Saturday, December 4, 2010

DIY Epsom Salt Ornaments and Candle

I know there's been candles and ornaments
made with Epsom salt floating around blog land for a while now,
but I thought I'd share my version which utilizes simple things most of us have lying around our homes.

Here is what I had and you'll need if you're going to make these.
1. Styrofoam balls
2. Candle
3. Paint
4. Mod Podge or Glue
5.Epsom Salt

I made this project for mere pennies because every thing I used I already had in my home.

Three styrofoam balls - from a "free" box at the local thrift store.

Paint (deco art) given to me by a friend who no longer had a use for it.


I didn't have any Mod Podge in the house, but
you can substitute glue watered down with a few
drops of water as a homemade version.

Begin by painting the balls.

Next, a rubber band was placed about 1/3 of the way from the top
of an old candle (left over from our daughter's wedding)...

.....and the bottom two thirds painted
(the rubber band acting as guide/stopping point for the paint)

After painting all the items, I coated them with glue followed by sprinkling Epsom salt on them.
(Removing the rubber band after everything is totally dry.)

I added some left over silver elastic ribbon to the top of the candle...

...and placed all the items on a heirloom tray
from my grandparents 25th wedding anniversary.

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A note of Caution:
I received a note from the Single Nester warning to use cation when
the candle burns down to the salt area...could cause fire.

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  1. your ornaments turned out them on your sweet tray!

  2. Looks very pretty. Blue seems to be the color this year. Does the paint stay on the candle well, or do you have to be very careful not to rub it?

  3. I haven't ever seen the Epson salt used before. I think this are just gorgeous and better than glitter!! I am going to try it as things settle down with the Christmas decorations!!

  4. SO SO SO SO SO cute!

    I'm featuring this post as Day 14 of my Blue and Silver Christmas. :)

    Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,


  5. I've never seen the Epson salt used this way either, but it is very pretty. That blue is one of my favorite shades of blue as well. Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

  6. Wow, never seen Epsom salt used like this before! I think the candle and foam balls are gorgeous! Great job :)

  7. The balls look like snowballs! Love them!!
    I'm your newest follower...come check out my blog when you have a chance :-)
    Shantel @

  8. Your candles turned beautiful. Love the color. I am going to show how to take old melted down candles and add battery tea lights and make them into some thing beautiful for any season.

  9. This is such a cute idea. I love the colors as well.

  10. Thank you so much for posting this!!!! I have been trying to make it to the store to buy some of the crushed glass, but... I have everything you listed at home right now!!!!

  11. Hi Joy,
    I'm new to your blog.
    Just beautiful! You did a good job of instructing too.

  12. Joy! I love these and the color is right up my ally! Do you remember what color you used? I've got lots of blues and teals so I've gotta try this!

    If you have a minute please drop by All Things Merry & Brite on Wednesday and link up this post and any others with your holiday inspiration!
    Love it and I love your blog-home!
    All Things Heart and Home

  13. Hi Joy,
    Thanks for stopping by. I LOVE this. I'm new to blogging so I haven't seen candles decorated with Epsom salts before. It looks so lovely and would make a great gift! Thanks for sharing.
    Cheryl @ CC Homemaker

  14. Thanks everyone for stopping by and all your comments! I read read them all :)

  15. I am new to blog land so I haven't seen the Epsom salt effect before. Thanks for showing how easy it is. I love how your project turned out.

  16. These are absolutely gorgeous. I will be featuring this post tonight at

  17. Love these! I'm a new follower too! =]

  18. This is amazing! Thanks for sharing--I've saved it to my inspiration folder.

  19. Maybe I'm lame but have never seen this before-thanks for sharing!

  20. Simply stunning results, very beautiful and it shows your creativity... I am your newest follower too...
    I would love if you come and enjoy the fragrance of sweet potpourri heart at

  21. Simply gorgeous! I'm heading out to the store tomorrow right away and get some salts!!! Wonderful tutorial!

  22. This is so pretty and glowy (not a word I know) Very clever and Thrifty

  23. very pretty, I see me doing this in the near future,thanks for sharing,Amy

  24. I love this idea, it's so pretty!

  25. Those are SO beautiful!!! It's the first time i see an epsom salts craft...i wanna try these too! :) I love them!

  26. GORGEOUS!!! I can't wait to try this out! :)

  27. I have not seen these yet. They are beautiful. I use Epsom salts as fake snow for the holiday. Never thought about using it like glitter. Great job!

  28. These are beautiful! I love how the paint color comes through the salts. I saw these featured at Someday crafts a couple of days ago and fell in love. I'm so glad you linked them up to Homemade Christmas!! :)

  29. Wow, this is so unique and such a great idea! Thanks for sharing, I will have to try this!

  30. What a great inexpensive idea. Thanks!

  31. I have misse this in other blogs but I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Your display is very beautiful, thanks for sharing. :)

  33. Be careful when you burn the epsom salt candles. Last year, I almost started a fire when the candle burnt down to the salt.

  34. wow, who knew that something so simple could be so pretty? nice job!

  35. I think this is absolutely beautiful. Such a gorgeous color you selected as well. They feel so icey (in a good way) and wintry.
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  36. Those are so pretty. What a beatuiful display for your grandparents.


  37. These are so pretty! I am featuring them on my blog today :-)

  38. Hi, Joy! Just wanted to let you know I featured these for the Homemade Christmas Decor portion of my Christmas party! Thanks again for linking up. :)

  39. Love this idea!!! So simple but oh so beautiful!

  40. beautiful project! not to be a bummer, but you may want to check out the effects of salt on silver, it may make it rust or tarnish. I could be wrong, but you mentioned it's an hierloom, wouldn't want you to ruin it!

  41. Lovely! I like your variation on the frosted candle. Can you still burn the candle once it's been painted?

    I shared a credited link in my post:

    Regarding Carmie (Single Nester), I've read in several places that Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is not flammable. Was there something else involved?

  42. Featured these on facebook from the Christmas Tutorial Link Party!

  43. new follower! This is awesome! thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! Congrats to you on newest grandbaby! laura

  44. Very pretty. I love the white and light blue! Thanks for sharing the idea.
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  45. Epsom salt itself is not flammable; it has a high water content.

    From the Epsom Salt Council (

    While using Epsom salt on your craft project can add color, texture and beauty, there's one thing you should know, just for planning purposes. Fresh Epsom salt crystals have high water content, and when the translucent crystals get exposed to air, they will begin to dry and become white. That's natural, but it's a change that can occur as fast as one week. So why do we mention this? If you're planning to make, say, luminaries for a wedding, you should wait until close to the final date. On other activities, such as greeting cards, you may want the whiter look. On some projects, such as the holiday jars above, you can also paint and seal the texture of the Epsom salt, ensuring the color stays true.

    If you plan to seal your projects with some type of additional coating, and it's something that would be near a candle or some other flame, please check the label of the coating material to be sure it is not flammable. Epsom salt itself is not flammable – it has a high water content, and it is actually used as a flame retardant – but some types of coatings may be flammable.

    Bottom line: plan accordingly and have fun!

    Read the label of the paint, mod podge/glue and other materials you use, though.

  46. Love these ornaments - so creative and pretty! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  47. Thanks Mel and thank you for featuring my ornaments. You have a great set of ornament inspirations on your blog. Thanks for stopping by.

  48. I love this project! So pretty and the blue and white look wonderful together! Happy to be a new follower via GFC.



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