After the Hustle and Bustle: DIY Peppermint Bath Salt
Holy moly! How are we two days away from Christmas? I had all these grand plans for all kinds of posts with Christmas and holiday DIY ideas. I was certainly crafting, but unfortunately, the blog posts just didn't get written! All that means is that I'll have lots of things stocked up to share next year. Before I jump into the details of this project, I also want to say happy holidays and thank you to everyone for your support and enthusiasm for this blog and my other crafty endeavors this year. It's been a great year and I know I have some fun ideas ahead in 2017.
With that, I wanted to make sure to share the recipe for a homemade bath salt I made this past week. Although you most likely have your Christmas shopping done, this is the perfect treat to make yourself to relax after all of the holiday hustle and bustle. Or, perhaps you have some Christmas gifting that will head into the new year. You can easily whip this up for gifts!
What You Need
2 cups - Epsom Salt (Under $5 at Walmart, Target or a drug store)
1/2 cup to 1 cup - Candy Cane or Peppermint Tea ($1.99 a box at Trader Joe's)
Peppermint Essential Oil ($8 at my local grocery store)
Test tubes or jars (Test tubes are $1.50 a piece at Michaels)
Twine or ribbon (Both available at Dollar Tree for $1)
Washi tape ($2 at Walmart)
First, mix together the 2 cups of Epsom Salt and Candy Cane or Peppermint tea. I used one box of Trader Joe's Candy Cane Green Tea, which was between 1/2 cup and a cup. It was a good ratio of tea to salt. After you've mixed together the salt and tea, add about 20 drops of the peppermint essential oil. Mix together again.
Once the 3 ingredients are mixed together, get your test tubes or jars ready. I snagged some 90% off test tubes as a part of Target's Halloween clearance and picked up a few extra at Michaels in the dollar area. You could also put these in small Mason Jars or any other container that can be sealed. To make putting the mixture into the test tubes easier, I used a funnel to fill them.
Once the tubes were filled, I capped them off and used some festive Washi tape to seal them shut. After that, I used mini candy canes, baker's twine and jute twine to jazz them up a little bit. For a final touch, I quickly rubber stamped some holiday messages onto shipping tags leftover from another project and tied those on to each tube of bath salt.
In about 20 minutes, I had fun homemade gifts to give! Peppermint not your favorite? Try adding fresh lavender, green tea, or citrus zest.