My blogger friend, Chris, over at Just A Girl, is hosting an early holiday party. With today's economy, maybe you're thinking about scaling back your Christmas gifts a bit this year. What better way to do that than to make gifts for friends, relatives, teachers, etc.? The point of Chris' party, is for participants to come up with ideas of things everyone can make.
I'm bringing homemade soap to the party. I've made variations of it before to give to my kids' teachers, as well as to friends (mine and theirs). Not only is the soap neat, but you can get creative with the wrapping, which makes the gift that much more special. Homemade soaps also make great party favors.
Lavender Beeswax Soap Ingredients 4 ounces (114 grams) glycerin soap base (available in craft stores, organic foods stores and some pharmacies) 10 drops lavender essential oil 1 drop violet coloring 1 teaspoon beeswax
Instructions Melt glycerin over low heat in a double boiler or microwave. Add beeswax and remove from heat. Stir until wax is melted. Add essential oil and color. Stir and pour into mold.
The trick to great glycerin, melt and pour soaps is to keep the heat as low as possible. Too much heat will cause a mushy or beaded appearance after a very short storage time. Keep glycerin soaps sealed in plastic to keep the glycerin from attracting moisture from the air.
Lavender and Rosemary Soap Ingredients 3 cups glycerin soap base 1/4 cup infusion of lavender flowers and rosemary leaves 1 1/2 teaspoons of lavender oil 1 1/2 teaspoons of rosemary oil 1 teaspoon pulverized dried rosemary Soap mold (available at any craft store)
Instructions Melt soap base and add other ingredients. Stir until blended, then pour into molds. Infusion basically means to make tea. Pour hot water over fresh or dried plant parts. Three tablespoons of herb per cup of water for ten minutes should do fine. Use distilled water, if possible. Pour into mold and let set.
1) Arrange toys in ice cube trays or other molds. 2) Slice the soap into small pieces. 3) Put soap pieces into a heavy-duty plastic bag and seal it. 4) Boil water in a saucepan. 5) Put the plastic bag into the boiling water until the soap melts. 6) Pour the melted soap over the toys in the molds. 7) Allow the soap to cool and harden before removing it from the molds.
Now, skedaddle on over to Chris' to see who else is at the party and get some fine gift ideas.