Easy Bath and Spa Baskets
Contributed by: Brenda Spagnola-Wilson
As summer draws to an end, I start thinking about all the birthdays,
anniversaries and such I have coming up in the next few months.
That, of course, brings a reminder of the bigger holidays. If your
family is anything like mine, buying a gift for everyone can easily
break the bank and put you into debt. To avoid this, I like to make
as many gifts as I can. Since I am not the craftiest of people, I
had to look long and hard to find things that I could both make
easily and that people would like. The answer came in the form of
gift baskets. While you can easily buy all the items to fill these
up, you can just as easily make some or even all of the items in each
one. An added plus is that they can be made for anyone and for any
occasion. You can make generalized baskets or a very personalized on
for a special person and/or occasion. The point is, it is very
simple to put together fabulous baskets, even if you aren't an
arts and crafts kind of person!
Bath and spa type baskets are the easiest to make when you are first
getting started (or so I found). Below are some basic bath and gift
ideas to try. Once you feel comfortable making these, try mixing up
your own ideas for scents and colors. You will be surprised what you
can come up with! Check dollar, thrift and discount stores for
creative "baskets" to use to present your gift. They
don't have to be expensive and it's even better if they can
use it afterwards!
- 1 cup rock salt
- 20-30 drops of essential of or fragrance
- Food coloring
Mix salt and food coloring. Add oil. Mix well to make sure oil is
absorbed by the salt. Store in an air tight container. (baby food
jars work well) Sprinkle 1 to 2 Tbs under faucet as tub fills.
- 1 oz essential oil or fragrance
- 4 oz of one of the following:
- baby oil
- safflower oil
- sunflower oil
- sweet almond oil
- canola oil
Mix ingredients well. Store in an air tight container. Sprinkle 1
tsp under faucet as tub fills.
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 15-20 drops essential oil or fragrance
Mix ingredients well. Let dry before packaging. Store in an air
tight container to retain fragrance.
- 1 cup mild dishwashing liquid (Ivory / Dawn)
- 1/4 cup glycerin
- 1 tsp sugar
- 40-50 drops essential oil or fragrance
Mix ingredients well. Store in an air tight container. Sprinkle 203
Tbs under faucet as tub fills.
- 1/2 cup light oil (canola, sunflower, etc.)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix well. Let sit for at least 2 hours. Pour through a coffee
filter or cheesecloth. Store in an air tight container.
Spray-On Body Oil
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup scented water
- 3 Tbs sweet almond oil
Pour all ingredients into a spray pump bottle. Close and shake until
mixed well. Shake before each use.
Easy Scented Soap
- 1 bar unscented soap - grated (Ivory works well)
- dried orange peel
- rose petals
- 10 drops essential oil
Mix ingredients in microwave proof bowl. Microwave on high for 30
seconds. Roll into balls or press into shapes. (candy molds work
well) Soap Will Be Very HOT! Be Careful When Handling!
- Liquid potpourri
- Unflavored gelatin
- Pretty jars or bowls
- Fabric scraps / doilies / tulle
Boil 1 cup of potpourri. Add 2 packages of gelatin. Stir to mix.
Add 1 more cup of potpourri and stir again. Fill jars / bowls with
the mixture. Place pretty fabric / doilies / tulle on top and tie
Brenda Spagnola-Wilson is a moderator and community leader at
www.BabyUniversity.com and lives in Texas with her husband and two
children. She enjoys writing about a variety of topics, with her
main focuses being home improvement & decorating, saving money, being
a SAHM and general home care. Currently she is the Co-Editor of the
At Home with Baby University Newsletter. Feel free to contact her at
firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments.