How to make fake snow filler for your apothecary jars

The house is as decorated for Christmas as it’s going to get. The stockings are hung and the tree is up. Now if only I could just pull myself away from reruns of The Wonder Years (on Netflix) long enough to actually blog about the decor…

It isn’t much, but I’m pulling myself away from Kevin Arnold, his side-kick Paul, and the beautiful Winnie to give you a quick decorating tip.


= fake snow =

Yes, I’m dedicating an entire post to fake snow, and how to make it sparkle. I pretty much already gave it away, so I’ll be blunt.
Epsom salt + glitter = fake snow.

Buy some of this at your local grocery store (in the medicine/drug section):

(I got mine at Target for around $2 I think)

Take your sparkly white or clear glitter:

…and mix them together. I did about a cup of epsom salt and 2 tbsp glitter, but really I didn’t measure, I just dumped them together. Just imagine the epsom salt is sugar, and the glitter is cinnamon, and mix in about the same ratio you’d mix to make cinnamon-sugar.


Now stick a candle in the middle, add some pics and call it done.



It is one of the easiest, cheapest fillers to create, and it really adds that wintery vibe to everything. And the best part, when you are done with Christmas you can add it to your bath water… you may end up picking glitter out of your hair though. 😉


I also added some sparkly fake snow to this quirky light bulb jar I found at HobLob.


I don’t know why but I am just drawn to weird stuff like this. One day I’ll do an entire post of all the weird quirky stuff I own. You’ll think I’m such a nerd, if you don’t already. 😉


So I added the glitter epsom snow to the bulb and I thought it was pretty cute…


…until my friend walked in and the first thing out of her mouth was, “that is a really cute salt shaker!”

I guess it does look like a salt shaker now that she pointed it out. Bummer. Now I’ll have to think of something else to put in it. Any suggestions? All I can think of are pom-pom balls.

If I can drag myself out of my super-lazy state, then I’ll be back later tonight or tomorrow with another post. Curse you Kevin Arnold. Curse you.

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  1. I would never have thought of this. Thanks for the tip!

  2. I love using Epsom salt and I go through at least a bag of it each Christmas. The little lightbulb jar you got is so cute. You know that first thing I thought? Snowman! Fill it will snow all the way, paint the gold white and tie a ribbon for a scarf! 🙂

    Happy Holidays!!

  3. I love weird random stuff so I totally endorse the idea of you posting about all your weird quirky things. My prized weird item is a metal silver box about 6′ long in the shape of, get this, a peanut! I picked ituip at the flea market for $1.50. Even funnier, my beffie bought the exact same thing at an antique mall a few months later because she loved mine so much for $8. I think I won.

    Nikki @ the ambitious procrastinator

  4. How about filling it with glitter?!

  5. Love the fake snow, so easy & it looks just fab! Try putting alittle tree inside your light globe, a small branch from an evergreen. Then it would look like alittle christmas terrarium.

  6. Leigh Healy says:

    That’s hilarious. My kids are addicted to The Wonder Years on Netflix, too. That’s all they’ve watched for the last 2 weeks! Love the glitter idea. Wouldn’t have thought of that. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Leigh Healy says:

    Correction…love the fake snow idea…including the glitter:o)

  8. We’ve lost several evenings to Wonder Years on Netflix 🙂

  9. Kimie Weaver says:

    I love the “snow” idea! Regarding filling the lightbulb jar, why not make it even quirkier by putting mini Christmas lightbulbs in it (lights in a light). Just use the glass part (not the green) from old strands of broken tree lights. Should give some dimension and light reflection.

  10. Thanks for the fake snow tutorial! I would have never thought about using Epsom salts!! So cool!!

  11. Well, personally, I like your nerdy self! 🙂 Cute jar- try just a sprig of hollyw/berries on top of the snow. Off to buy some epsom salts now….

  12. What about a beautiful colorful feather in the jar?

  13. So cute. So simple to do! It looks great. Nice job! Thanks for the tip

  14. add some pea-size reflective metallic beads to the bulb container – red & green / silver & gold / mix it up

  15. My suggestion is to add a little plastic deer or a little house that can sit right in the middle of all of that “snow”!

  16. I would add tinsel in the light bulb looking thingy. I know that you can and will come up with something that is awesome. I love all of your ideas and thank you are super.

  17. I have those same little light bulbs in two sizes, they’ve been sitting around forever because I don’t know what to do with them. Then I had a brilliant idea or so I thought. Little rocks, tiny moss and a tiny air plant. The problem is I can’t find any air plants small enough. I think a little sprig of berries or pine would be cute with the snow if you can find small enough to fit though the opening. I wanted pine cones but even the cones from my redwoods in the backyard are too large and they are small.

  18. These look awesome! And I love the lightbulb, such a creative mind you have.

    I am now cursing Kevin Arnold because I didn’t realize it is on Netflix now… turning on the tv… ;o)

  19. for the light bulb bottle…leave the fake snow… add

    2 google eyes
    3 black buttons
    1 tiny hat
    a little scarf and mittens.

    don’t know where you could some tiny ones…but you could probably use items on hand and paint them.
    I have a clear Christmas ball filled with fake snow and the makings for a snow man…

    good luck…

  20. put some eyes nose and scarf on that bulb and make it a snowman

  21. I have used the smaller bulbs for “dip spices”. Tied a bow, and was great for a gift. Also, on the bigger one, the Epsom salt and then the snowman hat,nose,scarf, etc. for a melted snowman.

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