These Build-a-Snowman Bath Bombs are inspired by the already Classic Disney movie Frozen (and the recent release of Frozen 2!). It’s a great last-minute gift idea for Christmas that just about anyone can make.
Christmas break is coming, and what’s more fun than a crafty afternoon at home to keep yourself and your fellow house mates occupied.
These deconstructed snowman bath bombs are incredibly easy to make, and require only a handful of ingredients.
This is a great and playful activity to learn how to make bath bombs yourself. It’s a very easy project that combines science with winter fun.
For this quick and easy snowman bath bomb tutorial I wanted to keep the ingredients list simple, so I left out the corn starch and water part of the traditional bath bomb recipe.
If you have any questions about making bath bombs, including where you can find citric acid, check out my Q&A Guide to Making Bath Bombs here.
- Round bath bomb molds (in 3 different sizes)
- Medium mixing bowl
- Pour the baking soda, Epsom salt and citric acid into the mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients together with a spoon.
- Optional: add 1 teaspoon (or use as much as you like - Is there really something as too much glitter?) of pearl mica for added shine. You can also add biodegradable glitter instead.
- Slowly add the coconut oil to the dry ingredients while you keep stirring the mixture with your spoon. You can add the coconut oil at room temperature, meaning it'll likely be solid. Or you can lightly melt the oil in the microwave or using the double boiler method. Don't heat the oil until it's hot to the touch. You only need it to be in a liquid state, as this is easier to incorporate with the dry mixture.
- Check in between if the mixture clumps together. One way to do is is by pushing the mixture up onto the sides of the bowl. If the mixture sticks to the sides the bath bomb base is ready. This is an alternative recipe that uses oil instead of a liquid. This makes it a little easier, as you don't have to 'guestimate' the amount of liquid you need. But you still have to be careful with how much oil you add. Use too little and the mixture will crumble into a powder again. Use too much oil and the mixture will start to swell up in their molds. If the oil trick doesn't seem to work for you, you can pour a small amount of water, witch hazel or rubbing alcohol (about 1 tablespoon) in a spraying bottle and lightly spray the mixture while you keep stirring.
- Prepare your molds by placing them onto a flat surface. This would also be the time to add your decorations. I used a piece of orange soap cut into a triangle as the 'carrot' nose. The eyes and buttons ('pieces of coal') are actually black pepper corns. Alternatively you can also paint these features on later, like I did for the stick arms. See notes below to see how I did that.
- Fill both sides of each mold with the bath bomb mixture. Once the bath bomb molds are overflowing with the mixture you can press both sides firmly together. Let any excess powder fall out from the sides until the mold closes.
- Let the bath bombs dry in their molds for at least 2 hours. Carefully take them out of their molds and wrap them in cute packaging.
- If you're allergic to coconut oil or would like to use something else you can swap it for another carrier oil of your choice. I like coconut oil because it's solid at room temperature and helps the bath bomb hold together. But another vegetable oil like olive oil and jojoba oil would work too. This will of course affect the color of the bath bomb since coconut oil is white and many other carrier oils have a light to dark yellow, green color.
- Instead of adding decorations like dried herbs, flower or sprinkles, you can also paint the bath bombs with mica powders or with natural colorants. To do this, put a small amount of colored powder in a container and add an even smaller amount of vegetable oil or alcohol. Add your decorations with a fine paint brush. If you like to use natural colorants, you can use turmeric powder for the nose and activated charcoal for the eyes and buttons.
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You can also make the packaging of the snowmen part of the activity and build it as you wrap them!
Wrap them in sheer plastic so you can instantly see your snowman smiling back at you. I used recycled plastic wrapping from previous gifts.
Add a sturdy string and you can even hang it as an ornament in your Christmas tree or as Holiday decorations around the house.
You can also gift these funny snowman bath bombs as stocking stuffers. Or package each part of the snowman individually and hide them in different parts of the house!
Don’t forget: If you like this DIY than don’t forget to put a pin on it!