DLTK's Crafts for Kids
The recipe assumes you are making this with a few children or if you're
making the project to package as gifts for a couple of people. You can
half or quarter it if you are only want one batch.
- Large Bowl (ex: empty margarine container) per color for mixing
- 4 cups Epsom Salts (purchase at the drug store)
- 2 cups coarse salt or 1 cup table salt - I prefer coarse salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- food coloring
- jars with wide mouths and lids (baby food jars and small jam jars work
- Optional: 1/2 tsp glycerin (purchase at the drug store).
- Optional: essential oil (scented oils like vanilla or citrus)
-- available at most craft stores (I also use them for candle making)
- Optional: a few drops of strong perfume (erm, this is a good use for
some of the perfumes you might get for mother's day that you don't really
wear much *grin*)
- Mix the two kinds of salt and baking soda together in one large bowl
- Optional: Add 1/2 tsp glycerin and about 10 drops essential oil (or
about 5 drops of perfume) to the big batch of salt.
- Sprinkle it all over instead of dumping in one spot so it's easier to
- Mix well.
- split the salt into as many batches as you need for the colors you want
(for example, if you want pink, blue and white you'd use three bowls and
split the salt into three batches).
- Add two to six drops of the color you have chosen and mix well with the
- don't get too carried away with the food color -- keep it pastel -- we
don't want to turn grandma blue!
- (note: Put each drop in a different spot so the mixing is
- Carefully spoon the salt into the jar.
- While spooning, you can alternate colors to give a nice pattern.
- Tightly seal the jar.
- Tie a ribbon around the jar and add a gift tag if you like.
- Use up to 1/2 a cup of the salt per bath
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