Tuesday, January 15, 2013

No-Glue Epsom Salt Luminary

Craftiments:  No-Glue Epsom Salt Luminary

Applying Epsom salt to bottles, vases, and candle holders is a beautiful way to add a wintry touch to your decor.  The usual method is to coat the object in glue or mod-podge, then roll it in Epsom salts.  I would like to show you another method that does not use glue, and it is a little less messy.

Craftiments:  No-Glue Epsom Salt Luminary

How did I do it?  I dissolved Epsom salt in water and grew the crystals directly on my glass luminary.  Here are the instructions:

  • Jars, bottles, vases, candle holders, anything glass will work
  • small bowl
  • 1/4 cup Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate)
  • 1/4 cup hot tap water
  • rag or paper towel


Thoroughly wash and dry your glass.  The salt will not stick if it is greasy. Pour the water into the bowl, add the Epsom salt and stir until it is dissolved.  You may have to microwave the solution for a few seconds to help it along.

Soak your rag or paper towel in the salt solution and wring it out.  Then simply wipe the solution onto the glass and allow it to dry.  You can play around with your method of application, wiping vertically or horizontally, swirling, dabbing, etc. to get different looks.  You may apply several layers, drying in between, to make the glass more opaque.  For my luminary I wiped the solution vertically in the first application, then followed with two layers of dabbing.  If you don't like your results or want to try something different, just wash the salt off with hot water and try again.

And that's it!  Simple and quick, with no glue mess or bits of Epsom salt everywhere.

This actually isn't the first time I have tried this. You may remember these bottles on my beach themed summer mantel.  Instead of Epsom salt, I used baking soda to give them a gritty, sea-glass appearance.

Craftiments:  Baking soda on bottles

Experimenting with this method was fun and I have a few other ideas I would like to try:  masking off parts of the glass with tape or stickers, creating an ombre effect, and using a less concentrated solution to grow bigger crystals.  I'll let you know how it goes!

{Check out my most recent epsom salt experiment, Icy Epsom Salt Luminaries}

Craftiments:  No-Glue Epsom Salt Luminary


  1. Your luminary is beautiful! I would love to try this! I also love the baking soda on your beach themed mantel - so pretty and rustic at the same time!

  2. What a nifty way to do this! It turned out great. I also love your beach themed mantel. Thank you for sharing!

  3. This is really cool. I so love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a great idea and it looks so pretty! I'm following you on Pinterest and would love for you to link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase party!



  5. I am going to try it this way! Thanks ever so much!. Am here from TT&J

  6. Absolutely AMAZING!! WOW!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

  7. These are really pretty! Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Creative link party!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  9. wow, never would have thought of that! Have made the kind with glue, and now would love to try this! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

  10. so cool! would have never thought this would work like this.

  11. Stunning! Another high end looking item that can be handcrafted for little or nothing in our own home! I shared this craft with our members in our CafeMom group - Holiday and Party Crafts - with a link back here for the tutorial. Thanks!

  12. Mine doesn't look pretty like yours, mine just looks like dirty glass.

  13. Mine didn't come out looking like this either...like dirty glass as well. I tried applying it several times with different things (paper towel, sponge) and directions, still ugly. Looks like streaks of white dust. I also tried the crystal method with soap, didn't work...using solution on clean coffee jars. Sad...was hoping to use this idea for centerpieces for my daughters 2nd bday...