I've been wanting to make bath bombs with the kids for quite some time now. One morning I was plotting how exactly we'd go about this, when I realized that all those plastic easter eggs I've got sitting in the storage room are very similar in shape to the plastic ornaments everyone uses to mold their bath bombs. And I was even more excited that Easter coincided with my epiphany.
- 1C. Baking Soda
- 1/2 C. Citric Acid
- 1/2 C. Epsom Salts
- 1/2 C. Cornstarch
- 2 tsp. Essential Oil
- 2 1/2 tsp. Safflower Oil (or any other light oil)
- 3 drops food coloring
- 1 tsp. water
You'll also need a glass bowl, a mini spritzer bottle (I got mine for 79¢ in the travel section of Target) and a whisk. Round up your old plastic Easter eggs and throw on an apron while you're at it, too.
- Combine all the dry ingredients in the glass bowl. Break up any lumps with the whisk.
- Combine all the liquids in the spray bottle.
- Start spritzing the dry ingredients with the liquids…just keep whisking. You're trying to keep it from fizzing…so keep it moving.
- I used all the liquid in the bottle, then had to add a little extra water. You want it to be moist enough to clump in your hand without crumbling, but not so wet you can hear it fizzing.
- When you've got the right consistency, start molding. I found it worked best when I packed a bit into each side of the egg, then scooped up extra and squished the two halves together.
- Give it a little shake for good luck, then gently pry the pieces apart. It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, but once you've got it down, you're good to go.
- Cover a soft towel with some waxed paper and lay the eggs there to dry overnight.
Wrap up a bunch and give them out as Easter gifts. They'd be great for friends, teachers, and I can tell you my kids are HUGE fans. We've got a big bag of eggs, but they're all ready asking if we can make more when they're gone.
A couple more ideas:
- Add some sprinkles or glitter to add some excitement.
- Hide a small toy in the center so they have a surprise when the egg dissolves.
- Try different combinations of scents and colors
- Use different molds. Cupcake tins, ice cube trays, tartlet tins, etc.