Saturday, January 5, 2013

Use Epsom Salt As Snow


I know this post about a Christmas vignette is 
"Tardy To The Party" but I gather Christmas ideas all
year long and maybe you do too.  I copied the idea
of using vases for mini snow-y scenes from 
Cindy at My Romantic Home (she uses plastic snow...pretty too)
and the idea of using epsom salt for a snow substitute from
Melissa at The Inspired Room (she uses the epsom salt
in Mason jars with candles). 

Epsom salt is inexpensive and readily available in
the pharmacy section of drug and discount stores.

I bought the epsom salts in a few different locations.
The best price I found was 2 pounds for 88 cents at Wal Mart.

I already had the glass vases, etc. that I put the snowy scenes in.
This Christmas was the year of the bleached bottle brush trees
at my house.  They were on the mantle, the dining room table
and "versions of" on the kitchen table in addition to this vignette.

Some bottle brush trees bleach better than others.  In my
limited experience, the safest bet was to buy the ones in bags.
Those seemed to lose their color easily and ended up only
costing about $1 per tree or less.  I would fill the kitchen sink
up with enough water to cover the trees, add about a
5 second pour of bleach into the water, and then add the trees.

Pull the trees out of the water/bleach bath when they get the
color that you want.  That might be 15 minutes or several hours. 

Also I purchased miniature objects from WalMart, Michaels 
and Hobby Lobby to add with the trees.  These were $5 or less.
Bird-loving Snowman

Snowman losing his nose to hunger deer

This couple looked a little too "new"...they got
a rub down with some brown paint before "showtime".

Really tiny plastic deer in doll section of HL.
They were so little that I decided not to put them 
"under glass" but on a painted-white-glittered-wooden base
so that if someone wanted to see them closely, they could
just pick them up for closer inspection.

The epsom salts got poured into the vases and onto platters
 to mimick the look of snow in the mini winter wonderlands...
kind of like topless snow globes.











One of my sons is getting married this summer.  
  I found this miniature bride and groom and put them with a couple
of trees in a tiny cloche in the vignette to celebrate the upcoming marriage.
The "Save The Date" to the wedding was placed on the framed
  chicken wire Christmas card display behind the vignette. 



A snowy cardboard house that was super discounted at a
store because some of its glue had turned yellow, got a paint
touch-up and was ready to be the star attraction in this vase.

It was only as I was placing it in the vase that I realized that it
had the added feature of having a light inside of it to add
glow to the wonderous "snow" made of epsom salt. 

The trees in this vignette did not have glitter added
but if you would like to know how to do that, you can
go to "Glittered Bottle Brush Trees Vignette". 

I am sharing this post at
Project Inspire @ Just Something I Whipped Up

6 comments:

Leslie's Garden said...

This is so adorable! You are so creative. I will be on the lookout for glasses and vases to use for my own grouping! I love the idea of the woodland scenes, it's a great replacement for the Christmas decorations. A pretty winter vignette! I would like to try my hand at bleaching some of the trees, too.

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

I absolutely LOVE all of your little glass domes with your displays inside. What a great idea! I hope you don't mind if I pin it to my Christmas idea board!

NanaDiana said...

Gayle-Those are all just darling. I think that is one of the cutest bride/groom figurines I have ever seen. Blessings to you today-thanks for sharing your sweet things- xo Diana

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I am so doing this next year. The faux bags of snow always have too large of flakes for miniature scenes. But you know what? I cannot get new bottle brush trees to bleach. I tried last year and this year and nothing. I soaked overnight in bleach and water and they slightly faded. It must be the brand I bought. I have not bought the sack of trees yet. I've just bought individual ones and they have not faded. I know some are made of plastic and some are metal brush but the two I tried were natural brush. So weird.

Richard Cottrell said...

Great ideals. I love the salt snow tip, can get that any time of year. Loved that you painted those ugly ceramic houses all white. And bleach the trees. wonderful. next years projects.Thanks, Richard from My old Historic House.

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said...

The snowman with the deer is so cute!

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