Oh baby food jars. With two babies in the house, they are quickly over running the place. With so much potential to dress them up to hold all sort of items, I couldn’t resist using them for this easy homemade Christmas present. The basic recipe for Homemade Bath Salts was taken from Martha Stewart.
For this batch I used:
3 cups kosher sea salt
1 1/2 cups Epsom salt
1/2 cup baking soda
a few drops of essential oils (I used a body shop oil I already had)
a few drops of food colouring
I mixed up the batch and made two separate colours to layer the jars. It’s hard to see the colours, but one is pink with red specks and the other is light green with dark green specks. I wish I would have had peppermint extract because these look like fun crushed candy canes!
I used about 4 teaspoons of each colour per layer.
My photos are not doing the paper justice. There two layers of paper covering the glue part from the baby food layer. The paper is a light green and a pink, that goes with the salts. I used stickers to spell “relax” and decorated the lid with a twisted napkin, some curly ribbon, and a gift bow on top.
I’m really happy with how these turned out. My sister and I churned out about ten of these, most of which still need to be decorated. It is a great use for our baby food jars, and a cute gift to give!
The word that came to mind with this project was “refresh”. Taking the time to refresh an object can be rewarding when you see the money you have saved and the beauty of the end result. Taking time to refresh people is also important. There are many ways that you can do this. The key though, is generosity. Being generous isn’t just with your finances, it can be with your words, your time and with little blessings. Proverbs 11:25 says:
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Part of everyone’s God-given purpose is to “love your neighbor as yourself”. Take time to pour into someone tomorrow. Maybe it’s giving someone something like these relaxing bath salts. That could be refreshing to them on multiple levels!