How to Make Bath Salts and a Crochet Flower Cozy
Learn how to make bath salts and pamper yourself (and your mom). Store the crystals in a mason jar and wrap it with a fun crochet flower cozy. This is a beautiful Mother’s Day gift idea. (Mom, if you’re reading this…I guess you know what you’re getting for your special day!)
The bath salts are surprisingly simple to make. We’ll start with them because you’ll want them to be completely dry before storing (otherwise the salt may get clumpy).
How to Make Bath Salts
As I mentioned, learning how to make bath salts is easy. The hardest part is figuring out what scent you want! Think about who the bath salt is for. If it’s for you, do you like floral? Do you want something relaxing or energizing? Do you like a lot of scent or just a hint of it?
Essential Oils are available in natural grocery stores. The bottles will list their scent as well as their characteristics. Some will even list whether they work well in a bath. Common scents include: peppermint, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus and orange.
Scented Bath Salts Ingredients:
- 2 cups Epson Salts
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda (optional)
- Essential Oil (as desired)
- Scraps of Yarn
- Aluminum foil
- Cookie sheet
Note: Sea Salt can be used in exchange or in addition to Epson Salt. Table salt cannot be used.
Baking soda is a skin softener and is an optional ingredient. It can be used in equal parts to the salt.
Scented Bath Salts Directions:
- Mix salt and baking soda together.
- Sprinkle several drops of Essential Oil onto scraps of yarn. Stir yarn through bath salt mixture to desired strength of scent.
- Repeat Step 2 if needed.
- Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spread salt mixture onto cookie sheet to dry.
- Periodically stir salts. Allow to dry completely (overnight).
- Store in mason jar.
How to Make a Crochet Flower Cozy for Mason Jar of Bath Salts
This crochet flower reminds me of the annual tradition my family had of planting flowers in my mother’s yard on Mother’s Day. That tradition was the inspiration for this cozy.
This crochet flower can be sewn directly to the cozy or affixed with a pin (something like a coiless pin would work well). Using a pin will allow the flower to be removed and used to decorate other things.
This is a great stash buster project. We’ve used Vanna’s Choice yarn (medium worsted weight). We love her blend of bright colors and pastels.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Stitches Used: Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Double Crochet, Treble Crochet
Technique Used: Crochet in the Round. Cluster Stitch
Note: Replace the cluster stitch with a single crochet and this Intermediate pattern would be rated Easy.
CROCHET FLOWER SUPPLIES
- Vanna’s Choice: Black, Raspberry, Radiant Yellow, Fern
(Pastel: Pink, Silver Blue, Dusty Green, Beige)
(Purples: Dusty Rose, Dusty Purple, Purple)
- Crochet Hook: H
- Yarn Needle
Cluster Stitch Instructions:
Cluster Stitch: Insert hook into next stitch (the current working stitch), YO, draw through stitch, YO, pull through one loop on hook, insert hook in the stitch one row below and one stitch back, YO (pulling yarn from the inside of the project), pull through stitch, YO, pull through one loop on hook, insert hook two rows below the current working stitch (pulling yarn from the inside of the project), YO, draw through stitch, YO, pull through one loop on hook, insert hook in the stitch one row below and one stitch ahead of the current working stitch (pulling yarn from inside the project), YO, pull through stitch, YO, pull through one loop on hook, YO, pull through all five loops on hook. *Note, the next working stitch is under the last YO.
Ch 34, join with a sl st.
Rnd 1-4: Sc around. (34)
Rnd 5: Sc around. Change color to Radiant Yellow with sl st. Ch 1. Finish off Black and weave in ends. (34)
Rnd 6: 2 sc, *cluster st, 3 sc* around. End with 3 sc. Change color to Fern with sl st. Ch 1. Finish off Radiant Yellow and weave in ends. (34)
Rnd 7: Working in the back loop only, sc around. (34)
Rnd 8-9: Working in both loops now and throughout, sc around. (34)
Rnd 10: 33 sc, sl st. Finish off and weave in ends. (34)
With 12” length of Raspberry yarn, embroider a small stitch into the center of the cluster st.
Rnd 1: 5 dc in third ch from hook. (Count ch-3 as first dc). (6)
Rnd 2: Working in back loops only, sc around. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. (6)
Attach Raspberry to the front loop of any stitch of Rnd 2.
Rnd 3: Work the following stitches in the front loop of each stitch around, (sc, dc, trc, dc, sc). Finish with a sl st in the first sc made. Finish off and weave in end. (6 petals made)
Sew flower to cozy.
UPDATE: I recently added leaves to this cozy. You can get the pattern to the leaves on the Crochet Mother’s Day Gift post.
More Cozies in Store
Looking for the cup and mug version? They’re in the ebook.
Each design in the ebook has instructions to fit Mugs, Cups and Mason Jars. Every design has a delicious recipe or fun craft.
All 3 flowers pictured at the beginning of this post are in this ebook! AND the ebook includes 4 new designs – Dracula, Vampire, Mummy and Blue Jeans.
Store: Coffee Cup Cozy Collection