Sunday, December 2, 2012

Day 4: Holiday Sparkle With Epsom Salts!

I had so much fun today decorating with Epsom salts! Who would have thought there were so many different uses for this product that is usually used for soaking sore muscles. For 5 dollars I made 3 different projects. If you are looking for a few more uses for Epsom salts, you may want to try our frost paint and homemade bath salts
For the first few projects I used the Epsom salts because of how much it looks like sparkly snow!

I used school glue and Epsom salts. I thinned the glue with a little water. Just enough to make the glue easier to spread - about the consistency of tempera paint.

I took the fall candle holder and soaked it in a bucket of soapy water to wash off the tissue paper and leaves. You could use any glass jar or vase, I love the shape of this small fishbowl.

Next, I painted the glue all over working quickly so the glue didn't dry.

Then I pressed it in a bowl of Epsom salts. I learned the hard way the if you miss a spot, wait for the glue to dry and then add more glue to the blank spot. Epsom salts will react with glue and make it gummy and weird.

Voila! It looks like a glittery, sparkly snowball!

It looks so beautiful with the candle lit inside.

I used the same technique to cover candles and branches. There are so many possibilities for this. I want to cover a picture frame next.

Another great holiday use for Epsom salts is as a filler in vases, candle holders or anywhere you need a little indoor snow! The Epsom salts also held up the glittery branches. I love how simple and easy this arrangement was to make!

The next project is sooo cool - frost paint for windows! Epsom salts are dissolved in hot water and as the "paint" cools on the window, crystals form that look just like frost! This is not only a fun project for the kids, but also educational.

I'm not sure if you can see the detail in the paint in this picture, so pretty!

I had to show you all how amazing this looks. Sorry for all the pictures.

So, here's how you make window frost paint. Bring 1 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Add one cup of Epsom salts and stir until it dissolves. Turn off the heat and add 3 tablespoons of dish soap. Let the solution cool a little so you can handle it (especially if your kiddos are going to be using it).

Then paint away! We used regular paint brushes and sponge brushes.

We did find that the paint is pretty drippy, so keep that in mind. Keep paper towels handy!

The boys discovered they could make icicles by painting along the top of the window and letting the liquid drip down.

Painting the lower corners of the windows also looks great.

Happy decorating!

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1 comment:

  1. that looks like fun. What happens when you want to remove it from the window?