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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, it's Christmas home tour week.

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

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

My son was doing a soap experiment about a month ago and I bought a big bag of Epsom salts. 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:
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 paintbrush.

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 made more than 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 were already dry.
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 centerpiece.

They are GORGEOUS!

An inexpensive table centerpiece for Christmas.

I'm using the remaining ones in my laundry room, you can see a sneak peek during my Christmas Home Tour right HERE.
Mason jars covered in epsom salts to create a beautiful Christmas centerpiece

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

For more easy Holiday decor ideas check these out:

white clay snowflake ornaments with red and white striped ribbon

living room with white sofa and lots of packages to be wrapped

red and white fabric on embroidery hoops with red ribbon ornaments with a lighted background

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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.

  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.

  7. What a wonderful, easy project. They are lovely, I will try these for sure this holiday season. Just a question.. does the epsom salt seem to flake off after dry? Wondering if a clear glaze of something would help.

    1. Thanks Carolynn! Yes, they do flake a little, but don't be afraid to make them, the little specks that fall off are in fact minute compared to how pretty they are.

    2. I seal mine with spray modpodge when I use glitter, it will prob work for these as well I would assume

  8. Such a gorgeous idea!! I can't wait to try these!!

  9. The words that come to mind when I see this is gorgeous, stunning, doable and budget friendly these Epson Salts Luminaries are to make. Thank you for sharing this great idea!

    1. Yes indeed, Thea! All those adjectives describe this project perfectly well. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. if you mixed in table salt too, would it fill the smaller spaces?

  11. these are beautiful. Thank you for the sharing the lovely idea. I can't wait to try it.

  12. how do u keep the Epsom salt on them I did it like u said but some of the salt keep coming off should I spray it with something

  13. Beautiful idea for our fireplace thank you

  14. I wonder if I could mix in some colored bath salts and make some for spring..??

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