DIY Snowy Dollar Store Holiday Candles

December 12, 2016

How to make DIY snowy winter luminaries for easy holiday decor.

I have a fun and easy "snowy" holiday craft for you today. 😊 These are nothing new but I've always wanted to try making them. 

I gathered some glass votive holders from the dollar store -- they're a nice size and quite thick: 
dollar store candles

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You only need a couple "ingredients" for this Christmas craft -- some glue and Epsom salts. 

I used Mod Podge for my glue and brushed it on -- I'm guessing you could use Elmer's glue too! A craft or foam brush will work well to apply it. 

You want something that will dry clear: 
epsom salt candles glue

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

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 for crafting

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 Christmas craft project and they are SO pretty all lit up! 

Pictures don't do them justice:
DIY snowy Christmas 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 floating candle ideas

You can keep frozen cranberries (for this purpose) forever! 

Fill your votives with water and cranberries and place a floating candle inside: 
cranberries and floating candles

Epsom salt cranberry candles

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

Mason jars would also make a cute snowy candle vessel! 

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. 

Ways to dress up these cute snowy holiday candles: 
  • Mason jars would also make a cute snowy candle! 
  • Add some ribbon or twine around your glass with a hot glue gun for added detail.
  • Set them in a tray surrounded by pinecones or greenery.
  • Of course you don't have to add the water -- flameless tea lights would be just as pretty.

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 Epsom salt 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. 

You can also use tiny mason jars to make your own Christmas snow globe mason jars!: 

DIY snow mason jar globes

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  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.

  2. Absolutely love this! Turned out beautiful!

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

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

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

  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.

  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?

  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 |

  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
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Great inspiration, Love your fireplace ideas, I know I will use these ideas.....


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