Raised Salt Watercolor Easter Eggs (with Free Printable!)

Published: April 3, 2020 · Updated: December 21, 2023 by Sacha — This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure.

These raised salt watercolor Easter eggs are both beautiful and fun to make! Your kids will love seeing the liquid watercolor paint magically spread across the lines of salt. And to make this cool Easter-themed process art activity even easier, we’ve included a free Easter egg template that you can print and use as a guide!

Raised salt watercolor painting is such a fun process art activity, and a lot of the steps are accessible to younger kids! It creates gorgeous artwork and if you know how to prep it properly, you can even display it on your walls once it’s dry!

Download my free Easter egg template below and if you love this project, be sure to check out the other fun Easter crafts you can make using the printable!

Required Materials

Here’s what you’ll need to do this fun Easter-themed project with your kids:

Supplies needed to make salt and watercolour Easter eggs.

About the Materials

For this project, you’ll be able to use whichever color paper you want depending on the effect you’re going for. I’ve tried it with black, white and pastel colors and they all look nice in their own way.

Note: I recommend using something sturdy like cardstock rather than regular printer or construction paper—I used black construction paper in the pictures and the end result was a little wavy because the paper wasn’t thick enough to properly absorb the watercolor paint.

If you do use it anyway, keep in mind that depending on the type of printer you use and the size of your construction paper, you might have to cut the paper down to size. I like to use a paper trimmer to make clean cuts quickly and easily.

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If you do too, make sure not to let your kids anywhere near it while you’re using it, and store it out of reach when not in use!

How to Make Raised Salt Watercolor Easter Eggs (Step-by-Step)

1. Print Template

Start by printing the template on the paper or cardstock of your choice.

2. Trace Lines with Glue

Once you’ve printed the template, trace all the lines using white school glue.

Tracing easter eggs on black construction paper with liquid glue.

Note: If your kids are too young to trace the lines and want to do the whole project themselves, just use my blank Easter egg template and have them create their own design!

3. Add Salt

Once you’ve traced all the lines, pour table salt liberally onto the drawing until the glue is fully covered. Then, shake off the excess to reveal your pattern. My two- and three-year-old love helping with this step!

Easter eggs traced with liquid glue, with salt poured on top.

Tip: I recommend placing your paper onto a sheet of newspaper so you can easily get rid of the excess salt without getting it all over your work surface.

4. Add Watercolor Paint

Have your kids dip their paintbrushes in liquid watercolor paint and lightly touch the designs. If possible, try not to let them soak the paper completely—younger kids (like mine) tend to go a little heavy on the watercolor paint!

As their paintbrushes touch the salt, the colors will spread in both directions and combine as they come into contact. You can use any colors you want, but I chose to use only primary colors so my kids could see what happened when they mixed. This part is really cool to look at!

Raised salt Easter eggs being painted with liquid watercolour paint.

5. Let Dry

Once you’ve colored all the lines, let your artwork dry completely. This might take a couple of days.

6. Remove Excess Salt (Optional)

If you want to hang it on your walls once it’s dry, you’ll need to brush off all the excess salt to prevent it from flaking off all over your floors.

Just use your fingers or a paintbrush to gently rub off as much salt as you can. Don’t be too rough with it or you might ruin the artwork! You’ll know it’s ready once it stops rubbing off easily.

Colourful raised salt watercolour Easter eggs.

And there you have it—beautiful and so fun to make!

As you can see, the colors become lighter as they dry. My liquid watercolors were heavily diluted with water because I find pastel colors very Eastery, but you can dilute yours less if you prefer brighter colors!

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