Natural Bath Salts – February 2018
- Epsom salts
- Rock salt (you can use kosher salt, sea salt, or rock table salt)
- Food coloring**
- Pure essential oils (provides scent, optional)
- Liquid soap (optional)
- GLASS jars with tight fitting lids
- Silica gel packets (recycle from other items that came with one) (optional)
- Mixing bowls
- Large spoon, measuring cups, funnel (optional)
- Wash & completely dry glass jars. Set aside.
- Make 1 batch of basic recipe salts.
- Mix 1 cup Epsom salts & 1 cup rock salt. Stir well.
- Add fragrance, coloring, and/or liquid soap.* Stir well.
- Add silica gel packet on top of salts and place lid on somewhat tightly.
- Add about ½ cup of bath salts to the tub under running water.
- Colored salts- Add 5 drops of food coloring and stir well. Then add more drops 1 at a time till you get the color desired.
- A few drops go a long way.
- Scented salts- add a FEW drops of pure essential oils. Take note of the fragrance and what that fragrance supports, such as relaxation, energy, etc. 2 or more scents can be mixed together.
- Pure essential oils are concentrated so don’t over add.
- Foaming salts-Any bath salt recipe can be made to foam in the tub by adding liquid soap to the salts. After adding coloring and/or scents, add ¼ cup liquid soap for every 2 cups of salt mixture. Stir well and spread out on a clean cookie sheet and allow to air-dry completely. Once dry, store in glass jar with tight fitting lid.
*I found the pure essential oils required for the bath salts at CVS in North East. Do not confuse the flavored oils for $1.19 with the pure essential oils that normally run anywhere from $8 to $10 per bottle. You must use the pure essential oils.
**per the website, the food coloring will not stain your skin or the tub. However, if you spill the food coloring it will stain whatever it touches!
Snowflake Window Clings and Snowman Tea Light- January 2018
Snowflake Window Clings
- Puffy paint (I like the glittery kind.)
- Plastic ziploc-type bag
- Snowflake template or other design
- Flat, smooth, moveable surface such as a cookie sheet, cutting board, etc.
- Place template or pattern to be traced on flat surface referred to above and tape corners down.
- Cut plastic bag along seams, lay flat over template and tape down.
- Shake the bottle of paint making sure that the paint is completely mixed and has not separated.
- Using the puffy paint, trace the lines of your pattern.
- This will take some practice to know how hard to squeeze the paint bottle, where to start & stop each line, etc. Try overlapping the lines instead of starting & stopping when crossing an existing line.
- Thicker lines make the window cling easier to peel and stick or remove but will also add some additional drying time.
- Move board with snowflake on it to a place where it can sit undisturbed for 24 hours and let it dry. Drying time depends on how thick the lines are. If you touch the paint to see if it is dry your fingers will leave marks in the paint for everyone to see.
- Carefully peel the snowflake away from the plastic bag and gently apply to window.
To remove from the window carefully lift an outer edge of the window cling and peel slowly until completely off the window.
Store between 2 layers of plastic and store flat.
Easy Snowman Tea Light Ornament Craft
- Battery operated tea lights
- Holiday colored pipe cleaners, cut into about 2 inch pieces
- Pom-Poms – same colors as the pipe cleaners
- Ribbon cut into about 4 in. pieces
- Glue or glue gun and sticks
- Sharpies – black and orange
- Color the flame on the candle orange
- Glue “headband” to tea light
- Glue the pom pom to each side of the tea light covering the ends of the headband
- Attach the ribbon in a loop fashion onto the back of the ornament centering it in the middle of the ear muffs (optional)
- Glue near the top and the bottom of the tea light
- Draw a snowman face on the front with a sharpie!