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DIY Glitter Snow for Candles & Mason Jar Filler

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DIY Glitter Snow for Candles & Mason Jar Filler

For years and years I’ve made these jars. They are my GO TO decorating idea for just about any event. They are pretty, easy to use and make and are always a HUGE hit! I’m a big fan of simple pretty ideas. I use Epsom salt as glittery snow in my mason jars! I love it. I buy it at the grocery store and keep it on hand all year. Every once in awhile I refill my mason jars with fresh “snow” and a new candle. Can Christmas decorating get any easier than that? I think not.

DIY Glitter Snow for Candles & Mason Jar Filler

These mason jars sit on my porch all winter and make me look like a Martha Stewart hostess.

DIY Glitter Snow for Candles & Mason Jar Filler

It looks all sparkly and pretty and is completely safe even when used with real flames! And no, the Epsom salt doesn’t burn. But as always, you are responsible for your own safety.

DIY Glitter Snow for Candles & Mason Jar Filler

I recommend you use white candles. Red will make it look like there was a massacre in your jars.

You can also use the Epsom salt to look like SAND in the summer! So versatile!

DIY Glitter Snow for Candles & Mason Jar Filler

Here is another SUPER cute idea for how to use Epsom salt “snow”…I saw this over at my friend Emily’s blog (and finally made my own!).

And easy? Yep. Just roll your candle in Mod Podge and then in Epsom salts. EASY! It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Love a simple idea and an easy craft.

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  1. Michelle, Home Staging Pro

    Great idea, Melissa. I love it, especially rolling the candles in Epsom salts. BTW, Epsom salts make great rose food. I sprinkle 1/4 cup around each rose plant 2x per year and my roses zoom.
    .-= Michelle, Home Staging Pro´s last blog ..Giving Back – Holiday Gift Ideas =-.

  2. gina

    Love these ideas. Stopping in shaw’s tomorrow for salt!

  3. Emily

    you are such a good bloggy friend. thanks for showing off my project :)

    you inspired me to fill my empty mason jars with my leftover epsom salt and put candles in them.

    what a wonderful place blogland is.
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..Where Memories Are Made =-.

  4. Linda

    This is SUCH an inspired and wonderful idea…I love easy, inexpensive DIY projects…thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Pamela

    I love your idea for candles on the porch! What a simple way to make a high-end statement!

  6. Aimee

    Great ideas! I’m putting epsom salt on my grocery list!
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Jack’s First Cut =-.

  7. Amy

    Oh, we just made Peppermint Candy bath salts for teacher gifts this year and these Epsom salts look sooo lovely spread on a mirror with a few different sized candles for a centerpiece too. I loved Emily’s idea and yours too- so creative and frugal!!

  8. Teresa

    How totally awesome to use Epson salt in these creative ways!
    I adore the simplicity of the little white candle and Epson salt in mason jar!
    Fabulous idea!
    .-= Teresa´s last blog ..FOOTBALL…It’s a Tradition! =-.

  9. Kathy

    I was just going to say that I only recently saw epsom salts being used in another way for Christmas and it turns out to be your friend! I think this is a great idea and it does look sparkly!

  10. Misty

    Love it!!
    .-= Misty´s last blog ..I’m Back!!! =-.

  11. kim

    I love this idea!! so easy too!

  12. Sandy

    What a great ideal, I have never thought of using Epson salt. This is one I will use. It will look great outside since I am using all whites and silvers to decorate with. Thanks for sharing. Hope you stop by soon.

  13. Kimberlee J.

    I am totally doing this!

  14. Barbara

    LOVE both of these ideas!!!
    .-= Barbara @Southern Lady’s Vintage´s last blog ..Pink Christmas! =-.

  15. Jess

    That is brilliant! Love the “snow”!
    .-= Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish´s last blog ..Cyber Monday Roundup =-.

  16. Jessica at Lavender & Lilies

    Great idea!

  17. Kim

    I’m going to be stopping at the store for epson salt! I have some containers that I wanted to put some “snow” in. Now I know what to use! Thanks for the awesome idea, I’m looking forward to more ideas!!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Bring Back the Red!! =-.

  18. Sandra

    What a great idea…using epsom salts and the look is really cute. Think I’ll use some of my old green Ball jars, that should look festival as well.
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..The Christmas Season =-.

  19. Robin

    Oh, so cute! I have Epsoms salt, ball jars and tea candles already! This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Met Monday- Hurricane Globes =-.

  20. Maryann

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful idea… I’ve got a ton of Epsom salt – Costco stock!

  21. living with lindsay

    I love them! I made some like Emily’s a few weeks ago, and I added a bit silver glitter in with the salt. Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle!
    .-= living with lindsay´s last blog ..A Wreath Re-Do =-.

  22. Tammy

    What great and simple ideas….I’m sharing this with my facebook friends, so expect lots of “hits” on your site!
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..A Simple Christmas =-.

  23. Gina

    What great ideas! I’m totally going to do that with my candles-thanks for sharing!
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..An Encounter =-.

  24. Nancy

    Very cool ideas! Love the “snow” in the mason jars.

    .-= Nancy´s last blog ..Tour of Ornaments =-.

  25. Abbie

    Those candles are very cute rolled in the salt. I think I have some salt in my pantry – maybe I was going to cook with it? Also, I have a snow scene in a sealed mason jar that I was given years ago and I’m pretty sure the “snow” is epsom salt!
    .-= Abbie´s last blog ..The decorating begins. =-.

  26. Violet

    Would have never thought of that, how clever!!! I’m sure a bit of prism glitter would add even more sparkle!
    .-= Violet´s last blog ..White on White =-.

  27. Meredith

    I’m loving it all, Melissa! Off to the supermarket for Epsom Salts for me. You’ve got Christmas off to such a beautiful, inspiring start. Meredith xo.
    .-= Meredith´s last blog ..Nachos Sweet Child of Mine Dip =-.

  28. Christi

    Love this idea, I’ll definitely be using it. Saw Emily’s post last week, and I’ve already got the Epsom salt from that project.
    .-= Christi´s last blog ..i heart faces =-.

  29. Jackie

    This idea is wonderful and looks so pretty!
    .-= Jackie @ Lilolu´s last blog .. =-.

  30. Passementerie

    What a clever idea! I use Maldon sea salt for cooking and love the look of an overflowing cup of it by the stove…
    .-= Passementerie´s last blog ..New Adventures in Radley =-.

  31. Christi from Charm & Grace

    Love the Epsom Salt snow and using the mason jars. I probably have 20 mason jars lying around the house. What a great way to use them for holiday decor. Some great ideas from all the comments, too!

    Thanks and blessings,
    .-= Christi from Charm & Grace´s last blog ..More artwork… =-.

  32. Gina

    I have some of these! Use what you have decorating is my FAVORITE kind, thanks for the great inspiration (as always).

    .-= Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage´s last blog ..Reviving old ornaments =-.

  33. teresa

    I’m heading off to the store :) great tip!
    Have a wonderful day

  34. Janine

    I LOVE those ideas … just so easy, but looks so pretty!!! I can’t wait to go get some Epsom salts, jars and candles!!! Yippeee … something that is quick n easy (and not too messy) and my little darling will love getting stuck into ;)

  35. Amber T.

    Epsom salts hey? That is Fantastic!!! I have some in jars by the bath but I never really thought of them as snowy looking before- you’re so right! On my list!

  36. Stacey

    What cute ideas!!! Love the mason jar “snow”! :) Very cute!

  37. Melanie

    What a great idea. I would have never thought to do that. I love it.
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..One little corner. =-.

  38. Sandy

    Brilliant, I just may do with my BG’s next week. I’ll for sure link back, or better yet link to Friday. I just love jars. Love. Them.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Our Cake Boss Girl! =-.

  39. Heathahlee

    Thank you, Melissa! I have been in desperate need for some table decorating ideas and this gives me one! Yippee!
    .-= Heathahlee´s last blog ..A Dog Named…Jonathan =-.

  40. tammy

    Great idea! I just recently found your blog. Love your style, thanks for the inspiration!

    Best wishes,

  41. Gena

    Lovely, lovely ideas!!!!!! thank you for sharing!!!

  42. Allie

    Thank you for such an awesome tip! I am the snow queen here in Georgia and I cant believe I didn’t know this! Now I have to rethink the whole scheme in the dining room. Oh dear.

  43. Kimberly

    I’ve done a similar thing for years. I swirl a bit of water in the jar first and then pour in kosher salt and swirl it again. The salt will stick to the sides of the jars, but still look like snow. A pile of salt in the bottom of the jar to hold the candle and some ribbons around the top. I’ve even wrapped wire around the tops and made handles like a lantern. Fun and safe. I love to light them for my Christmas Teas as well.
    .-= Kimberly´s last blog ..Sally Clarkson Conference =-.

  44. HisFireFly

    What a great idea! I’ll have to try this for inside the house, outside the jars would quickly fill with “real” snow!
    .-= HisFireFly´s last blog ..Word Filled Wednesday – Hush =-.

  45. kimj

    I love the slippies…and its ALMOST looking a lot like Christmas at my house!

  46. Staci

    I do something similar withempty baby food jars and votive candles. The one year I didn’t have any salt handy I had a old spray can of paint for glass. So I spray painted them and tied a ribbon around the rim for a little extra pizzaz. Very pretty!

  47. Meghan

    When I saw the first picture, my heart skipped a beat. I kept reading and it got even better.

    I LOVE both these ideas. These are the first original, non-cheesy, non-tacky Christmas decorations I’ve seen on a blog all season. Thank you. I’m going to go to the drugstore tomorrow to buy some epsom salts so I can steal these ideas.
    .-= Meghan´s last blog ..Tree Watering Made Easy =-.

  48. Adventure Mom Janna

    You have solved the mystery for me! I have ben asking and wondering how I can get that pretty sparkly winter look on my candles for forever!!!!!!

    And it’s nice to know I won’t have to burn the house down to do it:)

  49. Amy Talsma

    Thank you! I featured it on my fan page … awesome idea to share!

  50. Sara

    Wow, so easy and the results are beautiful. LOVE IT!!

  51. Anna

    This is so great — very simple but what a statement. I’m definitely adding these to my front porch on Christmas Eve this year.

  52. Karen

    I thought of another idea!? Don’t know if it would work or not…what if you used modge podge on the OUTSIDE of the mason jars and THEN rolled them in Epsom Salts? I bet it would look sparkly when lit from within? Worth a try! Can Epsom Salts be dyed in some way? Hmmmm…
    Did you happen to see the Queen of the Ball Party on Between Naps On the Porch? Obviously, someone else out there loves these things as much as we do! The WHOLE party’s theme was Ball Canning Jars!

  53. Asmita

    How beautiful and so creative. I love mason jars and I think it’s such a cool idea to put snow & candles in them.

  54. Jennifer

    Just wondering how they burn? Do the salts melt or make it more messy? Is it safe?

    • Melissa

      I’ve used the Epsom salts for maybe 6 years…no problem! Nothing happens to the salt, at worst it gets damp and hardens over time. No sticky or gooey mess!

  55. Marg Roswell

    I just wanted to tell you that l loved your tutorial. I just finished 6 jars and plan to go tomorrow and get more supplies to make more. An inexpensive gift and so many different ways to decorate. I decorated mine with Christmas themes.
    Thank you so much for sharing. I would post my pics here if l could.

  56. Melissa

    I did something very similar for my niece’s sweet 16 party a couple of weeks ago–but I used food coloring to dye the Epsom salt! I’d seen a “recipe” to make glitter by mixing regular table salt with food coloring and baking it for 10 min, but it wasn’t so glittery. :( It looked more like sand, which would have been okay for what we were doing. Then I spotted the Epsom salt under the sink and the light bulb went off in my mind! I mixed in a little food coloring with it (without baking) and then added it to the regular table salt. It made some really pretty lanterns for the yard for her party! If I hadn’t already had six cups of “glitter” salt already made up, I would have went with just the Epson salt, because it was a better look for sure!

  57. Deanne

    I love your ideas. I am planning on a country Christmas theme this year and will be using mason jars everywhere. I have never used Epsom salts before but am going to this year. Thanks!

  58. Jan

    Connie it sounds to me like the candle wax melted into the salt & as the wax cooled it got hard I would set it on top of the stove while ytour oven is on & maybe that will melt the was just by the heat just enough to get it all our If not try a screwdriver to break it up or something on that line No knife you can slip & cut yourself. Not sure about zapping in microwave as the candles usually has a small piece of medal holding the wick at the bottom of the candle. Good luck.

  59. Justine @prettyinpistachio

    This is such a great idea! I’m having a “winter wonderland” party this holiday season and this will go perfectly :)

  60. Connie

    I made the jars with the candles and Epsom salt. My candles completely melted and the Epsom salt is hard as a rock! How do I get it out of my jars? I have put water in them but it doesn’t seem to be doing anything. Any suggestions?

  61. Jean K

    Place your candles in clear glass votive holders and then put them in the “snow”. That should solve the melted wax and hardening salt.



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