Craft & Cocktail Night: DIY Nail Polish

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As mentioned in last week’s weekly wrap up, I’m going to be doing Craft & Cocktail Night about every other week with friends and acquaintances this summer. The first of such nights was this past Saturday when we made DIY nail polish!

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

I had been wanting to try this project for a while but had kept putting it off. So I finally took the plunge, bought the supplies and my friends and I all made DIY nail polish together.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Creating custom nail polish makes a wonderful DIY for a Craft & Cocktail Night as it’s actually a really easy project to do. This way everyone can have fun and catch up with friends – as well as make new ones! – without having to worry about making mistakes with a project and going home disappointed.

Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

To start off our DIY nail polish Craft & Cocktail Night, we first settled in with a cheese board I threw together and cocktails comprised of vodka and Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower and Rose Lemonade. (These are SO good. I buy my Elderflower and Rose Lemonade from The Fresh Market. You can mix it with either vodka or gin as strong as 1 part vodka to 1 part lemonade and it’s delish!)

After everyone was comfortable and we’d chatted for a bit we dove into making our own DIY nail polish.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

I purchased my supplies for this DIY nail polish project from Brambleberry. You’ll need their suspending nail polish base and nail polish mixing balls for this project, along with mica pigment powders to color your polish and solvent resistant or nail polish glitter, tiny 18mm funnels, mini .15cc scoops and nail polish containers of your choice. Toothpicks also come in handy. (If you don’t want to buy everything individually, Brambleberry also sells kits.)

I also bought some cute little decorative bags from my local craft supply store for everyone to take their completed projects home in. Once, you’ve gathered all of the materials needed for your DIY nail polish, you’re ready to begin!

DIY Nail Polish

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

To make your own DIY nail polish, you’ll begin by carefully pouring the suspending nail polish base into the nail polish bottle. We tried using a funnel for this but the funnel opening is too small to really get the nail polish base into the jar. This does take a little bit of patience.

Fill your nail polish bottle about 3/4 of the way full with the suspending nail polish base. Once you’ve added the base, drop 2-3 nail polish mixing balls to the nail polish container.

(As a side note, be sure to do this on a dedicated craft table or with a placemat underneath your work surface. The first time I made this some of the nail polish base spilled onto the tablecloth and went through to the table, taking the paint off.)

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Next, using a funnel, add mica pigment powder in your color(s) of choice to the bottle. I recommend 4-5 of the mini scoops for an opaque color. Or use less for a sheer color.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Tap the funnel into the nail polish jar to fill it. You can use a toothpick to help push more of the color into the jar if the funnel gets clogged.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

If desired, you can also add glitter to your custom DIY nail polish. We found using a small scoop for the glitter worked best and omitted the use of a funnel for this step.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Once you’ve added the color and glitter, add the brush and lid to your nail polish container.

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Shake well then test out your new nail polish on a finger. If desired, you can add additional mica and/or glitter to suit.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Be sure to keep track of the mica color(s) and the number of scoops you use for your nail polish in a notebook or an a piece of paper so you can recreate it later.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Once you’ve achieved your perfect nail polish color, you can decorate your nail polish bottles.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

We used washi tape to decorate our nail polish bottles but paint pens work great too.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

And that was it! Our new DIY nail polish was ready to rock!

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

We had a LOT of fun with this project and were each able to make more than one nail polish.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Afterwards, as there was still loads of time left in the evening, we broke out the card game, Exploding Kittens. None of us had ever played before so Bambi, who loves games, took the lead and read the rules. She also kept us straight when got confused.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Cathy got a kick out of the card instructions. (I’d purchased the NSFW version.)

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Once we’d played our first game of Exploding Kittens, we played a second with the first expansion pack, Imploding Kittens.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Cathy rocked the cone of shame as she was already wearing her kitty ears! She is always such fun and a great sport about everything!

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this super easy DIY nail polish tutorial as well as a peek into my first Craft & Cocktail Night of the summer! If you’ve thrown your own Craft & Cocktail Night, I’d love to hear what you did. So be sure to give me the skinny in the comments!

For more entertaining and party ideas, be sure to visit my Party Ideas board on Pinterest. You can also find some great cocktail recipes on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board.

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Weekly Wrap Up (Week of June 18th-June 24th)

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This past week I’ve been busy brainstorming like made for new bath and body recipes and I’m so excited to get started on my new to do list! Some of the projects I plan to share will also be a part of what I’ve coined my Craft & Cocktail Nights that I’ll be having about every other week with my friends. The first one is tonight and we’ll be making DIY nail polishes using a suspension nail polish base, micas and glitters.

Painting wooden birdhouses!

In actuality, since I moved back to Roanoke and am once again in close proximity of some of my favorite and true blue friends, I kind of have a craft & cocktail night anyway about once a week with someone near and dear.

Craft & Cocktail Night! Painting wooden birdhouses.

Those projects, however, are typically one on one on a night there are no kids and my husband has his weekly band practice. I often use those nights for experimenting like mad. Sometimes those creations make it to the blog. Other times they don’t.

Craft & Cocktail Night! Painting wooden birdhouses.

This past Thursday my husband’s band, Virginia Electric, actually had a gig so we skipped the weekly craft shindig for music. I headed out to hear my husband’s band play and my friend Bambi hit a local venue to hear her friend’s band. The Thursday before however, we tried two new fab red wines and painted birdhouses.

Craft & Cocktail Night! Painting wooden birdhouses.

Craft & Cocktail Night! Painting wooden birdhouses.

It was ridiculously enjoyable. We did get a little crazy though when I thought it’d be a marvelous idea to paint the kitchen tabletop. (If you follow me on instagram it’s likely you’ve already seen that disaster.)

Craft & Cocktail Night.

We sort of got WAY into it and the whole incident became a “blow off steam/sensory play” experience. It was quite fun and I recommend everyone do it at least once in their lives – but definitely do it outside.

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The tabletop ended up looking like a smear of mud so in the end, I cleaned off the tabletop – leaving only a few streaks of glitter behind that didn’t come off – and slaved a bit over the kitchen clean up. We had started by splattering paint and squirting it onto the table so by the end of the night there was paint on the floor and the walls and randomly in the strangest of places.

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My husband was rightfully a bit miffed. It was quite the disaster to walk in on. And he walked in as I was attempting to mop the kitchen floor – a feat that only made the floor look worse. Think a film of a mud like colored substance everywhere the mop had been. So I got down and dirty with towels and kitchen cleaner and pretty much scrubbed the kitchen floor on my hands and knees along with the table, chairs, walls and even the sides of the cabinets. Thus, should you ever repeat this exercise in complete lack of self control, I highly recommend you take it outside.

The next day there were muddy paint footprints I scrubbed off the wood floor – along with Bambi who had her own footprints she took home with her.

Still, there were and are no regrets because it was the most amazing time! And luckily, having spent quite a few years raising two daughters, my husband was a lot more understanding than I would have been had I walked in on the same disastrous aftermath.

If you want to paint your own birdhouses, this is actually a great project for the family if you skip the cocktail part of it. You can find the birdhouses online at Target.com here. (I hadn’t seen these at my local Target, but they also tend to sell out of crafty supplies and materials there rather quickly.)

Some other wonderful things I’ve enjoyed this week include this beautiful handmade soap from Lavish Clean Intentions. It’s scented with spearmint and eucalyptus and is one of my favorite handmade soaps shared using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram this week.

I’ve also found a new favorite white wine –  Three Thieves 2015 Pinot Grigio. It’s a steal at $10 a bottle and of course, there’s an additional dollar off per bottle when I buy six at Kroger!

As there’s always a question about using preservatives in homemade skin care products, a great article I recently rediscovered and pinned to my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board is this one from Soap Queen blog. It will help you answer the question as to whether or not your homemade product needs a preservative. And if so, what is the best preservative to use for your product type.

These DIY Pork Dumplings from HelloFresh are AMAZING!

I’m also in love with the Pork Dumplings Recipe from HelloFresh. This is the second time I’ve ordered this meal with my box as it’s so amazing! I’m cooking this for dinner tonight pre-party. If you’re not a HelloFresh subscriber you can sign up here and get $40 off your first order.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend and that you all have a super creative inspiring week next week! See you then!

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Fun Bath & Body Recipes to DIY This Weekend

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Ten super fun DIY bath & body projects you can create this weekend! Homemade soaps, bath bombs, scrubs and body balms to get you in the creative spirit!

Looking for fun bath & body recipes to DIY this weekend? Here are just a few of many favorite bath & body recipes that I’ve either collected on Pinterest or created myself to help your creative side get into the spirit!

Fun DIY Bath & Body Recipes

DIY Glitter Cupcake Bath Bombs via Aww Sam blog! These DIY glitter cupcake bath bombs are easier to make than you might think and make bathtime more fun for everyone!

These DIY glitter cupcake bath bombs from Aww Sam! blog are easier to make than you might think and make bathtime more fun for everyone with a hint of pink glitter and colorful sprinkles! Learn how to make them here.

Grab these silicone baking cups and melt and pour soap base for the frosting via Amazon Prime’s free 2-day shipping now so you’re set for the weekend! If you don’t have Amazon Prime you can get an Amazon Prime 30-day free trial here. Alternately, you can buy an all inclusive DIY bath bomb kit from SmallTown Table on Etsy.

This DIY unicorn soap via A Kailo Chic Life blog makes a super fun weekend DIY project with it's swirl of colors and star sprinkles!

This DIY unicorn soap via A Kailo Chic Life blog makes a super fun weekend DIY project with it’s swirl of colors and star sprinkles! Learn how to make it here.

You’ll need both a clear glycerin soap base and white glycerin soap base for this project along with the same silicone rectangle soap mold that I use for a lot of my own soapmaking projects and recipes.

This DIY Birthday Cake Soap via Studio DIY! is so pretty and pink! Not only is it fun to make and use, but it also makes a creative homemade gift!

This DIY birthday cake soap via Studio DIY! is so pretty and pink! Not only is it fun to make and use, but it also makes a creative homemade gift! Learn how to make it here.

You can use either a round silicone cake pan for this DIY cake soap and the cut the cake soap slices yourself, or you can use a pre-divided cake slice silicone mold. A cupcake fragrance oil then gives your cake soap slices an authentic scent!

Learn how to make fun unicorn inspired rainbow sugar scrubs with a cool original semi-solid rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe that you can mold and shape!

My shimmering unicorn inspired rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe is also fun to make. It’s a semi-solid sugar scrub recipe that you can actually mold and shape and has lots of sparkle! Kids love this one! Learn how to make it here.

These DIY emoji poop bubble bars are sure to make bath time a little more interesting! Inspired by the pile of poo emoji, this bubble bar mimics the brown soft-serve ice cream shaped icon with a smile.

Another favorite among kids are these DIY poop emoji bubble bars! They smell like chocolatey prosecco cupcake and not only bubble but foam and fizz a bit as well! Their “poo” color comes from the addition of real cocoa powder. Learn how to make these here.

Learn how to make your own fabulous DIY unicorn balm! This tri-color DIY unicorn balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance! Plus it makes a great homemade gift idea for anyone who loves unicorns - or simply wants sparkle like one for the day!

Another unicorn themed project that both kids and adults alike will fawn over is this DIY unicorn balm. Created with a swirl of three colors and shimmering mica, this scented unicorn balm can make you feel like a unicorn for the day! Learn how to make it here.

This foaming Easter egg bath truffles DIY adds a bit of fun to bathtime. The finished foaming Easter egg bath truffles fizz and bubble and sparkle AND nourish with cocoa butter, babassu oil and yogurt powder! And, clean up is so easy! There's NO staining!

If you still have plastic eggs leftover from Easter, then you may want to try this recipe for fizzing bath truffles! They bathtime treats fizz & bubble and color & sparkle while also nourishing skin with natural cocoa butter, babassu oil and yogurt powder. Of course, you don’t have to make them in an egg shape. You can also use your favorite round bath bomb mold or even a silicone mold! Learn how to make them here.

DIY Crystal + Gold Gemstone Soap via Dans Le Lakehouse

This DIY crystal + gold gemstone soap via Dans Le Lakehouse blog is another fun soapmaking project. There’s no right or wrong way to create gemstone soaps as in the end all of them tend to be unique pieces of art created around your own aesthetic. Learn how to make these soaps here.

Learn how to make your own crystal geode soap eggs with hearts for stunning DIY Valentine's Day gifts!

My DIY geode soap is another fun soapmaking project that allows a wide range of creative freedom. The step-by-step photo tutorial will guide you through the process of mixing soap, glitter and mica into fun rocks scented in your favorite fragrance and designed with your favorite colors. Learn how to make these DIY soap geodes here.

Make this coveted DIY foaming salt scrub recipe this weekend! This foaming salt scrub is super easy to make and can be customized with your favorite scent! Just melt, pour and mix ingredients for a foaming salt scrub that gently exfoliates as it lathers and cleanses like soap!

And last, but certainly not least, is my coveted foaming salt scrub recipe! This foaming salt scrub is super easy to make and can be customized with your favorite scent! Just melt, pour and mix ingredients for a foaming salt scrub that gently exfoliates as it lathers and cleanses like soap! Learn how to make it here.

For even more DIY bath & body recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

Also, don’t forget. If you make homemade soaps or bath & body products I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my weekly wrap up posts! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram and twitter posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured!


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DIY Donut Soap Made Using the Cold Process Soapmaking Method

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If you love doughnuts but they don’t love you, try making this DIY donut soap instead! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, these DIY donut soaps are formulated to be high conditioning/low cleansing bars.

If you love doughnuts but they don't love you, try making this DIY donut soap instead! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, these DIY donut soaps are formulated to be low cleansing/high conditioning bars. They're naturally colored with rose kaolin clay to mimic a "baked" pink donut and also contain watermelon fruit extract powder which is high in vitamin C and and amino acids that can help to promote rejuvenated looking skin.

They’re naturally colored with rose kaolin clay to mimic a “baked” pink donut and also contain watermelon fruit extract powder which is high in vitamin C and and amino acids that can help to promote rejuvenated looking skin.

This DIY donut soap is made using the cold process soapmaking method. It's palm free and is formulated to create a high conditioning/low cleansing soap.

In addition, this DIY donut soap recipe also contains skin conditioning camellia (tea seed) oil, babassu oil and mango seed butter. It’s then iced with a natural melt and pour soap base “donut glaze” and topped with real candy sprinkles! Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY donut soap!

If you love doughnuts but they don't love you, try making this DIY donut soap instead! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, these DIY donut soaps are formulated to be low cleansing/high conditioning bars. They're naturally colored with rose kaolin clay to mimic a "baked" pink donut and also contain watermelon fruit extract powder which is high in vitamin C and and amino acids that can help to promote rejuvenated looking skin.

DIY Donut Soap

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

4.8 oz. mango butter
1.6 oz. castor oil
3.2 oz. babassu oil
7.35 oz. olive oil
6.4 oz. sesame oil
3.85 oz. coconut oil
4.8 oz. camellia oil

9.75 oz. distilled water
4.25 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)
.25 oz. (about 2 Tbs.) rose kaolin clay
.6 oz (about 2 Tbs.) watermelon fruit extract powder
1.7 oz. fragrance oil

Soap Notes:

DIY Donut Soap Recipe made using the cold process soapmaking method.

I’ve included a screenshot from SoapCalc (above) to make resizing the recipe for my DIY donut soap easier and so you have an idea of the overall soap bar quality. (SoapCalc is great tool for anyone wanting to create their own custom soap recipes from scratch. You can learn how to create your own custom soap recipes using a lye calculator here.)

Because my DIY donut soap is palm free, I did a steeper water discount than normal and included sodium lactate in the soap recipe to get a harder bar.

I used a sparkling limoncello fragrance oil for my donut soaps. You can use any fragrance oil of your choosing, however, be aware that if it contains vanilla, your donut soaps will turn brown.

My DIY donut soap recipe yields a baker’s dozen or 13 donut soaps.

I used this 2 pack of silicone donut molds that my boyfriend gifted me for Valentine’s Day to make these soap donuts.

Instructions:

You should be familiar with making cold process soap before trying this soap recipe. If you’ve never made cold process soap before – or any kind of soap in which you’re working with lye – I strongly recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe so you get a feel for the process and know you can create a successful soap. Otherwise, you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create your DIY donut soap. You should adhere to all basic safety precautions when working with lye.

Begin by measuring out the amount of water called for in the recipe into a heat safe container. Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye.

Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Stir the lye until it has dissolved, then set the lye-water aside.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking fats – these are all of the oils and the mango butter called for in the recipe.

Heat until melted then set aside.

Allow the lye-water and the melted soapmaking oils to cool to around 95°F. Once they’ve reached this temperature, you’re ready to make soap.

Weigh out the sodium lactate and stir it into the cooled lye-water.

Then weigh out the clay, watermelon fruit powder and fragrance oil. Add these ingredients to the melted oils and mix to combine with a stick/hand blender.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils.

Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace then evenly pour the donut soap batter into the molds’ cavities. Cover if desired with plastic film or parchment paper and set aside in a safe location.

Remove the soap from your molds the next day or the day after depending on the hardness of the soap donuts. If your soap doesn’t gel then you may need to wait an extra day or two before unmolding to get your DIY donut soap to release cleanly from the molds.

Allow your donut soaps to cure 4-6 weeks. Once your soaps have cured, your ready to add the icing and sprinkles!

This DIY donut soap is made using the cold process soapmaking method. It's palm free and is formulated to create a high conditioning/low cleansing soap.

To create your soap icing you’ll need a clear melt and pour soap base. I specifically used Crafter’s Choice detergent free hemp melt and pour soap base. Cut up several ounces of the soap base into squares and melt in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted.

Next add your desired colorant for the soap glaze. I used Nurture Soap’s vibrant yellow mica. Stir in desired amount – I recommend about a quarter teaspoon – and scent if desired.

Allow the soap glaze to cool slightly. Just before it starts to solidify, you’re ready to apply the glaze.

Dip your first soap donut, top down, into the soap icing donut glaze. Turn over and place onto a cutting board or other workable surface. Immediately add candy sprinkles of your choice.

This DIY donut soap is made using the cold process soapmaking method. It's palm free and is formulated to create a high conditioning/low cleansing soap.

Repeat this process with all of the donut soaps one at time, until you’ve decorated all of your donut soaps.

This DIY donut soap is made using the cold process soapmaking method. It's palm free and is formulated to create a high conditioning/low cleansing soap.

If you prefer to add soap icing rather than a glaze to your soap donuts, simply add more colorant to the clear melt and pour soap base, allow to cool but not solidify, then drizzle as desired across each of the soaps.

This DIY donut soap is made using the cold process soapmaking method. It's palm free and is formulated to create a high conditioning/low cleansing soap.

You’ve now made your own DIY donut soap! All that’s left is to wrap and label your soaps as desired for personal use or gifting. (These make fantastic party favors!) If you’re planning to sell your homemade donut soaps, be sure to label them according to FDA guidelines. Not sure how to label your creations? I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

For even more of my soap recipes and tutorials, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board and my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Fun DIY Spring Sugar Scrubs in Bunny & Chick Shapes for Easter

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Learn how to make your own fun DIY spring sugar scrubs in bunny and chick shapes for Easter! Made from a moldable semi-solid sugar scrub, these spring sugar scrubs are fun both in and out of the tub!

Learn how to make your own fun DIY spring sugar scrubs in bunny and chick shapes for Easter! Made from my own original moldable semi-solid sugar scrub recipe, these spring sugar scrubs are fun both in and out of the tub! Plus a combination of mostly natural ingredients makes them suitable for kids to enjoy as often as they want.

Learn how to make your own fun DIY spring sugar scrubs in bunny and chick shapes for Easter! Made from a moldable semi-solid sugar scrub, these spring sugar scrubs are fun both in and out of the tub!

Crafted using the exact same recipe as my rainbow colored moldable sugar scrub, both my bunny and chick spring sugar scrubs can be made using the same batch of my moldable semi-solid sugar scrub “dough.” Simply make a batch, then divide it as needed for the number of colors you want.

Learn how to make your own fun DIY spring sugar scrubs in bunny and chick shapes for Easter! Made from a moldable semi-solid sugar scrub, these spring sugar scrubs are fun both in and out of the tub!

In my case, I used a combo of colors for a purple-gray for my bunny butts and yellow for my Easter chicks. The simple details are then painted on using micas and isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.

You can pre-make the “dough” base for these spring sugar scrubs then create the shapes and paint on the details with your kids or grandkids for a craft afternoon filled with fun!

Learn how to make your own fun DIY spring sugar scrubs in bunny and chick shapes for Easter! Made from a moldable semi-solid sugar scrub, these spring sugar scrubs are fun both in and out of the tub!

DIY Spring Sugar Scrubs

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.75 oz. refined cocoa butter
6 oz. ultra refined shea butter
1 oz. extra virgin chia seed oil
.75 oz. emulsifying wax
.5 oz. xanthan gum powder
.15 oz. castor oil
.35 oz. vegetable glycerin
.75 oz. Stephenson’s Natural SLS Free Melt and Pour Soap Base
.05 oz. kaolin clay (white cosmetic clay)
16 oz. granulated white sugar
.25 oz. essential oil or .4 oz. fragrance oil, of choice
liquid melt & pour soap colors and/or skin safe mica powders, to suit

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh the ingredients for my DIY spring sugar scrubs. I recommend this Baker’s Math Scale if you plan to make a lot of bath, body or soap recipes.

Begin by weighing out the cocoa butter, shea butter and emulsifying wax into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup or similar. Heat at 50% power in a microwave until melted. (Alternately you may also use a double boiler.)

Weigh out the melt and pour soap base and cut into small chunks. Stir into the melted butters and wax until melted. You can reheat if necessary to continue melting the soap base.

While these ingredients are still hot, weigh out the xanthan gum powder and whisk into the melted ingredients until it has dissolved.

Next, you’ll weigh out the remaining oils and glycerin. Combine the chia seed oil, castor oil, essential or fragrance oil and vegetable glycerin in the bowl with the previously melted ingredients and stir well.

In a separate container, weigh out the kaolin clay and sugar. Mix to combine.

Now pour the clay and sugar mixture into the liquid ingredients and mix well.

Set the mixture aside until it starts to thicken then remix with a spoon or spatula.

Now mix the sugar scrub mixture using a KitchenAid stand mixer as it continues to thicken.

You can place the sugar scrub mixture in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process if desired.

Once the mixture begins to look white and a little fluffy – kind of like marshmallow fluff – remove the mixing bowl from the stand mixer base and place it briefly in the fridge.

When sugar scrub starts to feel as if it’s hardening, remove it from the refrigerator.

Remix the sugar scrub mixture with your hands. Your body heat will make the sugar scrub pliable sort of like Play-doh.

You’re now ready to create your bunny and chick spring sugar scrubs!

You’ll start by dividing the sugar scrub “dough” into the number of colors you’d like to use. Working with one ball of sugar scrub “dough” at a time, add the colorant(s) to the first sugar scrub “dough” a little at a time. Knead well to incorporate the color in between adding the colorant. Once you’ve reached the color you want, repeat with any additional sugar scrub “dough” and colorants.

In this instance I colored half of my sugar scrub “dough” yellow for the little chick spring sugar scrubs and a combination of colors for the bunny butts to create a purplish-gray.

Learn how to make your own fun DIY spring sugar scrubs in bunny and chick shapes for Easter! Made from a moldable semi-solid sugar scrub, these spring sugar scrubs are fun both in and out of the tub!

Now divide the yellow colored sugar scrub “dough” into palm sized or smaller chunks and roll them into balls.

Do the same for the bunny butts, but leave some left over scrub off to the side. Once you’ve rolled out the balls for the bunny butts, roll out several smaller balls for the bunny tails and two more small balls for each of the bunny butts.

Roll the balls for the bunny feet on a flat surface until they are slightly oblong, then gently press flat.

Press the bunny feet onto the bottom of the large balls you created as your bunny butts. If you’re worried about the feet sticking during transport or if you’re gifting your spring sugar scrubs, simply dip the bottoms of the bunny feet into a small amount of melted natural melt and pour soap base and use it to adhere the components of your bunny together.

Now dip each sphere you created for the bunny tails into skin safe glitter or mica. I used Super Sparkles mica powder for my bunny tails. Then adhere the tails to your bunny butts as photographed above the bunny feet.

Set both the chick and the bunny spring sugar scrubs aside to harden back up. You can of course speed up this process by placing them in the fridge.

Once your bunny and chick sugar scrubs are nice and firm you’re ready to paint on the designs! This is done in basically the same way I painted on the micas for my DIY mermaid soaps!

You will use micas to paint the details your spring sugar scrubs. Grab a small container for each color you want to use to paint your scrubs.

Add a small amount of mica to each container followed by a small amount of isopropyl alcohol. As you want bold colors, use as little alcohol as possible to dampen the mica just enough that you can smoothly spread it with a small paintbrush.

To paint on the bunny feet simply paint one large circle in a contrasting color to your bunny’s color at the top of the bottoms of all the bunny feet. Then also paint three small circles on the bottoms of all the feet. Let them dry and your spring bunny sugar scrubs are done!

To make your chick sugar scrubs it’s pretty much the same deal and also super easy. Paint two small circles for eyes – or use candy eyes like I did for my DIY poop emoji bubble bars – and then paint on triangles for each of their beaks! Let them dry and now your spring chick sugar scrubs are complete!

Now all you need to do is package your spring sugar scrubs in large 16 oz. clear PET (BPA free) jars or wrap tightly in food service film and label as desired.

To use simply scoop or tear off desired amount from a chick or bunny and massage onto wet skin as you would a solid sugar scrub cube.

If you’d like to sell these chick and bunny spring sugar scrubs for Easter, be sure to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

Peep inspired Easter Bunny Soaps by Sunbasilgarden Soap

Don’t have the time to make your Easter basket stuffers or spring inspired gifts? Then be sure to check these awesome Peep inspired Easter Bunny Soaps from Sunbasilgarden Soap (pictured above) along with a lot of other wonderful, handmade spring inspired soaps and scrubs on Etsy here.

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I also really love these bunny soaps by Johnny Ate My Soap that I discovered on instagram! (All of Johnny Ate My Soap‘s instagram photos actually kind of make my knees weak.)

If you’re looking for more great Easter or spring projects to make either to sell or for friends and family, then be sure to check out my collection of crafts, recipes and ideas on my DIY Homemade Easter Crafts & Treats Pinterest board here. Or follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board for more homemade sugar scrub and other bath and body recipes.

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