DIY: Make your own lavender bath bomb

Did you read my recent '7 ways I've made my life better?' post? If so you'll remember me wanting to be more creative in 2015. 

I've long read DIY & thrifty home interior blogs wishing I could be even an inch as creative as the authors pulling together their own work of art for a mere £5, but in reality, it takes a lot of practice to become truly great at something. 

I find that the best way you can introduce yourself to new skills, is by purchasing beginner's kits with instructions and all the necessary basic materials so you can gauge whether you want to make this a long-term hobby of yours - and get good at it. 

Cue this Kirstie Allsopp Lavender Bath Bombes Kit arriving in the post from Hobbycraft last week. 

By the way is it bath bombs, or bath bombes? I'll never know.

After making from scratch 4 beautifully formed spherical bath bombs that kinda resemble ice cream, I realised it really wasn't as difficult to be crafty as my brain had always told me. I'm officially on the DIY bandwagon and here's how it panned out:

Inside the kit / Ingredients you'll need to make your own:

450g bicarbonate of soda
300g citric acid granules 
150g cornflour
5ml lavender essential oil
5g lavender dried flowers
4 sphere bomb moulds
1 spray bottle

Use half of the measurements above for 4 mini bath bombs like mine

1. Empty the citric acid granules into a large bowl, then sieve the bicarbonate of soda and cornflour on top of the citric acid.

2. Empty your essential oil into a spray bottle and spritz a thin layer all over the dry mix and stir it together. 

3. The instructions within Kirstie's pack says you should hear fizzing and bubbling as the mixture comes together, but mine was still very powdery. I added about 1tbsp of water (careful not to put too much in, or your bomb mixture will fizz away!) and found it came together much better.

4. Sprinkle your lavender flowers into the moulds (be artistic with this part, it'll determine the final look!) 

5. Now, fill the moulds pushing firmly together and secure. Leave them 24 hours to harden and combine.

6. 24 hours later, twist the moulds to release the bath bombs, et voile! Enjoy your bath!

I have yet to use mine, as we don't have a bath in our new flat (!) so I'll be sharing them with my nearest and dearests expecting a full review shortly after they use them.

Overall, I couldn't believe how easy bath bombs are to make at home. You could even try using rose petals to decorate, or different essential oils depending on your favourite smells. 

10/10 for making these kits, Mrs Allsopp! At £20 (now £15 with 25% off) they're a steal. I'm dying to get my hands on these kits too:

They'd also make wonderful gifts. Check out Hobbycraft's range of gifts to surprise that special someone and watch this space for more crafty affairs. 

Follow Fifi for more adventures // Photography credit: Neil William Shaw // Bath bomb kit c/o Hobbycraft