Salt Dough Bean Mosaic

Salt Dough Bean Mosaic

Salt dough bean mosaic is a fun and creative project for all ages! This activity combines the sensory joy of working with salt dough and the colorful creativity of using beans to create unique, textured designs. Get ready to explore your creativity, develop fine motor skills, and enjoy a hands-on experience resulting in a beautiful, one-of-a-kind mosaic.


  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Dried Beans
  • Parchment or Waxed Paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Plastic Knife

Salt Dough Recipe:
2 cups of Flour
1/2 cup of Salt
1 Tbsp. Oil
Approx 1/2 – 1 Cup of Water
3 tsp. Cream of Tartar

Step 1: Gather the materials listed above.

Step 2: Mix your salt dough. Place the flour, salt, oil, and cream of tartar in a bowl and mix them. Gradually add water while mixing and kneading until a cohesive dough is formed.

Step 3: Tear a small piece of parchment paper to use as your placemat.

Step 4: Roll out the dough on the parchment paper. Your dough should be at least ¾” thick. Trim the edges if desired to create the shape you want.

Step 5: Create the mosaic! Push beans into the dough. Be sure to push the beans deep enough so they embed into the dough. If you would like to hang your mosaic, at this stage use a pencil to poke a hole at the top of your mosaic.

Step 6: Allow the dough to dry.

Ideas to take the salt dough mosaic to the next level:

  • Painting: Once the dough is dry, paint the mosaic with acrylic paints. This can add vibrancy and detail to your design, allowing you to highlight specific areas or create intricate patterns.
  • Mixed Media: Incorporate other materials such as beads, sequins, or small stones into the design. This can add texture and visual interest, making the mosaic more dynamic.
  • Framing: Create a decorative frame for your mosaic using additional salt dough or other materials like wood or cardboard. This can give your artwork a finished, polished look.

Further Learning and Discussion Questions:

1. Sensory Exploration:
How does the dough feel when you first mix it compared to after it has been kneaded and shaped?
What textures and colors do you notice in the different types of beans you used?

2. Personal Experience:
What was your favorite part of making the salt dough bean mosaic?
Did you face any challenges while making your mosaic? How did you overcome them?

3. Art and Emotion:
How does creating art make you feel?
Can you describe a memory or a story that your mosaic reminds you of?

4. Reflection and Feedback
What part of the project did you enjoy the most, and why?
How do you feel about your final mosaic, and what feedback would you give yourself or others on their designs?

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