You Will Need ...
  1. Plain white/clear bath salts

  2. Bowls

  3. Spoons

  4. Powdered food coloring

  5. Funnel

  6. Recycled glass bottles with sealable tops

  7. Newspapers or other table covering (optional)

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Step 1: 

Before you begin, it's a good idea to put down a few newspapers or other table covering to contain any dye or salts that might spill. Start by placing a 1/2 to 1 cup of bath salts in your bowl. Select the color dye you'd like to use, and spoon some in.

Step 2: 

Stir the coloring into the salts, making sure to mix everything thoroughly by scraping the bottom and the sides with your spoon.

Step 3: 

The more dye you add, the richer the color!

Step 4: 

Experiment! You'll want several colors to make a truly fantastic bottle of salts.

Step 5: 

When you have all the colors you want, get bottle, open it up, and place your funnel in the top. Slowly spoon in some salts in the first color you wish to use.

Step 6: 

After a few spoonfuls, switch things up! Spoon in salts in another color to create a second layer. Be sure to add salts in slowly in order to accurately achieve the layer thickness you're looking for.

Step 7: 

Continue alternating salt colors and fill your bottle up, layer by layer. When you're done, reseal your bottle's cap.

Step 8: 

Embellish your bottle with stickers, ribbons -- anything you can think of! Write a note for your mom to wish her a happy Mother's Day!

Age: 
School-age
Tween
Teen
Adult
Senior
Basic: 
Holiday
Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Difficulty: 
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Prep Time: 
5 - 10 minutes
Supervision: 
1 adult per 5 children
Tips: 

1. Be sure your bottle is clean and dry inside and out before you begin.
2. Be sure that you work on a steady surface -- any bumps or wobbles might cause you to spill, or mess up your design!
3. Bottles should be stored upright; turning them on their sides will cause the sands to shift and change their patterns, especially if some salts have already been used.
4. Keep salts and dyes out of the reach of young children and pets.

Variations: 

The possibilities are endless! You can use a water bottle, milk bottle, glass jar -- just be sure that the bottle is clear (so you can see your salts!), and that it has a resealable top. Create rainbows of color, or pick one color and dye your salts so that you start with a deep shade and lighten up as you go!

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