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Nov
05

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts


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Our Favorite Christmas CraftsOur Favorite Christmas Crafts

Christmas time is really a hectic time of year. Decorating, card writing, the kids’ Christmas programs and shopping, it’s amazing that it is the happiest time of year! Plus, most of us like to get crafty this time of year. Nothing says love like creating something special with a specific person in mind or a whole bunch of people in mind! If you need some Christmas gift inspiration, then check out some of our favorite Christmas crafts! These crafts are easy to make, yet give the impression that you spent a lot of time creating them. So if you are a busy elf during the crazy holiday season, then give these recipes a try. You will not only impress the people on your gift list, but you will impress yourself as well!

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: How To Have a Stress Free ChristmasOur Favorite Christmas Crafts: How To Have a Stress Free Christmas

Most of us in today’s world, have the idea that Christmas has to be picture perfect. We watch the movies on the Hallmark Channel and expect our Christmas to be just like on TV.

However, we don’t live our lives scripted. It’s always important to remember that the Christmas tree doesn’t have to look like Martha Stewart decorated it. Our Christmas cookies do not need to look like they came straight out of Bon Appetit magazine. Christmas is a beautiful time to simply spend with loved ones. Those will be the memories that your children can cherish and remember when they grow older. It’s not about how perfect the ornaments were hung on the tree. It’s about the memory you have of each ornament that you hang on those branches. It isn’t about how perfectly edged the icing was on the cookies. It’s about how awesome those cookies tasted no matter how much icing Junior glopped onto the snowman shaped cookie.

Enjoy your holidays! Take some shortcuts when it comes to having friends or family over. It’s okay to have something that’s not made from scratch! Homemade gifts don’t have to say you don’t have the funds to buy elaborate gifts. If you create things for certain people in mind, then you have given something to somebody that says, “I took my time and love to make you something I knew you would enjoy.” That type of Christmas is perfect in every way. Follow this link to read up on how to have a stress free Christmas before you start running in a million directions!

 

 

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: Candy Cane Candle RecipeOur Favorite Christmas Crafts: Candy Cane Candle Recipe

Our first recipe is our Candy Cane Candle Recipe. This is truly a fun candle to have on your tabletop during the Christmas season. This is a simple candle to create. We used our awesome Joy Wax. Joy Wax is a soy/paraffin blend candle wax that is easy to work with, even if you’ve never made candles before. Our Joy Wax has a wonderful hot and cold throw. It has a nice creamy finish and sets up beautifully in your containers. The candy cane candle is layered in pink, red and white with a fluffy, whipped wax topping! Yes, you can create fluffy whipped toppings with this wax. To complete the “candy” theme of the candle, we placed two swirled candy embeds made from our Pillar of Bliss. Pillar of Bliss is also a soy/paraffin blend candle wax that is perfect for creating embeds or wax melts. It hardens up nicely to allow for easy release from molds.

We have scented the candle in our Candy Cane fragrance oil. This scented oil is a yummy blend of peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus, strawberries and vanilla. This fragrance is a must for any type of Christmas projects you have in mind!

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: Candy Cane Facial MaskOur Favorite Christmas Crafts: Candy Cane Facial Mask

This  Candy Cane  Facial Mask recipe makes eight 4 oz jars which is the perfect amount to give to your girlfriends or to make for a Christmas party to hand out as party favors. This face mask has some wonderful skin therapy ingredients such as Kaolin Clay, Rose Clay, Beet Root and Hibiscus Flower Powder. We also used some Peppermint Essential Oil and Vanilla Powder for fragrance. It is a yummy smelling combination! Your skin will be glowing and refreshed after just one use! While we did layer it to have the look of a candy cane, the powders and clays will combine once you start using it, however, it will still smell divine. Just like a stick of peppermint candy!

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: Christmas Bath CookieOur Favorite Christmas Crafts: Christmas Bath Cookie

You just have to have cookies at Christmas time! It’s a necessary thing. So how about some cookies at bath time? Our Christmas Bath Cookies look and smell yummy enough to eat, and are perfect to entice little ones to take a bath! These bath cookies are very similar to bath bombs. The fizz and bubble and will leave your skin feeling soft and smelling good! We have used cocoa butter, mango butter, kaolin clay powder, and baking soda to name just a few of the ingredients. Your skin is going to feel amazing after your bath! We chose our Christmas Cookies fragrance oil that smells exactly like a freshly baked, buttery Christmas Cookie! Of course, cookies need frosting, right? Our “frosting” is our whipped soap that we used some of our FUN Soap colorant. With some Christmas colored sprinkles to top it off, your bath cookies are complete!

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: Christmas Coffee Wax Melts RecipeOur Favorite Christmas Crafts: Christmas Coffee Wax Melts Recipe

Here we have our Christmas Coffee Wax Melts. This recipe will make 24 wax melts using our mini muffin silicone mold. This recipe is perfect in that they are quick and easy to make, plus the recipe makes plenty to share between friends and family! How cute would these look gifted in a sweet little Christmas bag and tied with a pretty bow? We used our Pillar of Bliss Wax and layered it to look similar to a french vanilla coffee with a coffee brown base and a creamy white top. In fact, the base is scented in our French Vanilla Coffee which is the aroma of coffee, cream and vanilla, while the top part is scented in our Snickerdoodle Cookies Fragrance Oil. When these wax melts melt and blend together, your house will smell like a warm, inviting coffee house. Top the melts with a few whole coffee beans and they are ready to go!

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: Christmas Confetti Soap RecipeOur Favorite Christmas Crafts: Christmas Confetti Soap Recipe

If you’re looking to make some soap this Christmas, our Christmas Confetti Soap recipe is perfect! Quick and easy to make, we have used melt and pour soap base in Goat’s Milk and Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base. Simply melt down your soap, color, scent and layer. For the confetti part, we used some melt and pour with added vegetable glycerin. This helps make the soap more pliable allowing you to easily cut the colored part of the soap into little squares to resemble the confetti. For the pretty whipped topping, we used our Whipped Soap base and sprinkled some more confetti soaps on top. Our fragrance of choice is our Fruitcake Fragrance Oil. This scent smells of candied fruit, cake, sugar and vanilla! Mmmmm! This recipe makes one 4 pound loaf and then can be sliced up and wrapped for gift giving!

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: Christmas Tree Bath Bomb RecipeOur Favorite Christmas Crafts: Christmas Tree Bath Bomb Recipe

I can never say it enough! You can’t have too many bath bomb recipe ideas in your recipe box. Plus, they really are a fun gift for the kids. If you know some kids that don’t enjoy bath time, whip some Christmas Tree Bath Bombs. The kids could help make them as well.  Also, these bath bomb ingredients aren’t harsh and are perfectly safe for young skin.  These bath bombs are made into Christmas tree shapes with pretty colored Christmas “balls” decorating the branches. Also, these bath bomb ingredients are gentle enough to use on kids’ soft skin. We chose our skin safe Kringleberry fragrance oil. A very-merry-festive fragrance oil by Natures Garden with the aroma of fruity cranberries and red currants,and juicy apples. You will also smell base notes of fresh cut evergreens, and sprigs of bright, cheery holly berry.

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: Christmas Wreath Fire Starter RecipeOur Favorite Christmas Crafts: Christmas Wreath Fire Starter Recipe

I know one of my favorite things to have is a fire in my fireplace. Not just at Christmas time, but all winter long! Getting a fire started can be intimidating. Most people will use a fire starter log, but they can get expensive if you have a lot of fires during the winter season. Create some of our Christmas Wreath Fire Starters and you will be happy you did. This recipe will make 11 cupcake size fire starters and the best thing about these? They are scented! Fire starter logs won’t give you that! We made these starters using Pillar of Bliss and our Christmas Wreath Type fragrance oil. A perfect blend of fresh cut boughs of pine, balsam, holly berry and earthy pinecones along with notes of orange and cinnamon. We also included some cut and sifted Nettle Leaf and whole Juniper Berries to enhance the Christmas Wreath fragrance oil.

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: Pinecone Fire Starter RecipeOur Favorite Christmas Crafts: Pinecone Fire Starter Recipe

Here’s another lovely fire starter recipe that uses pine cones. These Pinecone Fire Starters will also make a pretty, scented and rustic display when placed in a basket next to your fireplace! Simple to make, this recipe will give you 20 large pine cone fire starters. To create these, you will simply dip your pine cones into melted and scented was, allow to dry overnight and they are ready to go! We chose our Pleasingly Pumpkin fragrance oil to scent these fire starters. Pleasingly Pumpkin is a sweet, creamy combination of pumpkin puree with warm notes of butter and sweet vanilla cream. It’s really a warm, yummy scent without being overpowering!

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: Holly Berry Bath Bomb RecipeOur Favorite Christmas Crafts: Holly Berry Bath Bomb Recipe

How cute are these Holly Berry Bath Bombs? Fun and festive, these would look pretty stored in a large, clear candy jar for all to admire during the holiday season. If you are familiar with bath bomb ingredients and the process of making bath bombs, then you know how easy it will be to make these. Add some cute little Holly Berry shaped sprinkles to make these stand out! Bath bombs are a perfect way to relax and unwind after a busy day of shopping and wrapping gifts. We scented these with our festive Holly Berry Fragrance oil. this wonderful fragrance is a well-balanced blend of bayberry, pine, cinnamon, clove, and lemon rinds. It’s a very nice scent for soap and body lotion as well.

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: Gingerbread Latte CandleOur Favorite Christmas Crafts: Gingerbread Latte Candle

Next, we have a fun candle to create for those that love their lattes! Our Gingerbread Latte Candle looks like a true coffee drink with its chocolate colored coffee base and frothy whipped topping. For the icing on the cake, we have a sweet little gingerbread “cookie” setting on top. As like all of our Christmas Crafts, this candle is super easy to make using our Joy wax for the “coffee” and “whipped topping”. The gingerbread embed was made using our Pillar of Bliss. We scented the whole thing in our Snickerdoodle Latte Fragrance Oil which smells of rich roasted Colombian coffee that is blended with spices and hints of toasted nut. A base of vanilla buttercream rounds the whole fragrance out!

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts: More Craft Ideas

Well, that is all we have for today. We hope you enjoyed reading and learning about some of our favorite Christmas crafts here at Nature’s Garden. If you are interested in more Christmas Crafts, check out these 25 crafts from Crazy Little Projects.

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Nov
22

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe


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Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe

Our next Christmas Craft Recipe is our Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe.  Now, while this may seem like an ordinary bath bomb, it is nothing but ordinary.  First, we found these festive sprinkles that were the inspiration for our holly berry bath fizzies.  I am in love with them and have to use them for my Christmas Cookies this year!  However, these sprinkles also worked perfectly to go with Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil.  This fragrance oil smells delightful and happens to be a holiday favorite among the Natures Garden team members.  In addition, we have created the look of snow on the bath fizzies.  While this part was entirely accidental, it truly kicked these bath bombs up a notch, making them my personal favorite recipe of the season.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment You Will Need: 

Witch Hazel (in spray bottle)
6- Clear Round Acrylic Fillable Ornaments
Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoon
Scale
Holly Berry Sprinkles (Find these From Wilton)

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prior to Preparing This Bath Fizzy Recipe

First, you want to make sure your work area is clean.  Also, be sure your mixing bowls and molds are clean and ready to use.  I also highly recommend wearing an apron to protect your clothing and gloves, glasses, and a mask. The glasses and mask are simply because the baking soda tends to float a bit on me when I add it to my bowl.  In addition, you want to prepare a bottle of witch hazel using your bullet bottle and sprayer.  I would also like to note that bath bombs should be prepared in non-humid climates.  Since bath bombs are activated by water, they can be slightly activated by moisture in the air.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the White Portion

The Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe has two colors.  First, we will prepare the white half of the bath fizzies.  This half will also include the holly berries that decorate the bath bombs.  We will also talk about an optional idea at the end to make the white half look like snow!

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for the White Portion:
256 grams Citric Acid
560 grams Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
9 grams Safflower Oil
8 grams Holly Berry Fragrance Oil
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the White PortionHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the White Portion

First, we will prepare the dry ingredients for the white portion of the bath fizzies.  So, in a deep mixing bowl, add 256 grams of Natures Garden’s citric acid.  Then, use your hands to break up any clumps you find.  Then, add 560 grams of baking soda.  Again, use your hands to break up any clumps you may find.  Also, mix the ingredients together as you are breaking up the clumps.  You want to make sure the ingredients are fully mixed and clump free before moving on.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Add the Wet Ingredients for the White Portion
Next, we will be adding the wet ingredients for the white side of the bath fizzies.  To the bowl with the dry ingredients, add 8 grams of Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil.  Then, add 9 grams of safflower oil to the mixture.  Finally, once again, use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  Continue to mix until the ingredients are completely and thoroughly mixed.  Once the ingredients are mixed, set the bowl aside, we will come back to it.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Red Portion

Next, we will prepare the red portion of our Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe.  This portion will be the second half of the bath fizzy.  It will simply be an easy bath bomb recipe.  It is just a simple bath bomb, with added oil and red colorant.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Total Recipe Amounts for the Red Portion
256 grams Citric Acid
560 grams Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
9 grams Safflower Oil
8 grams Holly Berry Fragrance Oil
6 grams Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the Red PortionHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Dry Ingredients for the Red Portion
The dry ingredients will be citric acid and baking soda.  So, in a deep mixing bowl, add 256 grams citric acid and 560 grams baking soda.  Use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  Make sure you break up any clumps you find in the mixture.
Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Wet Ingredients for the Red PortionHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Prepare the Wet Ingredients for the Red Portion

Now, we will prepare the wet ingredients for the red portion of the Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe.  So, to your dry ingredients, add 9 grams of your safflower oil, 8 grams of Natures Garden’s Holly Berry Fragrance Oil, and 6 grams of Natures Garden’s Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant.  Then, use your hands to mix the ingredients together.  Make sure the red colorant is fully and evenly dispersed.  Then, set the red portion aside for the moment and we will come back to it in just a little bit.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Putting the Bath Fizzies in the Molds

This bath fizzy recipe uses a traditional sphere bath bomb mold.  However, prior to putting the bath fizzies in the molds, we have a few more steps to complete.  You will need to get your molds out and put them in front of you.  We used a medium sized bath bomb mold and made six bath bombs using this recipe.  You can see a picture of the mold we used below.  They were simply the round plastic ornament type molds.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Holly Berries to the MoldsHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Holly Berries to the Molds

Next, we will be adding the holly berries to the molds.  The holly berries were created using holly sprinkles mix from Wilton’s.  These sprinkles contain red beads and green leaves that resemble holly berries.  For our bath bombs, we used three red beads and three green leaves in one half each bath bomb mold. So, go ahead and place three red beads in the center of one half of each of your bath bomb molds.  Then, place three of the leaves around the red decorating beads.  The goal is to make them look like holly berries.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the White Bath Fizzy Mixture to the MoldsHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the White Bath Fizzy Mixture to the Molds

Now, we will be adding the white bath fizzy mixture to one half of each mold.  The white portion of the bath fizzies will be added to the same side that you added the holly berry sprinkles.  So, with clean gloves, begin spraying the mixture lightly with witch hazel.  You want to have a crumbly dough like consistency.  Once your bath bomb mixture is at the proper consistency, add the white bath bomb mixture to holly berry half of each bath bomb mold.  Make sure you pack the fizzy mixture tightly in the mold so that they form properly.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Red Bath Fizzy Mixture to the MoldHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Adding the Red Bath Fizzy Mixture to the Molds

Now we will be adding the red bath fizzy mixture to the molds. So, begin by spritzing the red bath fizzy mixture with witch hazel.  Continue to spray and mix until you are sure that all of the mixture is at a crumbly dough consistency.  Once the bath bomb mixture is at the proper consistency, add it to the second half of each mold.  Pack the molds tightly and be careful not to overfill your molds.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Putting the Two Halves TogetherHolly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Putting the Two Halves Together

Finally, we will be attaching the two halves.  First, we need to lightly spray each half of the bath fizzy with witch hazel.  So, lightly spray one white half and one red half with witch hazel.  Then, press the two halves together.  You need to do this with the remaining molds until you have completed all six of your bath bombs.  Lastly, allow them to completely setup before you remove the handmade bath fizzies from the molds.  Your bath bombs should come right out of your molds very easily.  Simply use the hooks to pull the molds apart.  Then, place your bath fizzies in a place where they will not be disturbed or roll around.

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day One

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day OneI really have to start from day one to fully explain how this happened. I should also say, this is totally optional and dependent on the humidity as well.  When I created this recipe, I will be honest, it was raining cats and dogs, and did so all day and all night.  Obviously, this is not the best time to create a bath fizzy with all of the extra moisture in the air.  However, when I found the Wilton holly berry sprinkle, I was instantly inspired.  I HAD to make them for everyone to see.  Of course, this meant I would need to create them and immediately take pictures to share with all of you.  So, my bath bombs setup.  I removed them from the molds.  I quickly took pictures right away!  As you can see the white half is perfectly smooth.  They looked great.  I was totally happy with them.  Then, I set them aside.  I was having a bit of a problem getting the bath fizzies to stay in one place. The problem was, they kept wanting to roll off the table.  So, I set them back in half of the bath bomb mold.  The little hook on the mold prevented them from rolling away.  Now, for whatever reason, I only used half of a mold for each bath fizzy. I placed each bath bomb with the red side in the mold.  You can see how they looked when I went to bed that night in the picture to the left.

 

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day Two

Holly Berry Bath Bombs Recipe: Happy Accidents Day TwoHowever, the most wonderful thing happened overnight!  This left the white half exposed to the air.  After an exhausting and very long day, I accidentally forgot about them and left them sitting out on my table all night.  As we talked about at the beginning of this article, bath bombs a best prepared in non-humid climates.  Well, of course, the bath fizzies attracted some moisture from the air.  Of course, the bath bombs were slightly activated.  However, since the red portions were still in the molds, only the white halves were affected.  Guess what this created, it made the white half look like snow!!!  They looked amazing and festive and absolutely perfect!  You can see how they looked in the morning in the picture to the left.  I would never have thought to use the moisture to my advantage, but it worked out wonderfully for this time of year.  I actually recreated these for my own personal use, using this technique intentionally and for those wondering, yes, the bath bombs still fizz perfectly.

 

Tell Us About Your Happy Accidents

We all have those moments where we think, man I just messed that soap, candle, bath bomb, etc. up big time.  Then, there is that moment where you realize that big mistake turned into the most wonderful thing that you never planned for.  I couldn’t be happier with how these bath bombs turned out.  Personally, I am absolutely obsessed.  I make baskets each holiday for family and friends.  I fill them with bath and body products and totally intend to create these and other bath fizzies using this technique.

We would love to hear all about your happy accidents.  We would even love to hear what inspired your projects and see pictures as well!  Tell us all about them on our Facebook or Twitter pages.  You can even post pictures on our Instagram @ngscents.  If you are looking for a little inspiration, be sure to check out all of our Free Recipes and Classes available right on our website.