Fizzy Snowball & Snowman Bath Bombs--Last Minute Christmas DIY

Ok, y'all, we are down to the wire here. Christmas is just two days away and you just found out your brother is bringing his new girlfriend home for the holidays. You haven't bought her anything, so what to do? I've got an easy DIY that uses stuff you already have around the house. Time is of the essence here, so let's get started!

You'll Need:
  • 1 c baking soda 
  • 3/4 tbsp water 
  • 2 1/2 tbsp veg oil 
  • 1/2 c cornstarch 
  • 1 tsp essential oil 
  • 1/2 c epsom salt 
  • 4 tbsp cream of tartar
  • bowl and spoon
  • clear, plastic Christmas ornament that snaps in half
  • decorative, crafty items for presentation (see more below)
    • I usually suggest a citric acid recipe, but since this is last minute, I figured not everyone would have it on hand. Search my blog for "bath bomb" to see more recipes.
    • If using a large clear ornament, I would double this recipe.

  • Mix the dry ingredients and add the oils. I have used peppermint, vanilla, and other body-safe oils for scent.
  • Add a few drops at a time of water to the mix and rapidly stir until it has a mushy consistency.
  • Work quickly, because if you add too much water at a time, your mix will bubble and fizz.
  • Grab one of those clear, plastic ornaments that snap in half--I bet there's one on the tree!
  • Press mix into ornament half and allow to set for at least 30 minutes. I place the molds onto a smaller bowl, muffin tin, or something to hold them in place while they set. Carefully place one half ornament on top of the other and allow to dry for a few hours. I usually do this over night.
  • Carefully remove out of the molds. See options below on decorations.
last minute gift ideas, winter party ideas
--To decorate these, I like using stickers, permanent markers, or food coloring with a toothpick to decorate. I've also used royal icing, but this since is last minute, I didn't do that here. Place upright in a clear bag and don't forget the ribbons and tag! 
--I used large clear ornaments but have also used a melon baller, a meatball baller, and molds found in craft stores and online.

frozen party ideas
--I like making several of these "snowballs" and I'll place fake snow or crinkly shredded paper in the bottom of the bag (or jar if I'm feeling fancy) and then add my snowballs. I'll make a cute tag saying what they are and how to use them. Add cute ribbons! I recently made these for a Frozen birthday/slumber party and they were a hit! 

Are you finished with wrapping and buying presents?
I went to get more paper/bags and ended up 
buying new bathroom accessories! Oops.

PS: LOTS of clear ornament ideas!

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  1. So cute! I absolutely love bath bombs, they're so therapeutic!
    Also, every single time I visit you're blog, your theme blows me away!

    Keep it up!

  2. Such a fun idea! And definitely a great stocking stuffer!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. You may just put Lush out of business with this DIY!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  4. So creative, lady. Such a great and meaningful last minute gift. Any lady would love to receive one, indeed.

  5. You always have the best ideas! I love how they are always holiday appropriate too! This is adorable!

  6. This is such a great idea! I love the bath bombs at Lush, but they come with a hefty price tag. This is perfect! Have a Merry Christmas Elle!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  7. This is so creative and perfect to give as a gift thanks. Have a wonderful holiday may it bring you joy and success.

  8. These bath bombs are just too cute, Elle:)

  9. You have the best DIY. Glad you are done with your shopping. I just wrapped the last gift.

  10. You are the most creative of them all! I love this idea!

    <3 Shannon

  11. Oh how cute!! I haven't wrapped a thing yet lol!!

  12. Another super cute idea!! Love it and thanks for the inspo :)

    xx 365hangers

  13. Ummmmmm this is so fabulous!!! Thank you so much for this idea!!

  14. I love this! Such a perfect idea when you are in a crunch and it turns out so thoughtful and creative!

  15. This is a great gift- and while you're at it, you could make just a few for yourself. :)
    Merry Christmas, Elle!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  16. Those snowman bath bombs are too cute! I still need to wrap a few. :(

  17. What a fun idea, perfect for a stocking stuffer!!

  18. So good that you are feeling better! (I read the other post :) I loved this idea, it looks so sweet! This year I am spending Christmas on a sunny place, so winter decoration has to wait a bit :) I only need to buy 2 chocolate boxes more - then I am done :) Hope you have a beautiful Christmas time!

  19. Sooo cute! Do you make stuff like this with the little girls you nanny for? Bet they go crazy for your ideas!

  20. Ah, so cute and does not too hard. Luckily I am done with all of my shopping, everything is wrapped and under the tree. I may make cookies tomorrow if I am up to it, or I may just lay around.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  21. This is so cute! What a great last minute gift idea :)

  22. This will be fun for my kids. My son has not wanted to take baths lately, we might have to make this tomorrow.


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