Homemade Bath Balls, Soap Balls and Heating Pads
Thanks Lois! Tawra
FUN GIFTS TO MAKE ~ EASY ON THE BUDGET ~ GREAT TO RECEIVE!
By Lois Breneman, Heart to Heart Newsletter, firstname.lastname@example.org
FRAGRANT SOAP BALLS
Ivory Snow Flakes
Perfume or scented oil
Moisten soap flakes with water to the consistency of very stiff dough. Divide into several bowls if making a large quantity, so you can make a variety of scents and colors. Shape about 2 tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on wax paper to harden for several days, turning each day. Wrap in colorful cellophane and tie with a ribbon to give as gifts. Arrange in a small box or in a small basket lined with colorful tissue paper.
2 cups finely ground sea salt
1 tsp. Vitamin E oil
½ cup baking soda
½ cup cornstarch
25 drops fragrance oil
2 Tbsp. light oil
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Using a teaspoon of the dough, gently roll it into a 1 inch ball. Continue this method, placing balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. If desired, you can decorate balls with whole cloves or rose buds. Bake the bath balls for about 10 minutes until they are lightly browned – do not over bake. Allow the balls to cool completely. To use: Drop 1 or 2 bath balls into a warm bath and allow to dissolve. Note: If you give these bath balls as a gift, be sure to list all the ingredients in case of allergies, as well as instructions on how to use.
HEATING PAD OR FOOT WARMER
This is great to warm cold feet when going to bed or to sooth tight neck muscles. ½ yard cotton flannel 4 cups uncooked white rice 1 Tbsp. whole cloves Cut the flannel into a 14”x18” rectangle. Fold with right sides together, so the rectangle measures 7”x18”. Sew around edges, leaving an opening for turning. Fill with rice and cloves. Hand sew the opening shut. For gift-giving, include instructions: To use as a heating pad, microwave for 1-2 minutes in High.
half gallon container of Epsom salts
8 drops of food coloring
enough potpourri oil to give it a nice fragrance.
Pour a half gallon container of Epsom salts into a large bowl. Save time and money by making a whole basin full and giving the same gift to many on your Christmas list. These are nice to have on hand all year round as nice spur-of-the-moment gifts too. For each half gallon of salts, add about 8 drops of food coloring and enough potpourri oil to give it a nice fragrance. One year my daughter and I had fun making a basin full of "Pink Vanilla Bath Salts," as well as a beautiful turquoise or teal green, by using blue and green. Use more blue for turquoise or more green for teal.
Stir up the three ingredients until mixed very well - two large slotted spoons seemed to work best for us. Spoon the bath salts into pretty glass containers, using an unslotted spoon, and attach a label. I found glass jars shaped like Christmas trees at the dollar store and used light green bath salts in those. There were also locked canning jars, corked jars, pretty fat jars with locked lids and others. They all looked so pretty when filled with bath salts. There were also round glass jars with scalloped rims, without lids, which we covered with cellophane, secured with a rubberband, and tied a ribbon around to cover the rubberband, and added a label.
For layered rainbow colors in a single jar, mix the white Epsom salts and scent together. Then divide into several bowls and add various colors – pink in one bowl, blue, green, peach, purple, yellow in other bowls. Mix each color well and carefully pour into jars using a funnel, layering the different colors evenly for a beautiful effect!
Rubber stamped labels with instructions to "Use 1/4 cup per bathtub" complete this lovely gift. An animal lying back, looking relaxed, is a good rubber stamp for a label with a "Relaxation" message. I also used a "To Do List" label for several labels, writing "This is a time to lay aside your To Do List and relax!" This is a great gift for a woman who just had a baby, maybe with a young child on the label. I have a rubber stamp of a cute curly headed little girl bending over a tub which makes an appropriate label with a message that moms sometimes need a break. The scripture verse, Matthew 11:28 is another great idea for a label – "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." A perfect scripture to meditate on while soaking!
photo by: themeparkmo