors (the key is to get the brush really wet and barely touch the salt). This was a little tricky for Tess, so we gave her pipettes.

Be forewarned that this is the type of artwork that sheds! So if you want to display the finished product, we suggest putting it into a plastic sleeve. The color will disappear after a few days, so enjoy it while it lasts!

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Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (10, 7, 5). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best activities that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house. Follow her behind the scenes at Instagram @whatsupelle. {{Privy:Embed campaign=591322}}