How to Decorate a Candle with Epsom Salt
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.
- 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.
Candle Decorating Supplies
How to make epsom salt candles
Follow these easy steps to decorate candles. Step-by-step photos are also provided for easy reference.
- Prepare the pillar candles by taping where you do not want the paint to be. (Figure 1)
- 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)
- Pour some epsom salt on a plate and set aside. (Figure 3)
- 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.
- Once finished, roll the candle back and forth in the epsom salt. (Figure 4)
- Set aside to dry for about 3 - 4 hours or overnight. (Figure 5)
- Once paint and glue are dry, carefully remove the tape and discard.
- 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.
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 Claudia Mitchell