Valentine’s Day DIY: Bath Bombs

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and with it comes the pressure to find the perfect gift for the one you love. It is always a safe choice to buy someone candy or flowers, but if you want to be a bit more original, you can make a homemade gift for your special someone this Valentine’s Day.

  One cute and easy DIY gift that you could make this year is a homemade bath bomb. Bath bombs are flying off the shelves in stores and are a loved by customers, so a homemade bath bomb is sure to be a hit. Not to mention they are super easy to make and customizable.

  The scent can be changed and they can be filled with things like sprinkles or dried flower petals for an extra surprise. They are so much fun to make and can be made with things that are just lying around your kitchen. A bath bomb would be the perfect heartfelt gift to make for a girlfriend, boyfriend, or just friend. Here is how to make them:

 

DIY Valentine’s Day Bath Bombs (yields about 8)

 

Materials:  

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup Epsom salts (can buy at Walmart or Kroger)
  • ½ cup citric acid or cream of tartar (can buy citric acid online or cream of tartar at Kroger)
  • 1-2 tsp water (if additional water is needed, add it using a spray bottle)
  • 3 tsp oil (can use olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil etc.)
  • 12 drops of essential oils (can buy at Bed Bath and Beyond)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Filling (optional: dried flower petals, sprinkles, small toys, etc.)
  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Silicon mold (ice cube tray, muffin tin, etc.)
  • Whisk

For the card/ packaging:

  • ziplock bags
  • Red and white construction paper
  • Finepoint sharpie or other marker

Step 1:

   

   First, combine all of the dry ingredients in the large bowl using a whisk. This includes the baking soda, Epsom salts, and the citric acid. When I made the bath bombs, I used cream of tartar instead of citric acid because it was easier to find in stores. It works just as well as the citric acid because cream of tartar is also an acid, tartaric acid, which serves the purpose of combining with the baking soda to make the bath bomb fizzy.

Step 2:

  Next, combine the liquid ingredients in the smaller bowl. This includes the oil, water, essential oils, and the optional food coloring. There are many different oils that you can use when making your bath bomb. I used 2 tsp coconut oil and 1 tsp almond oil in my bath bombs and I found that it worked well. As for the essential oils, there are endless combinations that you can choose from. This step is totally up to you, but I would recommend using around 12 total drops of essential oils if you want the bath bombs to have a strong scent. I used peppermint and lemongrass and I really liked how they smelled together. Also, when I added the food coloring, as you can see, the color did not mix with the oil very well at first, but after the next step the color will even out.

 

Step 3:

  Now you can add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients one spoonful at a time, whisking them together in between spoonfuls. Once they are completely combined, if the mixture is not wet enough to stick together, add more water with a spray bottle to reach the desired consistency. Also if you want to add any filler you could do it at this stage or wait until the next step.

 

Step 4:

  Next, it is time to press the mixture into the molds. I used a silicon heart mold for Valentine’s Day, but you can use any plastic or silicon mold, like an ice cube tray, to make the bath bombs. I placed some heart sprinkles into the bottom of the molds before I pressed the mixture into them so you could see them once the both bombs were dry.

 

Step 5:

  Leave the bath bombs out to dry and once they are completely dry, they are ready to be packaged up for Valentine’s Day.

 

Step 6:

  While waiting for the bath bombs to dry, you can work on the bag and card for your bath bomb. For mine, I took craft scissors and cut the zip up part off of a ziplock bag and tied the top together with a piece of string with a little card attached. I made the card by gluing a piece of red and white construction paper together and writing “You’re the Bomb” on the white area. I attached it to the string by hole punching the corner. You can choose to do this step if you want, or you can do something different, it is up to you.

 

  I hope you’ve enjoyed making these bath bombs as much as I did and I hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day.

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