Here's a fun little idea for handmade gifts for friends. I originally thought this idea would be great for my friend's daughter to make. Kate is eleven and perfectly capable of doing the entire project by herself.
But then I had so much fun making it myself, I thought if I had co-workers, I'd make these for them. I'm going to give them to girl friends as a party favor at a Christmas brunch.
Natural lip balm base
Glass container to melt base in
Tins or tubes
There are plenty of recipes online for homemade lip balm. Its a fairly easy recipe. You will just need to find a few special ingredients.
But to make it even easier, you can buy premade lip balm base and add your own flavor and color. Once your supplies arrive, it's just a matter of melting the balm base in the microwave and then adding flavor and color. You can mix flavors to make gourmet balms. The sky is the limit. I ordered creme de menthe flavor because I thought that would be Christmasy.
Plastic lip balm tubes are super cheap. I opted for tins because I think they are cute. Each tin was .50 but if you are making a lot of lip balm, you could buy them bulk and get them for much less.
I didn't spend a lot of time creating a great lable for the tins because I knew I wanted to put them in little felt pockets. But if you have some graphic design skills, you could make some really great lables. I printed my labels on water proof paper so they don't wear off as fast.
I told Birdie to pucker up to model our lip balm. This is what I got...
Once you are balmed, it's time to find some miseltoe. You are ready to kiss someone. Unless you are a little brother.
Merry balm making!