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You Can Make Adorable Luminaries With Just Some Epsom Salt And Food Coloring

OCTOBER 14, 2015  —  By Grace Eire  
Grace Eire

Grace Eire

On Viral Nova, Grace writes about cute animals. She also writes for design42day.com, and thoroughly enjoys puns - the good kind or the bad kind. She's not picky when it comes to puns. She's studied English, music, film, and other creative fields. In her spare time she's reading or writing creative nonfiction, arranging songs, or writing jokes just in case she some day decides to try stand up comedy.

If you don't know what epsom salt is (don't worry, I didn't either...) fear not, for there is an entire website dedicated to it. But for this project, all you really need to know is that you can use it to make some really pretty, delicate votive candle holders for your next special winter fiesta. Oh, it's also super easy.

All you need is some epsom salt, however many jars you want to decorate, Mod Podge, and some spray-on sealer.

If you like the clear look better than this opaque version, make your holders right before the event.

Moisture, over time, will make the salt turn more white.

To start, separate your salt into three small bowls and add one drop of food coloring to each -- whatever colors you want.

You can also leave one white.

After pouring one of the colors of salt onto a paper plate, cover a jar in Mod Podge with a paintbrush.

Put your hand in the jar...

Then, go ahead and roll that puppy in the salt, covering the entire surface.

Touch up the rim and let it dry.

Use a spray gloss sealer like this one as a top coat. Spray three layers, letting it dry each time.

There you have it!

Beautiful votive candle holders.

(source Crafts By Amanda)

These are great for the holidays, but really can be used for any winter get-together. They're so frosty and delicate...it's amazing what a little bit of Mod Podge and imagination can do for you.