Each year EC, YC and myself make all their Christmas cards. Over the last few years we have done some really good ones, including: penguin food prints, snowman fingerprints, magic crayon and washi tape ones. This year we have made watercolour and salt Christmas cards with added snowflakes, and if I do say so myself, they have turned out really nicely.

The best part about doing watercolours and salt painting is that each picture is so unique. You could never replicate a previous card; no matter how hard you try.

Make sure you follow my Christmas board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to pin it for later.

You will need:

  • Watercolour paper•
  • Salt
  • Food colouring
  • Watercolours
  • Snowflake confetti
  • Or snowflake hole punch
  • Cardstock

• You can use ordinary paper, but I watercolour paper works best.


Begin by covering the paper with paint. I set up both liquid watercolours and food colouring to paint with. YC and I were just covered the pages without really thinking about it, which is very therapeutic, but EC liked to paint a picture on his.

Don’t take too much time to paint or it will begin to dry and then the salt won’t work so well.


Afterwards cover the paper in salt. I used both rock and fine salt. To be honest I didn’t see much difference in the results. YC literally covered every inch of her paintings in salt!

I let our ones dry overnight, to really give the salt a chance to soak as much colour as possible.

When the pictures were ready I cut them up into quarters and stuck them to the cards. Normally I get card stock and just fold it in half, but this year I bought ready-made red cards with envelopes.

Finally glue on some snowflakes. I used a snowflake hole punch from Hobby Craft, but there are plenty of places that sell snowflake confetti if you don’t want to buy the hole punch.

All I need to do now is get EC and YC to sit and actually write the cards, which is easier said than done.

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Make these easy yet beautiful Christmas cards using watercolours and salt. Great craft for children.