Epsom Salts Luminaries

Winter or Christmas tablescape with Mason jar Epsom salts luminaries on white cake stand with garden trimmings.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Yes, it does!

Last week I was a little elf, working all around, trying to get my home ready for this week.

Yeah, its Christmas home tour week.

But, I'll talk about that in a bit, because right now I just want to let you know just how easy and inexpensive these luminaries turned out to be! I think they make perfect gifts. ;)

This is a project I've seen many times in Pinterest but haven't given it a try because I didn't have the supplies, more exactly the Epsom salts.

My son was doing a soap experiment like a month ago and I bought a big bag of Epsom salts, it was only like eight dollars. Well, he only used a small amount...

how to make beautiful luminaries

So, while in the middle of my decorating frenzy and not knowing what kind of centerpiece to add to the dining table, I remembered the luminaries and the Epsom salt and of course...
It was time to work on those.

I went throughout the house collecting glass jars... Hmmm and I got a good bunch!

The materials you'll need:
  • Clear glass jars
  • Epsom salts
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush to apply the Mod Podge onto the jars.
jars used as luminaries with Epsom salts

You only need to apply the Mod Podge to the outside of the jars. I did it using a medium size paint brush.

rolling clear glass jars with Modge Podge onto Epsom salts

As soon as you're done applying the Mod podge, roll the jar onto the Epsom salts.

A DIY modge podge project that turns Mason Jars into beautiful luminaries

It goes FAST!

how to make luminaries with epsom salts and easy and inexpensive project for the holidays

I did like 20 jars in 30 minutes and I only used one of those $1 Mod Podge containers for all of them.
how to make Epsom salts luminaries this winter

I let them dry for about an hour, but, even before the hour mark, they felt dry already.
Some clippings from the yard were also added...

white cake stand with mason jar luminaries with Epsom salts and trimming from the jar.

Jute rope...  And they were mounted on a cake stand as a center piece:
They look GORGEOUS!

An inexpensive table centerpiece for Christmas.

I'm using the remaining ones in my laundry room, you can see a peak of them on my Christmas Home Tour right HERE.

Give them a try. They're so easy and inexpensive!

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  1. Love this idea and so easy to make. Thanks, I need to get busy and make a few. Can't wait to see your tour.

    1. Thanks Marty! They're indeed so EASY to make!

  2. Aaaaahhh! I will do this for next year for sure! WONDERFUL! I'm gonna start collecting my jars now!Thanks Cristina!

    1. You're going to love them, Vel! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. this is really a fun make...Epsom salts what a great idea...I remember using old Ivory Snow flakes---onceuponatime... for a similar idea, circa 1956 or so. Cute, think I still have some in the basement (Epsom) was used to defloculate(smooth out)glazes in my old pottery business. Thanks for the idea, Sandi

    1. Thanks Sandi! It's a similar idea, every era bring its own products. ;) Ha, good to know I can use Epsom salts to thin out glazes, thanks!

  4. Your luminaries are so pretty, Cristina! I know they must looks so pretty sprinkled around your home.
    Mary Alice

  5. Wonderful idea. My daughter was just researching for DYI Christmas project - they have a class assignment and I will show it to her. Thanks!

  6. Epsom salts, not Epson, like the printer name.


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