November is here and it is time to start planning for Christmas! It is never too early to build up to Christmas, whether you like to put up some subtle decorations, play some festive music, or begin planning your Christmas shopping. You could also get the kids involved and make some presents ahead of time. Here is how to make kids DIY bath bombs – the best homemade Christmas gift!
DIY Bath Bombs
The kids will love this fun DIY, making some pretty, aromatic bath bombs to give to teachers, friends, and family. Plan to make a few extra for them to enjoy in their bath that evening!
What You Need:
- 100g citric acid
- 300g bicarbonate of soda
- Essential oils (you can get creative with some festive blends)
- Water (in a misting spray bottle)
- Food colouring
- Bath bomb mould (large chocolate moulds, or cake pop moulds could work)
- Pie tray for storage
- Packaging and decorations to wrap them up
How To Make The Bath Bombs:
- Mix the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda together in a large bowl.
- Add in a few drops of the essential oils you want to use and stir together well.
- Add in your desired food colouring a few drops at a time. Do this slowly and combine it all together with each addition. It is better to slowly add the colours and gradually build up to your desired shade, than adding it in too fast and the colour turns out too dark. There will also be a fizzy reaction from the food colouring liquid, and keeping this to a minimum ensures there is more fizz in the bath.
- When you are happy with the colour and the scent, slowly add in the water using a misting spray bottle. Adding the water in too quickly will set off the fizzy reaction.
- Add in enough water, slowly, until the bath bomb mixture just holds together when pressed in your hand. It should not be damp, and it is better for it to be too dry when in the mould. You can always fix this, but if it is too wet, it is hard to fix.
- Press the bath bomb mixture into the mould, filling one half at a time. Make sure you have packed in enough for it to be overflowing, so the two halves stick together when you press them closed. Brush away any excess mixture.
- Very carefully, remove one half of the mould and then slowly remove the other, gently placing the bath bomb into the pie tray for storage.
- Leave the bath bombs to dry and firm up.
Bath Bomb Packaging
You can make the bath bombs plastic-free for Christmas, and if you spend some time thinking about it, you can come up with some wonderfully creative ways to present and gift the bath bombs.
Place them into organza bags and tie them closed with ribbons, or place them in cupcake holders and pop them into paper bags, decorated with Christmas ribbons or stamps.
Tips For Making Bath Bombs
It can be quite difficult to get the water ratio right, and you might land up with a few larger bath bombs which have gone through the fizz reaction. These might not be great to gift, but you can still use them at home for some luxurious soaks in the tub for the kids!