Last month, one of the little girls I take care of had an audition for a musical. We rehearsed ahead of time. We did everything we could to prepare, but she ended up not getting the part she wanted. All of her friends got parts, but she didn't get ANYTHING. It was tough to see her so bummed, but disappointment is a part of life.
I thought this post was gonna fun, you're thinking. Yeah, let's get back to that! So after a few days of her kind of being down, I decided to mix two of her fave things together: beauty stuff and cooking. We also decided to write our own musical. So far I only have 1 line! ;)
So what we did make to cheer her up? Shower jellies are a huge hit in this house, so I thought some inedible DIY Shower Jellies that look like GUMMY BEARS were in order. We had so much fun making these! FYI: She is very much aware that these are just for bath play and are not edible--not candy, no matter how cute they are. Keep that in mind for your recipient. I use them too!
Are these not the cutest little things? They look like real gummy bears.
Here's how to make gummy bear shower jellies:
- gummy bear mold--you can find these in all sizes online
- soap colorants
- Agar powder (try health stores or online)
- clear body wash
- medium bowl, several small bowls
I am using agar, since it's a vegetarian substitute for gelatin, but you can use a packet of gelatin as well. Just do it in private because some passionate internet ppl will come for you! Sorta kidding, sorta not. Anyway, prepare the agar + water mixture as according to your package instructions and mix well. I would suggest using half the water.
Add a drop of food colorant to each bowl. Add more if you like. Add 1/4 c of body wash. Then add the water--it will be hot, so use caution-- to each bowl and mix up. This reminds me of dying Easter eggs, you know how you have bowls for different colors? I chose orange, red, yellow, green, and blue. You can match actual gummy bear colors if you like. I wanted to veer a little from the traditional gummy bear colors just to show that these are jelly gummy bears I made, since they do look like the candy.
Using a medicine dropper, fill up each cavity in the gummy bear mold, as pictured above.
These will set in an hour, and yes, as the kiddo pointed out, the colors are not in ROYGBIV order. This is another thing that some passionate internet people will come for me about, I'm sure. Sorta kidding, sorta not. This burns my biscuits because it's just a dang DIY.
Since the mold is silicone, I will use a tray underneath for extra sturdiness. I also like keeping mine in the freezer to really set them. I keep them in the fridge or freezer until I want to use them. They are tiny and melt quickly. BUT HOW CUTE ARE THEY Y'ALL? I mean, look:
Look at all of the sudsy goodness! We like to use our gummy bear shower jellies as part of our at-home pedis. They're fun to play with! Just don't eat 'em!
Do you think these are cute like I do?