Thursday, January 5, 2012

Snowman Art Using Salt


R made a snowman picture using salt for a nice snowy effect. It's easy and fun and the end result is really neat.

What You Need

Blue card stock (We used construction paper because I could not find my card stock. Construction paper was okay, but after it was all dry it had a halo effect around the snowman from bleeding.)
Glue
Salt
Misc. craft items to add (We used sequins, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners.)
Crayons, markers, or other art materials to add details

What You Do


Have your child draw a line across the bottom of the paper with glue. Then ask your child to draw an outline of a snowman on top of the snowy ground. Fill in the outline of the snowman and the ground with glue. R also wanted to go back and add falling snow. Drawing with glue is great for strengthening hands!


Then they can add craft items of their choice to create a face and other details for their snowman.


After those details are added, pour on the salt! I poured some salt into a small cup and R switched between sprinkling and dumping the salt on the page. Make sure all the glue is covered with the salt. Pick up the page and allow the extra salt to fall off. Lay flat to dry.


R drew pictures in the excess salt as I made lunch. Yay for leftover entertainment value! Here's the picture he drew for me. He's a sweetie.

After it dries some you can go back and draw on further details like a hat and arms. R insisted that his looked great just the way he was, so he left it alone. Drying time will vary greatly depending on how much glue was used. And again, I recommend card stock over construction paper for this project. The construction paper bled a bit and it left a white shadow effect around the snowman, but I've used card stock for this project without problems in the past.

And that's it! The end result really looks snowy. R was very impressed that he could make a snowy picture with salt.

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it.

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  2. I love the pic he made for you in the extra salt, what a sweet boy you have :) Love the craft too of course!

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    1. He really is a sweetie. Thank you for stopping by, Valerie!

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  3. That's a great idea. what a lovely effect.

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    1. Thank you, Ali. It really is neat in person. It looks really snowy!

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  4. How cute, that little finger print drawing in the salt :)
    I love the look of the finished project, the salt makes it look powdery like real snow!

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    1. It makes me want to dump salt on the table regularly. He really liked drawing in it. And it does look realistic when it's all done. It's been a favorite winter activity of mine for a long time.

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  5. What a great little snowman! The salt is so effective.

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  6. Great picture: we had such fun doing this recently and it's really made me look at salt as a valuable art supply!

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    1. Between art and play dough we go through a lot of salt. It's definitely one of my must haves! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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  7. Love the idea of using salt for a snowman!

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  8. What a fabulous idea. Who doesn't have salt to do this? I needed some motivation to do more snow related activities.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it, Brooke. And thank you for featuring it on your Monday Madness linky!

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  9. This is such a cute idea! I love that you used salt! I'd love it if you'd share this over at TGIF - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties - I know my readers would love it!
    Beth =-)

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    1. Thank you, Beth! I'll go share now.

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  10. This is a great idea! My kids would probably try to devour it glue and all- they LOVE the taste of salt. :) They even try to eat the cloud dough. Blech. haha! Your little boy's snowman is adorable!

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    1. Salt is pretty amazing :) But oh my at them eating the cloud dough! Lol.

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  11. I love this!!! My daughter would probably try to eat the salt, but this is such a fun activity and I love the added activity of playing/drawing in the salt afterward!

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    1. I'm happy that you like it! My little boy loves salt too, but I didn't catch him taking any licks. Haha. I really liked that he played in it afterward as well. It made me think about how to incorporate stuff like that a bit more.

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