You probably don’t know, but back in college (I won’t say how long ago that was) I majored in biology with a concentration in integrative and organismal biology.
Yeah, it sounds a little impressive, right? I’m pretty sure it made me sound a whole lot smarter than I actually am, but I digress…
Unfortunately majoring in biology there was no way around taking way too many chemistry classes. And I loathe chemistry!
Believe me, I swear I’m not overreacting. It’s totally out of my element. In fact, I really have no idea how I passed all those classes. But, I am game for a few well placed chemistry puns periodically (you see what I did there?). Ok, ok, enough with the chemistry puns and on to the gift!
Enter this totally geeky Mother’s day gift idea complete with free printables to make this gift at home for your mama in less than half an hour!
What mom doesn’t love to have a little time to herself to relax, unwind and have a bit of silence? I’m pretty sure the answer is 99.99% (if your that .01% then you, my friend are oh-so-strange and we should definitely be friends). Plus if you really want to score some extra brownie points, then you can also give her some chocolate wrapped in these free printable candy wrappers!
These DIY bath salts are perfect to help your mom feel special on this Mother’s Day. Plus these salts aren’t your basic run of the mill epsom salt; they’re lemon scented and mixed with gold mica to give a subtle golden sheen after bathing to help fancy up even the most tired mom!
Read the DIY below to get all the details.
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Geeky Mother’s Day Gift Idea
- Glass bottle with stopper that looks chemistry-esque (I used this one, but this one would probably work better)
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 1/4 tsp Gold Mica (optional)
- 15 drops Yellow food dye, 1 drop Red food dye (McCormick or these natural ones*)
- 5 drops Lemon Essential oil (optional)
- Glass Bowl
- Funnel to fit glass bottle
- Free printable tag and sticker (link at bottom of page)
- Sticker Paper
- Heavy Cover Paper
- Baker’s Twine
- Start by making the bath salts. Combine the epsom salt, gold mica (if using), food dyes and essential oil in a glass bowl and stir vigorously until all the dye is completely incorporated into the salt.
- Use the funnel to fill the bath salt to the top of the bottle. Shake to settle and refill to the top again.
- Print out the free printable tag on card stock and the gold element sticker on white sticker paper.
- Peel back stick paper and apply sticker to glass bottle. *Side note: I mentioned in the supplies that I would likely change my glass bottle if I did this DIY again. While the round bottle looks cool, it was seriously hard to apply a sticker to the surface. I’d go for one that is much more flattened (like the second one linked to above).
- Punch a hole in card stock tag and tie onto bottle with baker’s twine.
- Try to stop smelling the delicious lemon scented salts that remind you of your teenage years’ lemonhead candy obsession.
*I have never used these natural dyes, so I would be sure to test them before you give them out as gifts. You don’t want to end up dying your mom or mother-in-law yellow! Now that I think about it, some of you may want to dye your mother-in-law yellow, but I highly advise against it ;).
Not too difficult, right? Now that you’re done why don’t you use the leftover salts for yourself and just turn on a good podcast and relax the night away!
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