This year, I purchased a lot of pillar candles; but I felt like they needed an extra touch since I am using them for my holiday decor. I thought it would be a great idea to give them a snowy look. And even though I don’t have snow on hand, it’s easy to create that look with salt- epsom salt to be exact. Mostly used to soothe sore muscles and calm the body, epsom salt can also be used to create a wintry look for your home decor. If you want to bring the outdoors in this Winter, try it by creating these simple, epsom salt candles.
For this DIY, you’ll need:
- Pillar candles
- Epsom Salt or sugar
- Painter’s tape
- Clear varnish
Begin by taping off the area that you want to paint. You can paint the entire candle if you choose; or you can have a mixture of partially snowy candles, and full snowy candles. Be sure to create a straight line with the tape.
Paint a pretty thick layer of ModPodge or a (glue and water mixture if you don’t have ModPodge) to the bottom half of the candle that you taped off. When dealing with Epsom salt, you’ll need the thick layer of ModPodge because the salt grains are pretty thick. Thin grains, like table salt or sugar may not need such a thick layer of ModPodge.
Pour a sizeable pile of salt on a napkin or paper towel. Roll the end of the candle with the glue mixture onto the salt grains, being sure to cover the entire candle.
Try to cover all of the glue with salt and let it dry.
Finally, spray these candles with a clear varnish sealer to ensure that the salt crystals don’t fall off over time. A few may fall, but for the most part, they should stay firmly fixed on the candle. You can choose to burn these or not, but if you do burn them, be careful as the candle melts closer to the bottom where the salt is. My suggestion is to leave these an a Display these wintry white candles on your fireplace mantle or as an element in your holiday table scape.