It’s been said that the best gifts are those we make ourselves. Whether you’re motivated by a skimpy allowance or a desire to create one-of-a-kind gifts for those on your Christmas list, you’ll find something for everyone. Along the way, you may even learn a thing or two.



Homemade Bath Salts


Bath Salts
Few things are as relaxing as a hot bath on a cold day. Up the comfort factor with homemade bath salts. Try baby soda bottles for packaging single-serve bath salts and amber bottles for larger quantities. Get project > >

Bath Bombs
Much like bath salts, bath bombs can foster a luxurious feeling in the tub. These bombs cause a chemical reaction which results in bubbles and fizz. Pack them in a wide-mouthed glass jar circled with ribbon or in a tissue-lined box. Get project > >

Lip Balm
Protect your pout against the elements with handmade lip balm. Handy with your design software? Then create custom labels to adorn the container. Try our 15 ml porcelain crucible for an unusual container. Get project > >

Air Freshener
This simple project illustrates how polymers can cause a scent to permeate the air for weeks. Custom scents, colors, and jars allow you to personalize air fresheners for different people. Get project > >

Homemade Paper
Put old newspapers, laundry lint and junk mail to use with this project! Use homemade paper for Christmas cards or group it with envelopes and a pretty pen for a gift set. Get project > >

Snowflake Ornaments
Crystal snowflake ornaments are simple and beautiful mementos for holidays to come. Placing it inside a small box makes wrapping a cinch plus provides clever storage after Christmas. Get project > >

Rock Candy Sticks
Make a tasty treat for loved ones, while also learning about chemistry basics. Try your hand at growing edible crystals using ingredients you probably have on hand. Takes one week before your rock candy sticks are ready to eat. Get project > >

Hand-churned Butter
Learn about emulsions while churning out an edible gift for someone on your list. If you’re extra handy around the kitchen, bake a batch of bread or muffins to accompany the butter. Get project > >

Marbled Paper
Discover density and absorption with two easy paper marbling projects. Once your paper is completed, use it as gift wrap, to make a card, or frame it as a piece of unique art.  Get project > > 


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