12 reasons why Epsom salts will forever change the way you craft

Chances are you have a bag of Epsom salts sitting in the depths of your bathroom cabinet. These can be used for much more than simply dumping in the bathtub. Create crystals in a cinch, or make your very own spa-inspired products.
We're going to take you through some surprising ways to use Epsom salts in your crafting. Plus, we'll even throw in some recipes for spa-like bathtub soaks that are far better than just the salts on their own. You'll never look at Epsom salts the same again!
1. Sparkling luminaries (h/t Crafts by Amanda)
These stunning luminaries are easy to make and will add a bit of glamour to your home this winter or any time of year. Take a look at how this works in the video below:
2. Easy frosted glass
A frosted window is a perfect way to ring in the holiday season. It's easier than you may think! Just watch the video below:
3. Frosted holiday centerpiece
Add some sparkle to your holiday decor with this fun idea. This idea uses an empty wine bottle, Mod Podge and Epsom salts to create a vase that looks as if it's covered in snow. Cluster pine cones and garland around it to create an unforgettable centerpiece for your holiday gatherings. See this put together in the video below:
4. Christmas canning jar votive (h/t Mason Jar Crafts Love)
This adorable project has a cute little peek-a-boo window through which you enjoy the flicker of a tea light sitting atop a bed of "snow" made from Epsom salts.
5. Crystal-covered pine cones (h/t Sweet Paul)
For a classy yet super-inexpensive holiday decoration, fill a big bowl with crystal-covered pine cones. Check out how to make these with the video below:
6. Muscle-relief bath bomb (h/t Yuri Ilkaim)
After a long day of work, nothing sounds better than a long soak. Make your bath time even more relaxing and luxurious with these DIY muscle-relief bath bomb, made of Epsom salts, essential oils, and a few other ingredients.
7. Ice painting
Create a painting effect that looks like ice by mixing Epsom salts in water and painting the solution on a piece of black paper. This makes a great wintertime project for your kiddos!
8. Winter paintings (h/t Stay at Home Educator)
For another, more colorful take on painting with Epsom salts, sprinkle the crystals on top of paint to create a sparkly crystalized effect.
9. Spa in a cup (h/t Unskinny Boppy)
For a super-simple and inexpensive gift that anyone will love, get inspired by this adorable idea. This is a great idea at Christmastime, but it could be gifted at any time of year. Your friends and family will thank you!
10. Geode bath bombs (h/t Makeup Dummy)
These DIY geode bath bombs look so cool we almost wouldn't want them to melt away in the tub. From the video below, we'd imagine it would feel pretty darn good!
11. Super-soft swirl play dough (h/t Sweet as Honey)
This recipe for play dough is sure to make your little ones smile! It's made with kid-safe ingredients, including Epsom salts, and looks so fun we think Mom and Dad might want to play with it a bit too!
12. Lavender Epsom salts face & body scrub (h/t Karissa's Vegan Kitchen)
We are dreaming about how divine this recipe would smell! We imagine that in addition to smelling good, it'll leave your face and body feeling refreshed.
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