Monday, December 12, 2016

DIY snowy holiday candles (from the dollar store!)

Hey there all! Again, thank you so much for your kind comments on our fireplace makeover and Christmas home tour I shared last week! I have a fun and easy little holiday craft for you today. 😊These are nothing new but I've always wanted to try making them. 

I gathered some votive holders from the dollar store -- they're actually a great, big size: 
dollar store candles

I used mod podge and brushed it on -- I'm guessing you could use Elmer's glue too! You just want something that will dry clear: 
making epsom salt candles

Then I poured Epsom salts into a plate and just dabbed the votive into a pile of it: 
How to make epsom salt candles

This is the brand we use (we already have it for soaks in the bath after work outs) and that price (linked) is the best I've found!: 
Epsom salt candles for Christmas
I used my glitter tray and knocked the excess off -- this tray is great because you can save the leftover glitter (or salts!) and put them back on the next item: 
glitter tray Martha Stewart

Speaking of glitter -- a few shakes of that in the Epsom salts pile would be beautiful too! 

They are cute and snowy just like this -- but they really shine (literally!) when you put a candle inside!: 
Epsom salt snow candles

This is such an easy and quick project and they are SO pretty all lit up! Pictures don't do them justice:
DIY snowy candle craft

You can amp this up even more though -- I think this is a lovely idea for a holiday party and I plan to use this for a big one we have in a couple weeks. 

Grab some cranberries and floating candles
Christmas candle ideas

You can keep frozen cranberries (for this purpose) forever! Fill your votives with water and cranberries and place a floating candle inside: 
Epsom salt candle project

DIY Epsom salt candles

They are so festive and pretty! Perfect for a holiday table setting or on a buffet: 
cranberry candles for the holidays

I love the red with the snowy texture -- and of course you can't go wrong with candles this time of year: 
cranberry epsom salt candles
You can refreeze the cranberries since you're not eating them. 

Have you tried making these pretties? I made five and for $5 because I had everything else I needed. You could easily reuse food jars for this project too!
DIY snowy candle craft

I made them all in about 20 minutes. Quick, easy and cheap -- my favorite kind of decor! I don't know if they will store well -- I imagine I will probably have to touch up the salt from year to year but I'm fine with that. 

If you've made these feel free to share them in the comments! I'd love to see different versions. 

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12 comments:

  1. I have made these using regular glue (much cheaper) and they turn out great. I reused food jars. It almost feels like cheating because it is so quick and easy.
    Thanks for your blog. It gives me lots of inspiration and encouragement to try things I thought were beyond my abilities.

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  2. Absolutely love this! Turned out beautiful!

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  3. Those look great - so pretty! Thanks for the idea!

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  4. Great idea - I think I have loads of jars and empty jar candles to use in different sizes - just need more berries!

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  5. So very pretty and festive, Sarah, and I will have to give it a go. Cheers and Happy Holidays, Ardith

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  6. So pretty and as you pointed out , easy and inexpensive, total win. Love these so much, adding bit of seasonal cheer. Might need to buy candle holders/candles but will look so pretty and festive on our half wall between kitchen and living room. So glad you shared this.
    Have big jar of epsom salts, just pour them back in jar after season for next time. Yes some glitter with salts will look very pretty, thx for suggestion.
    Hope you have wonderful Christmas and lovely holiday week.

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  7. Great idea! I have some Epsom salts left over from making bath salts... perfect way to use them up. Question: do the "shed" when you wrap the up to store for next year?

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  8. These are SO pretty!! I've been meaning to use Epsom salt for snowy DIY's but I feel like time always gets away from me. These would be nice to keep out through the winter months, as well. I might have to give these a try in the next coming weeks!

    Katie | www.overthemoony.com

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  9. Beautiful.. I love the ones with the cranberries.Beautiful.
    I said, I was finished with Christmas projects [finished for the year...but, I think I just have to makes some of these..smile.
    Thanks for sharing.

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