Homemade DIY Christmas gifts
4 Beauty Recipes for DIY Christmas Gifts
I’ll let you all in on a little secret, I love Christmas!
- Mix all of the dry ingredients in a glass bowl. Add a few drops of green food coloring. It will tend to clump, so mix it, let it sit a few minutes and the mix again. If you don’t see much color yet, don’t worry, it will come out in time.
- Add the bayberry essential oil. Get it mixed in and then add more if you like.
- Then spray a small amount of water on your mixture and work it in. Don’t spray too much at a time or you’ll have a mess! Just spray once or twice and work it like pie crust. When it looks like pie crust before you add the water, you can form it into balls. (See our other article on making bath bombs for a picture of what it will look like when it’s ready.) I’ve found that the tool that makes meatballs is about perfect.
- Place the balls on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and allow to dry for a few hours. When completely dry, place in a jar and label. Toss one into the bath to soothe and soften the skin.
Cinnamon Orange Hand Soap
I love to make soap, but with the time crunch during the holidays, sometimes I have to cheat. One of my favorite quick things to do is use a pre-made glycerin soap base. There are bases out there that are all-natural, although they are harder to find. I love to scent this soap with cinnamon and orange, which reminds me of the pomanders we made as kids at Christmas.
- Cut the soap base into one inch cubes and place in a pint jar.
- To melt the base, place pint jar in a pan of hot water over the stove, like a makeshift double boiler. You can also use a microwave, but it often boils over and scorches. If using a microwave, be sure to heat using short bursts at a time (about 30 seconds).
- When the soap base is all melted, add your essential oils. For one bar, five drops of each essential oil should be enough, but let your nose be your guide. Add a bit more or less as you choose.
- You can add a few drops of color, such as orange or brown, if you like, but I leave mine natural. Pour into the mold and allow it to rest on a level surface for an hour or so.
- Be sure it has cooled completely before you try to remove it from the mold. (I have been fooled by soap that was cool on the outside but still liquid on the inside. What a mess!) When completely cooled, pull the sides of the mold away from the soap and pop it out from the bottom. You can trim it if you wish, but it’s usually not necessary.
How about you?
Do you make natural gifts for Christmas? What are your favorites?
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Where can one find DIY Christmas gifts?
DIY Christmas gifts can be found from many different stores. Some examples of stores that offer DIY Christmas gifts include MarthaStewart and Art of Manliness.