Do you love those pretty sparkly & snowy branches that come into the stores this time of year, but hate the price tag? Me too. Thankfully, they are super easy to make with stuff you probably have around the house.
You will need:
Epsom or Pickling Salt
Silver sparkles (or colour of your choice)
Elmers glue. I used clear, but white would work just as well.
Combine 1/2 cup epsom or pickling salt with 1/4 cup table salt. Add as many silver sparkles as you like to your mixture. Paint your twig with glue. For a lighter coverage, sprinkle salt mixture over the twig. For heavier coverage, pour salt mixture in a larger plastic container or over newspaper. Press the twig directly into the salt mixture.
There you have it! I tried making my twigs into a chain, but gave up when it didn’t turn out as I envisioned. However, they are lovely sitting on my mantle.
If I did this again, I would probably coat them with Polyurethane after they’ve dried. Whenever I move them they drip salt and sparkles, which is really annoying.
Do you have a favourite Christmas craft? I’d love to feature it and you on the blog.
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