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I don’t usually do a ton of crafting for Christmas. I’m more of a baking kind of girl. But I do love simple and beautiful projects, so this Cranberry Epsom Salt Ornament was right up my alley. If you’re looking for easy handmade ornaments, this project is for you!

I actually created this last year as part of my friend Jenn’s Trim the Tree Party, and just realized that I never shared it here.

Cranberry Epsom Salt Ornament prep

I have a slight obsession affection for clear glass ornaments. I’ll fill them with just about anything, as you can see in my Ten Clear Glass Ornaments in Under an Hour post. I had a few left in my stash and just kind of pushed them aside because I couldn’t think of what I wanted to fill them with.

Then one evening I was enjoying my Christmas centerpiece and it hit me – Cranberries! I’ve never used cranberries in my Christmas decor before this year, and now I’m slightly obsessed (are we seeing a pattern?). So I grabbed the epsom salt, the rest of the cranberries and my clear glass ornaments.

I set the empty clear glass ornament in a small dish to keep it from falling over, and using a funnel, poured in some epsom salt. There really aren’t exact amounts – I just filled it until I was satisfied.

funnel and epsom salt

Next I added some cranberries. Looking at the photos now, I think I might want to add even more cranberries next time. I tied a leftover strip of frayed dropcloth to the top for a little bit of that rustic look that I love.

Rustic Cranberry & Epsom Salt Ornament

I really love how my snowy cranberries turned out. They add a freshness and a tiny bit of sparkle to our tree. See more of our Christmas tree HERE and the whole 2014 Christmas Home Tour HERE.

Beautiful Christmas home decor


Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Ali says:

    Where did you get your lovely napkins?

    1. Kristin says:

      If I recall correctly, they came from World Market.

  2. Lisa says:

    How long do the cranberries stay looking fresh?

    1. Kristin says:

      Several weeks. I do check them from time to time and pull out any that look wrinkly.

  3. Jo says:

    Love this beautiful idea! I used to float candles in a jar of water with cranberries, so similar but I do like this Epsom salt idea because it looks like snowy crystals!

  4. Shonee says:

    Very pretty! I love the ornaments and the mason jars! What a simple but beautiful way to decorate for Christmas. Cranberries are genius! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  5. Beverly says:

    I never would have thought to use Epsom salt for decorating. These are beautiful! 🙂

  6. Laura says:

    Are those fresh cranberries, or the fake ones you buy @ the craft store?

    1. Kristin says:

      These are fresh, but ou could use artificial as well.