Everyone knows that homemade gifts are best. Making a gift (or forcing your child to do it) shows the recipient that you care, that you love them, and that you took the time to create something especially for them.
It also looks fantastic when you put photos of it up on Instagram/facebook.
But lets be serious here. If you get a 5 year old to make a gift, it’s not really something that anyone wants to display in their house (though if you must display kids art, here are some tips)
Why not get your children to make a gift that will actually be used and appreciated, and best of all, once it’s used it disappears, and will no longer be cluttering up your poor brother in laws house!
That’s where these amazing moisturising body bars come in!
What’s a body bar you might ask. Think of it as a hard moisturizing stick. Like a lip balm for your whole entire body! And you probably have all the ingredients that you need already in your house! *
**if you’re a bee keeper or some type of weirdo that collects beeswax, otherwise go to a fancy candle making store, or grab some off ebay**
Moisturising Body bars really are quite simple. All you need is 2 ingredients, then any scents/add ons you wish to include.
Cocount oil and beeswax in equal amounts. That is all.
We also added some random essential oils I found in the back of my cupboard, and some fresh herbs from the garden (the kids insisted on basil in one batch, so good luck to whichever poor relative/school teacher that is going to go around smelling like some mutant chocolate crackle/basil combination for the next few weeks..)
So here we go:
Melt the beeswax (PSA, when I first tried this, someone told me that you can melt beeswax with a hairdryer. I thought this would be the safest, most hands on way for my kids to do it, so we gave it a go. It probably would work if you had block of beeswax.
I had small beads of wax. The hairdryer blew them all. Over. My. House. The kids thought it was hilarious, I drank a big glass of wine..)
Put your damn wax in the microwave.
Depending on the size of the batch you’re making, go for about 30 second bursts. Once its nearly all melted, put your coconut oil in too and give it another zap. Your moisturising body bars are nearly done!
Add your little smelly bits (fresh herbs, dried herbs, essential oils, whatevs..) then pour into a mold. Small silicone ones are best, but I’ve also used cookie cutters on a flat tray.
Chuck it in the fridge to set (you should probs grab yourself a wine while the fridge is open, us mum’s are known for our multitasking skills after all)
Chill with your wine(s) for 20 mins then pop them out of the moulds.
Valentines/Christmas/birthday/I’m a pretentious mum that does craft presents hand made by the kids done!
Body Bars that feel so good to rub all over your dry, cracked body! Totally easy, and not in the least messy at all, I swear *
*Mrs. Piggy takes no responsibility for any of you fools that actually attempt this project with children. Kids are monsters, and should not be given anything. Ever, at all..*
We chucked them in some left over cups from the kids birthday party, and made some firework card information notes
** Also, as much as all the ingredients are food safe and non-toxic (I hope). I do not recommend giving these lovely, heart shaped coconutty smelling little morsels to your forgetful grandmother in the nursing home for Christmas.. trust me on this, you just don’t want to do it..
Love Mrs. Piggy
Want to see the firework cards that Mrs. Piggy used to label these bad boys? Click here
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