Giant Wild Goose Pagoda with the sunset in Xi'an China

Pagoda Salt Painting

Did you know that Xi'an, China is one of the oldest cities in all of China? And one of the oldest buildings in Xi'a, still standing even after huge earthquakes and wars, is called the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

(The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Photo credit: Alex Kwok,

Check out the free printables below to learn about the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and to make your own pagoda DIY salt painting! 

Materials list:

  1. Download & print the 2 free printables below
  2. White glue
  3. Salt (regular kitchen salt works)
  4. Watercolors (liquid watercolors work best)
  5. Pipettes (you can also you a regular paintbrush in place of a pipette)


Set up your workspace

Step One: Place your pagoda printout on top of a workspace. Things are going to get wet!

Glue the salt lines on your pagoda

Step Two: Glue along the lines of the pagoda. Don't be shy, make your glue lines thick. Be creative and make any other criss-crossing designs you want!

Sprinkle salt all over the glue

Step Three: Sprinkle salt over all of your glue lines. Tap your paper lightly and collect the excess salt to use on future paintings!

Paint your salt painting

Step Four: Paint your salty glue lines by using your pipette to drop different colors on to the salt (or if you're using a paintbrush, by gently touching your brush to the salt). Watch as the color spreads and mixes!

Ta-da! That's it. Your very own pagoda DIY salt painting.

Click to download the free printables and get started:

Make your own pagoda     The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

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