This was by far one of the easiest and quickest DIY projects I have done in a while, and it was a lot of fun too!
When some hear DIY (do it yourself), they automatically think ‘cheap’- which, by the way, isn’t really true in most cases. Especially for people like me, who experiment- ALOT and have to go back to the drawing board- ALOT because I got overzealous- ALOT. Craft projects can actually become quite expensive, but can also be well worth it in the end. I’ve always enjoyed receiving gifts that I know the giver put time, effort and energy into. But don’t get me wrong, I do live for a gift card at the right store;-). But I’ll continue on with the instructions since I feel a ramble approaching…
So first things first, once I decided to do the scrub, I recruited a friend and made a list of all the ingredients we would need:
- Granulated Sugar
- Coconut oil
- Peppermint oil
- Food coloring
- Mason jars
- Tags and ribbon for decorating
The peppermint oil was by far the hardest ingredient to find with it being around the Christmas holiday, but everything else was pretty simple.
We didn’t really take exact measurements, just estimated the amount of sugar needed for each mason jar and multiplied that by the number of jars that we had (and we made alot- almost 15 jars). We also separated the sugar into two equal parts, so that we could color one of them.
Next, transfer your coconut oil to a microwave-safe container and heat for approximately 45 seconds. Slowly add the oil to both bowls of sugar and stir until you get your desired scrub consistency. It’s best to add in small amounts and build if necessary.
Now you can add your peppermint oil- and believe me, a little goes a long way. I used maybe three to four drops, and you can see how large my bowls were.
Next, add your red food coloring to one of the bowls. Again, you don’t need much-just a few drops will be enough to achieve this shade:
Now it’s time to fill the jars. I used a tablespoon and started with the pink mixture at the bottom, but there’s no special rhyme or reason. Just make sure that you use equal parts of white and pink for your layers. When you’re done, they should end up looking something like this:
I ended up using red and white ribbon and free printable tags that I found online via classyclutter.net. My paper was a little flimsy, so I traced the shape of the tags on red construction paper, which made it a little sturdier and much prettier.
Again, the finished project: