My little boy has always loved baths, but his love has been taken to another level since he discovered bath bombs. The colors, the scents, the fizzing… all part of the recipe for bath time heaven! But man, those things can be pricey – too pricey to keep in supply for a three-year-old’s bath. So when I started to notice DIY bath bomb recipes floating around the internet, I knew it had to give it a try.
The instructions were simple, the ingredients were basic, it was way cheaper than buying bath bombs at any store, and *BONUS* they were super fun to make! We loved customizing the colors and scents and sizes, and it seemed only natural that the next attempt should include putting a toy inside.
So, today we are sharing these spring surprise DIY bath bombs. Enjoy!
Supplies needed to make your own DIY bath bomb surprises:
- Life of the Party Bath Bomb Kit
- Molds (the kit includes molds, but these ornaments work great for bombs with toys inside)
- Coloring (included in kit, but you can find additional colors here)
- Fragrance or Essential Oils
- 2 tsp. Coconut Oil (melted)
- 2 tsp. Water
- 1/2 cup Epsom Salts
- Mini Rubber Ducks or Other Animal Figurines
- Mixing Bowls, Measuring Cups, Measuring Spoons
Note: The following steps differ slightly from the instructions in the Bath Bomb Kit.
Step 1. Mix 1 1/2 cups of the Sodium Bicarbonate and Corn Starch Blend with the Epsom salts (1/2 cup) in a bowl. You will add the citric acid later.
Step 2. Mix coconut oil, water, and fragrance/essential oil in a separate bowl.
Step 3. Divide the liquid mixture into separate containers, and add coloring.
Step 4. Combine the dry and wet mixtures, and mix until the color is even (this can take a little while and sometimes it works best to dig in with your hands). The mixture should hold together when you squeeze it in your hands.
Step 5. Add the citric acid, and mix with a spoon or spatula (don’t use your hands at this point). Don’t add any water after the citric acid has been added.
Step 6. Pack the mixture, surrounding the rubber duck, tightly in the molds (ornaments). It helps to over pack each side, and then work out the excess mixture as you close the mold. Also, after a bit of trial and error, I found that plugging the hole in the bottom of the duck with hot glue is super helpful. That was the toy isn’t as squishy and doesn’t move the mixture around. A solid toy would also be easier to work with.
Step 7. Let them dry for 24 hours, and remove from the mold.
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