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!
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1. Sparkling luminaries
These stunning luminaries are easy to make and will add a bit of glamour to your home this winter or any time of year.
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2. Easy frosted glass
A frosted window is a perfect way to ring in the holiday season. It's easier than you may think with the help of Epsom salt.
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3. Frosted holiday centerpiece
A frosted accent piece brings a soft touch to any room in your home. Adding a new facade to a used home good is all it takes to turn an extra item in your house into a stunning centerpiece. Get the full tutorial here.
4. Christmas canning jar votive
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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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8. Winter paintings
For another, more colorful take on painting with Epsom salts, sprinkle the crystals on top of paint to create a sparkly crystalized effect.
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9. Spa in a cup
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!
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10. Geode bath bombs
These DIY geode bath bombs look so cool, we almost wouldn't want them to melt away in the tub.
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11. Super-soft swirl play dough
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!
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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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