I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m not crafty. My writing looks like a 12 year old boys, I can’t cut in a straight line, and I frankly have no patience for making things worth boasting about.
If you can relate in any way to the above, but WANT to explore your crafty side, you’ll be happy to know that I have found a loop-hole.
This DYI gift/recipe is almost 0% effort, but will make you look more competent in the Martha Stewart department (what we’ve all been dreaming of, I’m sure). It’s so simple I don’t even want to call it a true “DYI recipe”, but nevertheless here it is:
Lavender Bath Salts:
All you’ll need is…
- Epsom Salts (easily found at most grocery/drug stores)
- Dried Lavender
- Creative containers
First, find your garden goods that you want to mix with your salts. I picked about a handful of lavender sprigs out of my garden, but if you are gardenless you can find some at certain times of year at your local market, or sub for your fave floral!
Next, dry those bad boys for 2-4 weeks in a cool space (I mean temperature, not your trendy meditation room). With lavender, just tie your bundle together at the bottom, and then hang upside down. I hung mine up on an unused nail in my garage, which I know is not Pinterest OR Instagram worthy.
After your lavender (or other florals) is dried out, remove it from the stem into a medium sized bowl. It should easily fall off the stem at that point!
Then, pour in your Epsom salts. The amount you’ll need will vary according to the containers you plan on putting them in. My container of choice was leftover tea containers that look kind of like test tubes, so I used those as a measurement for my Epsom salts. Remember that the lavender will take up space in the container, so under measure the salts by a bit.
After stirring the mixture with a spoon, all that’s left to do is fill it up in your container!
And voila! This simple little recipe makes for a great homemade gift, and is super easy to mail with a card if you have long distance friends like I do.
Enjoy, future DYI pros.