(FOX Providence) - Mother's Day is this weekend and if you're trying to find theright personal gift for your mother, try creating your own homemadespa basket.
Whether it is a long soak in a hot bath that your mother cravesor an hour alone, treat mom to the spa experience without theseveral hundred dollar price tag!
Ken Maccarone of KM DesignStudio joined The Rhode Show to demonstrate how to create a spabasket.
To make bath salts
Bottle or Jar
Perfume or Essential Oil
Combine the desired amount of Epsom salts (enough to fit inyour bottle or jar) with food coloring. If using two colors to mixfor combined colors add the food coloring to the bowl first andthen add the Epsom salt.
Mix well so color is even. Add your perfume or essential oil andmix again. Add your dried lavender and mix one last time.
Spread the mixture out on a sheet of wax paper to dry for acouple of hours and then put it in the bottle or jar or individualmeasured out packets.
While the salts can be used right away, the perfume or essentialoil will blend better with the salt if it is allowed to set in thejar for a few weeks.
To make bubble bath
1 cup mild shampoo (baby shampoo)
1/3 cup Glycerin
2 Tablespoons of Water
Fancy Bottle or Jar
Essential Oil (optional)
Gently mix together the shampoo, glycerin, and water.
If desired, add 10 - 25 drops of water scent of essential oilyou desire, and, again, gently mix.
Pour mixture into a bottle or jar that can close tightly.
This would make a fun gift! You can decorate the jar if youlike. Try stickers, paint, or ribbon!
To make decorative soaps
Mild Bar of Soap (Ivory)
Grate 1 cup of soap off the bar. Pour it in medium sizedmixing bowl.
Start with 1/2 cut of warm water. Pour into the grated soap andknead to mix. Add more warm water, a little at a time, and continueto knead until all soap mixes in and it is the consistency of thickdough.
If you want to make colored bars of soap, mix food coloring inwith the water.
Once your water and soap is well blended, press mixture intocookies cutters.
Set the cookie cutter on it's side so the soap dries on bothsides, or flip it often.
Put in a dry place to dry for about 24 hours.
Gently pop your soap out of the cookie cutter.
Tip: Instead of using cookie cutters, you can make miniaturebars of home-made soap by pressing your mixtures into ice cubetrays.
You can also roll them into balls.
For a simple gift, tie a ribbon around the home-made bars ofsoap, or fill a small gift basket!
To make charm soap
Clear Glycerin (cut into small pieces)
Molds (hearts, flowers, shells, etc)
Small Charms (smaller than the molds)
Place the pieces of glycerin in a Styrofoam cup and place itin the microwave.
Microwave at high for 30 second intervals until melted.
Fill the mold almost half full with the glycerin and let it set.Place charm on that half and fill up the mold with the rest of theglycerin (you will more than likely have to reheat it).
Pop out when firm. Wrap in plastic cellophane. Place in a soapdish along with three or four other soaps you have made.