For today’s Love: in a Jar post, we’re going to make a homemade sugar scrub and bath salts! I was actually inspired from this Coupon Project reader who shared a similar idea here recently – and she’d collected many of the items with sales and coupons, too!
To get started, you will need to collect some jars. Any number of jars would potentially work, but I decided to look for some cute jars in a variety of sizes, and something that would open and close repeatedly easy. I found these adorable jars in the housewares section of Fred Meyer! I was able to use a 10% off Home Extra Bonus coupon too. A bit pricier than just using plain-old canning jars, but a bit more special for a homemade gift.
After you’ve cleaned and dried your jars, you’ll want to make some cute labels. I found some pretty great, simple instructions at Maybe Matilda. Of course, this meant it was time to bust into the scrapbooking supplies that had been collecting dust in my office!
I made some ovals, and then printed some simple labels on a Word document. Viola.
For this next part you will need Mod Podge. Have you ever worked with this stuff? I recently discovered it and it’s amazing! It’s like a glue and gloss and finisher all in one. And, they sell it at Fred Meyer in the craft section (near the paint)!
Using a paintbrush, add a thin coat of the Mod Podge to your jar, then add the label on. I first added the scrapbook paper, covered it with Mod Podge, added the second label, and then covered the whole thing with another layer of Mod Podge.
Your label will dry clear. I would just wipe off any excess Mod Podge on the glass to avoid streaks.
Now, for the contents! I have two recipes I found for you online. Both involve essential oils.
The Homemade Sugar Scrub also comes from Maybe Matilda. All you need is 3 cups of plain sugar and 1 cup + 2 tbsp of olive oil. Stir.
Divide into jars and add about 10 drops of essential oil per jar. I used lavendar.
The second recipe I made was bath salts. This is another ridiculously easy one. First, I picked up a giant bag of plain Epsom bath salts at Fred Meyer. It was about $5.99, and there was an in-store 15% off coupon I was able to use!
Oh, and you’ll want to keep the essential oils handy for this recipe, too.
All you do is fill up a jar with the salt and add a few drops of oil. I love, LOVE the smell of Eucalyptus in the bath, so that’s what I chose. I found just a few drops were more than enough!
Talk about an easy, but oh-so-adorable homemade gift! Best of all, no chemicals or fake, harsh ingredients. How pretty would it be to welcome a houseguest with a bathroom full of homemade spa treatments?
Have you ever made anything like this? Other recipe/ingredient ideas you might share?
The following items used today were purchased from Fred Meyer: all the jars, Mod Podge, paintbrush, Epsom salts, and sugar. Join me next week for more ideas with jars!
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