Create Halloween pumpkin art with the easy watercolor painting method known as salt painting. Toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and kids of all ages will enjoy the fun technique used to create this raised salt art pumpkin craft.
This Halloween pumpkin art salt painting, with or without a Jack o’ lantern face, is an easy Halloween art project for kids. It is a fun Halloween art idea that can help toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary-aged children strengthen and develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Use this cool watercolor technique to create a raised salt art Halloween pumpkin craft with children at home or in the classroom!
Toddlers and preschoolers may need some assistance creating Halloween pumpkin art, while older children and teens can complete pumpkin arts and crafts, such as this salt art pumpkin craft, from start to finish on their own. For more cool Halloween ideas, be sure you pop over to check out this excellent list of Halloween Art Projects for Kids!
Halloween Pumpkin Art Project for Kids
Get into the spirit of Halloween with this Halloween pumpkin art project for kids! Salt painting is an easy watercolor painting technique that kids will LOVE!
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You can complete this Halloween pumpkin art project for kids using liquid watercolors and pipettes or paintbrushes, or you can use a solid watercolor pallet with a cup of water and a paintbrush. Both options are great for helping children develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. See the directions below for more information.
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Pumpkin Art Salt Painting Craft Supplies
- Black cardstock (construction paper can be used, but is a bit too thin to handle the weight of this project)
- White-colored pencil
- White glue
- Table salt
- Liquid watercolors, or a solid watercolor pallet
- Paintbrush or pipette
Halloween Pumpkin Art Project Video Tutorial
My daughter made her Halloween pumpkin art on our DIY outdoor art table and mud kitchen. Click on the link to learn how to make your own!
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Halloween Pumpkin Salt Art Step by Step Craft Directions
As mentioned above, there are a few different ways to make Halloween salt art. Please read through each step of the pumpkin art project instructions before starting your pumpkin craft. For more salt painting tips, have a look at the salt art projects listed below. They each use the same salt and watercolor painting techniques.
Step 1 – Draw Halloween pumpkin art onto black cardstock using a white colored pencil.
Invite children to draw a pumpkin with or without a Jack o’ lantern face. Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners may need a parent, teacher, or caregiver to help them with this step, while older children can be encouraged to draw pumpkin art independently.
How to Draw a Pumpkin
It’s pretty easy to draw a pumpkin, and it doesn’t need to be perfect. Copy the pumpkin art template pictured below with a white colored pencil on black cardstock. Creating a Halloween Jack o’ lantern face on the pumpkin art is optional.
Step 2 – Trace the outline of pumpkin art with white glue
Use white glue to trace the outline of your pumpkin art. If you have a Jack o’ lantern face in the middle, either trace the Halloween pumpkin’s outline or fill in the eyes and mouth with white glue in the same way that we did. Young children may need help with this step. Do not wait for the glue to dry before moving on to the next step.
Please Note: The colors will bleed into each other if the glue and salt lines touch. Keep the glue and salt lines for the face and stem separate from the pumpkin art if you do not want the colors to run.
Step 3 – Sprinkle salt over the pumpkin art glue lines
Sprinkle salt on top of the pumpkin art so that it completely covers the white glue. Once again, do not wait for the glue to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 4 – Shake off the excess salt on the Halloween pumpkin art
Immediately after you cover the glue with salt, shake off the excess. Please do not wait for the glue to dry before covering it with salt, and do not wait for the glue and salt lines to dry before painting them, or it this watercolor method may not work.
Step 5 – Paint the Halloween pumpkin art with watercolors
Use a pipette or paintbrush to apply liquid watercolor paint to the salt that is now stuck to glue lines. Using a watercolor pallet instead of liquid watercolor paints? Apply the paint with a paintbrush or a watercolor brush pen. Don’t forget that you need water when using a paintbrush to make Halloween pumpkin art.
Begin by painting the outline of the pumpkin art before moving on to the Jack o’ lantern face (if any). This will decrease the probability that the orange watercolor paint will run into the yellow eyes of the Halloween pumpkin as the child paints.
In the photo above you can see that we waited to trace the Jack o’ lantern face and stem with glue and salt after we painted the pumpkin. This can help young children focus on one step at a time.
Remember, the colors will bleed into each other if the lines of the pumpkin art touch. Keep the lines for the face and stem separate from the pumpkin’s lines if you do not want the colors to run. Apply green paint carefully if you do not want it to run into the pumpkin’s orange lines.
You can see that the orange and green combined a bit in the Halloween salt painting pictured below. The top of the pumpkin looks a little black where the orange and green watercolor paint combined.
Also notice, that the orange and yellow stayed separate because the glue and salt lines did not touch. This is also due to the face that we invited the toddler to paint the outline of the pumpkin craft with orange first.
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Best Halloween Pumpkin Art Idea
Creating Halloween pumpkin art salt painting is an easy art project for kids that only takes minutes to set up. Kids of all ages will enjoy the easy craft technique used to create this raised salt watercolor craft. Try it today!
More Salt Painting Art Projects for Kids
For more salt painting ideas that use the same watercolor painting techniques–check out these other fun salt art projects for kids:
More Halloween Ideas for Kids
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