Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Little Christmas Sparkle

In response to our first real winter snow, I thought I'd share a little DIY project that can bring that snowy sparkle indoors. This one takes little time, money, or effort...the best kind of project this time of year!

Shimmering Branches

Here's what you"ll need:

  Epsom salt
  school glue
  foam brush
  plastic cup
  large baking sheet
  parchment paper or any liner you have
  aerosol hairspray

Water down the glue until it is thick enough to stay on your brush but not gloppy. Line your baking pan with paper. Pour out about a cup of Epsom salt on the paper. Lay your branch on the pan and brush with glue.
To make it realistic, apply the glue heavier in crevices where snow would collect. Sprinkle salt wherever there is glue. Tap off excess. Epsom salts are water soluble so they melt a little when they come in contact with the glue. I love this because it behaves like real snow and melts a bit into the branch. If you want a little more sparkle, sprinkle fine glitter on as well. 
When dry, spray with hairspray. These are only for indoor use as the salts will melt.


Voila! Snow covered branches! I paired mine with some cuttings from a pine tree. They look pretty alone as a centerpiece but if you use sturdy enough branches, they will hold ornaments.

Discard the salts on the pan by folding up the paper. Save the rest of them in the bag and soak your feet after a long day of shopping!


- Janet


  1. Great idea Janet. I make bath salts with Epsom Salts. In fact, I think I have everything to make these in my cupboards. Thanks for the tutorial. (Good to see you yesterday).

  2. Don't you love the simplicity of this! Just don't use lavender scented salts...made that mistake the first time I did this. Everything smelled like granny perfume. :)