Wednesday, February 20, 2013

DIY Bath Bombs

This was a fun project to do.  My daughter loves bath bombs and asks me to buy them for her all the time.
So off to the web I went to find a recipe.  Most of the recipes are the same but you will find the occassional variation.
Here is what you need to create the ones I made:
2 Cups Baking Soda
1 Cup Citric Acid (found a Walmart in the canning section)
Spray Bottle with Water
Fragrace (either essential oils or soap fragrance)
Food Coloring (optional)
Mold or Silicone Cupcake Molds

First you will want to mix up your baking soda and citric acid in a large bowl.  Make sure that you mix it really good.  I used a whisk for this.
Add in your fragrance oil.  Now for this part I used my soap oils that I buy to make my soaps but you can use essential oils if you don't have any of the soap fragrance.  I used about a teaspoon of my oil but it is very strong so you may want to use less.  It's all a personal preference.
I didn't get a picture of this next step but you are going to want to slowly mist your mixture with the water bottle and stir well.  I added food coloring to my bottle but it wasn't enough so my mixture turned out a very pale blue.
Keep doing this until you end up with what looks like the picture below.  You want this to pack nicely in your hand.  I used probably about 10 sprays of water for my mixture.  Yours may take more or less depending.
Once it starts to pack like that, pack it tightly into your molds. 
I let mine dry overnight.  I haven't gotten any pictures of the finished product unmolded but I will update with those later.
This recipe made 7 cupcake sized bath bombs.
Cost of this project:
$2.88 for the citric acid at Walmart
$0.50 for the Baking Soda
$1.97 for the silicone cupcake molds at Walmart
Food coloring, bowl, water, spray bottle, fragrance and whisk I had on hand.
Did you make this project?  Link me to it!  I would love to see it!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

DIY Cupcake Tower

My daughters birthday is coming up and she is wanting to do a Monster High theme.  So in my quest to make it her best birthday ever,  I am doing quite a bit of crafting.  This project is fun because it can be adapted to any theme or occassion.
What you will need:
2 pieces of 12x12 scrapbook paper
2 stove burner covers
1 or 2 candlesticks
paint brush or paint sponge
glue gun
Modge Podge
acrylic paint (optional)
So here we go.  First I placed the cover face down on my scrapbook paper.  I traced lightly around it with a pencil.  Do this for each cover.
Cut them out and place them to the side for later.
Next I painted the edges of my covers black.  You can use any color you would like or leave them white.  I went with black since it matches our theme.
Let that dry.
Put a thin layer of Modge Podge over your burner cover.  Try to make sure it's evened out.  Place your paper on top of it and push out any bubbles.
Let that dry.
Once that is dry, add a thin layer of Modge Podge on the top of the paper to seal it in.  I did 2 coats of this.  Let those dry.
Time to assemble it.  Hot glue your candlestick down to the bottom tier of your cupcake stand.  I glued my stick upside down because the bottom of it was bigger and I wanted more room for the cupcakes.  Glue your top cover to the top of the candlestick.
Now if you purchased 2 candlesticks, you can glue one to the bottom tier so that it sits up off of the table or you can just leave it like it is.  I plan on getting another (probably shorter) candlestick for this.
Could that be any cuter?!  It is going to be the perfect addition to our Monster High table.
Cost of this project:
2 Scrapbook Paper $0.59 (Hobby Lobby 50% off)
2 Burner Covers $1 (Dollar Tree)
1 Candlestick $1 (Dollar Tree)
Total: $2.59!
Modge Podge, paint, hot glue, scissors, paint brush I already had on hand.
Here is what our cute little cupcake stand looked like on our party table.  It matched perfectly!
Did you make this project?  Link me to it!  I would love to see it!