Calendula Bath Bombs

For this Mother’s day we decided to try a fun, unique DIY craft- Bath Bombs. They are a ton of fun to make and satisfying to drop into the bath. These petal-laden bath bombs are exploding with essential oils, and our very own Calendula flowers. So grab your Mom or a friend and get ready to get your hands dirty making these unique, relaxing, and entertaining bathroom essentials.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/4 Cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 Tsp Water
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 5-10 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Calendula Petals
  • Bath Bomb Molds

*Makes 3-6 Bath Bombs (depending on size of mold)

Instructions:

  1. Gather two bowls. In one bowl combine all the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. In the other bowl combine all the wet ingredients and mix.
  2. Slowly pour the liquid mix over the dry ingredients and whisk.
  3. Test the texture by grabbing a handful and squeezing. If it holds, then move on. If too wet or dry add additional baking soda or water until desired firm consistency. *Note-do not overdue extra water-it will cause an early fizzy reaction, and the bath bombs will not form to the mold properly.
  4. Add Calendula petals and mix with hands.
  5. Fill each side of the molds, making sure there is no extra space.
  6. Add a little extra to one half of a mold, and then firmly press the two halves together for 10-30 seconds.
  7. Gently pull off the molds, one half at a time, and place on wax paper to dry for 24 hours.
  8. Drop into your warm luxurious bath, and enjoy the fizzle of your hand-made bath bomb.

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Real Easter Basket Grass!

Want to make your Easter egg hunt even more eggciting? Begin a new holiday tradition and grow your own Easter basket grass! This is a beautiful, fresh and eco-friendly alternative to plastic grass. Plus, it’s fun, easy and your kids will love it.

Supplies:

Step-By-Step: 

First, find a plastic planter saucer that is close to the size of your Easter basket and will fit nicely inside.

Then, fill the plastic plant saucer half way full with potting soil and spread it evenly.

Next, pour out your grass seed, covering the dirt. Once the dirt is covered, push the seed down with your fingers about half an inch into the dirt. Some of the seed will still be visible.

Now, add water to the dirt. Make sure the soil is wet throughout, but don’t drown the seeds! Place your saucers under your Miracle-Gro AeroGarden LED Grow Light and water your grass every day, just enough to dampen the soil.

On day 3 or 4, your grass should begin popping up!

Between day 4 and 6, your grass should be coming in nicely and should be thick.

Between day 8 and 12, your grass will be ready for your Easter basket! If it is too tall, you can always cut it down with a pair of garden shears.

Enjoy! This is a tradition we are sure you will look forward to every year. Happy growing.

Aromatic Wax Bars

Bring beauty and fragrance to your home with this new take on fabric sachets. Learn how to artfully place AeroGarden flowers and herbs in beeswax bars that hang like natural ornaments in your home. These scented jewels compliment any room! (Image credit: Terrain)

This craft is perfect for any AeroGarden flower or herb. For flowers, a few options to call out would be Phlox, Lavender, Petunia, Dianthus.

For herbs, try Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Lemon Mint, Sage and Rosemary.

To make these naturally fragrant bars, follow this how-to by Lucy Akins.(Image: Lucy Akins)