How to Make Salt Paint

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup of liquid starch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Medium bowl
  • Smaller containers
  • Food coloring
  • Coarse salt or table salt
  • Paintbrush

How to Make Salt Paint. This salt paint recipe works well for children's projects and uses a paintbrush or finger painting. The coarse salt in the paint gives it an interesting effect and leaves the finished product looking glittery. The following steps will show you how to make this glittery salt paint.

Measure out 1/2 cup of liquid starch into a medium-sized container.

Add 1/2 cup of lukewarm water to the liquid starch and stir until it becomes a paint-like consistency.

Separate the mixture out into smaller containers to make several colors.

Add a few drops of food coloring of your choice to each small container of mixture.

Stir each container of paint until the coloring is completely blended and even.

Add a pinch of coarse salt or table salt to each color to make your paint look glittery.

Apply the paint with a paintbrush onto your paper or use this paint as a finger paint.


  • Add a small amount of food coloring first and gradually add more if you need it. It is easier to get the color you desire by adding a little at a time versus adding too much food coloring. You can also use tempera paint powder instead of food coloring to tint your homemade paint. Sprinkle extra course salt onto the wet paint after you paint to give it extra glitter. Course salt leaves a more glittery effect than table salt. When finger painting, slick paper works best. You can use lemon-scented starch to make your paint smell good.


  • You must use this paint right away and stir it frequently. The paint will crystallize in the container as it dries.

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