Our Shoppe Manager created an all-in-one lip balm kit to share with the beauty queen who first showed you how to properly wear blush and apply mascara – your mother!
The following recipe calls for natural, unbleached beeswax and vegetable oil. Alternate oils can be used to create lip balm; feel free to find a recipe that works best for you.
Please note: This project is not intended for children. Please use caution when working with hot oil and wax.
Natural Beeswax Pellets
Small Rectangular Hinged Tins
Fabric Tape Set – Pure (We also love these floral prints!)
Scrapper’s Floss – Magenta
Melting Pot Project Pan or saucepan
Vanilla or peppermint extract (optional)
Open the tins and lay them on a completely flat surface, like a chopping board. Keep in mind that wax may get onto the surface, so if you don’t have a heat-resistant counter, be sure to protect its surface. You can also pick up an old metal cooking tray or chopping block at a thrift store, if desired.
Use the Melting Pot Project Pan to create the lip balm mixture, or alternatively, a clean saucepan that you plan to use only for future beauty projects. To create four tins of lip balm, mix 1/3 cup vegetable oil with 1/3 cup beeswax pellets. Heat this mixture over medium heat, stirring slowly with a wooden spoon. If you desire to make flavored lip balm, add a few drops of vanilla or peppermint extract.
To add color to your lip balm, slice off about 1/8” of lipstick and add that slice to the mixture. For a deeper hue, just add a bit more lipstick.
Once the mixture has completely melted to a liquid (and is still hot), pour the mixture into the tins. Fill the tins just below the hinges to prevent the mixture from leaking out when closed. Set aside to harden.
Time to embellish your tins! Be sure to wait until the wax has set before you start decorating. I don’t suggest sanding and painting the tins because sanding metal produces tiny specks of metal dust, which you don’t want to end up in your lip balm. Embellish the tins using strips of fabric tape, and tie closed with a strand of scrapper’s floss.
To complete the project, package your lip balm tins with a little shabby-chic flair. Place a tin inside a glassine sleeve and secure the top with fabric tape. Adhere a mini flashcard to the front, and you have a darling handmade gift that’s perfect for Mother’s Day!
Save over 10% when you purchase the beeswax pellets and tins in this special kit!
Looking for more gift-giving inspiration? We’ve put together a special collection of Mother’s Day projects for you to make for the special lady in your life!
Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer
Posted: Thursday, April 12th, 2012 @ 9:49 am
Categories: How-To Project Tutorials.
Tags: DIY, Mother's Day.
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