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How to Decorate a Candle with Epsom Salt

Updated on December 23, 2012
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Glimmer has been writing about crafts online for almost 4 years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

Epsom Salt Candle
Epsom Salt Candle | Source

Are you looking for a fun and easy craft that the whole family can do? Do you need a quick gift for an office party, but don't have a lot of money to spend? Then look no further than decorating candles with epsom salt.

Candles add a decorative touch to any room. Jazzing them up with epsom salt is a fun craft project and the results make perfect gifts for any occasion. These glittered candles also make an ideal hostess or thank you gift.

Follow these simple steps to turn plain pillar candles into something spectacular!

These candles are for decorative purposes only. They should not be lit if the flame will come in contact with the epsom salt. Never leave a lit candle unattended, and keep out of reach of children and pets.

Tips to remember when giving candles as gifts

Candles are a nice gift for anyone, but there are a few things to remember.

  • If in doubt, always get an unscented candle. Some people have allergies, or they may dislike a certain scent.
  • People with young children or pets may prefer to get a flameless candle.
  • If giving a candle to a nursing home resident, make sure they are allowed to have one. Not all nursing facilities permit candles.

Supplies Needed

  • Undecorated pillar candles - Any height. These white ones were purchased at a dollar store to save money.
  • Paint - Acrylic or washable tempera. Most people have some on hand, but it can be purchased at any craft store.
  • Glue - Any kind of craft glue that dries clear will work.
  • Epsom salt - Can be purchased at any drug store or grocery store and is normally found in the bath products section. Epsom salt is commonly used in baths to sooth minor aches and pains, and has been used for hundreds of years.
  • Masking or painters tape - Either will do, but painters tape is easier to remove.
  • Paint brushes - Use larger brushes or craft brushes with foam heads. The painting gets done much faster using a larger brush.
  • Paper cups and plates - To make clean up easier use paper products, but regular cups and plates can be used too.
  • Old newspaper - Use it to cover the surface you'll be working on.

Before and After - Turn a plain white candle into something special!
Before and After - Turn a plain white candle into something special! | Source

How to make epsom salt candles

Follow these easy steps to decorate candles. Step-by-step photos are also provided for easy reference.

  1. Prepare the pillar candles by taping where you do not want the paint to be. (Figure 1)
  2. In a paper cup, mix paint and glue. Use equal parts of paint and glue to ensure that the epsom salt will adhere to the candle. (Figure 2)
  3. Pour some epsom salt on a plate and set aside. (Figure 3)
  4. Working with a candle, apply paint liberally to the areas that are not covered with tape. Do not paint the bottom of the candle. Use care not to cover too much of the tape with paint. It makes it difficult to peel it off when done.
  5. Once finished, roll the candle back and forth in the epsom salt. (Figure 4)
  6. Set aside to dry for about 3 - 4 hours or overnight. (Figure 5)
  7. Once paint and glue are dry, carefully remove the tape and discard.
  8. Step back and admire the finished product. (Figure 6)

Quick tip: For an even easier project, buy colored candles and skip the painting step. Just coat the candle with craft glue and roll in the epsom salt.

Figure 1 - Tape candles in desired ways.  Untaped areas can be painted.
Figure 1 - Tape candles in desired ways. Untaped areas can be painted. | Source
Figure 2 - Mix equal parts of paint and glue in paper cups.
Figure 2 - Mix equal parts of paint and glue in paper cups. | Source
Figure 3 - Pour epsom salt onto a paper plate.
Figure 3 - Pour epsom salt onto a paper plate. | Source
Figure 4 - Roll painted candles in epsom salt.
Figure 4 - Roll painted candles in epsom salt. | Source
Figure 5 - Set finished candles aside to dry.
Figure 5 - Set finished candles aside to dry. | Source
Figure 6 - Step back and admire your finished product!
Figure 6 - Step back and admire your finished product! | Source

Give epsom salt candles as a gift

The next time you need a special homemade gift, try making these inexpensive and easy epsom salt candles. They only take a little while to make, and they add a sparkling touch to any room.

© 2012 Glimmer Twin Fan

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      These candles are so glamorous and yet easy to make. I'd like to try this! A friend just gave me a large pillar candle and it could use some jazzing up. I didn't realize some nursing homes don't allow candles, although it makes sense. Thank you for the helpful tips, too. Voted up and shared!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      A very cool idea. So frosty and festive looking. I especially like the peppermint stripes. The blue looks nice, too. Shared, pinned!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      These are so beautiful and would love to try. Thanks for sharing and have of course voted way up and shared all over!!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      These are gorgeous and very inexpensive! I am going to try this. You have some awesome ideas!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      What cool ideas! I've never heard of something like this. Pinning!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's so easy it looks like I could do it. :) I'll pass it on to Bev and maybe we'll do it this weekend. Thanks for the idea my friend.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      These are really cool. Love using ordinary ingredients to create beautiful masterpieces. Voting UP+++

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Vespa! Some Nursing homes may allow them, but I know ones in the area that don't. I appreciate your support and votes. Hope you are well.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I really appreciate the support Rebecca! Thanks. I like the blue one too. A little different and it shows that these aren't just for Christmas. They are great anytime of year.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Janine. This is something your girls could try too (have paper towels ready though). The best part is peeling the tape away to see the results. I really appreciate your support!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Tammy - Let me know how they turn out. I hope you enjoy them. Since we have paint and glue around the house the only thing I had to get were the candles and Epsom salt. Each candle was a $1 plus a few cents for the other supplies. Can't beat that for an inexpensive decoration. I appreciate the comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Natasha! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill - This fits right in with frugal Christmas gifts. $1 for the candle and a few cents for the other stuff that you may already have on hand. I hope you give it a try and let me know how they turn out. Thanks for the comments and enjoy your day!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Carol - Thanks so much for your visit. I am with you...any time I can use items around the house to create something different I am happy.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      These candles are really pretty! Too bad that they cannot be burned. I remember making candles in the kitchen with my mother when we were kids. It was obviously a different kind since we could then burn them. It is a fond memory. Thanks for the instructions and photos of the finished products. Looks like you have a number of Christmas presents ready to go! Up and useful + sharing.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      This is inspiring! A design idea for this process came to me as I looked your crafty hub over. I'm looking forward to trying it--wish I could post a picture of it here. Also, I wonder if the same process could be used on clear glass candle holders. Thanks for sharing this idea!

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      KerryAnita 4 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

      Cool DIY idea!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin,

      Love these candles, what a great, easy and really effective idea for candles and salt!! I use acrylic and salt for painting cards actually and really have to give this a go as I am a MEGA candle fan!!! Voted up, interesting, useful shared and pinned!!! Brilliant creative idea!!!!

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      Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Very cool candle decorating idea. I especially love the simplicity of the craft and the final results are so beautiful.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      It amazes me how talented and smart my fellow hubbers are Glimmer...you just proved it again! These candles are amazing and look so easy.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Many thanks for your support Peggy! I am just cautious because I do not know what would happen if the Epsom salt catches fire. Better safe than sorry. They look pretty as decorations too.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      RTalloni - I am intrigued by your idea. I hope you write a hub about it. Thanks so much for commenting!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much KerryAnita!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      These candles are so pretty, and would add a sparkling touch to holiday décor. I never would have thought about using Epsom salts for decorating -- very creative! Used on this kind of candle, its highly unlikely that the flame would ever get near the decorations on the outside of the candle. I wouldn't be at all afraid to light it. Voted up and pinned.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Suzie HQ - This will be perfect for you because it sounds like you have all of the supplies on hand. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for all of your support!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the comments Mary Merriment. I like that it is so simple too!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Many thanks tillsontitan! There are so many cool ideas on hubpages and I am glad you enjoyed mine! Have a great day!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Stephanie! I think you are right that the flame would probably not get near the salt and paint, but one never knows and I don't know what would happen if the salt or the paint caught fire so better safe than sorry. I hope you give it a try! I appreciate the comments.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Epsom Salt! This idea is too cool and the candles look so pretty. Epsom Salt is just a gift that keeps on giving with it's multiple uses! :)

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      GiblinGirl 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Very cool idea. I'll have to try this!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      wow amazing DIY candles! the final results are really beautiful and as I saw from your description it is not easy at all to create them .. such candles would have been quite expensive in the market actually

      Thanks for your creative tips, . Voted and shared all the ways!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Wow! This looks beautiful and easy to make as well. I´ll try this when I can find epsom salt in the Philippines or else later in Germany. Voted up, shared, tweeted and pinned.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is a fun hobby and a great gift idea. The finished product looks just awesome.

      Voted up, useful and sharing.

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      HattieMattieMae 4 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Very nice! never thought of that! :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Sunshine! Epsom salt is great and super cheap too!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks GiblinGirl. I hope you like the results!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Many thanks for your comments Mike Robbers. They really are fun to do.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for the support Thelma! It's too bad they don't have places to post photos of results because I'd love to see the candles everyone makes.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I really appreciate the support and comments rajan. I love the fact that they are so cheap to do too!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi HattieMattieMae - I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I love your screen name and the cat picture! Thanks for visiting.

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      Healthyannie 4 years ago from Spain

      great idea - I am going to make some small ones and hang on the tree. Annie

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I would have never thought of that Healthyannie. Just make sure not to light the candles on your tree! Thanks for commenting.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Very fun idea--I'm going to try this! Pinned

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much VirginiaLynne! I hope you enjoy it.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Glimmer....Too cool! Gosh, another use for epsom salt. It soaks away my ashes and pains...and feeds my house plants. Now it dresses up a candle to make as a gift. I wish I was the person who came up with all these awesome craft ideas......but guess what? I'm not!.....UP+++

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      You can't beat that for 3 dollars a container! Thanks for the support fpherj and I love the new photo for your icon!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin,

      Just to let you know I have linked this to my candle safety hub as it is an excellent decorative idea without the danger. Thanks again for a great article!!!!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Candles are everywhere in my home. They just add that little something extra. these will add a dramatic touch to anyone's décor. The step by step directions and pictures are so helpful. thank you so much for sharing these. :) Sending Angels your way ps

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I love this idea. Great instructions and pictures too. Definitely sharing this!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for the link Suzie HQ! I tend to be overly cautious with candles. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Many thanks for visiting pstraubie! I like candles too. They tend to brighten up a dark corner, especially with the sparkles! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Sharyn - thanks so much for the support and I am glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      kateasim 4 years ago

      really effective idea for candles and salt love this candles

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      Dr Cil 4 years ago

      Great craft, I love candles. Thanks for sharing!

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      Prashi1978 4 years ago

      Its amazing thanks for sharing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks kateasim! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and appreciate the comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Dr Cil - Thanks so much for commenting. I love candles too.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you Prashi1978!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What a great idea and there are some great smell in the Epsom salts, at the dollar store too. Sharing this. ^

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Jackie - Thanks so much for reading and sharing the hub. One could definitely use scented candles or salts. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Glimmer twinfan Great idea and it intrigued me that the paint would stick to the wax. Awesome craft ideas.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi suzzycue - I was not sure it would stick either, but it did. Thanks for reading the hub and commenting!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub with clear instructions and helpful step-by-step photos! The finished candles looked very vibrant and attractive! I am fond of candles and unfortunately, I now don't have pillar candles as my apartment have a specialised 24/7 electrical system. Still, I have Indian oil-lamps, few tea-light candles and gel candles. I will share your wonderful idea with my relatives. Well-done!

      Happy New Year to you & your family!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared on Facebook

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Glimmer, thanks for sharing this wonderful craft idea. Simple and the whole family can be involved! Thanks for sharing!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing and enjoying this hub. I appreciate it and hope you and your family have a Happy New Year ishwaryaa22!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it midget38! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Happy New Year!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Creatively beautiful and a great gift. Thanks for sharing this hub. You have given clear instructions that are easy to follow. Great idea, voted up.

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      Saadia A 4 years ago

      Nice and cool idea with a well presented explanation. I will like to try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and awesome!!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for your nice comments Vellur. I am glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi learner365. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I really appreciate the comments. I hope you give it a try.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Absolutely adorable!!! I must do this and soon ^_^ thank you for the wonderful hub, many votes and pinning

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Mama Kim. I think they would be pretty for Easter or Valentine's Day too! Have fun and I appreciate the support.

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      SpunkeysBackyard 4 years ago

      Great Hub Glimmer Twin Fan.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much SpunkeysBackyard. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Samita Sharma 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      Its amazing dear.. I am Indian and Diwali is coming and i have decided i will adorn my home with beautiful candles.

      Thnks dear for sharing this amazing idea...

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I appreciate your comments SamitaJassi. I bet this would beautiful in your home. There are so many lovely colors that one can choose from. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I remember this one. Shared, pinned

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Very practical and interesting

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great idea and very pretty candles as a result. Quite creative and your instructions are easy to follow. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks for the support Rebecca! This red candle is sitting on my fireplace mantle as I type this. Have a great holiday!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Don't you just love it when old hubs are new again? It does happen, especially when they have such great ideas as this one.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Epsom Salt continues to be a gift that keeps on giving, even after 12 months! :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thank you MGSingh. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Suzette - I'm glad you enjoyed this project. It's a great one for all ages and holidays. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I do love that tillsontitan. It's like a nice surprise. It gives me a good reason to go back and check the hub and make sure everything is ok. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely holiday.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Sunshine - Ah Epsom salt, it is definitely that kind of gift! Just took a bath in some the other day because I hurt my leg. Maybe I'll make some candles with the remaining salt. Have a great holiday and thanks for reading.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      This is a neat idea. It reminds me of one I did a few years ago using seed beads to decorate a candle.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Deborah - Thanks for stopping by. I bet seed beads on a candle would be beautiful. They really sparkle in the right light.

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