Epsom salt luminaries, holiday decorations and other crafts

From planning projects with the kids to decorating for the holidays or sparking a romantic evening, there are plenty of things to create using Epsom salt and plenty of ways to have fun. You can make cards, paintings, bath salts, luminaries or Easter eggs. Frost your windows, decorate champagne glasses, glisten candles or make your pumpkins glitter. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Halloween, the Holidays – or just an uneventful day at home – Epsom salt can help you celebrate and have fun.

Find more inspiration from Amanda Formaro, a former craft expert for Disney’s Kaboose.com, who now runs the website Crafts by Amanda. She offers easy tutorials for kids and adults.

 

An important thing to consider when planning to use Epsom salt for DIY craft projects

While using Epsom salt on your craft project can add color, texture and beauty, there’s one thing you should know 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 luminaries for a big event, like a wedding, you should wait until close to the final date. On other activities, such as greeting cards or indoor snowballs, you may want an opaque look to mimic snow. You also have the option to 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 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!

 

Home-made, DIY shimmering luminaries

Materials:

  • Empty jars
  • Epsom salt
  • Blue and green food coloring
  • Paper plates
  • 3 small or medium bowls
  • Mod Podge®
  • Clear gloss sealer

Directions:

  1. Put 1 cup of Epsom salt into each bowl. Mix in 1 drop of food coloring. Place the blue, green and white Epsom salts on paper plates.
  2. Coat the jar in Mod Podge®, roll in one of the salt colors. Coat the rim with Mod Podge® and salt. Let dry for 2 – 3 hours.
  3. Repeat for remaining colors. Finish with clear gloss sealer, following sealer’s instructions. When dry, fit with an electric tea light.
  4. Making for a party? These should be made no more than a week ahead of time.

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Home-made, DIY greeting cards

Materials:

  • Card stock
  • White craft glue
  • Epsom salt
  • Food coloring
  • Bowl

Directions:

  1. Put 1 cup of Epsom salt into a bowl. Add in food coloring and mix to desired hue.
  2. Add in another cup of Epsom salt and mix to create varying shades of color.
  3. Carefully fold the card stock. Draw a heart on the front with the white craft glue. Sprinkle the Epsom salt mixture onto the glue, shaking/wiping off any excess. Allow to dry overnight.
  4. Give to somebody you love!

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Home-made, DIY early frost fall décor

Materials:

  • Decorative mini pumpkins and gourds
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge®
  • Epsom salt

Directions:

  1. Paint the Mod Podge® onto your mini pumpkins and gourds. Apply around the top of the vegetables to look like real frost.
  2. Sprinkle a handful of Epsom salt onto your pumpkins and gourds until they are coated, then let dry.
  3. Enjoy your attractive fall display!

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Home-made, DIY festive holiday jars

Materials:

  • Mason style jar
  • White craft glue
  • Epsom salt
  • Glossy acrylic paint in festive colors

Directions:

  1. Pour Epsom salt in a dish. Using the glue, draw a star on the jar. Press the star into the dish of salt while the glue is still wet. Carefully remove the jar and gently wipe away any excess glue.
  2. Let dry overnight.
  3. Paint the jar using two coats of paint if needed. Dry overnight. Fill with fun napkins, straws and utensils to dress up your celebration.

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Home-made, DIY snowballs

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Materials:

  • Styrofoam balls
  • Acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge®
  • Epsom salt
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper plates
  • Wire hooks (optional)

Directions:

  1. Insert a toothpick as a handle into a Styrofoam ball. Paint the ball with the color of your choice. Remove toothpick and let dry on a paper plate.
  2. Sprinkle Epsom salt on a clean paper plate. Insert another toothpick into the Styrofoam ball and coat with Mod Podge®. Roll the wet ball in the Epsom salt. Let dry.
  3. If desired, put snowballs on wire hooks and hang them. They will also look lovely in a basket, vase, or a winter-themed centerpiece.

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Home-made, DIY bath bombs

Materials:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • ¼ cup citric acid
  • ¼ cup Epsom salt
  • ½ tbsp. water
  • ¼ tsp essential oil
  • ½ tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • Food coloring
  • 2 plastic ornaments or spheres

Directions:

  1. Add the baking soda, corn starch, citric acid and Epsom salt in a medium-sized bowl and stir until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, add the water, essential oil, coconut oil and food coloring and stir until combined.
  3. Slowly, add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, but only a little at a time. Stir between pours to prevent the wet and dry ingredients from reacting or fizzing. (This wouldn’t pose a risk, but you want to save that fizzing for when you drop it into your bath!) It should have the consistency of wet sand. If not, stir in ½ tsp of water at a time until you can press it between your fingers, and it holds together.
  4. Pack each half of the ornaments with the bath bomb mixture, then press the two ornament halves together and place in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, slowly open each ornament and remove the top and bottom halves.
  5. Place in your next bath and enjoy!

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Home-made, DIY suncatcher for kids

Materials:

  • Spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Epsom salt
  • Microwaveable dish
  • Clear, plastic lid
  • String

Directions:

  1. Heat ¼ cup of water in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then, add in ¼ cup of Epsom salt and stir until the salt crystals have dissolved.
  2. Pour the mixture onto the plastic lid (just enough to cover the bottom) and then let it sit by a window overnight to dry.
  3. When completely dry, the lid should be covered in Epsom salt crystals! Cut a small hole near the edge of the plastic lid and tie string through the hole so you can hang in the window.

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