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Easy epsom salt ornament

These easy Epsom salt Christmas ornaments were so fun to make and are an easy way to add a touch of sparkle to your holiday decor and Christmas tree. They make beautiful and thoughtful gifts for friends and family this holiday season that they will adore!  Making ornaments and baking is always one of my favorite Christmas traditions.

I went to Tai Pai Trading Company, oh my goodness, I was like a kid in a candy shop! I had never been, my brain was on overload just looking at all the fabulous ideas and gorgeous displays.  I loved the simplicity of their glass ornaments decorated with a little shimmer. The price tag was a little on the steep end so I decided to make my own using Epson salt.



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Or plastic ornamentsYou can find these at the dollar store
Epsom salt You could also use sea salt
Glue Sticks or Mod-Podge
optional Spray Sealer



Remove Ornament Tops: Carefully remove the tops of the ornaments to make them easier to paint. Set aside the tops for reattachment later.

Set up a “drying rack”:  Using chopsticks, skewers, or cake pop sticks, will all work.  Slide the ornaments and tape the base to the chopstick. Push the chopstick into a piece of foam, I did not have any on hand so a box did the trick, they just didn’t stand up as straight. You could also use an egg crate.

Using your glue stick or Mod Podge and a foam brush, glue the whole ornament.  I you want more of a whimsical effect, glue about 3/4 of the ornament leaving a little bit of a swirl design on top, meaning don’t have it as a straight line.


Or a glue stick 
Take your ornament and roll it in the Epsom salt, making sure all the glue is covered in salt, and shake off the excess. I spread the salts out on a paper plate, to contain the mess. 
Flip your epsom salt ornament over and set it in an egg crate to dry carefully, or back onto the chopsticks.  The glue takes about an hour to dry to the touch but don’t hang them for about another 24 hours so the glue has a chance to dry completely.
Let dry and you are done, it doesn’t get much easier.

Use a spray sealer to help protect the Epsom salt from falling off.

Replace the top of the ornament (you can paint the if you would like)

Isn’t it just beautiful!

You could embellish it with a cute ribbon and hang it on the tree. You could add a gift tag to the ribbon for an easy gift idea, or leave them as is, and scatter them around for beautiful Christmas decor.
I added some faux snow on the inside to a few other ornaments as well which is even easier.  Here is an easy tutorial for you.
 Such an easy ornament to make!
These were so simple and look like sparkling snow, perfect for last-minute gifts, I hope you will give it a try!


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  1. Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

    I really like Tai Pan Trading Company too.

    Have a great day.

  2. Well~How easy and cute is THAT idea? I think I might have a kid or two licking the salt off~ They turned out just darling! xo Diana

  3. They turned out so great and they look stunning on your table, Kristin!! Thanks for the tutorial. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ~ x

  4. What a wonderful idea! Great for on the tree, for a centerpiece, or on the mantle! Cannot wait to try! Thanks!


  5. So pretty, and so simple! The ornament just sparkles with the Epsom salts, i think i might try that, i'm a sucker for sparkly things…


  6. I did some pine cones this year with epsom salt but your ornaments are more sparkly! I love them! They look like snowballs.

  7. How pretty and sparkly! You are so clever to use epsom salts! Your table looks lovely, Kristin. Sounds like it was a great holiday weekend.

  8. So classic! I just brought my Epsom salt out tonight to put in mason jars with tea lights, but I also found 4 clear glass ornaments – so this is the PERFECT project for me!!! Thanks 🙂

  9. Wow! I think even I can do that, Kristin! lol! Those turned out so pretty! Who'd a'thunk…..???

    xoxo laurie

  10. so cute! I'm betting that you can just wash it off too so you can re-use those ornaments at a later time too!

  11. Just wrote epson salts on my grocery list! Think I'll have to give this a try. I made a few mercury glass votives just in time for Thanksgiving after seeing your post on DIY Mercury Glass. Thank you!!! They turned out great. (Posted about them and linked back to your directions.)

  12. Thank you so much for sharing this. I also have the glass balls, and some fake snow too. And if I check the bathroom I bet I'll find a carton of epson salts. Nothing to run out for!

  13. Your ornaments turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I have all the items here, I think I might just make a few for myself!

  14. I'm always on the lookout for easy crafts and this one fits the bill! I wonder if the epsom salts could be dyed with food coloring…

  15. I saw this on pinterest and just had to come on over to tell you thank you for posting this….I love this idea….and can't wait to make some….tfs

  16. Cute ornaments!
    TAI PAN IS DEADLY! OMG I almost died the first time I went in there. I was there again today – windier than all get out! But – NO PROBLEM! Hit there and then hit the new Hobby Lobby! Have you ever been there? It's deadly too.
    Love it!
    HAGD! Karen

  17. Love how easy this is! I'm a new follower too. Stop by and enter to win my Vintage jewelry Heirloom ornament..only 1 day left to enter. Warm wishes

    1. You will have a small amount of remittent salt if they are touched. This was my third year pulling them out of the box and this was the first time I saw a little bit of yellowing. Hope that helps.

  18. What a eye opening, really looks a great craft, Going to give it a try, and in form my daughter, you are so inspiring
    Thank you

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