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Epsom Salt Luminaries: Some Winter Beauty

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Recently I’ve seen a few crafty ideas around the internet using epsom salts, but I wanted to come up with something different. I’ve been itching to make some new luminaries, something that would be elegant and pretty against winter’s white snow. Something that says Christmas, but isn’t limited to the holiday. Something that could be kept out all winter long. The idea for these epsom salt luminaries hit me and I couldn’t wait to take the idea from my head and make them a reality.

UPDATE: Please see my article on crafting with epsom salts for important information (including info on discoloration, see the picture below of them all white), especially if you plan to make these for an important event such as a wedding.

Epsom Salt Luminaries: Some Winter Beauty

The moisture in the salt will eventually evaporate, leaving you with white salt on your jars. So please be sure and make these no sooner than one week prior to your event. This is what mine looked like after a few weeks.

These should be one of the last things you make, no more than a week before the wedding.

epsom salt luminaries - copyright Crafts by Amanda

Recently I saw some really pretty sea glass luminaries in white, light blue and light green. I really wanted to make my luminaries in these colors, so I simple mixed a tiny amount of food coloring with the epsom salts.

To get the effect, I made a little video for you. Just click to play above :)

epsom salt luminaries - copyright Crafts by Amanda

I really love how they came out and while I didn’t do it with mine, you could add a pretty white ribbon around the center tied into a bow in front for a delicate accent.

epsom salt luminaries - copyright Crafts by Amanda

Note about jars: You can use any type of jar you want for these. I used some canning jars, and the shorter ones are from those $3 candles you get at WalMart. I always save them and clean them out once the candle is used up.

Epsom Salt Luminaries: Some Winter Beauty

Many people have asked me what type of salts that I used. As you can see in the photo above, the salt is in crystal form, not flakes. I used a bag I had in my cabinet called Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Eucalyptus Spearmint. The key though is that they are crystals. Some epsom salts are chalkier looking (think dollar store cheap versions) and are flaked, those don’t have that shiny crystal appearance. So make sure you get the type that look like crystals or the effect will not be the same. YES they do make the room smell like eucalyptus and spearmint!

epsom salt luminaries - copyright Crafts by Amanda

If you make these I would love to hear about it! :) I think these would make pretty teacher or neighbor gifts! These can be changed for different holidays too (think Valentine’s Day!). After winter, these would be a pretty addition to a beachy bathroom, or even in the summer on the porch!

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Now on with the tutorial.

Note: there is a printable version of the instructions available at the bottom of this post.

epsom salt luminaries - copyright Crafts by Amanda

Put about one cup of epsom salts into each bowl. Add ONE DROP of blue food coloring to one of the bowls and mix until evenly distributed. Add ONE DROP of green food coloring to another bowl and mix.

Put the white epsom salts onto a paper plate and gently shake back and forth to get an even layer. Place your hand inside the jar.

Use a paintbrush to coat the jar generously in Mod Podge. You want to use a generous amount, but not so much that it’s dripping off the jar. First paint around the bottom rim of the jar, then the body of the jar, then the top rim. (Notice that in the picture below there’s no Mod Podge on the rim. IGNORE that, just follow my instructions instead.)

Starting at the bottom rim of the jar, roll in the epsom salts. Next roll the body of the jar and the top rim.

Stand the jar up onto a separate paper plate and add some Mod Podge to the top lip of the jar. Sprinkle some epsom salts onto the lip.

Repeat this process for each color. Allow each jar to dry for a few hours. Use a clean paintbrush to loosen and remove any salt that fell inside the jars and to gently knock off any excess on the outside of the jars.

Spray with a clear gloss sealer. Let dry for about 20 minutes, repeat for a total of 3 coats.

NOTE: I tried several different coatings over the salt (Mod Podge in three different types and a triple thick paint on gloss sealer) but the spray sealer works the best.

Here are a couple other ideas you might like:

Snowy Pinecone Candle Jar Luminaries @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

If you like these luminaries, you’ll probably like my Snowy Pinecone Candle Jars too. :)

suzis tea light with bling

My friend Suzy made these adorable wedding tea lights with bling, see how on her site.

wedding idea

My friend Pauline will show you how to make these Flower Petal & Leaf Wax Paper Votives

Epsom Salt Luminaries: Some Winter Beauty

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Epsom Salt Luminaries: Some Winter Beauty

What you need:

  • empty jars
  • epsom salts
  • blue and green food coloring
  • paper plates
  • 3 bowls
  • Mod Podge
  • Clear gloss sealer

What you do:

  1. Put about one cup of epsom salts into each bowl. Add ONE DROP of blue food coloring to one of the bowls and mix until evenly distributed. Add ONE DROP of green food coloring to another bowl and mix.
  2. Put the white epsom salts onto a paper plate and gently shake back and forth to get an even layer. Place your hand inside the jar.
  3. Use a paintbrush to coat the jar generously in Mod Podge. You want to use a generous amount, but not so much that it’s dripping off the jar. First paint around the bottom rim of the jar, then the body of the jar, then the top rim. (Notice that in the picture below there’s no Mod Podge on the rim. IGNORE that, just follow my instructions instead.)
  4. Starting at the bottom rim of the jar, roll in the epsom salts. Next roll the body of the jar and the top rim.
  5. Stand the jar up onto a separate paper plate and add some Mod Podge to the top lip of the jar. Sprinkle some epsom salts onto the lip.
  6. Repeat this process for each color. Allow each jar to dry for a few hours. Use a clean paintbrush to loosen and remove any salt that fell inside the jars and to gently knock off any excess on the outside of the jars.
  7. Spray with a clear gloss sealer. Let dry for about 20 minutes, repeat for a total of 3 coats.

Notes from Amanda

I tried several different coatings over the salt (Mod Podge in three different types and a triple thick paint on gloss sealer) but the spray sealer works the best.

http://craftsbyamanda.com/2010/12/epsom-salt-luminaries-some-winter.html

Me

388 Responses to Epsom Salt Luminaries: Some Winter Beauty

  1. 1
    Mommyblogger says:

    These are so pretty. I may try my hand at them after Christmas.

    • 1.1
      Annie says:

      Hello Amanda,
      I will give these a try during cold winter months . Lost my husband a year ago this February and these will look real pretty in front of his picture… Thank you . Annie

      • admin says:

        I’m sorry for your loss Annie! I hope you enjoy the project. :)

      • Vicki says:

        Annie,
        I was looking at the Epsom Salt Luminary Votive holders and saw your comment about the loss of your husband and wanting to place some of these in from of his picture. I thought that was beautiful. My deepest condolences to you on the passing of your dear husband. I think it would be a lovely sentiment to honor him in this way. Created from your hands with love, to honor your love.

        • admin says:

          Ooooh :( that’s sad, but that comment wasn’t mine. :( That had to be a comment on someone’s pin from Pinterest? What a lovely gesture.

        • Caitlin says:

          I totally agree, that’s a wonderful thing for you to do. I’m sure it will turn out very nice.
          AND you can do all sizes, I’m sure any shapes besides a Mason Jar would even work:)
          God Bless you

      • Linda says:

        Sorry for your loss. Just lost my husband suddenly this March and I love your idea for using this by a picture.

      • Robin Martz says:

        Dear Annie, I am so sorry you lost your husband, even if I am 2 years late in saying so. I lost my husband 5 years ago and I’m still reeling! Anyway God bless you and He is who will get you through!!

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      Holli says:

      Amanda, you rock, these are awesome!

      xoxo

    • 1.3
      Ida Okubo says:

      I’m going to make them for our assisted livig actities with a small battery lite in each. Thanks

    • 1.4
      Jody says:

      Instead of mod podge can you just use white Elmer’s glue which has been diluted when a bit if water?

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      Jo says:

      Hi
      I’ve made these in the past using just plain table salt and they came up a treat, but the epsom salts have bigger fibres and look much prettier and thanks heaps for the tip with the food colouring, finished it off wonderfully
      Ohh and I use empty baby food jars to make my lumineries, they are the perfect size for tea light candles xox

    • 1.6
      brenda says:

      Tries this last july and the salts caught moisture and changed the look…not pretty

    • 1.7
      marie kubel says:

      i don’t know what mod podge is please help!

    • 1.8
      Robin Martz says:

      It’s Feb, of 2014 and I am gonna make some of these because I LOVE candles and this really is pretty. Something to brighten up dark corners any time of year! Thank you!

    • 1.9
      trinichick says:

      Hi want to kno how long this craft will last, i live in a tropical country and would like to do this with my kids

      • Hi there. It doesn’t matter what climate, this is a temporary craft. While a tropical climate with more humid air may slow the evaporation process, it will still happen eventually. The beauty of it is you can soak the luminaries and remove everything then start over!

  2. 2
    Jenny @ Embellishing Life says:

    I will definitely be trying this…they are beautiful!

  3. 3
    Sara @ Mom Endeavors says:

    I absolutely LOVE these!! So simple and beautiful!!!

  4. 4
    Melissa says:

    Fabulous idea. I love epsom salt – cool stuff.

  5. 5
    Alice says:

    I can't wait to try this! thanks for sharing!

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    Lori says:

    These are beautiful, I can't wait to try them. Thank you so much for posting them! I feel lucky to have found your site. Have a wonderful holiday. ~Lori

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    Tiffany says:

    Those are so pretty! I always save my candle jars with the idea of doing something with them, now I have an idea!

  8. 8
    EmilyM says:

    These are beautiful. Who would have thought they were made with Epsom salt. Thanks for sharing

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    Ali Richardson says:

    These are really beautiful! Great job and happy holidays :)

  10. 10
    Tiffiny Felix says:

    Ditto what everyone already said…really, really pretty :)

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    Anonymous says:

    Wow what a cute ,simple & creative way to brighten up the winter! Love the idea I will be trying it as soon as I can:)
    thanks for the detailed directions
    Debbie (a new fan of yours)

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    Alison says:

    Brilliant! I'm going to do this one with my daughter who loves crafting. Thanks!

    Alison

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    Susannah says:

    These are truly amazing! I can't wait to buy some epsom salts and make them, too! I love the colors, too.

    http://www.uvinyl.blogspot.com

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    shopannies says:

    these are really pretty and I am very suprised that they are made using epsom salt

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    Stephanie says:

    I just saw this on Finding Fabulous and had to tell you how beautiful these are! So creative. Just love them.

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    Michelle says:

    OH my gosh..these are so pretty!

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    Mod Podge Amy says:

    These are gorgeous!!

  18. 18
    Maria says:

    So beautiful!

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    Alizarine says:

    These are such a wonderful idea!!

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    Shauna {SK Studios} says:

    saw you on Be Different, Act Normal and i love love LoVe this idea!!! definitely gonna have to make some for gifts next year! :D thanks for the inspiration ;)

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    Deanna says:

    Could you use rock salt?

    • 21.1
      Jazzy Girl says:

      What an interesting thought! It sure wouldn’t hurt to try it. In fact, I think I will do so tomorrow, both with rock salt and Epsoms! Thanks for the inspiration! If I can navigate back here afterwards, I will post the results!

  22. 22
    Larissa says:

    SO lovely. I totally want to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

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    Life Goes On says:

    How very cute, thanks for sharing your clever project

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    Amanda says:

    Thank you all so much! I hope you try them and let me know if you do :)

    Deanna – I am not totally sure about using rock salt. Rock salt is mostly for melting ice on driveways and sidewalks and for using in an ice cream maker. I can't attest to using the rock salt, but you can buy epsom salt really cheap from walmart or even the dollar store :)

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    Ecofroggy says:

    these are wonderful :)
    i have a question….on the spray sealer is it flamable? or do you just use the battery tea lites?

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    cathyohler says:

    I love all your ideas and wonder if you have tried any craft with light bulbs that are perfectly round glass, except for the stem on the top. I've saved about a dozen.
    Cathy

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    Amanda says:

    Ecofroggy – The sealer only goes on the outside of the jar, so there's no worry about the flame causing any problems. I have used this on my luminaries for years :) You can certainly use the battery operated tea lights, I have been using real tea lights since I made them. No problems :)

    cathy – I haven't made anything with the round light bulbs, but do have several regular shaped incandescent bulb crafts. Here are some ideas ;) http://www.craftsbyamanda.com/search/label/light%20bulb

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    Anonymous says:

    I wonder if you could leave off the sealer on all or just the top part of the jar. Then put scented oil on the salts and when it warmed it would smell good? Any idea if this would work?

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    Amanda says:

    My epsom salts had a eucalyptus type smell, not my favorite. Adding the sealer definitely helped to kill that smell. If you want to add fragrance, I would suggest doing as you would when making bath salts. Add any color and fragrance oil before gluing to the jar. The sealer does help keep any extra loose pieces of salt from falling off. If you wanted to leave some section unsealed, I would actually suggest the lower part of the jar where the heat from the tea light is closest to. Leaving the top section unsealed could cause a couple of issues:

    1) lifting the jar from the top can cause loose pieces of salt to fall off
    2) loose pieces may fall inside the jar

    Would love to hear if it works, so if you try it I hope you'll come back and let me know! :)

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    Shannon says:

    I ADORE this craft! This would be so fun for my students to make–outside. :)

  31. 31
    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Amanda, what a great site- thanks for sharing! I hope you don't mind- I snagged a couple of your pictures to link on my post. Great ideas!

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    Michelle says:

    I gotta make these. I love em.thank you so much!

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    Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    I so love this THRIFTY idea…hop over and share it at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY…hope to see ya there:) Love your blog, so I’m going to follow along. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    Funky Junk Interiors says:

    I LOVE this Amanda! The outcome is so gorgeous and the colours truly unique. I've featured this on SNS #61's sidebar this weekend. :)

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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    Holly says:

    Pretty, pretty, pretty. These would be so great at a wedding too!

  36. 36
    Kerri says:

    These are just STUNNING and would look devine with my turquoise and silver Christmas decor. Will be trying these for sure!!

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    Susie Dally says:

    LOVE this tutorial! They look frozen!

  38. 38
    Simply Bungalow says:

    Very Pretty. What a fun project. I may have to try that.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    ~Heidi

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    Lisa says:

    LOVE THESE !!! They're amazing all lit up. Fantastic thrifty idea…. one I might very well try!

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    Online Book Shop says:

    This is such a great tutorial. They have such a sparkle even unlit. Great holiday craft.

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    Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma says:

    I've been using epsom salt to wind my kids down…so I always have plenty in my home…

    These would make a great gift for my SIL…

    Following you now, and off to see your other projects…

    Nicolette

    p.s. if you have a sec, link these up to my creative juice party!

    http://momnivoresdilemma.blogspot.com/2010/12/creative-juice-thursday-3.html

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    Anonymous says:

    Try mixing epsom salts with beer, just enough to dissolve the salts, and then daubing it on any glass, (I put it on the back of an aquarium). It dries in the same Jack Frost patterns you used to see on windows in the winter, back before they were made with double panes of glass. Thanks for the memories,
    Eileen

  43. 43
    Amanda says:

    Thanks Eileen! I JUST saw an example of that the other day. It's very cool looking :) Thanks!

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    blesid says:

    You had so many comments I almost didn't leave you another one, but then I thought heck, you deserve to hear, "You Rock!" one more time! Can't wait to try this out! jules

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    Patwoman says:

    Love this. What a great idea!

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    Barbara Jean says:

    great project. thanks

    blessings

    barbara jean

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    lfhpueblo says:

    So very pretty, thank you for sharing this.

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    JRFrugalMom says:

    That is so cool, and it seems so easy. What a fabulous idea.

    I made Danish Christmas Hearts and Paper Christmas Stars to cheer up our tree.
    Happy Holidays!
    JRFrugalMom from
    Frugality Is Free

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    Suz says:

    What a pretty idea and so easy to do..thanks for sharing…love it

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    Suz says:

    ps. hope it's OK l've added a link to my blog l love the idea so much?
    Suz x

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    Beansieleigh says:

    Love this idea, and can't wait to try it! I'm now a follower!.. Wishing you and yours blessings and lots of holiday fun in the days ahead! ~tina

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    Kristin says:

    Love this idea! Great job, can't wait to try it!

  53. 53
    Marie {Make and Takes} says:

    Such a cool craft! They look so pretty all lit up! I'd love to have you submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  54. 54
    lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL says:

    this is such a great idea they look so festive…

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    maggy, red ted art says:

    Gosh, lovely and very festive!! What is gorgeous about these, is that you can enjoy them well into Jan or Feb (if not all year round!)

    Maggy

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    Missy says:

    These are terrific! I have relatives coming in tomorrow, so I can make these as a little extra something for them. I absolutely LOVE this. Thanks!

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    Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    The food coloring is genius. I have to make these for my winter porch! I'll be spreading the word as well.

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    Tasty Eats At Home says:

    Love these! So pretty. And I like the slight color to them.

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    Anonymous says:

    Love these !

  60. 60
    Debbie says:

    These are really beautiful! I can't wait to try some to give as gifts. I was looking to buy some mod podge – I've never used it before – and there are so many different kinds! Would it matter which ones I use for these or did you use a certain kind? Thanks…

  61. 61
    Amanda says:

    That's a good question Debbie. For this project I would just buy the Matte Finish. There are a lot of different kinds, but that one would suit your needs for this and work for hundreds of other projects as well :)

  62. 62
    Debbie says:

    Thanks Amanda – I'll go for the matte one & look forward to making these!

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    Joni says:

    These are SO PRETTY!! I am totally making them for Valentine's day. Or pretty much any other holiday I can think of. BTW, I never knew how much I liked luminaries until I Stumbled on to your blog. Every time I see a new one that you've made I get a happy squeal inside. :D

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    Mary Matthews says:

    I absolutely loved these. So I planned for a girlfriend of my to come over and we had a craft day and made these. We made a dozen of them in no time. We made green, blue and red ones. Turned out just beautiful! If you sold these how much would you sell them for? Thank you for all your wonderful ideas.

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    Amanda says:

    Hi Mary, so glad you enjoyed the project and that they came out great! To be honest, I wouldn't sell them. After a few weeks the salt will end up taking on a white appearance and can begin to fall off. I wouldn't feel comfortable offering these for sale. These are great for immediate use for a party, wedding or backyard get together, but long term they are not ideal.

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    Tim says:

    These are beautiful and oh so thrifty! Thanks for sharing. I pinned them to my board at http://pinterest.com/pin/19844038/

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    Tammy says:

    I LOVE this idea!!

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    Amanda says:

    Thank you Tammy!

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    Kimberly O. says:

    Found these on pinterest — planning on making some for my best friend for Christmas (we're doing ALL handmade goodies this year!)

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    Vicky@One Orange Giraffe says:

    I LOVE this idea. I found it on Pinterest. Thanks!

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    Corinne says:

    LOVE this idea! Do you know if something other than Mod Podge would work? Maybe a tacky glue? (just cheaper) Found you on stumbleupon.com. Adding you as a favorite!

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    Erin says:

    I tried making these this past week. My friend is getting married and asked for candle holders, and being the crafty bridesmaid that I am I volunteered. It took some trial and error but I was able to match her colors almost exactly using different food coloring but learned very quickly that after the first coat you need to seal it if you want to add more glue the darker colors change when they get wet with the mod podge glue. I also bought my candle holders from Ikea they come in packs of 4 for 1.49$ which is a bargain when making so many. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    • 72.1
      Amanda Formaro says:

      That is so fabulous! I only hope the wedding is soon? The colors do change to white after they’ve sat for a while.

      • Janice Couble says:

        What a wonderfull idea!, I am making these also for my wedding , can you tell me roughly how long it is before the color changes to white? Just so i don’t make them too early!!

        • admin says:

          Hi janice. I wish I could, I didn’t really time it. I know it doesn’t matter if you have heat or not, they will eventually turn white and I believe it’s from the moisture in the glue. I would suggest as I did for someone else, that you experiment with one now. Then you’ll know how long they will last before turning. If you make them a week ahead of time though, you should be safe :) I know that mine lasted longer than that.

    • 72.2
      Julia says:

      I’m not sure if this will work, but I follow this link to learn how to paint them http://www.marthastewart.com/269787/yellow-votives
      Then put on the epsom salt on. I would think the colors would show thru and they would not fade. Hope it works!

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    Ms. Salti says:

    These are gorgeous! I found the pic that someone had pinned on Pinterest and found your blog! I absolutely love these and cannot wait to make them! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    Chris says:

    These would make GREAT and economical centerpieces!

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    Jen says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I found this tut on Pinterest. I love it and made 6 this afternoon.

    Proud new follower. Have a great weekend!

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    Tasha says:

    I love these, and have actually made several of them. My question is do any of you have a problem with them turning white after you burn one or two tea lights in them? I have tried everything I know to keep this from happening, but it always does, lol.

    • 77.1
      Amanda Formaro says:

      I’ve had the same issue. They do turn white after a while. But the salt can simply be rubbed off with your hands and reapplied.

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    Crystal says:

    If the colors wear off after a few weeks, can you clean the jars of the salts and re-use them? Or do you just toss them? (Personally, I would not be a fan of tossing the jars after only a few weeks …)

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    Liz Gossom says:

    I love this! This looks like a great gift idea.

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    Tasha says:

    It might be possible to use mica or other powdered colorants (ultramarines and oxides) in these instead of food coloring… Then the color wouldn’t fade. Just mix in with the salt. This looks like a really fun project!

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    Colleen says:

    I love these, I made them tonight for a birthday party. They were very easy and quick. I think people will love them. I made fall colors, yellow, orange, and a pretty green.

    My colors are deeper and I wish I had used less dye so they were more see-through. Another suggestion I have is – if using mason jars, choose ones with wide mouth top. The regular size mouth is hard to get your whole hand into, and I have small hands.

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    brandi Victory says:

    We love your site. I have a daughter that has CVID which make it where we don’t allow her to go to the movies, Walmart, etc. So she’s turned to crafts at age 10. We just finished the Halloween luminaries. She thought that was a blast and they are so darn cute with our other decorations. Now I will get her the stuff to start this one. Thank You from the bottom of a moms heart for all the ideas!

    • 82.1
      Amanda Formaro says:

      Oh Brandi! That must be such a challenge! Admittedly I had not heard of CVID and had to look it up. I’m so glad that some of my projects have found their way into your home and your daughter’s hands. God bless!

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    Amanda, I love this project. I’d like to use it in a round up of crafts that can be made with kids for holiday gifts. The post would be published on TLC’s Parentables.com website. May I have your permission to use a photo and link back to you?

    Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

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    Laura B. says:

    Found your luminaries on pinterest and loved the idea. Picked up some vases and glasses at Goodwill yesterday and just finished two. So easy and so pretty! I’ll be using them for a centerpiece at a table I’m hosting at my church’s women’s banquet. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas!

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    I ran across a link on mtc forum for your lovely epsom salt jars, Amanda. Not sure if you remember me, you bought twig wreaths and a rag quilt from me way back. Think I was mainely twigs but could have been cat tail quilts in the beginning! Spent 10 years online selling those wreaths, got so busy I hardly could keep up. Lots of changes in my life! So glad I found you, will follow.

    • 85.1
      Amanda Formaro says:

      OMG Norma, I not only remember you but think of you often! I still have both rag quilts, in fact one of them is in the living room and the other at the foot of my bed! I loved the wreaths but alas don’t have mine anymore, they were so gorgeous. Do you still sell them?

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    Tora Geirs says:

    wow just found this and think it awesome and SOOOO easy to make, going to try it SOOOOOON, thanks for sharing.

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    Allison says:

    I made some of these a couple days ago, plan on making about 40 for party favors/centerpieces at a Thanksgiving dinner. I burned tea lights in them for one evening and they are all white. I did see all the comments left about that. Have you found any way around that? It didn’t take a few weeks, unfortunately. I’m now doubting whether these would be a good party favor idea…I’m thinking it must be the sealer that turns white?? Any suggestions you might have are appreciated. Thanks!

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      Amanda Formaro says:

      Hi Allison. Before I made these I had no idea that the salts would turn white. it doesn’t have anything to do with the sealers, it’s the actual chemical make up of the salt. I haven’t tried making any and not lighting a candle in them to see if they would still turn white. However, I did have a pillar candle that i rolled in the salt but i never lit it, and they seemed to keep their crystalization. I did a little research and found this : “Epsom salt crystals turn white when heated and dehydrated.” So in your case, since you have a little time, maybe try making one and using a battery operated LED tea light. I’m not sure how much heat those give off and that may be a good solution. i haven’t tried it myself however.

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    [...] This is a different take on using Epsom salt to repurpose Mason Jars. These definitely have the glitz and shine that go with the holidays but I could see using these for other events as well. To get the full tutorial complete with video, visit here: Epsom Salt Luminaries; Some Winter Beauty. [...]

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    [...] You can also tint the Epsom salts with food coloring for a very cool look.  Check out the idea on this blog. [...]

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    clydene says:

    Love this idea ! I use epsom salt as a filler in my vintage milk bottles it looks just like the milk is still in the bottle.

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    JaeDee says:

    These are gorgeous. Can’t wait to make one/some. Wish the directions could easily be printed out.

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    Danielle says:

    This is a great idea! Do you have any other ideas of things that may look like snow? I’m planning on spray painting wine bottles white and then doing this (or something like this.) I want to make sure it looks fab!

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    MommaC says:

    I recently found your luminaries on Pinterest and really loved them! Had to make some for Christmas gifts this year. Thanks for posting them! Here’s how mine went:
    http://thebitchinspot.blogspot.com/2011/11/are-you-pinner.html

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    Nadine says:

    I’m currently in the process of making these into a pendant light fixture :) So pretty!

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      Amanda Formaro says:

      Nadine, that sounds so pretty! I have to warn you though, once the epsom salts are exposed to heat they will turn white. These are great for a wedding or party, but not so great for long time use. In fact, I just today soaked these jars and removed the salt to make new ones for the holidays :)

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    [...] me some – shh!  Don’t say it too loudly! – Free Time!  So I am finally getting to this craft project.  I am planning on bringing mine out one at a time for the 12 days of [...]

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    Kim says:

    Can you clean off the mod podge when you’re finished with the salt on the jars? Acetone maybe?

    • 101.1
      Amanda Formaro says:

      You can soak them in warm water. The salt will dissolve the water will loosen the Mod podge. it’ll come right off! I actually just did this last week and my jars are all clean again :)

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    [...] neighbour doing this when I was a child, it was one of the most beautiful trees I have ever seen) – Sparkly candle holders: cover jars in mod podge and roll in Epsom salts – makes a snowy candle [...]

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    I’ve seen other tutorials that used the Modpodge right on the candle and then rolled in Epsom salts, too.

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    I was inspired by another Epsom salt craft and did a search for more. Of course, I ran across your luminaries. Love them!

    I posted a collection of Epsom salt Christmas crafts and I hope it’s okay with you that I added a link (with credit) to this post: http://www.raisingknights.com/2011/12/8-diy-christmas-crafts-using-epsom.html

    Happy holidays!

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    Torrie B says:

    I don’t know if you’re still answering comments…but I found this tutorial on Pinterest and fell in love with it! We were going to make these tonight…until I realized I forgot to buy a paintbrush lol. I do have a question though…I bought the Mod Podge glossy finish and just saw you suggested the matte finish. Will the glossy make a difference or should I return for the matte finish? Even if you don’t answer…thank you so much for sharing this wonderful craft :)

    • 106.1
      Amanda Formaro says:

      Hi Torrie!

      I mentioned the matte finish because that’s what I used, I am not positive it won’t make a different, but I THINK it should be fine. Merry Christmas!

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    Erica says:

    Love these! This may be a stupid question, but would it be possible to pour candle wax in these to make a candle in the jar, or should you just stick to a tea light candle?

    • 107.1
      Amanda Formaro says:

      A tea light would be better, simply because the salts will eventually turn white from the heat of the candles that burn within them. By just using tea light, you can always soak the jars to remove the salt and adhesive and then reuse the jars again. :)

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    Elizabeth says:

    I tried to make these as a gift for Christmas. I really wanted it to work out but I had severe difficulty getting an even layer of the epsom salts around the jar. It clumped in some areas and was bald in others. I tried again and again, adding thicker layers of mod podge on each successive jar but none of them turned out anywhere near these.

    • 108.1
      Amanda Formaro says:

      I’m so sorry that happened Elizabeth. That’s the first time I’ve heard that. I’m wondering if maybe your epsom salts had too much food coloring in them making them too wet to stick maybe?

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      Ashley says:

      try instead of rolling it in the salt to just pick it up and sprinkle it where you need it! Worked foe me better that way!

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    Malerie says:

    These are really pretty and easy to make for gifts or something to add to christmas decorations. For mine, I added some white and blue glitter as well and it turned out really well!

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    Mandy says:

    I just made some of these and they turned out awesome! They are so easy! I did all different colors and then mixed them all together and did one that was almost tie dye looking! It’s so cool!

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    [...] luminaries are created using just mason jars and Epsom Salts, you can find the tutorial over on Crafts by Amanda. 8. Jingle bell stars, from an idea over on RE Found Objects, using wire twisted into a star shape [...]

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    [...] from all of the canning that happens around here. Crafts by Amanda came up with these adorable epson salt coated canning jars. These luminaries are the sweetest candle jars that I’ve seen in a long time. Perhaps the [...]

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    Ashley says:

    JUST got done making these!! So much fun, and they all turned out great!!

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    [...] Crafts by Amanda gives you step-by-step instructions to create a frosted luminary using Epsom Salts as well.  Both of these options are easy, beautiful and inexpensive. [...]

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    [...] to make and you could use to decorate for just about any holiday, not just Christmas! For these Epsom Salt Luminaries you’ll [...]

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    Lynette says:

    These are awesome, I saw these on a Pinterest space of a friend of mine, using old jars or cool shaped jelly jars and getting your epsom salts for a buck at the dollar store makes them a bargain craft. They are so pretty!!! Thanks!!!

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    Ashley says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I followed your instructions to make these, and they came out awesome! I wrote about it on my blog, and linked to your page to give you credit for the project & instructions. If you want to see my results, you can here:

    http://ashjav.blogspot.com/2011/12/epsom-salts-luminaries.html

    Thanks again for the awesome idea!

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    [...] 1. Epsom Salt Luminaries: Some Winter Beauty [...]

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    Bernie Acker says:

    I adore this look. Was wondering if I could do these in brown somehow for an upcoming “groundhog” banquet where I need about 30 of them for the tables. I like the glitter idea too. So interesting…and I thought Epsom Salts was only for soaking my feet…lol

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    Amber says:

    Just had my 1 year old’s snowman themed birthday party and I made these for the tables. I wanted them to stay white and I used his old glass baby food jars. They were super easy and turned out perfect, thanks for the great idea!

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    kiley says:

    thanks for sharing this! i have been looking for a way to get a temporary ‘frosted’ look for winter :)

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    Nikole says:

    I was trying to come up with a way to decorate mason jars as a wedding favor, I was just going to spray paint them with frost and tie my heart around them. But I absolutely love this! Will so be doing these for my wedding! =D Thank you!

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    Thank you for the tutorial. My daughter and I made these yesterday. I posted some pictures on my blog http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2012/01/winter-candles.html if you would like to see.

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    [...] it is sparkly!To make the pastel blue add 1 drop of food coloring to 1 cup of Epsom Salt (thanks to Crafts by Amanda for that tip!)To make the pastel pink (hey, Valentine’s Day is coming!) I used a smidgen of [...]

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    [...] Well here is another one we through would be amazing for wedding centerpieces. This project by Amanda uses blue and green food coloring for a more winter look to the jars but feel free to incorporate [...]

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    [...] Well here is another one we through would be amazing for wedding centerpieces. This project by Amanda uses blue and green food coloring for a more winter look to the jars but feel free to incorporate [...]

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    mary trujillo says:

    i just love the the look of the jars,im gonna try it soon thanks

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    Janelle says:

    These are great. I saw where someone used baby food jars. I work in an infant room and need small inexpensive gifts for my co-workers. These will work and I can recycle the baby food jars at the same time. Thank you

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    Bobbi-Jo says:

    i think i will make these for my husbands and mine renewal of our vows in 2 years
    cant wait

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    martha says:

    Thanks Amanda,

    These jars are great. I am making 12 large mason jars for my nieces wedding. They will line the walk way for her and her new husband as they walk in the reception.

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    Kris says:

    HI,

    that is wonderfull, I bought some salt and food coloring today and my first one is drying now..it looks georgeous already…thanks for this post…great great great :-)

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    Sarah says:

    I was wondering… What is mod podge?

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    Lori Thomas says:

    Hi Amanda

    These are so cute! I am really into decorating mason jars lately. I have three showers im using them for. I may use your idea for them if that is okay with you

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    Sandy Fodero says:

    There are several different types of Mod Podge, which is the best to use for the epsom salt luminaries?

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    Elaine says:

    I am new to crafting so I hope that this is not a stupid question but why the 3rd bowl of not colored salt? Do I need to roll the jars in both the colored and the plain to get the effect? Or is just another color option? Thanks!

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    [...] Epsom Salt Luminaries from Crafts By Amanda [...]

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    Kayla says:

    This is such a good idea!!! I tried it out and it was so beautiful. I couldn’t stop staring at it!!!

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    [...] To show you that I am not crazy and that salt CAN actually be used as design inspiration, check out these Epsom Salt Luminaries, above. Photo and a how-to from Crafts by Amanda, HERE. [...]

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    Lezle says:

    I have not tried these yet but I am definately going to. I was thinking about taking 3 of the decorated jars in different sizes and connecting them together and maybe put some ribbon around them.

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    Wilma Egress says:

    i would like to get the pictures and recipe for these thank you

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    Nancy says:

    Gorgeous! I am going to do this, thanks for the instruction :)

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    Misty says:

    I want to make these for my wedding, but my question is does the salt turn white in time or is from the heat? I am getting married in June 2012 and wanted to make them now so there all done, but I want them purple. I have a battery operated tealight to put in them so I don’t think there will be much heat, but if there going to turn white now because I need to make them early, I may as well just make them white in the first place…lol

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      Amanda says:

      Hi Misty! Yes, they do still turn white in time, even without heat. I believe it’s the contact with the glue. The glue is liquid and the moisture from the glue makes them turn white eventually. What I would suggest, since you have some time, is to make one right now. No need to color the salt, because even my white ones turned white and they had no food coloring. Mark on your calendar when you made it and wait and see how long it takes before it turns white. Then you’ll have a better feel for how early you can make them :)

      • Misty says:

        Thanks!! Thats what I will try then. I know right before the wedding I will be slammmed with everything going on but maybe I can get some friends together and make a day of it :) I need 60….lol. I am also going to use baby food jars so that will make it a little faster.

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    [...] Put about one cup of epsom salts into each bowl. Add ONE DROP of blue food coloring to one of the bowls and mix until evenly distributed. Epsom Salt Luminaries: Some Winter Beauty | Crafts by Amanda [...]

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    colleen owen says:

    hi amanda, great idea, love them so much, just finished 12 of them for

    easter. i used the green, blue, yellow, and very little red so it would

    look pink. there drying now, spray in a couple of hours. i’m excited there

    so cute, thanks for the idea. colleen

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    Katrina says:

    Love these! I’m in the process of spraying them with clear coat as we “speak”. I used scented epson salt and they smell wonderful. I got it at Dollar General for about $3. It comes in Eucalyptus and Lavender. Thanks so much for the idea! My husband was impressed:)

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    Linda says:

    I think these are lovely, but I wonder about more color. I would like my color to be a bit brighter with more definition

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      Amanda says:

      Hi Linda! I did not experiment with deeper color. You could certainly try, though if it were me I would only try with one jar at first and see how it goes. Too much of the liquid food coloring could make the salt too moist.

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    Nina says:

    These look great, can’t wait to try them

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    Kristina says:

    These are adorable! I was on the lookout for a DIY project to spice up my mother’s soap display at fairs, and came across this. We used the candle jars since neither of us wanted a noticeable lip on the jars. And liquid soap dye works great on the salt! You can use as much as you want, the color doesn’t fade and you can make deeper shades. You can buy it at Hobby Lobby for a couple bucks.
    Thanks, this was a great project!!! :)

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      Amanda says:

      How perfect using the soap dye! You’ll have to let me know if the salts eventually turn white. Sure would be nice to find a way for that not to happen :)

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    Kelly Jacobs says:

    Thanks for the great idea! I’m planning on doing these with my girl scouts. I know they will love it!

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    glo says:

    Awesome idea ! Thanks. Leaving a blank heart or swirls would be pretty too. Have you tried colored sprinkles ? This leaves so many areas yet to be discovered. Thank you again. glo

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    Rachel says:

    i was wondering if you could use regular table salt instead of epsom salt?

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    Jodi Reeves says:

    Could you use normal Elmer’s glue instead of modpodge? We live out in the middle of no where and getting to Wal-mart to pick some up is an ordeal. lol I love the idea and this would be a great craft to do with my girl scout troop for Christmas.

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    Jacquelyn Jackson says:

    you r so creative thanks for sharing I will most certainly try as I always have the salt on hand for those sore achie muscles lol

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    Sybil says:

    Love these so much we are doing tons of them for our Jan Wedding! Thanks!

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    Marilyn Forsyth says:

    These would be really pretty in a spa like bathroom with the candles surrounding a full bathtub of bubbles.

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    DONNA CHURRY says:

    Should the Mod Podge be Matt or Gloss?… and what color does the Epson Salt change to over time if you leave it clear/white in the first place?

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      Amanda says:

      I’m not sure that it really matters, but I used matte :) The epsom salt will turn white over time, it’ll lose its sheen and become a chalky, dry white.

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    Tui says:

    Hi,
    what is Mod Podge and what is the recipe for making Mod Podge.
    Sorry silly Kiwi from New Zealand and unfamiliar with this slang :)
    Cheers,
    Tui*

    • 159.1
      Amanda says:

      Hi Tui :) Mod Podge is a decoupage medium. Look for decoupage in the store. You can always mix white glue and water to make a paintable consistency.

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    Lena Arrington says:

    This is the most creative idea I have ever seen . I am a craft person and do things as they pop out of my head. I love this, its is great, you are getting my attention good.

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    marjorie says:

    If these are sprayed with clear gloss spray, will that seal them and they will not deteriorate or fall off? I don’t like giving a gift that will prove temporary. Thanks

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    [...] with matte paint for a sophisticated effect, filled with water and floating candles, coated in colored Epsom salts for a textured snow look, or gloriously hand painted. Most of these upgrades are achieved with [...]

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    Pamela says:

    These are very pretty. I’m going to try them but I think i’ll add some tiny beads for a bit more color. Thank you for sharing your idea!
    Pam

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    kate says:

    Can you only use mod podge?

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    wanda says:

    I have a cape cod theme and there will be alot of this around my home. They are beautiful! Ty so much for sharing.Wanda

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    gloria says:

    how long do they last…it’s so pretty.

    • 169.1
      Amanda says:

      Hi Gloria. It’s been a while since I made these, but the shimmery look is short lived, a week, or two at best. The moisture in the salt will eventually evaporate, causing them to dry up and take on a chalk look. The good thing is that when that happens you can soak them in warm water which will dissolve the salt and you’ll be able to easily remove the glue and start over!

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    Melissa says:

    Once the salt loses it’s moisture the color fads and the salt turns to white powder. Another way, though more costly, you can use colored crystals found at craft stores. This is an awesome idea, fun and easy to do with children!

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    Amber says:

    HI there. I tried making these today, and am now waiting for the mod podge to dry. I have noticed, that the Gloss sealer is highly flammable. I bought the same one you have used in the picture..is this ok to use as these are to be used as candles? Thank you

    • 171.1
      Amanda says:

      I burned candles in them quite a bit and never had a problem. I believe that the flammable issue is when you are spraying it near flame. I never had a problem.

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    Amber says:

    After doing some research it looks like there are some non flammable gloss sealers. I must have bought the wrong one

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      Patti says:

      Couldn’t you just mix equal parts of the salt and Mod Podge, paint onto the jars and allow to dry. Since Mod Podge already has a sealant you wouldn’t need to spray any other sealant after it all dried.

      • Unfortunately no. The Mod Podge, when mixed with or painted over the top of the salt, turns everything into a wet blobby looking mess. I tried with several different types and each time it was a failure.

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    Loreen says:

    Making these for my son’s winter wedding, making the epsom salts pink as that is the brides color for the wedding. making in some larger bowls and looking candles in pink water. so pretty

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    Cindy says:

    If you cover the salt jar in a sealer does this keep them from drying out? Besides paint can you cover them in a clear acrylic with out creating a fire danger? Thought I might use this idea for out Christmas gift the preschoolers give to thier parents.
    Thanks.

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    Jeanne Quin says:

    Amanda,

    After you roll the jars in the white salts, do you coat with mod podge again right a way and then roll in the blue or green? So do you coat with mod podge 3 times?

    Thanks so much!

    • 175.1
      Amanda says:

      Just follow the step by step instructions in the tutorial, there’s a printable version without all the pictures so it’s easier to read. You only put the Mod Podge on once, right before you roll them in salt. Adding Mod Podge over the top will kill the sparkle of the salts and create a blobby looking mess.

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      Amanda says:

      I just re-read your question. Each color is separate. So you don’t roll in white first and then another color. You paint the jar with Mod Podge, then roll in whatever color salt you want. that’s it :)

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    Khwan says:

    I would like to ask about “Mod Podge”. I didn’t see this in my area (Thailand) or if someone import it, it’s quite expensive. Is it possible to use another thing, such as Latex ???

    Thank you in advance.

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    Naomi Edwards says:

    If you don’t use food coloring and leave them white. Do you just put on the mod podge and roll them in the salts and then seal them? I would hate to make a gift for a friend and then it fade out. That would be embarrassing.
    Thanks these are beautiful.

    • 177.1
      Amanda says:

      That’s correct, Mod Podge, roll in salt, let dry, seal. :) REMEMBER these are temporary as stated in the post, they will eventually turn white and lose their luster.

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    Julia says:

    If you spray with 3 coats of clear gloss sealer, will the salts still dry up and flake off?

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    Sandy says:

    I just made these for a wedding gift. They are beautiful! Thank you!

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    Penny says:

    I made these. I put an electric tea light candle in each. Same effect as a wax tea light.

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    Thanks for sharing, love all the posts. Was wondering if you could do this with a wine bottle, drill a whole in the back to put L E D Christmas lights in. Didn’t know how to get this look.Will drill the whole then try the epson salt. I also heard you can buy lights that have a swich to turn on & off. This would make beautiful Christmas gifts!

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    Janette says:

    Great idea. I will be saving jars for next christmas and my preschoolers can make them.

    What is Modge Podge? Is just a brand of white glue that you use for wood craft etc or a special glue?

    I live in Australia so would need to find the equivalent.

    Cheers

    Janette

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    Lisa says:

    Could these be used outside?? I would love to line my porch and sidewalk with them.

    • 183.1
      Amanda says:

      You could certainly use them outside, but NOT in inclement weather. So if the weather is clear it’s fine. However, rain could be a problem. Snow might be okay, but if they are sitting in wet snow that might cause them damage.

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    Alesia says:

    I am going to attempt to do this with clear glass ornaments for my Christmas tree this year. I was wondering if anyone had tried making the salt a little bit darker in color. My tree skirt is red, blue, and green. I’m worried that if I add red food colouring that my ornaments will end up being pink…

    • 184.1
      Amanda says:

      Hi Alesia. I have made a glass ornament, not with color, just white, BUT wanted to let you know that they will only last this season. The following year when I unpacked my ornaments, the epsom salt one was all chalky white and flaking off all over the place. However, the good news is that you can wash the salt and glue off and do them again, if that’s something that you want to do. Just keep in mind, this is a temporary decoration.

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    Katie says:

    Found these on Pinterest and just tried them – they are great! I used white decorative sand from Michaels instead of salt. No word yet on if the color stays, but so far they look very similar!

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    patricia magliochetti says:

    love this idea,they are so pretty.thank you for a great idea.i will be making them with my family.thanks again

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    [...] glass jars in colored Epsom salt then spray with clear gloss sealer.Get the tutorial from Crafts by Amanda. Epsom Salt Candle & OrnamentTo make these sparkly items just paint a plain white candle [...]

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    June Smith says:

    I have a whole box of glass vases in different shapes and sizes in my storage shed. You know the kind when you get with flowers delivered from the flower shop. I’m thinking some of them would work nicely with the Epsom Salt. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Christy says:

    Trying these Epsom salt luminaries and it was a little tricky at first. Do u mean i should paint the jar with MP, then roll in salt, let dry, put another coat of MP, then roll in salts a second time, let dry then spray with sealer? Also MP was a bit expensive so i tried mixing Elmer’s (generic) glue with water. Is that ok or should i stick with the MP? Beautiful idea! Cant wait to find more!

    • 189.1
      Amanda says:

      One coat of Mod Podge and one roll in the salt. Adding Mod Podge on top of the salt will remove their sheen, it “muffles” it, for lack of a better explanation. And yes, a mixture of white glue and water will work fine :)

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    Ann says:

    About the salt turning white issue….could you color the jar (with mod podge and food coloring on the inside, baked) and then use plain white epsom salts on the outside with the mod podge and sealer?

    • 190.1
      Amanda says:

      it won’t stop the salt from turning white. I haven’t experimented yet with additional coats of sealer, but a lot of people are asking so I may just do that this weekend and report back in a couple of weeks.

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    Ashley Ward says:

    I just finished these and they look adorable! I use baby food jars instead since I have a ton that I’ve been saving. I printed out a template I made of Christmas trees and holly and pasted them onto the jars then applied modge podge and epsom salt. That turned out super cute and can’t wait to see them lit up with a candle! Thanks so much for the idea.

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    Beverly says:

    How do I get the recipes, without all of the30 pages+,- of comments from others, for some of the craft ideas.

    • 192.1
      Amanda says:

      Click the link that says “printable version”. You’ll see it right above the list of supplies:

      Epsom Salt Luminaries
      by Amanda Formaro
      printable version

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    Beverly says:

    How do I register so I can become a part of Pinterest? Your registration form should be on the bottom of each page or at least on the home page.

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    Sammy says:

    I’m so making this for my mom for christmas. I’m seventeen and i am her mothers day present because technically im born on mothers day:) anyways yea im making this into a “hope” jar. sO IMMA DECORATE IT aND im making it so i can put pieces of paper with encouraging words and ecetera for her in. According to my dad she has been wanting this for a long time. This is the perfect way to decorate!
    Much Thanks!

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    Moonangel says:

    I made these this week with my 9 and 7 year old boys as gifts for their teachers. I didn’t use a mason jar, I found a set of tea cups and a pair of wine glasses, and I didn’t color the salt (short on time). It was very easy and really fast. Thanks for the idea.

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    [...] Check out these frosty looking Epsom Salt Luminaries!  A very simple craft with beautiful results.  A full tutorial for this project can be found on Crafts by Amanda. [...]

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    Lois Player says:

    thanks for posting this again.I must have missed seeing the part about the sealer.I have made a couple of these and the salts just flake off without a sealer. Will try that step this time….Thanks for the re-post.

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    Thegirl Nextdoortattoos says:

    CHECK OUT THIS TWIST!! KAREN BURGESS OF ISLETON CALIFORNIA(FOR 30+YEARS) SAID TO MIX EPSOM SALTS WITH ……….BEER. BEAUTIFUL!!! HAS TO BE THIN ..SLASH….WATERY. HAVE FUN. I JUST DONT KNOW WHAT THE BEST THING IS TO WASH IT OFF. WILL POST PICTURES ON MY FACEBOOK…..Thegirl Nextdoortattoos
    check it out though for sure. its beautiful when done correctly and pretty when done by me.

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    [...] by Amanda has lovely epsom salt luminaries and a good article with tips on crafting with epsom [...]

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    [...] Crafts by Amanda did a tutorial on using epsom salts to make these lovely jars!  Don’t they just scream icy wintry-ness??? [...]

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    Marie Wendel says:

    Why do you say that if you are using them for an event you shouldn’t make them more than 1 week in advance?

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    Hi there!!!
    I am preparing for service with Peace Corps and was looking online for some simple crafts to do for my family when I came across your instructions for these wonderful luminaries. I just did 4 small ones and a couple of mason jars in various colors. Boy will my family be surprised to get such a gift while I am away (that is why I am doing the crafty stuff now, before I depart, so they get a gift from me while I am away- whew! Did you understand that?). Anyhoooo…. thanks for such a great tutorial. I had fun and found it to be very easy to do.

    • 204.1

      Hi Becky and thanks for writing! I’m so glad you had a good time making these :) Hopefully you read the part in the post about the salts turning white and flaking off. This is not a permanent project and I hope you understood that from what was written in the post.

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    denice says:

    I had used this on my bathroom window except for the clear spray at the end makes window like nice & no one can see in, works on glass doors for cabinets or patio doors too

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    Judy Vert says:

    I made these last December and added a thin silver ribbon around the lips. I placed them on the white tablecloth, with a silver runner then the candles. I then added some sprayed silver twigs to go around the candles. I had 7 ladies for our weekly get together. The table was beautiful and have made some of them for gifts. Thank you for sharing this.

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    Cindy says:

    These are very pretty! Do they last forever or only a certain time limit? I am asking because you said if your going to use them for a wedding to do it a week before. You would think they last forever. Again they are pretty! :)

    • 208.1

      Hi Cindy :) There’s a link at the top of the post that takes you to an article I wrote about epsom salts and the discoloration that results. The moisture will eventually evaporate from the salts, leaving them white and chalky looking. That’s why I suggest doing them no longer than a week prior to your event :)

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    gale says:

    do you think you could use lavender Epson salt on these and spray them after if they would work and would the salt start to fall off.

    thanks

    • 210.1

      Hi Gale. Without having done that myself, I can’t predict how they would last. If you have time, I would recommend making one and letting it sit for a week or two and see what happens!

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    Lisa B says:

    I love these. Did you use tea-lights or battery operated tea lights in them???

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    faye.marple@gmail.com says:

    I must try to make these for the holidays…

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    Elizabeth Molnar says:

    I read the comments on these luminaries from epsom salts. I do understand that they will dry out(so being temporary), however you mention using a coat of paint of top of a design created with the salts. That made me think there must be something that stops the air from getting to them and drying them out to a dull white. The exposure to air seems to be the thing that you are saying causes a temporary condition and not a permanent condition. Also, I would think a brush on would be better than a spray. Just a thought.

    • 214.1

      Hi Elizabeth. It’s true, it’s the air that’s the enemy. I did spray mine with a clear sealer, but they still dried out eventually. However, I didn’t go crazy with the spray either, I only did one coat. So it is possible that you could preserve them longer with several coats of clear spray. As for a brush-on sealer, I tried three different types of Mod Podge with unattractive results. They gave the salt a muddled appearance and took away the pretty sparkling sheen.

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    Debi says:

    This would work on picture frames too! I’m going to try this asap!

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    Shannon Sakelarios says:

    I want to make these as centerpieces for our Christmas Party. I wondered if it would work okay if you added glitter in with the Epsom salt to roll the jars in? Thank you for sharing this! These are beautiful!

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    Samantha says:

    I apparently did a few things wrong? 1. I didn’t read about the crystals losing color an flaking off. 2. I used too much of either mod podge or salts or both. 3. I did too many coats? Is there a way to fix this?

    • 219.1

      Hi Samantha. Yes they will lose their color eventually. This is a temporary project. If you have problems with the salts sticking, your best bet is to just start over. Soak the jars in warm water. This will dissolve the salt and soften the Mod Podge enough to clean it off so your jar will be clean again. Good luck!

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    […] tea lights. They give a beautiful soft glow and are extremely simple to make. The link provided (http://craftsbyamanda.com/2010/12/epsom-salt-luminaries-some-winter.html) gives a step-by-step process of how to do it; essentially you use mod podge on the exterior of the […]

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    gudrun says:

    Have a question I cant get epsom salt can i use corse salt or road salt/rock salt ?

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    Kandy says:

    I read your info piece about the epsom salts losing color. When you seal them with the clear sealant, does this stop the color loss?

    • 222.1

      Hi Kandy. I sealed mine and they still lost color. However, I only used one coat of sealer, so it’s possible (I don’t know for sure!) that additional coats could seal in the moisture and keep them from drying out.

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    Terri says:

    hi Amanda and all herein …. i just saw this really cool project uve come up with ,Amanda and tis a GREAT idea … but i will be using more of the Plastic type containers , see through of course… for the LED lites ill place in each container once completed … for the Nursing Home Residents i see often throughout the years , as i have several friends there now.. and too .. this particular nursing home, has become a very familiar home to me .. for my late hubby was there recouperating prior his passing 6 yrs ago… i too have a special area with hubby and my ONE professional pic hanging with plants and what not in memory of our travels throughout our wonderful marriage of 30 yrs.. this idea u have shared Amanda is something ill be using , as one or several others herein mentioned about placing the lit jars at hubbys and my portrait .. what a terrific idea … everyone i know is getting a jar , as well as the items needed along with the instructions herein .. so they too can enjoy the fun of it all.. ty ty ty for sharing.. ur a gem .. keep up the good work, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to one and all….. Blessings !

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    Norma says:

    I was looking for something to do him several cases of kosher sea salt given to me and this was similar to what I have in mind and could not remember if it was glue or not. Thank you it is a perfect craft for my Junior Church group.

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    Jodi says:

    Amanda, you are a life safer!!! These are fantastic! We have VERY limited means this year and I hate the thought of not being able to give to those I love. These look fabulous and will not take much time or money to make! Thanks so much for sharing this!!!

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    Gina says:

    Made these frosted luminaries for my cousins this year and they turned out to be really pretty! I hated the sealing part though and they had a bad paint smell to them afterward. Even though I let them air out on the patio overnight. I’ll leave them out a bit longer next time! :)

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    afracooking says:

    OI found you through this other blog official pacific merchants – I just wished I had seen this post before x-mas. THese look so great! But now I am following you so I will not miss one more brilliant idea :-)

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    Marya says:

    Amanda, These are so lovely! I don’t understand why the salt would flake if you use a sealer. Can you please explain? I’d like to do some in white, so fading would not be an issue. In that case, how long would they last? Thanks!
    Marya

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    Mariss says:

    Love this idea. All the comments put my thoughts to work. Wondering if the salt would stick more permenantly using a adhesive glue that is not water based. Also rather than adding food coloring to salts how about using a stain rub either per made purchased or making your own with stain medium and acrylic paints and rubbing over salt after adhered to jars and then sealed with a good sealent maybe heavy duty non water based with a brush. Just some random thoughts.

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    Deb Edlebeck says:

    I made several of these using pretty long stem margarita glasses.
    I put the mod pode and salts on the unside too.
    They have colored crazy shaped stems and then
    the white salts. They are gorgeous. After I spray
    them with sealer (inside and out) I was worried
    these would be a fire hazzard! What do uou think?

    • 240.1

      Hi Deb. Sealer spray is only a fire hazard while it’s being spray or is wet. Once it’s dry it’s fine. However, if you put salts on the inside as well as the outside I don’t think I would put a candle inside.

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    ann moore says:

    COULD YOU USE THE SMALL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS? LOVE IT !

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    Yvonne says:

    i was wondering…you come up with good ideas so i was wondering if you had any ideas for the litte wood containers that brie cheese come in….i know they can be covered for containers but i thought you would figure out something really neat….thanks

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    Devon says:

    Hello! I was thinking about making these for my daughters frozen themed birthday party. I wanted to make some of them light purple. I saw somewhere that you can color Epsom salt with chalk. Have you ever tried that or do you think it might work. Thanks!!

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