Watercolour and salt christmas cards

Living / 1 December, 2020 / Nanny Anita

Watercolour and Salt Christmas Cards

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.

Pin for later:

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

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