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Salt Painting – Pineapple

Updated: Jun 26, 2021

Salt painting is an activity that doesn’t require many supplies! This activity is great for anytime of the year for school age children! They are able to draw the design and glue over the lines drawn. They also have the advanced fine motor skills, patience, and maturity needed to complete this activity! School age children will be able to show self expression by deciding what to draw. Preschoolers could also do this activity with parental help! These salt paintings will sure look awesome!

What You Will Need:

1. Water color paint

2. Salt

3. Paint brushes

4. Cup of water to rinse brushes

5. Construction paper or cardstock

6. Elmer’s school glue (liquid)

7. Pencil

*Helpful Tip: A baking/cookie sheet can be helpful to put the paper on and shake the salt off onto, so that it doesn’t make a mess! Wax paper can also be laid down on the table in order to protect the surface when painting!


Step One: First, gather all of your materials and decide what you would like to draw. In this activity, I will be drawing a pineapple, but you can do something else if you want!

Step Two: To draw a pineapple, use your pencil and make a big oval that has a flat top and takes up most of the page. Next, draw trianlges at the top to make the leaves of the pineapple. Then, draw diagonal lines across the oval and draw more diagonal lines going the opposite way across the oval so that they cross over each other and create squares/rectangles.

Step Three: Trace the lines that you drew with the Elmer’s glue. It doesn’t have to be a lot of glue, but similar to how much glue you would use if you were going to use glitter.

Step Four: Move your drawing to the baking/cookie sheet, if you will be using one and haven’t done so already. Pour salt all over the pineapple and areas where you put the glue.

Step Five: Pick your paper up carefully, and gently shake the extra salt off. Try to get it all on the cookie sheet if you can.

Step Six: If you will be using wax paper or paper towels to protect the table when painting, then you can get a piece big enough to put your paper onto it and move your paper from the baking/cookie sheet onto the wax paper.

Step Seven: Decide what colors you would like to paint your pineapple. I chose to color the body of the pineapple yellow and the leaves green. Dip your paint brush into the water and then into the paint. Instead of brushing back and forth like you usually do with a paint brush, just tap the salt lightly. If you don’t tap lightly, then you may end up moving the salt around. You should see the salt change colors. If the color isn’t as dark as you would like, you can go back and touch up the areas that you would like to be darker.

Step Eight: Let it dry and enjoy your salt painting!

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