We love salt painting as a craft activity. It’s really easy to set up and kids love seeing the “magic” happen when the paint runs along the salt. This salt painted Christmas tree activity can actually be done two ways. You can do salt painting or you can make simple glitter painted Christmas trees. You can even turn the glitter painted trees into Christmas cards.

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Salt Painting Christmas Trees

Salt Painted Christmas Tree Activity

If you’d rather not do salt painting, you can use this same template to make glitter painted Christmas trees.

Christmas Tree Glitter Craft


We made this really simple by including a free template as a gift for subscribing to our newsletter. You can get the template emailed to you as a free gift by signing up to our newsletter on the form with the preview of the Christmas tree template (close to the bottom of the post).

You can also do this activity by just free-hand drawing your own Christmas trees too!


Christmas Tree Template

Supplies Needed for Salt Painting

White thick cardstock

– Liquid watercolors – we like this brand

– Salt (any kind will do)

– White glue – this bottle size is the best for tracing our template as the nozzle is smaller.

– Paintbrush

– A little bit of water

Watch the full tutorial video here before you get started!



  • Use a higher concentrated solution of liquid watercolors. Only add a small amount of water to your solution to keep the colors more vibrant.
  • Dip your paintbrush gently into your liquid watercolors. Only get a little bit of watercolor at a time. If you have too much water when you’re painting the water may spill over outside of the salted area. Don’t worry too much if you’re doing this for fun with the kids. But if you want to keep it as art to hang up we found using just a little bit of paint works best.
  • You can paint after the glue dries or right away. We like to paint right away.
  • Use some cardboard underneath your cardstock to avoid getting your counter or table wet as the liquid watercolor may seep through a bit.
  • Use a thick white cardstock to avoid paint bleeding  – this White cardstock is thicker than regular sizes but you can also check the thickness of the paper when ordering (we like 100 lbs).

Steps for Salt Painting

1. First print off the template or draw your own Christmas tree.

2. Begin by tracing the Christmas tree with your glue. We like to use this bottle of glue since the nozzle at the top is smaller and less glue will come out. The larger bottles will let out more glue when you use them making the lines too thick.

Don’t worry about some black showing through when you trace with the glue. Once you add the salt on top the black will not be noticeable.

Glue on top Christmas Tree Template

3. Now is the first fun part! Sprinkle on your salt. We like to keep a separate stash of salt for art activities. So when you’re done you can scoop off the remainder and store again for another salt craft. Or you can use it again to make these salt painted snowflakes.

Tip: Pour lots of salt over your image to ensure you coat all of the glue. If you miss a spot then the color won’t run over that part.

4. Now you can begin to paint with your watercolors! We like to use liquid watercolors as they are easy to use and more vibrant than food coloring. However, food coloring would also work. If you’re looking for a low cost brand of liquid watercolors we like these ones.

Salt Painting Christmas Activity

5. Once you’re done the salt painting, you can decorate your tree. Add some confetti ornaments or sequins to the tree. We also added a gold glitter star to the top. You can also salt paint the star instead.

We love how this salt painted Christmas tree has turned out! Your kids will love creating it too!

Salt Painting Christmas Trees

To make the glitter painted version, simply sprinkle glitter on top of your glue instead of salt and then decorate.

Glitter Christmas Tree Craft

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Salt Painting Snowflakes

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Salt Painted Christmas Tree Craft