Monday, December 20, 2010

Workshops for kids or youth

As you all know by now, I run craft groups for tweens and teens at my local libraries (Chilliwack and Yarrow) and here are a few things I've learned about making bath & body products with them. I thought this would make a nice addendum to the post on running workshops I wrote the other day.

If you wanted to do a spa party for girls, there are a few things you can make and use right away. I'm using volume measurements as you probably don't have five scales sitting around the house for your group the way I do!

Bath salts - I like to use 1/4 cup of Epsom salts (about 100 grams) with 1 ml fragrance.  Remind them not to use a ton of colours!

Bath bombs - These are such great fun, and I like to put them in silicone ice cube tray moulds so they can pack them in really tightly.

Fizzing bath salts - I like to use 1/4 cup Epsom salts, 2 tbsp baking soda, and 1 tbsp citric acid for these. Mix together with a nice scent, and let them colour it or add some glitter to the product. I call it Fairy Dust, but they can give it whatever name they choose!

Mineral make-up - The girls love to make mineral make up! We make glitter powder (which is finishing powder with some glitter thrown in) and lip shimmer sticks. For the lip balms, I've been using clear lip balm containers so they can layer the colours and make it look awesome. Don't worry - they won't have green lips if they use about 1 small scoop of mica to 1.5 tsp (7.5 ml) of melted lip balm mixture. I would definitely encourage you to get some really cute containers that look fancy as it really does make the product look "real" and official to them.

Melt & pour soap - The kids love to make these. I like to show them how to layer the soaps - a thin layer of translucent on the front, then a layer of white on the back to highlight the colours!

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