Salt Art Fireworks

My kids are fascinated by the sights and sounds of fireworks. This craft let them create their own fireworks using things from our own kitchen. The salt makes this part craft and part magic trick for the kids!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather all materials. We used black construction paper for the night sky. It really helped our fireworks "pop".

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  • Step 2

    The kids made fireworks designs on their black construction paper. They tried to make their designs without picking up the glue bottle. My 4-year-old decided he wanted to make stair steps instead of fireworks. You have to love the creativity!

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  • Step 3

    After we made the designs in glue, the kids sprinkled their fireworks with salt. My 2-year-old just dumped a huge pile, so I handed him a salt shaker instead and we shook his salt around.

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  • Step 4

    We conserved salt by dumping the excess salt from one paper to another, covering as many fireworks as possible. Once all of the fireworks were covered in salt, we dumped the excess, leaving beautiful fireworks designs.

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  • Step 5

    The kids had a great time mixing the food coloring into their small bowls of water. We ended up using red, blue, and yellow because my 2-year-old insisted that his fireworks needed yellow, too. When you are making your water, be sure to add a few extra drops of food coloring once it seems dark enough. The colors will lighten when the salt absorbs the water.

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  • Step 6

    My 4-year-old's favorite part was using the eye dropper to drip water onto his fireworks. The kids thought it was like magic watching the colors spread onto the salt.

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  • Done!

    When the fireworks dried, we shook off the excess salt and marveled at the colorful fireworks. The kids were so proud of their masterpieces and couldn't wait to show them off.

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