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Homemade Winter Candle

I've been having so much fun with this little DIY project that I had to share it with all of you because I know you will love it, too.  These beautiful "snow" candles are pretty, easy and cheap to make.

I saw this on Pinterest, where I get the best ideas.  Don't know about Pinterest? Be warned.  It's highly addictive but it's not a waste of time - you glean a lot of great things off that site.  I've found a lot of recipes, gifts, DIY projects and decorating ideas from it. I wish I used the site before I remodeled my master bathroom - I could have really gotten some great design ideas.  

For these candles, you use cheap Mason jars, Epsom salts and little candles.  I tied some ribbon and an ornament around mine.  I tried the candles using just regular candles and then candles that come in glass holders.  The candles in glass holders worked much, much better - they burned for hours and the wax didn't run all over the epsom salts. 


I could see making these candles up, putting on the mason jar lids and giving them out as gifts.  They would be pretty presented in a nice basket.  I can also see using them outdoors in place of luminaries on the sidewalk.  Or out back on the patio in the summer.  

Have fun!  And don't forget to check out Pinterest!

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Reader Comments (21)

Thank you so much for a lovely, cheap way to add winter delight to the home! I'm out to buy jars and candles!

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Beautiful! What is your pinterest name? I would love to follow your pins!

Happy Holidays,
PS. Made your vanilla extract, so very pleased with it! Thanks you!

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

So so cute! Thank you..I really like Pinterest too:)

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

Love these girls and I have been busy making beeswax rolled candles this year in lots of colors. This is a nice twist on the luminary lights.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

it is nice that you use canning jars with small candles inside and had ridden and ornaments to the jar. This gives a very fast if an Christmas likes image. This whole idea is very creative and should be a very enjoyable project for anyone this time a year.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBees wax candles

Isn't Pinterest the best?

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie M

Very festive and attractive. I'll have to check out Pinterest and hope I don't get sucked into another void. :)

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesca

These look great, I have to admit I'm addicted to Pinterest too. So much stuff to do and I want to do it all! GG

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGlamorous Glutton

These are beautiful! i love the idea.

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

These are very nice gift ideas. My sister would love to have one of these.

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOnline Flyer Printing

BEAUTIFUL!. I put them always in my summer dinners out in my terrace, but I never thought of making some with christmas decorations. Well done!, thanks for sharing!
Love from the north of Spain

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarialuisa

Oh that would be the best gift in Christmas. I think I can also do this trick to my aromatherapy candles I have. Great aroma. Great candle jar. What a perfect relaxation. Guess I need to off now to check the Pinterest :)
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May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYui

How much Epson Salt do you use and what do you do in the Spring/Summer? As these are called "Winter Candles" the salt being the snow/ Thanks.

October 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

What a great idea! I will definitely be using this for Christmas!

November 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngel

Beautiful, I will be trying this!

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJayne

Made twelve today. Have them on the stairs in my house. Used the battery candles on a timer. I love them!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

Love these ideas! Great, simple and best of all inexpensive! I have a question though on the candles should I get candles already in a glass holder and then put them in the Epson salts? Thanks so much!

November 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGloria

From The Italian Dish:

Gloria: Yes, you should use candles already in a glass container so the melting wax doesn't go all over the epsom salts. Hope this helps.

December 9, 2013 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

I'm using this idea this Christmas but I switched out the jars for wine glasses! I think it'll make a great center piece. Thank you so much for sharing!! :D

December 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIzabel A

What size mason jars did you use?

December 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Someone asked how much epsom salt is used. I could not find an answer. Would you mind sharing how much you used?
Thank you!

November 10, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpatricia bolt

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