26 Jan DIY EPSOM SALT WINDOW FROST
Winter can be long and trying, especially if you have kids at home. Cold weather, snow and ice, and blustery days make us all long for the bright sun-shiny season of Spring. Feeling the doldrums? Time to reach into your DIY bag and pull out a project that is fun for everyone and creates some whimsical winter décor using a common household product — Epsom salt.
While Epsom salt is not uniformly recommended for widespread garden use (read “Epsom Salt as Garden Aid: Truth or Myth?”), it’s an inexpensive way to add “frost” to your windows. Whether you have kids you want to keep busy or simply want to tap into your own inner child, use these directions to create your own winter wonderland. Materials ½ cup Epsom salt ½ cup water 3-4 drops of dishwashing detergent Paintbrush, cottonballs Stencils, optional 1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. 2. Remove from heat and add in the Epsom salt. 3. Stir until completely dissolved. 4. Add detergent and stir. 5. Let mixture cool just enough to avoid being runny, but use it before it “sets” up and crystalizes. 6. Using a paintbrush or cotton balls, paint or dab the mixture onto your window surface in the design of your choice. 7. Use stencils if a specific design is desired (snowflakes, pine branches). 8. Let dry completely (typically overnight) before touching it to avoid smearing the design. This Epsom salt “frost” on your window is easily cleaned up with glass cleaner and a cloth. It’s temporary, easy, inexpensive, and fun, and can last up to three weeks on your window surface. Tip: Other recipes call for beer rather than water in the ingredient list. There is no real benefit to using beer rather than water, unless you have some flat beer that you don’t want to see go to waste.