We’ve had a lot of fun crafting for summer already this year, and this Salt Paint Mermaid Tail painting activity is definitely one of our favorites! They turned out so pretty, and so colorful, too!
Salt painting is such a neat process, but there’s definitely a few tricks to it. You want to make sure you use a generous line of glue, as evenly drawn as possible, and plenty of salt. Every bit should be covered. We also have a Free Printable Mermaid Tail Template to make the shape of your mermaid tails even easier.
Mermaid Tail Craft with Salt Paint
To make our Salt Paint Mermaid Tail you will need our mermaid tail template, heavy brown cardstock, table salt, school glue, and watercolors.
Salt Painted Mermaid Tail Craft Supplies Needed
- Mermaid Tail Template
- Heavy brown cardstock
- Table salt
- School glue
Mermaid Tail Salt Painting Step by Step Directions
Begin by printing the mermaid tail template. Cut out.
Line the template up against a corner of the brown cardstock. Trace. Then use regular school glue to draw over the lines.
Also use the glue to make scales and lines on the fins.
Now, pour a generous amount of salt over the glue.
Shake off the glue. We used a plastic cutting mat so that we could then gather the excess salt to use again.
Next, load the paintbrush with a watercolor color. You’ll want the watercolor wet, of course, but if it’s too wet then the colors of the mermaid tail may run. Lightly dab the tip of the paintbrush with the watercolors on the salt. Watch as the colors flow across the salt!
Keep going with more colors and watch the colors blend together.
Paint the scales and fins, as well, in a mix of bright, ocean-y colors until the tail is complete.
After that, the most important step is to let the mermaid tail dry completely on a flat surface.
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More Summer Crafts for Kids
More summer crafts? Check out our Paper Mermaid Craft, Cardboard Roll Pirate Craft, Paper Loop Pufferfish Craft, and our Cardboard Roll Yarn Wrapped Mermaid Craft to name just a few of our many fun summer crafts for kids at Our Kid Things!