The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Make your own frosted, icy branches.

Last week I shared this project over at A Glimpse Inside.  It’s a quick and easy way to turn ordinary sticks and branches into frosted, icy ones for the holidays.
I love the pretty, frosty branches, floral picks and other accessories that are available this time of year.
However, they can be pretty darn pricey and I see no reason to pay for something that I can easily make myself for just pennies.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • sticks and branches
  • white spray paint (cheap-o is fine-o)
  • spray adhesive
  • epsom salt
  • coarse white glitter
  • fine iridescent glitter

When getting the salt be sure to use epsom, which looks like icy little crystals, as opposed to rock salt, which looks like, well… rocks.

Spray your branches with white paint.
When dry, spray a coat of adhesive onto the branches, then move them over an old cookie sheet and sprinkle the epsom salts onto them.

I do this over the cookie sheet so I can reuse the salt that doesn’t stick.

Scoop up any extra salt and put it back into the container.
Move the branches away from the cookie sheet and spray with adhesive again.  Move them back over the sheet and sprinkle with the coarse glitter.  Repeat the process with the fine glitter.

When dry you have some pretty, sparkly, frosty sticks.  Oh yeah, that were practically FREE!

There are so many uses for them.  They look great alone in a vase,  or with smaller ones tucked into your Christmas tree or used in a wreath…  The only caveat: salt melts if it gets wet…  Not a good option for use outdoors.

Have fun!





Heidi @ Decor & More said...

November 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Yessss!! I just priced these last week and walked away. :) Thanks for breaking it down for us frugalistas!! :)

Connie said...

November 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I need to find some branches this week!

Lesley said...

November 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm
So I spray painted a bunch of branches white and then I quit. Because, I figured, " That's as far as I can go, right? "
Thanks for showing me what to do next! These will look fantastic in a centerpiece!

Ashley said...

November 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Epsom salt is totally magic. Holy yowza.

Vanessa said...

November 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm
HI, Vivienne,

Great idea! I am going to do this too.


Shawn said...

November 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm
I found out that Epsom salt turns to powder in heat. The Valentine's day candles I made last year didn't survive the heat of my attic.

I will so be doing this project, there's nothing like adding a little glitz and glam to Christmas!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

November 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Love it! Thanks for sharing!

At The Picket Fence said...

November 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm
LOVE this idea Viv and they look fantastic! :-)

Good Time Charlie said...

November 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm
So awesome! Going to collect some good branches later this week. This is one project I can do.

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

November 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm
I'm so going to have to do this! They look great!

chris said...

November 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm
These are so purty. :)

~ Laura said...

November 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm
Wow, super pretty!! And so much prettier in person I'm sure!! I love the idea of layering different glittery things!! Can't wait to see what you do with them!! :)

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

November 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm
So wonderful. You are brilliant and so are these.

MiMi said...

November 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm
Those are so pretty!

Jen said...

November 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm
WOW that's fabulous - and the big old oak trees on our hill are ALWAYS dropping branches - now I can stop throwing them over the fence into the woods!

Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type said...

November 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm
Love this! Can't wait to give it a whirl after all the Thanksgiving madness has passed. Thanks for sharing!

Gigi Baby said...

November 22, 2011 at 3:13 am
Honestly I wish I could create snow branches but unfortunately I get the real deal smh!! Cute idea though!

Loves and likes ya <3

Sunday said...

November 22, 2011 at 3:39 am
Oh my word - I can't wait to go out and find sticks in the morning! Thanks for sharing!!

Impulsive Addict said...

November 22, 2011 at 5:18 am
Awww...what a cute idea! I love your icy side! =)

Rhissanna said...

November 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm
Simple and pretty. Epsom salts are cheaper than glitter and, hey, you can't soak sore feet in a bowl of hot water and glitter. (well, you can...but..) Thank you for sharing.

Carolyn said...

November 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm
Love these. Fantastic idea. Pinned, tweeted and stumbled!

Kim @ Sand and Sisal said...

November 29, 2011 at 12:32 am
Very Pretty! I have branches planned this season too! I like how you combined both the salt & the glitter.

{twenty}something said...

November 29, 2011 at 1:42 am
Hopping over from your feature on A to Z!! I love this. I just pinned a cool ornament tutorial that uses Epsom salt.....what a great supply for our craft stashes!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

November 29, 2011 at 3:33 am
I absolutely love this idea!!! I'm a big fan of using branches to decorate for holidays, and this is perfect for the whole winter! So pretty - thanks for sharing how to make them.

Annie said...

November 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm
Another great idea! Beautiful job!

Katie said...

November 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm
I absolutely LOVE this idea!!!

Debbie refresh restyle said...

November 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm
So pretty! love these!

Jennifer said...

December 1, 2011 at 1:47 am
You come up with the most clever ideas! I'm def doing this one.

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm
BRILLIANT! You've hit another home run. I can't wait to try this.

Warmly, Michelle

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

December 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm
Love it! This is now today's project. Thanks, Viv!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

December 5, 2011 at 4:22 am
Hey Viv! I gave them a shot (just posted) but my epsom salts were really old so more granular than salt-like. Not to mention I sprayed my branches silver first. But I still love them.

I think I'll grab some new epsom salts tomorrow and follow your instructions better :P

Megan said...

December 9, 2011 at 3:21 am
what a beautiful idea! I love them!


Green Willow Pond said...

December 16, 2011 at 5:35 am
Great idea! Thanks for sharing. I've got some branches I used for Thanksgiving that would be perfect for this.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

December 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm
So fabulous! Pinning this!

Adena (aka cre82learn) said...

December 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm
I wanted branches like these for my tree but didn't want to dish out the cash. I ended up spray painting with white and glitter paint but they were missing something. I am going to take them down and add Epsom salt. Exactly that extra bling I was looking for!!! Thanks!!!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

December 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm
such a lovely project, i Just HAD to share!! :)
So glad i found you!
Merry Christmas!!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

December 24, 2011 at 11:31 am
Awesome project! Thanks for posting. Well, let's see, I have cheap-o white spray paint so I'm almost there-right?! ;) I've never used spray adhesive. What a great product idea.

I came here via Keren's Free Pretty Things for You.

Merry Christmas! ♥

Colleen said...

December 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Very pretty.
I have done this myself a few years ago,used styrofoam block, covered it, stuck in my branches,added some artifical red berry branches and stuck a cardinal or 2 on the branches and made a pretty center piece for my dining room table.
The styrofoam block I put on kinda flat platter, added some battery operated little twinkle lights and covered with some of that fake snow; kinda like that buffalo snow you can buy in package and made very pretty center peice on table.

Maria Matter said...

December 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm
this is such a cool idea, thank you for the easy how-to!!!
I host a weekly linky party, Inspire Me Fridays...would love you to share this or ANY of your awesome ideas!!!

Jennifer Beck said...

November 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm
Have you ever tried to do this on a fake evergreen tree? I have small ones that are just plain green that I would love to spruce up. Thanks!

Ana said...

July 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm
What a great idea for using epsom salts! I have done the same thing with sticks, acrylic craft paint, mod podge and diamond dust that I bought at Michaels. It is just what I had at home. Never thought about using glitter! So Pretty!!!!

Missy said...

December 4, 2014 at 9:14 am
Hi Everyone! LOVE THIS IDEA!! Thank you so much! Also, Do any of you know a safe and hypoallergenic way to frost your Christmas Tree DIY? I don't want all those chemicals in my house.... It's hard enough 90% of Christmas trees are sprayed with Pesticides before they enter your house and cause LOADS of allergies during the season. Any help ladies?!! Thanks :)

etta said...

February 11, 2015 at 3:47 pm
Turned out great... I even used some branches we had with a few leaves... soo pretty... making for a winter wonderland party!

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