Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Snowballs


These fragrant spheres for the bath (we scented ours with peppermint oil) are made by packing Epsom salts into a plastic mold. The bath "snowballs" can be tinted any color. You'll need 3 to 4 days to make the bath balls because of the drying time between steps. Makes 2 large or 4 small balls.
Tools and Materials2 cups Epsom salts
2 tablespoons water
A few drops essential oil(s)
1 drop food coloring, plus more if desired
Special equipment: plastic pipette, large or small round bath-ball molds, storage jars
1. Stir together Epsom salts and water in a mixing bowl. Using pipette, add oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Add food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until desired shade is achieved; stir until color is even throughout. 
2. Spoon a generous amount of mixture (more than necessary) into 1/2 of a bath-ball mold. Pack firmly. Repeat, packing mixture into second half of mold. Press pieces together until they connect. Remove top half of mold very carefully. Let bath ball stand, mold side down, overnight (set ball on an overturned jar lid to keep it from tipping over). 
3. Remove mold carefully. Invert, and let ball dry completely, 2 to 3 days more. Transfer to jars.

Gift-Packaging Idea
Use a glass kitchen canister to present the bath balls, which the recipient can then display on a vanity. Wrap the jar with ribbon, tying a bow at the top, and add a vellum gift tag threaded with cord in a matching colour.
I found this lovely gift idea from Martha Stewart's gift idea's .  It looks easy to make, I thought Mia and I could try this on the weekend.  Mia loves creating pretty things and I am sure she would love to give these as gifts for Christmas to her cousins. 
You can find this post and more inspiration and reading at the Decorating Forum

Happy Wednesday to you!


  1. What a great gift idea. I am going to give it a go. Have a great day Mimi. KP

  2. My daughter is obsessed with bath balls at the moment. I will definately make these. Where can I get the molds from?
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Kylie x

  3. They look so gorgeous. I love that colour and the glass jar and ribbon. Thanks for the idea:)

  4. Oh Mimi, these are gorgeous and so easy. I think I'm going to give this a go. Thanks for the inspiration. Leahx

  5. Thanks Mimi
    I found some round and heart shape moulds for $3-4 each here
    I guess anywhere that sells soap making supplies should have them?
    Thanks again
    Kylie x

  6. they look absolutely beautiful presented in the glass jar with the grey bow, what a perfect colour combo!
    Have a great day Mimi xo

  7. This is lovely! Have a delightful day, Kellie xx

  8. What a gorgeous idea - and my colour too. My girlfriends would love those for Christmas gifts!
    Melissah from Coastal Style

    PS I have set up a new blog if you feel like popping by!

  9. What a gorgeous idea, I love it! The colour is beautiful too. Rachaelxx

  10. What a lovely gift idea Mimi! Love the colour of them too :)

    Abbey x

  11. What a special idea thanks for sharing. I have enjoyed myself looking around what a special blog you have here I will follow on my way out to ensure I return. I hope you can find the time to visit my place and do the same. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  12. Just ran across your blog! Love it! And the snowballs... amazeballs!!!


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