Thursday, December 19, 2013

Merry Soap Making - gifts that kids can make

I love making gifts that kids can help with, especially when it is for their teachers! I am not very crafty, so my usual method is to combine a homemade gift (preferably made with the help of kids) along with a gift card. Win win on both sides!!
This one is a special Bath and Body edition of gift making, lol!

I apologize for the pictures. Batman wanted to be in charge of them. It is not quite as easy as I thought it would be to have two energetic boys participating, and taking pictures!

I love melt and pour soaps. They are soo easy to customize!! You cannot really spoil them. And they are easy enough so my 6 year old and 4 year old boys can participate.

How about some Honey Oatmeal Soap, but with a holiday twist?

I used Honey Melt and Pour Base. I added oatmeal I had given a spin in coffee grinder (the smaller they are, the easier to suspend in soap). I added in some bigger pieces in the mold for some extra exfoliation. 
I did not add any color, because the kids loved the natural color from the honey base. It has wonderful smell of Oatmeal Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil to go with the theme, although fragrance is totally optional.
We poured the melted soap in fun molds, spritzed them with alcohol (to finish the soap and break any bubbles on top of the soap), and popped them out in 3-4 hours! The kids put them in white fine muslin bags.

Now on to candy canes. Indulge in them the calorie free and guilt free way....

Warn people beforehand that these are NOT candy. Seriously.

Find the tutorial from uber-talented Soap Queen here: Soap Candy Canes

This was my first and only attempt. I found that I did not have time to fashion the head of the candy cane, they were getting too hard. So I just left the twisted strands straight.

I did not add any glitter. The house smelled UH-MAZING for a few days afterwards.I gave all the teachers in the preschool a small gift, more of token, with these candy canes. That's why mine are small in size...

Moving on to holiday pinwheel soap

Find the instructions, and glorious pictures here.

I made them with whatever colors I had on hand....

Of course, Batman and Spiderman saved some for themselves...

And last but not least, here's a picture of some foot scrubs I made for party favors for the adults at Spiderman's b'day party (hence the name Spidey Scrub).
They are wonderful for your feet, especially in the dry winter time!!

  • 2 oz Dead Sea Salt (fine grained) and 2 oz Epsom salt (for Exfoliating and Removing Dry Skin)
  • 2 ml fragrance oil (I used a Rosemary Peppermint blend of Essential Oil and Fragrance Oil)
  •  2 Tbsp Purple Jojoba beads (for added exfoliation and the nice color)
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel and 1 Tbsp Glycerin (to moisturize your feet)
Just mix all the ingredients, and package in a cute container (I used a glass jar with a tight lid). Pretty it up.

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