How to paint a glass window with epsom salt & beer

Written by jeffrey brian airman
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Give windows a winter frost look anytime of year with a quick layer of Epsom salt and stale beer. The beer and Epsom salt solution will dry to a sparkling glaze that almost has the appearance of snowflakes. Light shining through from the inside of the house makes the dried Epsom salt crystals shine in the night. Add a special touch to your holiday decorations by combining beer and Epsom salt to paint the glass windows of your house.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 354ml beer
  • Mixing bowl
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • Spoon
  • Sponge
  • Optional:
  • Food colouring
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Open the beer the night before and leave it out to reach room temperature and release most of its carbonation.

  2. 2

    Pour the stale beer into a mixing bowl and add approximately a third of the Epsom salt.

  3. 3

    Stir the mixture together with a spoon and slowly sprinkle the remaining Epsom salt until no more will mix in. Add a few drops of food colouring at this point if you do not want your salt frost to appear clear.

  4. 4

    Apply the beer and Epsom salt paint to the outside of glass windows in any pattern desired using a small sponge. Get a realistic frosted look by glazing the base of the window along the sill with slightly higher corners.

  5. 5

    Use a paintbrush to add a holiday message or give the look precise finishing touches.

Tips and warnings

  • Try glazing over and removing stencils to give all the windows a uniform look.
  • Glazing on the outside leads to easier cleanup with a garden hose, but it may also leave your Epsom salt crystals exposed to rain that can wash them away.

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