The latest internet craze seems to be Pinterest
I am totally Pinnin' ~ Are you?
I had heard of it some weeks back, when a few FB friends mentioned it, but until Heather over at My Husband Ate All My Ice Cream posted her DIY Pallet Project, I had not been to the site. Once I got into it, I could see how it was a really great place to find, save and share all manner of ideas for Home Decor, DIY Projects and Crafts. Needless to say, I am HOOKED!
While exploring Pinterest, I came across these Epsom Salt Luminaries and I knew I would have to make them!
|From "Crafts by Amanda"|
|2 flared highballs|
I bought a large package of Epsom salts and got down to the business of dying several batches with food coloring on Monday. This was pretty easy for basic colors, but if you want to mix, it can get tricky. The results are not necessarily what you would expect when following the box mix ratios...
|available at Wal*Hell for about $5|
|clockwise - green, dark red, purple, red and burgundy|
Tuesday I decided to make 2 to see what I got. The first attempt was aborted after I discovered that spray adhesive is not thick enough to grab onto the salt well and with so much over spray, it seemed wasteful. I knocked off the salt, goof-offed the adhesive and started over with good old Elmers. Many people use modge podge which I have never used. I may yet do so, but to experiment, I figured Elmer's will do fine for the learning curve. Elmer's painted on with a brush, thick but not gloppy, did the trick.
|my first good pair, the salt and notice the corner of my other DIY project showing under the green cloth!|
I tested them out with tea lights to see how they looked and they were quite pretty, if I do say so myself. After allowing the glue some dry time, I sprayed clear coat over the salt to anchor and prevent knock off. A second coat may be necessary, depending on how thick the first coat went on. Also, since I used Elmer's which is water soluble and salt which is too, the more protection the better I think.
|note the frosty look after several hours dry time|