So…I like crafts/DIY. A lot. I wish I had more time to devote to them, because I am constantly finding new inspiration for projects I’d love to take on!
When it comes to holiday decor, I like to keep things somewhat simple. When I can utilize an item for more than one holiday/it can be displayed for an entire season, that is a huge plus! I decided to make some snowdrift candle holders to create a beautiful holiday glow in our home for the winter. All it took were a few simple items (from the dollar store, for the most part: score!) and a little bit of time.
You only need a few simple components:
- Epsom salt
- Glitter (optional, but pretty)
- Mod Podge
- Candle holders, vases, etc.
- Tea light candles
1. Pour a large amount of epsom salt in a large bowl or baking dish (I used a pie plate). If desired, sprinkle glitter throughout; mix together with your hands or a utensil.
2. Dip your paintbrush in a generous amount of ModPodge. Spread it around the base of your candle holder, as high up on the glass as you’d prefer. I used a “swooping” technique to make mine look like a snow drift, but you are able to have fun with whichever method makes you happy!
3. Place your candle holder in the epsom salt dish and roll it around inside, making sure to coat all areas covered with ModPodge. Sprinkle extra salt on top of any untouched spots.
4. Allow candle holders to dry on a surface they won’t get messy (I placed old newspaper on my counter); mine took about an hour or two to dry completely.
5. Place a tea light candle in the base of the holder…light it to create a beautiful glow!
These candle holders could not have been easier to complete. I love it when you can make something simply…with a big result! I spent barely any money on these; you can find a plethora of different glass containers to use at the dollar store. I placed three of these snowdrift candle holders on our coffee table to create a lovely holiday glow in the evening. My mom got creative and made some with champagne glasses to decorate the mantle. I have also considered making a large vase into “snowdrift style” as well…as long as I have some flowers to put inside!
One other note: I gently tapped/shook my candle holders over the garbage can at first to remove excess epsom salt. However, they have shed a little bit more over time as I’ve picked them up/put them down on the table. It’s nothing you can’t clean up with a quick swipe of a cleaning cloth…but just be aware that you’ll have some residue appear!
Do you like to create DIY crafts for the holidays? What have you made so far this year?
Those are adorable and look like they’re so easy to make!! I’m adding this to my DIY list now, too!! Just lovely!
Those are super cute! I think they just may be easy enough for me to give them a try.
Those are really cute!
I got my MS glitter at TJ Maxx, too! How much do you love that!?
YES! My heart feels happy when I see things like that at TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Home Goods!!!
Frickin’ A these are so cute! Totally making them! 🙂
I made these as well and was worried about how much salt flaked off so I decided to stipple on a layer of mod podge over the salt. It actually worked really well and gave the look of fluffy snow on the vase without losing the sparkle of the salt!
That is a great idea Malisa! I might have to try that for touch ups!
great DIY! We haven’t stayed home for the holidays before, so no decor for us. I’m looking forward to the day though.
I love this! I made some today and they were so easy and so cute. I got some cool containers at the thrift store!
These are beautiful! I wonder – I would like to make some candles and thought about decorating the glass this way. Do you think that much direct heat would be ok? Or essentially the same as having a tea light inside?
Hi Kristen – I don’t think it would necessarily be a problem, but I haven’t tried it myself to know! I used a tea light inside my candle holders, but I am sure if I used a votive or a larger candle inside it would be fine. I just liked the glow that a tea light made since it is positioned at the bottom of the holder!