This post is part of my series on handmade Christmas Gifts. Instructions for the other items can be found here:
The countdown continues – 9 weeks until Christmas. My countdown is naturally of a planning nature and I am working through a Christmas Preparation Plan to allow a smooth and paced lead up to Christmas this year.
Week Nine’s activity was to complete making handmade gifts. Today with the two youngest children, I made the last of our handmade Christmas gifts, homemade bath salts. They were incredibly easy to make and it was really a fun activity to make with the children.
At their request tonight, we tested the bath salts (including me) in the bath and the children and myself were delighted with the results.
Here is a very simple tutorial that you can follow to make your own bath salts:
- 1 cup of Epsom Salts
- 1 cup of Sea Salt
- 3 tablespoons of dehydrated milk
- Food Colouring
- 1/4 teaspoon of essential oil
A note about the sea salt. I bought sea salt that was “double washed and naturally evapourated”. It has slightly larger crystals than traditional table salt and looks better presentation wise.
(1.) Mix the salts in a large bowl.
(2). Add approximately 8 – 10 drops of food colouring to the salts. If you want a darker colour, obviously just add more dye. Mix dye in with a whisk.
(3). Add the powdered milk and use the whisk again to mix thoroughly.
(4). Add the essential oil to the mix. The smell is the strongest notable characteristic of the bath salts, so it is worth while using a quality oil. I used an essential oil blend called harmony, which smells divine!
(5). Spoon mixture into a dry jar.
(6). Place lid on and close tightly.
(7). I used a CD to cut out a circle piece of fabric to decorate the bath salts. The fabric is held in place by a length of thin ribbon.
I still have one more batch of bath salts to make (Possum thinks the next batch should be green) and I will have finished the handmade gifts for Christmas. As you can see from the photo above, I have been using the same materials across the three projects, so that I can team up multiple items, like gift sets.christmas planning, Christmas Planning In July 2008, christmas presents