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It is time for day 2 of Craft Lightning and the best bath bomb recipe ever! Plus it is in a star shape so it is perfect for our patriotic week. If you have missed any of the fun this week, be sure to catch up with day 1. Also don’t miss the 15 minute crafts from the bloggers at the bottom of this post. For now, we are going to make some star shaped bath bombs that are easy to make and will make great gifts this summer.
The Best Bath Bomb Recipe
- 1/8 cup epsom salt
- plus 1/8 cup corn starch
- plus 1/8 cup baking soda
- and 1/8 cup citric acid (I bought mine from Amazon here)
- Lavender essential oil (or another scent) (see this post on how to buy these oils)
- Food coloring (optional)
- Molds (in this case stars!)
This recipe makes one bath bomb in this star mold perfectly. You may have to increase or decrease the amount of the ingredients for your molds. Just remember to use equal parts of the first four ingredients.
- Mix the first four ingredients well.
- Add 5 – 10 drops essential oil. I used lavender but you can use the scent of your choice.
- Add just a little bit of water (this needs to be done a few drops at a time). It will bubble and react with the citric acid but this is okay.
- Add food coloring one drop at a time until you are happy with the color.
- Continue adding water slowly until the mixture holds together well but is not too wet.
- Pack into the mold that you made above. Press really well.
- Refrigerate for one hour.
- Remove from mold.
- Allow to air dry a day or two before packaging for gift giving.
The amount of water you use really depends on a ton of factors including the weather on the day you are making your bath bombs. Add just enough where the mixture holds together and no more. This will ensure that your bath bombs do not fail. Too much water will start a reaction and the bath bomb will explode within a few hours.
Once your star shaped bath bombs have dried, you can then add them to a plastic bag and tie them off with a fun tag. You can download and print our tag for free here.
Print onto card stock, cut out with scissors, and add a hole with a hole punch. It is now ready to tie onto your cute gift.
This is perfect for a quick hostess gift for summer parties. Don’t come empty handed! Give the gift of relaxation with the best bath bomb recipe ever!
The star shaped molds I used are actually vintage. You might try searching ebay or Etsy to find something similar. I am sure you can find something to make that great star shape. Don’t want to do a star? Buy any mold that you love and color your bath bombs with any food coloring. The possibilities are endless y’all!
Now that you have the best bath bomb recipe, I thought you might also like some more 15 minute patriotic crafts from our blog partners for this series. Start by printing and coloring these patriotic coloring pages from Liz on Call.
Did you know that you can use sandpaper and crayons to make a shirt? Let C.R.A.F.T. show you how!
Need some decor for your home? Try this framed patriotic wreath from Organize and Decorate Everything.
Your kids will love these straw rockets from My Very Educated Mother.
Add vinyl to a sign for some quick and easy patriotic decor like this from Here Comes the Sun.
Teach kids about the nation’s seal with this kids craft from Cindy Derosier.
This gold foiled printable will look elegant in your home. See how to make your own over at Practical and Pretty.
Tried & True is sharing how to make these 4th of July firecrackers from a printable.
My long time co-hostess for this series is 30 Minute Crafts and she made this adorable star hoop art!
Our guest co-hostess is Me and My Inklings and she made a patriotic popcorn mix in a jar. My favorite!
You can make the best bath bomb recipe in a star shape or one of these other patriotic projects. Either way, be sure to get creative this summer!
Want to learn even more about making your own beauty products?
So, now that you have been bitten by the bug and want to make all of your own handmade beauty products, you may need a little more guidance. I have the perfect book for you!
I like to call this book the bible for making your own beauty products at home. Inside you will find more than 75 easy recipes for delightful bath bombs, along with other fun and luxurious bath products such as sugar scrubs, body butter, and bath jellies. It is perfect for adding luxury to your own bath or for making gifts for others. Be sure to add this book to your collection now!