When we took our trip in January to Neuschwanstein Castle on the way down to Garmisch, we were amazed at the gorgeous 19th century art and architecture we encountered. Floor to ceiling paintings decorated the walls, impressive woodwork amazed us throughout, but it was the throne room floor that really took our breath away. The entire floor is paved in tiny mosaic tiles depicting all sorts of animals... Imagine how many tiles it took to fill that space! It was so beautiful that I knew we had to do a follow up activity and make our own mosaics, and why not make our own salt dough tiles while we're at it!
Rainbow Salt Dough Recipe
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 cup of water
- 2 cups of flour
- gel food colorings
Mix all of the ingredients, divide the dough in to as many colors as you'd like, add the colorant and then shape anything you desire! Clay will air dry in 24+ hours depending on the thickness. You can also bake it on 170 degrees for 3-4 hours if you need it dry sooner.
- Begin by mixing up a batch of salt dough (recipe above).
- Divide the dough in to as many colors as you would like and then add your colorant. I like these gel food colorings as they give nice vibrant colors.
- Roll out each color and punch out the shapes you'd like, a bottle cap makes perfect circles!
- A pizza cutter made cutting squares, rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles a breeze!
- Lay the mosaic tiles out on a piece of wax paper to dry, flip them every 12 hours and they'll be dry in 24-36 depending on how thick you make them.
- Use glue to adhere the tiles to paper, picture frames, flower pots or anything else you can think of!
Another option would be to leave your salt dough white and then paint it when it was dry, this method would give you glossier tiles, but would be more time consuming.
Once our tiles had dried, we set to work designing our mosaics. Aurora decided she wanted to make a giraffe, so I helped her plan where her tiles should go. This was a great opportunity to have her practice using a bit of forethought in designing her art as once a tile is stuck it's hard to undo!
Grayson went with a much more abstract concept, but that's fine too! He's working on learning his shapes and colors so these tiles provided the perfect opportunity to practice! He also really (like REALLY) loved painting the glue on his paper... somehow glue is more fun than paint!
Here's Aurora's finished giraffe, I think it's pretty darn adorable in my completely biased opinion! I made a flower design with them too, which you can see up top. I've been dreaming of seeing the tulips in Amsterdam this spring, so perhaps that will be our next big trip!
For more fun artsy ideas, check out my Pinterest board! Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Kids: Art on Pinterest.