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Rainbow web

salted art design

free lesson!

When holidays roll around, it's always fun to create and Halloween is NO exception!  Some of my favorite lessons taught in my classroom stem from Halloween!

One lesson that never fails to excite my students is RAINBOW SPIDER WEBS.  With just a few simple materials, you can create one too.

Supplies needed:


- white paper

- watercolors

- glue

- salt

- pipette

- water

step one: Draw!


In the video tutorial below, I outline how to draw a CORNER WEB and a CENTER WEB


1. The CORNER WEB begins with drawing a right angle.

2. Divide the angle in half and add two more lines on each side of its middle line. 

3. Draw the outside edge of the web with a curved line first and then repeat that same style towards the inside corner.

4. Space each line an equal distance apart.

1. The CENTER WEB begins with an X and a plus sign

2. Add the curved edge by connecting it to each line on the outside first

3. Repeat the same steps by working one line at a time, inward.

4. Space each line an equal distance apart.

You can always look up other styles of webs to expand this lesson even further.

step two: trace!


Use glue to trace every line you drew.

Then cover all glue with salt.

Gently tap salt off of paper + let dry.

step three: let dry!

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The worst mistake is rushing to see an outcome. 

Give your project some space.

Create another web. Rake some leaves.  Eat an apple.

Wait until it is completely dry. :)

step four: add color

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You can use watercolor or food coloring for this step!

You only need red, blue, and yellow because all the other colors will be created through MIXING!

What's fun about salt is how it is crystallized.  It absorbs and expands liquid, so when you drop color onto it, the color moves!

step five: be amazed!

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Use an eye dropper (pipette) to add red, yellow, and blue.

Watch the color expand and overlap into one another.

Do you see the new colors they make?

Adding two primary colors create a secondary color!

R + Y = O

R + B = P

B + Y = G

Watch the tutorial here:

Image by Math

Enjoy these vibrant spider webs in time for the creepy season!  These are webs your mom won't mind hanging around the house! :)


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