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Amazing (and Easy) Rainbow Bath Salts DIY

These rainbow bath salts are IMPRESSIVE because they are bright, relaxing, and can be customized. Join us for this quick DIY craft and be sure to read our secret tips to get the best colored bath salts ever!

Rainbow Bath Salts

DIY Rainbow Bath Salts Recipe

I am a huge fan of any craft that is easy, fast, and packs a gifting punch. Because we are very well-versed in creating our own DIY bath and beauty projects, I wanted to share one with you that packs a powerful gift-giving punch.

Are we friends on Instagram? If so, you might have seen a shot of my little one’s creations while she was crafting with stale mini marshmallows and toothpicks. While she was creating her confectionary constructions, I sat right next to her and made these rainbow bath salts. It only took about 15 minutes, including assembling the supplies and taking photos!

There might have been some shrinkage in the marshmallow inventory… When I asked her if she was eating the building supplies, she did this little maneuver to hide the sticky evidence:

Are You Eating Those

Gift Ideas for Colored Bath Salts

Although I chose to whip up rainbow bath salts, you can go customize these beauties however you’re inspired to do so. A few ideas that come to mind:

Teacher or Coach – Put a medal-shaped tag with a thank you note and these scented rainbow bath salts or salts colored in the school’s colors.

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Nurse – Having a baby and want to give the nurses on staff a gift? Instead of making a nurse’s station gift basket, how about making small bottles of pastel bath salts? Your thank you tag could say something like, “Thanks for putting up with me and all my hormones.” :)

Tween or Teen – Do you have a tween or teen? For a sweet gift or a slumber party, make up a few of these as a party favor. Or, set this up as an activity for them to do on their own.

Because these are easy to do and are inexpensive, add extra salt to color and keep some on hand for quick gifts. Whip up a few batches to have on hand for that hostess who always has everything covered, or your loving (and traitorous) Bunko teammates, your child’s preschool teacher, or even your little one’s Scout leader. But don’t forget to keep some of these moisturizing rainbow bath salts for yourself!

Supplies for Rainbow Bath Salts

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  • Epsom Salts – I always use non-scented, non-medicated.
  • Soap Colors or Mica Powder (recommended) or Gel Food Coloring
  • Sweet Almond Oil (or any moisturizing oil)
  • 15-20 drops essential oil, optional
  • recycled containers
  • spoon or latex gloves
  • gifting jar, vase, test tubes, recycled food containers you can ‘pretty up’
Rainbow Bath Salts Gift Idea

Ridiculously Easy Instructions for Rainbow Bath Salts

I wasn’t sure how much to make initially to fit my containers, so I made the smallest batch possible for each color to test if it would work – it did! If you’d like to make more, just triple, quadruple or multiply these amounts by your heart’s desire.

Color the bath salts

Yield: 1

Amazing (and Easy) Rainbow Bath Salts DIY

Amazing (and Easy) Rainbow Bath Salts DIY

These rainbow bath salts are IMPRESSIVE because they are bright, relaxing, and can be customized.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • Epsom Salts - I always use non-scented, non-medicated.
  • Soap Colors (recommended) or Gel Food Coloring
  • Sweet Almond Oil (or any moisturizing oil)
  • 15-20 drops essential oil, optional
  • recycled containers
  • spoon or latex gloves
  • gifting jar, vase, test tubes, recycled food containers you can 'pretty up'

Instructions

  1. Because we're going to add a moisturizing oil to our rainbow bath salts, start with the color you are going to layer first so that the oil has time to dry out (just a couple of minutes). You can break any clumps that form when you're putting the salts into your gifting container.
  2. Take 1/8 cup of Epsom salts and dump them into a recycled container that won't be used for food again. Add 2 drops of sweet almond oil and one drop of coloring. If you are choosing to scent the bath salts, add a drop of your favorite essential oil, keeping in mind the recipient's likes and any safety guidelines for using essential oils.
  3. Break up any clumps that have formed while the salts were drying and spoon (or use a funnel) to layer your rainbow bath salts into your gifting jar. Attach a nice note tag and you're done!
  4. rainbow bath salts - how to color salt

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Ellie

Sunday 1st of September 2019

The food coloring will not stain the tub??

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Monday 2nd of September 2019

Ellie, I don't recommend food coloring because it CAN stain the tub, especially if you're going for vibrant colors like these. For vibrant, deep color, I recommend cosmetic-grade mica powder or soap colorants. If you want to go for a pastel rainbow (perfect for Mother's Day), food coloring would be fine.

Caryn

Monday 23rd of March 2015

This looks so fun and beautiful. I love not only the DIY post, but also the ideas for gift giving. Thanks.

Joy @ Joy Love Food

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

These are so pretty, great idea! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?

Jess

Monday 16th of March 2015

These turned out super cute! What a neat kids craft and gift to give others!

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Rhonda

Sunday 15th of March 2015

What a great gift idea. I love the colors. I'm going to PIN this, and please share your craft ideas on my Sunday's Best linkup.

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