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How to Decorate a Candle with Epsom Salt

Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

Epsom Salt Candle

Epsom Salt Candle

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!

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.

  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.

Figure 2 - Mix equal parts of paint and glue in paper cups.

Figure 2 - Mix equal parts of paint and glue in paper cups.

Figure 3 - Pour epsom salt onto a paper plate.

Figure 3 - Pour epsom salt onto a paper plate.

Figure 4 - Roll painted candles in epsom salt.

Figure 4 - Roll painted candles in epsom salt.

Figure 5 - Set finished candles aside to dry.

Figure 5 - Set finished candles aside to dry.

Figure 6 - Step back and admire your finished product!

Figure 6 - Step back and admire your finished product!

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

Comments

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on June 12, 2018:

Shame they cannot be lit. I wonder if it would be better to make them without a real wick to save any accidents?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 28, 2014:

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

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on January 27, 2014:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 22, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 22, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 22, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2013:

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

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 20, 2013:

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

Mary Craig from New York on December 20, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2013:

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

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on December 20, 2013:

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.

MG Singh from UAE on December 20, 2013:

Very practical and interesting

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 20, 2013:

I remember this one. Shared, pinned

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 25, 2013:

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.

Samita Sharma from Chandigarh on September 22, 2013:

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...

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 11, 2013:

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

SpunkeysBackyard on February 10, 2013:

Great Hub Glimmer Twin Fan.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 04, 2013:

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.

Sasha Kim on January 04, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 02, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 02, 2013:

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

Saadia A on January 02, 2013:

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

Voted up and awesome!!!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 01, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 01, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 01, 2013:

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

Michelle Liew from Singapore on January 01, 2013:

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

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on January 01, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 26, 2012:

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

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on December 26, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 25, 2012:

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.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 25, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 25, 2012:

Thank you Prashi1978!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 25, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 25, 2012:

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

Prashi1978 on December 24, 2012:

Its amazing thanks for sharing.

Dr Cil on December 24, 2012:

Great craft, I love candles. Thanks for sharing!

kateasim on December 24, 2012:

really effective idea for candles and salt love this candles

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 23, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 23, 2012:

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!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 23, 2012:

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

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on December 22, 2012:

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

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 22, 2012:

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

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on December 22, 2012:

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!!!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 22, 2012:

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

Suzie from Carson City on December 21, 2012:

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+++

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2012:

Thanks so much VirginiaLynne! I hope you enjoy it.

Virginia Kearney from United States on December 20, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2012:

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

Annie Messeri from Spain on December 20, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2012:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2012:

Thanks GiblinGirl. I hope you like the results!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2012:

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

Hattie from Europe on December 19, 2012:

Very nice! never thought of that! :)

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 19, 2012:

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

Voted up, useful and sharing.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on December 19, 2012:

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.

Mike Robbers from London on December 19, 2012:

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!

GiblinGirl from New Jersey on December 19, 2012:

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

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 19, 2012:

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! :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 19, 2012:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 19, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 19, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 19, 2012:

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!

Stephanie Henkel from USA on December 19, 2012:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 19, 2012:

Thanks so much KerryAnita!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 19, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 19, 2012:

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.

Mary Craig from New York on December 18, 2012:

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.

Mary Roark from Boise area, Idaho on December 18, 2012:

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

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on December 18, 2012:

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!!!!

KerryAnita from Satellite Beach, Florida on December 18, 2012:

Cool DIY idea!

RTalloni on December 18, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2012:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 18, 2012:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 18, 2012:

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!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 18, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 18, 2012:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 18, 2012:

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!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 18, 2012:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 18, 2012:

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.

carol stanley from Arizona on December 18, 2012:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 18, 2012:

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.

Natasha from Hawaii on December 18, 2012:

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

Tammy from North Carolina on December 18, 2012:

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

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on December 18, 2012:

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

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 18, 2012:

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

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 18, 2012:

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!