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Frugal Christmas Gifts Day 9: Christmas Bath Bombs

Posted: 12/09/11 1:35 PM (Modified: 12/09/11 1:35 PM)

 

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{Christmas Bath Bombs}

Submitted by: Captnop

Here is a super easy frugal project that doesn’t require a lot of time.  The best part is most of the ingredients are probably in your pantry or can be purchased from the grocery store.  In the end you have a great gift that looks like it came from a bath store.  Thanks for checking out my frugal gift idea and I hope you enjoy making these fun spa treasures!

What you will need:

1 cup Baking Soda
½ cup Citric Acid
½ cup Corn Starch
½ cup Epsom Salt
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1 Tbsp. Water
2 tsp. Essential or Fragrance Oil (any scent)
2 ½ Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1-2 drops Food Coloring

Directions:

1. Place dry ingredients in a glass bowl or non-reactive container and mix until there is a smooth consistency.

 

2. In a small glass bowl or cup blend wet ingredients and add to dry ingredients slowly.  Be careful not to add liquid too fast or it will foam.  Remember to only use 1-2 drops of food coloring and that will prevent a residue line in the tub when used.  I used 2 drops of yellow to blend with the vanilla bean fragrance oil and ½ tsp. of gold specks for a Christmas theme.  The fragrance oil and gold specks can be found at Michael’s.

3. When all the wet ingredients have been added, the mixture will have a consistency of slightly damp sand.  It should clump together when squished.  

4. Now that the mixture is together, there is only a short time in which to get it into molds. Any shape will work - muffin tins, ice cube trays, egg cartons, candle/candy molds.  If you want a 3D ball shape, take a plastic tree ornament that splits in half and is used to fill with goodies.  Simply press your mixture into the mold and let dry or shape for 10 minutes.  Shown here are snowman candy molds.

          

5. After the molds have had a chance to shape, simply tap them out of the mold.  Use a thumb or knife to remove any excess mixture.  Allow them to dry further until they feel completely dry to the touch. 

Optional:  To shrink wrap each bath bomb, take a piece of plastic/saran wrap – enough to cover.  Wrap it up like a present tucking all the loose ends in the back of the bath bomb.  Using a hair dryer and holding it 6 inches away, turn it on high until the plastic wrap shrinks around the bath bomb.  When giving them as a gift, it’s also fun to place them in a decorated take out box or tin. 

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Dec 9, 2011 01:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Awesome craft!

Dec 9, 2011 01:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What a clever idea! Nice gift to give to all your bath lovers.

Dec 9, 2011 01:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

WOW, it's nice and fun thing to do during Christmas break.

Dec 9, 2011 01:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

VOTED!

Dec 9, 2011 01:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I vote for this one.

Dec 9, 2011 01:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I like this idea!

Dec 9, 2011 01:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Awesome! This will work, I vote #1.

Dec 9, 2011 01:54 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I vote for this one.

Dec 9, 2011 02:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Great idea and seems easy too!!!

Dec 9, 2011 02:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Looks easy! Thanks!

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