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mother's day crafts bath bombs

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I rarely have the chance to take a proper luxurious soak in the bath, so when I do get the opportunity I make the VERY most of it.

I’m talking once that door is closed no one is allowed in. The rules are very simple: there shall be no questions shouted through the door, demands for food are to be met by the other half, and arguments defused on their own.

Meanwhile, in my watery sanctum, I have a treatment on my hair, a mask on my face, and a scented candle flickering on the windowsill. I grab the iPad, sink back into my perfumed bubbles, and for the next hour the outside world ceases to exist.

That little bit of precious me-time helps me recharge and cope with whatever the week has in store. Which is why, when thinking of special Mother’s Day crafts to make for this weekend, I finally decided on homemade bath bombs – a little bit of escape and indulgence in an otherwise hectic schedule.

I had originally planned to make them completely from scratch, but then I discovered that HOBBYCRAFT had collaborated with crafting queen Kirstie Allsop to produce a range of do-it-yourself kits; everything from candle making, to glass painting, to bath bombs.

mother's day crafts hobbycraft 1

mother's day crafts hobbycraft 1

I decided on the rose package, which included all the ingredients you need: citric acid, baking powder, cornflower, dried rose petals, rose fragrance and heart-shaped moulds.

mother's day crafts bath bomb contents

After sifting the dry ingredients and combing them with my hands, I added the rose essence to a little spray bottle, with a few drops of some orange oil I already had at home (orange is known to be a calming fragrance). Next, I sprayed the liquid on to the powder, bit by bit, until the mixture had a crumbly texture, but firmly held together when I squeezed it into shape.

Mother's Day crafts bath bomb mould

I sprinkled a couple of rose petals into the bottom of the mould, then pressed the bath bomb mixture firmly on top. With a gentle tap it came free, set in a lovely heart shape.

Mother's Day crafts lone bath bomb

I left the bath bombs to dry and harden up a bit, then wrapped them in a cellophane gift bag.

Last year I went on a modern calligraphy course, so instead of a generic store-bought card I hand wrote one of my favourite quotes to accompany my Mother’s Day gift: ‘A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go…’.

Then I remembered I had a small rose-gold art frame that I’d been meaning to do something with for ages. It almost perfectly matched the pink & gold ribbon I was using, so I filled it with the calligraphy quote instead to make a pretty keepsake.

Mother's Day crafts final

What do you think of my indulgent Mother’s Day gift? 

 

21 Comments

  1. Getting down to hobby craft this week. Get myself a bath bomb kit.

  2. Oh they look fab and Handmade gifts are always a winner!
    Amy Done What recently posted…7 Ways to Practise Self-CareMy Profile

  3. What a fab idea!!! I passed there earlier today too, what a shame!!
    Ladies Pass It On recently posted…HOMEMADE MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS YOU NEED!My Profile

  4. I love personalized gifts and handmade are even better. This is such a great idea!
    Lubka Henry recently posted…Stylish and on-budget wedding dress – like the fashion editorsMy Profile

  5. These handmade gifts look fantastic. We don’t celebrate Mother’s Day as it’s too close to my Mum’s birthday but she gets spoilt all the time anyway hehe!

    • Aw, your poor Mum’s getting ripped off, haha! Actually, I totally sympathise, as my birthday is five days after Xmas, and the day before New Year’s – THE WORST time for a bday!! 🙂

  6. Handmade gifts are always the best! It shows you care! I think my mum still has a load of my gifts I made her from way back

    • My mum kept all my crappy clay models for years and years!! Those were the days when everyone used to make ashtrays in pottery class – can you imagine the uproar if they let kids do that in schools these days?! 😉 x

  7. They look wonderful, and the care and love that goes into a handmade present is hard to beat.
    fashionmommy recently posted…Interior dreams focus – bathtubsMy Profile

    • Totally agree! So much more effort and thoughtfulness to create something unique – I’d pick that over a store-bought pressie any day. x

  8. These are fab. I think homemade gifts are the best and these definitely look like something they’d have fun making and giving x
    Susan Mann recently posted…Celebrating with Mr Men – My Mummy Book and GiveawayMy Profile

  9. Oh these look great. My mum much prefers homemade gifts, and I do like it when someone helps make the job a little easier.

  10. I think this is such a great mother’s day gift! It’s a perfect gift for any occasion really. x
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  11. Sarah Bella - March 27, 2017 reply

    Awww, these are beautiful! I’d love to make bath bombs. I’ll be having a look for this kit when I’m in Hobby Craft next. Thank you for sharing. xx

  12. What a gorgeous gift idea. Home-made are the best gifts.

  13. Ooh I love your bath bombs!!! Very professional! I had no idea that Kirstie Allsop was doing crazy sets – must check those out!
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  14. Hmm – that was supposed to say *craft* sets!!! Autocorrect!!
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