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Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Quick and Easy Craft



It's been awhile since I sat down to write and there is a lot I could talk about: my commencing pregnancy; my anniversary with Matt back in December; which Christmas presents ended up being the biggest hits; how uneventful our New Years was; Coryn's (a good deal more eventful) birthday party; and even taking the time to actually read through a book (it was a really, really short book). I thought I'd start off by cataloging a really awesome, easy craft that Coryn and I did this afternoon.

I've been in charge of creative activities for our local MoPs group here on MCAS Iwakuni and late last year we made bath salt jars at one of our bi-monthly meetings. We had a ton of supplies left over (even though it was one of our most popular crafts, it wasn't our best attended meeting, and we'd over bought practically everything.). Since then I've been determined to eventually use the left over supplies to make door prizes our hospitality team could give out or something, and today Coryn and I finally got around to it.

The supplies are cheap and simple to assemble. We used epsom salts which are available cheaply in the skin care and health supplement section of our commissary and probably your drug store/grocery store, recycled (cleaned and de-labeled) baby food jars, food coloring (just to make it pretty; I suppose you could leave this out), and essential oils for scent (we had some small bottles ordered from Joann's).

All you do is fill up a plastic baggy about 2/3rds of the way with salt, add a few drops of food coloring and scent (a little goes a long way) then shake or kneed the salts until the coloring has reached all the salt. Then pour them (carefully) into your jar, seal it tight, and decorate it as you like (a nice way is to cover the top with a square scrap of fabric and tie a ribbon around it; another is to use home printed labels or stickers. . .and with the colors they don't look bad un-decorated either).

When doing this with a bunch of grown women, it struck me that my daughter would be able to do pretty much everything if properly supervised, and so I began to save any interesting jars that came through my kitchen and today Coryn and I went on a salt making marathon. At the end she was looking around for more jars and I had a head ache from all the scents mixing together . . .and my kitchen table was pretty messy, but it was a good way to kill an hour and the results are some pretty nice (as of yet un-decorated) jars, if I say so myself.

These would make awesome gifts for kids to make for any woman in their life, mom on Mother's Day, grandmas and aunts, even teachers. You can do an entire jar in one color or layer the color for a sand art effect. Anyway, I hope we didn't over do it, but I personally think the results of our craft time are spectacular.

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