If you are a regular reader of this blog then you are going to probably laugh at today’s post because once again I am demonstrating my obsession with crafts that flicker! I just can’t help myself! Especially at this time of year. The glow of “candlelight” is just so cozy and inviting, and with the little LED tea lights you can buy now you can light up the night safely and economically! It’s a dream come true for a girl like me. :-)
These charming votives made from recycled glass jars, a little Mod Podge, and Epsom Salt were so simple to make, I might have gone a little overboard. But I had all these jars I’d been saving for SOMETHING and when I spied this idea at Farmhouse38 I knew this was the perfect way to use them! (My glass jar hoarding was finally paying off!)
Here is what you’ll need to make your own Salt Votives:
- Glass jars (any size will do!)
- Epsom Salt
- Mod Podge (or some other adhesive)
- Painter’s tape (optional)
- Clear Coat Finish spray paint
Here is what you’ll do:
I liked the idea of keeping part of the jar clear glass so I opted to tape off the top of the jars about 1/8 to 1/4 of the way down. I had lot of painter’s tape leftover from painting my office and this worked perfectly.
Fill a shallow container with Epsom Salt (I used a small baking sheet).
Next “paint” your jars with a medium thick layer of Mod Podge and then ROLL them in the salt. Keep turning the jar and rolling in the salt until you have a nice, even coverage. Set aside to dry while you make another one! (or two or three…or TEN!)
Spray each jar with a coat of clear gloss spray to help the salt to adhere to the jar and give it just a little more sparkle! Allow to dry (really only minutes!) and remove the tape.
Place one of those LED tea lights in each jar and THAT is it! You’ve just made a pretty little votive that would complement just about any home decor.
Of course I was thinking “Christmas decor” when made these, but since then I have placed them all over the house!
I have one by my nightstand, one on a small table by the chair in my office (shown above), several placed around my bathtub (perfect ambiance for a nice, soothing soak!) and of course on the mantel…because they just look so nice there. :-)
I even stuck a few in the Christmas tree…just for fun. My pictures don’t do it justice….but they provided the most lovely glow amongst the branches!
On a scale of 1 to 10…I’d give this craft idea a solid 9.5 (because there’s always room for a little improvement!) :-)