Monday, December 4, 2017

4 DIY Bath Salt Holiday Ornaments Day 1

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WHAT'S ON MY TABLE DAY 1?
Bath Salt Holiday Ornaments 

How To Make Homemade Bath Salt 
Today I am going to show you how to make your very own bath salt that includes sea salt, Epsom salt, essential oils, food coloring, vitamin e and baking soda.  I learned how to make bath salt years ago from a Martha Stewart DIY article.  I love to make natural products. From soap to household cleaners, I have no shame in learning more about homemade and natural products!
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Anyway, let me get back to our bath salt...LOL.;-)....
Bath salt is an awesome, soothing element, for the perfect bath water or foot basin water, when you simply want to relax your feet but not dry your skin out.  After making our bath salt, I'll show you a few ways you can decorate your ornament for gift giving. This project is 101 and so much fun!!!!

Let's get started....
Everything you need  to make the BATH SALT is on my table in the photo above.  I've listed below where everything is on the table.  The rest of the items are for DECORATING the ornaments.  I'll talk about that stuff later.  Let's make our bath salt!
Here's What You Need:

Courtesy Of :  Martha Stewart Living 
-essential oils (I show 3 kinds but choose the kind you want to use-small brown bottles)
-Vitamin E (behind essential oils)
-measuring cups or spoons
-almond oil (tall bottle on front left)
-food coloring (small box behind almond oil)
-baking soda (behind food coloring) 
-sea salts (fine & coarse - behind baking soda)
-Epsom Salt (behind sea salts)
-Bowl and spoon

1.  In a large bowl, mix to combine:  6 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salts, to soothe tired muscles and reduce inflammation; and 1 part baking soda, to soften waters and alleviate skin irritation.

2.  Add a few drops of essential oils, and combine.

3.  Add a few drops of food coloring, until you achieve the desired shade.  If you intend to present the bath salts as gifts, be sure to store them in a stoppered and labeled container to keep the moisture out.

*As gift ornaments, be sure to place the silver caps on securely. 

DECORATING

I chose to make Eucalyptus and Lavender Mint Bath Salts!

I use the fine Sea Salt for my Eucalyptus bath salt and the Coarse Pink Himalayan salt for my Lavender Mint bath salt.

I've filled my plastic ornaments and I'm ready to decorate them!






4 Ideas for Decorating:

1.  For the first idea, I used stick on jewelry gems from the jewelry department in the craft store.  They come in a variety of colors.  If you are like me, drawing is not my gift but I do know how to sketch...a little...LOL!  Basically I freehand sketched a red Christmas tree onto the plastic ornament with a permanent marker.  It will dry quickly.  Next, I used that sketch as an outline to stick my gems onto the ornament.  It really helps to sketch initially because it gives you a great guideline to go by.  This is how it came out!  I was very happy with this and its nice enough to give away, just as I plan to do!




2.  The next idea is one that requires you to invest in a foil machine.  This machine is very similar to a laminator but the heating temps are different.  I know this is not an idea that is homemade but I wanted to introduce you to something new!! Remember, that's what LOFT101.net is about, introducing new things. This machine is so nice to own because it allows you to personalize your art or craft with a special touch.  Follow the photos to see how I created this ornament. It really is different! Hint:  I used a matted haze glue so ornament could appear snowy on purpose!






3.  The third idea I have for you is easy 101 for sure!  I used removable decorative (washi) tape to create this look.  I used 3 different kinds of tape and wrapped each one around the ornament.  Make sure you keep all of the seams lined up, as that will be the backside of your ornament. Make sure you crunch the seams well on both the bottom and top of ornament.





4.  The very last idea I have for you is simply writing a special note on your ornament.  "I love you", "You are special"  or write whatever you would like to share with the person you are giving this ornament to.  This is a very special way to decorate your ornament because its very authentic, real and personable.  Don't worry about how you write or draw, just let your hands do the designing!  Here's how my special note came out...

Thanks for joining me today.  Have fun making these ornaments and remember, it's only Day 1!

Follow me tomorrow and see what I'll be making next....Blessings!



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