Rainbow Moldable Sugar Scrub Recipe

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Learn how to make this fun sparkly unicorn inspired, rainbow moldable sugar scrub with my original semi-solid rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe that you can mold and shape!

Rainbow Moldable Sugar Scrub Recipe! Learn how to make this fun sparkly, glittery unicorn inspired rainbow colored moldable sugar scrub with my original semi-solid rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe that you can mold and shape!

By now most of us have seen the hilarious Squatty Potty YouTube video portraying unicorns pooping rainbow ice cream. And Rosanna Pansino making those super cute, unicorn rainbow poop cookies on her YouTube channel here. (I LOVE her cookbook, Nerdy Nummies!) Well, my rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe is inspired by these amazing representations of unicorns doing their thing! I hope you have as much fun making this project it as I did! After all, everyone knows unicorns poop rainbows!

My shimmering rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe combines primarily natural ingredients so it’s suitable for even sensitive skin. One of these ingredients is extra virgin chia seed oil. With natural anti-inflammatory benefits, chia seed oil also helps to hydrate skin, improve elasticity, and encourage regeneration of skin cells. It is suitable for all skin types, but is especially wonderful for dry, sensitive, and maturing skin.

A treat for both kids and adults at bath time, my unicorn inspired rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe creates a unique product that’s great for gifting. After all, everyone needs a little sparkle in their life from time to time!

Rainbow Moldable Sugar Scrub Recipe! Learn how to make this fun sparkly, glittery rainbow colored moldable sugar scrub with my original semi-solid rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe that you can mold and shape!

Rainbow Moldable Sugar Scrub Recipe

© 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
6  different liquid melt & pour soap colors or skin safe mica powders, to suit
Super Sparkles mica powder, to suit

Instructions:

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

In addition, you will also need two 9 oz. clear straight sided glass jars with silver metal lug caps. I got mine from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.

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.

Divide the sugar scrub “dough” into six balls.

You’re now ready to create your rainbow of colors for your own rainbow colored moldable sugar scrub!

You’ll start by adding one of your colorants to the first ball of sugar scrub “dough.” Add just a little at a time, kneading well to incorporate the color. Once you’ve reached the desired color intensity, slowly add a small amount of super sparkles mica to the colored sugar scrub and knead it into the mixture. Keep adding the mica until the ball of sugar scrub “dough” reaches the level of sparkle desired.

Rainbow Moldable Sugar Scrub Recipe! Learn how to make this fun sparkly, glittery rainbow colored moldable sugar scrub with my original semi-solid rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe that you can mold and shape!

Now repeat the process with the remaining sections of sugar scrub using a different color for each section. Divide and roll each ball of colored sugar scrub “dough” into two’s and set aside. If your sugar scrub gets too sticky while you are working you can simply step away and let the sugar scrub harden back up.

Rainbow Moldable Sugar Scrub Recipe! Learn how to make this fun sparkly, glittery rainbow colored moldable sugar scrub with my original semi-solid rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe that you can mold and shape!

Now pat both sets of each of your six colors into flat rounds, just smaller than the diameter of the jar.

Layer one each of the colors into each of your two jars, pressing each layer down into the jar as you go until you’ve used all of the sugar scrub mixture.

Rainbow Moldable Sugar Scrub Recipe! Learn how to make this fun sparkly, glittery rainbow colored moldable sugar scrub with my original semi-solid rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe that you can mold and shape!

If desired, you can add an additional sprinkle of Super Sparkle mica powder to the tops of your moldable sugar scrubs.

Rainbow Moldable Sugar Scrub Recipe! Learn how to make this fun sparkly, glittery rainbow colored moldable sugar scrub with my original semi-solid rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe that you can mold and shape!

Finally, screw on the lids to your jars and add a fun label! (I used extra sugar scrub “dough” for my rainbow moldable sugar scrub pictured here for photography purposes only. Evenly divided into two jars, your rainbow moldable sugar scrub should all be contained within each jar.)

To use simply scoop out desired amount and massage onto wet skin as you would a solid sugar scrub cube.

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!

If you like my unicorn inspired rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe, then you may also like my DIY unicorn balm. You can find the recipe for making my unicorn balm here. In addition, you may also enjoy my mermaid soap tutorial.

No time to make your own? Shop from among my favorite homemade unicorn themed bath and body products on Etsy here!

For even more unicorn inspired projects and products, be sure to check out my Unicorn Lust board on Pinterest. Or follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest for more bath and body recipes like this one. You can also find me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can't make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade. This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you're also helping out the artist and their families as well!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can’t make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade.

This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you’re also helping out an artisan and their families as well! Keep reading to discover handmade gifts for soap lovers, gifts for DIY-ers, gifts for guys, gifts for kids and more!

Handmade Gifts for Soap Lovers

Handmade Soap Gifts for the Holidays Perfect for Soap Lovers

Handmade Gingerbread Soap from Boston CreationsFrosted Birch and Juniper Bath Gift Set from Sweet Clementine Soaps / Christmas Soap Gift Set from Orange Blossom Soap Company / Lump of Coal Soap from Northern Dlights

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Soap Gifts

Handmade Pumpkin Chai Soap from SoapwonderfulSecret Santa Christmas Parcel from Sweet Cecily’s / Gingerbread Body Butter from Nature’s Skin Nutrition / Holiday Soaps and Lip Butters Gift Set from Beth and Olivia’s Market

Handmade Gifts for DIY-ers

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Prosecco & Peach DIY Lip Balm Kit from Sweet Cecily’s / DIY Zombie Moss Terrarium Kit from Moss Love Terrariums / Crystals Embroidery Pattern from Sarah K. Benning / DIY Whipped Body Butter Kit from DarNaturals

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Organic Kombucha Brewing Kit from The Kombucha Shop / Organic Nut Free Whipped Body Butter Kit from ElixourOriginal Dairy Free Mozerella & Ricotta Cheese Kit from Urban Cheesecraft / DIY Natural Soy Candle Kit from Holistic Studio

Handmade Gifts for Guys

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Gifts for Guys

Brewery in a Box Beer Making Kit from Urban Brew Shop / Rock Candle Oil Lamp from Handmade Rock Art / Handmade Novelty Bacon Soap from Epic Soap Company / Skull Coffee Pour Over Filter Set from Nicole Pangas Ceramics

Handmade Holiday Gifts for Guys

Spiced Chile Hot Chocolate Mix from Whimsy and Spice / Oak Wood iPhone Valet from Paybacks A Beach / Hand Stitched Mens Guitar Wallet from Fullmoonn / DIY Cocktail Bitters Kit from High Desert Botanicals

Handmade Gifts for Kids

Handmade Holiday GIft Guide: Gifts for Kids

Superhero Soap from Love Lee Soaps / Crochet Raccoon Toy from Ami Ami Gocco / Squirrel Coin Purse from KaselottiNatural History Coloring Book from Awreon Illustrations

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Trio Set of Lip Glaze Tins from Feeling Smitten / Personalized Pony Pin Badge from Bonbi Forest / Soapsquatch Big Foot Soap from Leeloo Soap / Ice Cream Parlor Bath Bomb from Boom Shaka Bomb

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide and Etsy Favorites

Want even more handmade holiday gift ideas? Shop from among my other Etsy favoritesGift Ideas for GuysGift Ideas for DIY-ersGift Ideas for Pet OwnersUnique Handmade GiftsGift Ideas for HerHousewarming GiftsGift Ideas for KidsGift Ideas for Little GirlsGift Ideas for SweetheartsGift Ideas for Coffee + Chocolate LoversGift Ideas for Unicorn LoversPumpkin Spice Gift IdeasGift Ideas for Pin Lovers and Gift Ideas for Co-Workers! (Or see them all here.)

You can also find more handmade gift ideas from Etsy’s Editors’ Picks Handmade Holiday Gift Guide here.

Want to make your own handmade holiday gifts? Check out my collection of 50 unique DIY Christmas gifts you can make for friends and family here.

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DIY Unicorn Balm with a Hint of Shimmer and Sparkle

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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!

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!

Learn how to make your own fabulous DIY unicorn balm! This tri-color balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance!

DIY Unicorn Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. sweet almond oil
1 oz. fractionated coconut oil
1 oz. emulsifying wax
1 oz. sal butter
.15 oz. skin safe fragrance oil of choice
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
1/4 teaspoon each of three mica colors of choice
3/8th of a teaspoon flashing pearl, shimmer pearl or silvery white pearl mica

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale for this project. A regular kitchen or postal scale will work for this particular project, however I specifically use a Baker’s Math Scale. (I recommend this scale if you are making soap or plan on doing a lot of bath and body projects in the future.)

Begin by weighing out the sal butter and emulsifying wax. Combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup, then melt in the microwave at 50% power. (Alternately you may also use a double boiler.)

If you don’t have sal butter or prefer to use another butter, you can also use refined shea butter or mango butter in place of the sal butter. (Sal butter is a great substitute for shea butter for anyone who is sensitive to shea butter or has a latex allergy. Sal butter is a superb moisturizer and is believed to help with various skin disorders such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. It can also help to reduce skin inflammation. In addition, its chemical composition makes it especially suited for hard lotions.)

Using a measuring spoon, measure out one level teaspoon of arrowroot powder. Stir or whisk into the melted sal butter and emulsifying wax until the arrowroot powder has dissolved and there are no clumps.

Next, weigh out the sweet almond oil and fractionated coconut oil. Stir or whisk into your DIY unicorn balm mixture.

You can substitute the sweet almond oil with another carrier oil if desired such as grapeseed oil. Just be sure it is liquid at room temperature. If you are substituting the fractionated coconut oil, choose another liquid at room temperature dry oil for best results. Other dry oils I like are rosehip seed oil and hemp seed oil.

If you using a fragrance oil, weigh out and stir in the fragrance. (You can also use an essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice. In this case, use .05 oz. of essential oil.)

Now divide the DIY unicorn balm base into three containers.

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!

Using a measuring spoon, add 1/4 teaspoon of your first mica color to one container of the unicorn balm. Stir well to combine. Repeat with a 1/4 teaspoon of the next mica color in the second container, and then add 1/4 teaspoon of your third mica color to the last and final container, mixing after each addition. (Please note you do not want to use lake dyes for this project.)

Now add 1/8 teaspoon of your flashing pearl, shimmer pearl or silvery white pearl mica to each of the three colors. This will give skin a very subtle shimmer. For more obvious shimmer, increase the amount used to suit. Stir each container well to ensure all of the mica is thoroughly combined in each container.

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!

Once the individually colored DIY unicorn balms start to solidify from a liquid state, stir again. Then scoop one of the colors into your container(s) so it fills 1/3rd of the container(s) you are using.

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!

Repeat with the rest of the colors until your container(s) are filled.

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!

Now use a mini spatula or the flat side of a knife or a spoon to swirl the top layer of the DIY unicorn balm. Finally, dust the top of your unicorn balm with the Diamond Dust, white or pearl mica.  Allow the unicorn balm to completely set up, then gently smooth the tops with the back of a spoon. Screw on the lids to your containers. Your completed DIY unicorn balm will have the consistency of a cream or thick lotion.

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!

You’ve now made your own DIY unicorn balm! Yay! For this project I used a 100 mL wide-mouth cosmetic style screw top jar from Infinity Jars. These jars are really cool, not only because of the awesome color – they are made from a deep violet glass that looks black – they also offer an airtight seal, filter out UV light and are scent proof. I had enough of the unicorn balm left over to also fill three 10 gram/mL lip balm pots.

This Watercolor Chubby Unicorn Clipart by Antler and Twine is perfect for your DIY Unicorn Balm!

If you’d like to label your DIY unicorn balm, you can easily create your own DIY stickers or labels using clipart and a word program. I am personally crushing on this watercolor chubby unicorn clipart from Antler and Twine. (Don’t forget to purchase a commercial license if you plan to sell these using clipart you’ve purchased.)

You can find a step-by-step tutorial for making your own DIY labels at Soap Deli News blog here. (Just scroll down to find the step-by-step tutorial after the soap recipes.) For printing your labels, you can get great prices on bulk labels online from WorldLabel 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!

My friend, Bambi, helped me make this awesomely fun project. She was also my “hand” model! In addition to helping me with my own projects from time to time, Bambi also makes and sells her own beaded jewelry in her Etsy shop, Happy Tree Frog Studios. I hope you’ll check it out! (Psst. She also modeled my DIY Anti-Puff Eye Roller for tired, puffy eyes and under eye bags. You can find that recipe here.)

Handmade Unicorn Kisses Multi-toned Iridescent Highlighter from Broken Arrow Beauty

If you don’t have time to make your own DIY unicorn, some other equally awesome unicorn themed bath and body products I’m crushing on include this Unicorn Kisses multi-toned iridescent highlighter (pictured) from Broken Arrow BeautySparkly Magical Whipped Unicorn Soap from Rose Garden Apothecary, Magical Unicorn Bath Bomb from Bubble Funtastic, and Unicorn Poop Mini Bubbly Bath Scoops from Two Wild Hares. (Or discover even more sparkly unicorn bath and body favorites here.)

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DIY Valentine’s Day Soaps for Kids

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Learn how to craft these fun DIY Valentine's Day soaps for kids! Each easy to craft Valentine's Day soap has a Valentine themed eraser tucked inside that they use after the soap is gone.

Learn how to craft these fun DIY Valentine’s Day soaps for kids!  Each easy to craft Valentine’s Day soap has a Valentine themed eraser tucked inside that they use after the soap is gone. All you need is a package of dollar or discount store erasers, a clear melt and pour soap base, red colorant and an optional fragrance oil.

Learn how to craft these fun DIY Valentine's Day soaps for kids! Each easy to craft Valentine's Day soap has a Valentine themed eraser tucked inside that they use after the soap is gone.

DIY Valentine’s Day Soaps for Kids

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

21.5 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
.5 oz. fragrance oil of choice, optional
3 mL Crafters Choice™ Matte Americana Red Liquid Pigment, or similar

Tools & Supplies:

digital scale
Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold
spray bottle with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
package of dollar or discount store erasers
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
graduated transfer pipette
utensils for stirring
cutting board
Chef’s knife

Learn how to craft these fun DIY Valentine's Day soaps for kids! Each easy to craft Valentine's Day soap has a Valentine themed eraser tucked inside that they use after the soap is gone.

Instructions:

This DIY Valentine’s Day soaps for kids project yields six heart shaped soaps with erasers embedded inside.

Begin by using a digital scale to  weigh out 13.5 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Using your Chef’s knife, cut into square chunks and place into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted, stirring in between heatings. Keep a close eye on your soap and be careful not to let it boil.

Using a graduated transfer pipette, measure out 3 mL of your liquid soap pigment and stir into the melted soap base entirely it’s thoroughly incorporated.

Weigh out .3 oz. of the fragrance oil you’ve chosen to use and stir into the melted soap base.

Now place your silicone mold onto the cutting board for stability and pour the red colored soap base evenly into all six of the heart shaped mold cavities, about 2/3rds of the way full.

Spritz the top of the soap you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then carefully use the cutting board to transfer the soap filled mold to the refrigerator. (Don’t put your soap in the freezer as it can make your soap base cloudy.)

 Once your soaps have hardened completely through, remove the mold from the refrigerator.

Now prepare your second layer of soap.

Weigh out the remaining 8 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base. Using your Chef’s knife, cut into square chunks and place into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted, stirring in between heatings. Keep a close eye on your soap and be careful not to let it boil.

Now weigh out the remaining .2 oz. of fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap base.

Learn how to craft these fun DIY Valentine's Day soaps for kids! Each easy to craft Valentine's Day soap has a Valentine themed eraser tucked inside that they use after the soap is gone. All you need is a package of dollar or discount store erasers, a clear melt and pour soap base, red colorant and an optional fragrance oil.

Spritz the tops of the red soap hearts you previously poured with alcohol, then place one eraser into the center each of the mold cavities on top of the red soap.

Spritz with alcohol again, then pour the clear soap base you just melted carefully on top of the red soap and erasers.

Spritz the top of the soap you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles. Then allow the soap to cool either in the fridge or at room temperature. (Don’t put your soap in the freezer as it can make your soap base cloudy.)

Learn how to craft these fun DIY Valentine's Day soaps for kids! Each easy to craft Valentine's Day soap has a Valentine themed eraser tucked inside that they use after the soap is gone. All you need is a package of dollar or discount store erasers, a clear melt and pour soap base, red colorant and an optional fragrance oil.

Once your DIY Valentine’s day soaps for kids have fully hardened carefully remove them from the mold cavities and wrap in food service film.

If you like this Valentine’s Day soapmaking project, then you may also like my other DIY Valentine’s day projects. They include the following recipes: You’re Scent-sational! Printable Valentines with custom scented mini perfumes, DIY Joan Jett Inspired Black Heart Valentine’s Day SoapsChocolate & Rose Valentine’s Truffle Bath Melts RecipeCardamom & Spice Solid Coffee Sugar Scrub Hearts RecipeDIY Conversation Heart Soaps, Heart Shaped Jelly Soap RecipeDIY Valentine’s Day Easy Massage Oil RecipeDIY Homemade Tri-Color Lip Balm Recipe,Homemade Melt & Pour Chocolate Truffle Soap RecipeNatural Chocolate Rose Hand and Body Cream RecipeChocolate Bon Bon Solid Salt Scrub RecipeOrganic Vegan Lip Tint Recipe for Valentine’s DaySkin Loving Natural Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe, Custom Scented Dry Oil Body Spray Recipe, and Warming Chili & Chocolate Natural Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe.

DIY Valentine’s Day project that use the same Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold as this recipe include the following: DIY Valentine’s Day Solid Lotion BarsDIY Valentine’s Day Heart SoapsDIY Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Bacon Soaps, Handmade Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Soap RecipePatchouli Rose Melt and Pour Complexion Soap RecipeValentine’s Day Homemade Heart Shaped Soap RecipeDIY Triple Butter Solid Sugar Scrub Hearts, and Natural Handmilled Heart Shaped Lavender Sea Salt Soap Recipe.

Discover even more DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas by following my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest. Or for Valentine’s Day gifts you can buy, check out my Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest. Or for more of my homemade soap recipes as well as other skin care recipes and craft projects, be sure to follow my other boards on Pinterest as well. You can also find me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.

Also please consider helping my dear friend and fellow artisan and educator, Bambi Godkin, in her fight against breast cancer. Learn more here.


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Easy Marimo Moss Ball DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

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Learn how to make your own easy Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium! These tiny aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls! Not only is each DIY light bulb aquarium super cute, but they are perfectly sized to sit at your desk or night to keep you company!

These easy DIY light bulb aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls and are super cute as homemade Christmas gifts!

Customize your Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium to suit your personal style or make several for homemade gifts for friends and family!

These easy DIY light bulb aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls and are super cute as homemade Christmas gifts!

Marimo Moss Ball DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

What you’ll need for each aquarium:

glass light bulb shaped bottle with screw on cap
small aquarium or floral rocks and/or pebbles
small glass floral beads, jewelry beads and/or small small resin cabochons
small Japanese Marimo moss ball

What you do:

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

I found my regular sized light bulb bottles at A.C.Moore for $1.49 each for the large ones and a dollar each for the small ones. They all seemed to have minor imperfections, however, these “disappear” for the most part once you add the water. I could not find anything similar at JoAnne’s or Michael’s which are the other two craft stores in my city. You can purchase these online, however, for a little bit more if you can’t find these locally.

The rocks, pebbles and beads should be an easy find at any craft store. I bought the ice cream shaped resin cabochons I used in these aquariums from DelishBeads on etsy. (She’s based in the USA so if you’re making these as homemade Christmas gifts they’ll get to you much faster than buying from a shop overseas.) Keep in mind that the hole for these light bulb shaped bottles is very small when buying objects to use in your aquariums. I also used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirrored Stars.

In addition you may be able to find Japanese marimo moss balls at your local pet store. If not you can purchase these online as well. You can find these on Amazon with prime shipping. They are also available from various Etsy shops. I bought mine from Hinterland Trading on Etsy as they are located in the same state as me. Mine were larger, 1 1/4″ in diameter, which is way too large for the holes on the light bulb bottles. However, all you need to do is gently squeeze the water out of the moss ball, cut in half then in half again, then gently roll into a ball in your hand. And then you’ll have four new moss balls that you can use.

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

To make your DIY light bulb aquarium begin by adding rocks or beads to the glass light bulb shaped bottle. You can use a funnel for smaller beads or rocks to help make this easier. Next add your stars or cabochons to suit.

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

Finally, follow with a Marimo moss ball and tap or distilled water then screw on the lid.

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

Repeat for each aquarium you want to make.

These easy Japanese moss ball DIY light bulb aquariums make wonderful last minute homemade gifts!

To care for your moss ball simply empty the water from the aquarium and replace with fresh water every 1-2 weeks and keep out of direct sunlight. For more information on how to care for as well as revive ailing Marimo moss balls visit Aquaradise blog. They offer some really helpful information for beginners.

For more fun and easy DIY projects as well as other homemade Christmas gifts you can craft, homemade soap recipes and DIY bath and body recipes be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also find me on G+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or follow me on Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr.


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