How to Make Ice Frosted Windows with Epsom Salts

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Have ever tried to make ice frosted windows with Epsom salts? This is one of my favorite winter projects with the kids. We love the patterns that Jack Frost leaves on our windows. But, he doesn’t always visit every night, especially with the new insulated windows. Now, you can let the kids enjoy the sight of frosted windows with this simple DIY project.

How to Make Ice Frosted Windows with Epsom Salts

How to make Ice Frosted Windows with Epsom Salts

It’s easy to learn how to make ice frosted windows with Epsom salts.  If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, but the weather won’t cooperate, at least you can make your windows look frosty with this simple craft.

How do you frost plastic?

You cannot use the same process to make ice frosted windows with Epsom salts on plastic windows like your screen door.  It won’t turn out the same way. But, there are a variety of different paints you can use to frost plastic surfaces for privacy reasons. You can try Rustoleum’s spray paint.

Can I do this in the summer?

You bet! This is a great project for the kids no matter what time of year it is. It has nothing to do with how hot or cold it is outside. You could even play a practical joke on them and let them wake up to ice frosted windows one morning in August. They won’t believe what they’re seeing!

epsom salt in a mortar and pestle

Materials

  • 1 cup of “light-colored beer” (stale is best)
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of Epsom Salts

hand holding a green and yellow sponge

Directions

Mix Epsom Salt with stale beer until the salt stops dissolving. Apply the mixture to your windows with a sponge — for a realistic look, sweep the sponge in an arc at the bottom corners. When the mixture dries, the windows will look frosted.

For a kid-friendly look that doesn’t involve beer, you can follow this process:

Materials

  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1/3 cup of Epsom Salts
  • 2 drops of “blue” liquid dish soap

How to make ice frosted windows with Epsom salts

How to frost windows with Epsom salts

You won’t believe how easy it is to make ice frosted windows! And, because it doesn’t contain beer (which we never have in the house), even the kids can do it. You’ll want to watch your youngest children if they are helping to make sure that they don’t drink the water with the Epsom salts in it. But, they can easily measure and stir with your guidance.

Mix the Epsom Salts with the lukewarm water until the salt is dissolved. Add one to two drops of blue dish liquid. Apply the mixture to your windows with a sponge — for a realistic look, sweep the sponge in an arc at the bottom corners. When the mixture dries, the windows will look frosted.

Easy way to give your windows a frosted look even if you don’t have a white Christmas! This will work even when the weather is hot so you can delight the kids with icy windows when it’s hot outside. They’ll never believe you can make ice frosted windows in the summer.

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How can I remove the ice frosted windows?

You can leave this up as long as you want to. It won’t hurt the glass at all. When you’re tired of your ice frosted windows, you can remove it easily. To remove either of the above methods just use a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar and a sponge. Clean your windows as you would normally.

You might want to try making these easy Christmas ornaments. Why not try this fun science project next.

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1 thought on “How to Make Ice Frosted Windows with Epsom Salts”

  1. What a neat idea.
    AND my dad left a couple beers in my fridge so they should be nice and stale in another month!!!
    Now I just need to nab some epson salt.
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