Crystal Painting

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In this activity, learners will "paint" their own crystal artwork by creating a picture with a super saturated salt solution. After brushing the solution on black construction paper, the water will evaporate leaving the salt crystals behind. Activity includes step-by-step instructions with example crystal paintings, an explanation of what is happening, and suggested activity extensions. A diagram showing different crystal shapes and information on how crystals connect to everyday life is also included.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
2 to 4 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:



  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • At Home Science


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