Spiders are not something I am very fond of…ok not at all fond of. They make me cry. and cringe. and can always get a scream – ick. But for some reason that I cannot wrap my head around both kids LOVE spiders.
This simple spider activity was a safe way for us to explore this strange fascination of theirs. Plus these Salt Spider Webs turned out stunning!
As I write this my dashboard is suggesting all these spiders images and wikis to include in this post…so excuse how short and sweet this will be. My skin is crawling and I cannot stare at this too long…
Items Needed for Salt Painted Spider Webs
- Black Glitter Glue (buy here)
- Water Colors (buy here)
- Salt (buy here)
- White Card Stock or Watercolor Paper (buy here)
How to Create Water Color Spider Webs
When we made these I started by drawing out the spider webs using the black glitter glue. It took forever and a day to dry. I wouldn’t do that again.
INSTEAD what you probably should do is draw out your webs with a pencil or your water colors. This way kids can get straight to painting.
I suggested to the kids that each section of the web should be a different color to make a rainbow web, but outside of that I stood back and let them create their own masterpiece. We experimented with colors and consistency (how much water did it take to dilute).
Once every section was filled in we grabbed handfuls of salt and dumped it on to our spider webs. If needed we went back over with more color. It had a really neat crystallizing effect…so we may have gone just a little salt dumping crazy – but, hey it was fun process art!
And absolutely beautiful!
If you go the route of drawing your spider webs and then painting you will need to add on your black glitter once everything dries. Count on giving the black glitter glue at least two days to dry. Then hang and enjoy!