Yesterday, I shared a whole lot of DIYs for Mother’s Day, but I couldn’t resist popping in with one last quick and easy idea before Sunday hits. This one will only require 2 ingredients to make, so you know it’s totally budget-friendly…
Make your own lip glosses for Mom (and yourself, let’s be real) with this simple tutorial. We’ll be using Kool-Aid for the flavoring and color, so you know these glosses are going to taste delicious on your lips. Yum!
Here’s what you need to make your own lip gloss pots in about 10 minutes…
Ingredients and Materials
- Kool-Aid powder packets (I used the the small 0.14 ounce packets of cherry, lemonade, and tropical punch to get the colors you see in the photos)
- petroleum jelly OR this non-petroleum jelly alternative from Amazon (which works just as well, the finished product is just a little bit softer FYI)
- small pots with a screw lid (I like these from The Container Store)
- small microwave safe bowl
Quick Note: The number of scoops of petroleum jelly and Kool-Aid will depend on how much lip balm you want to make. A good rule of thumb would be a 1/2 Kool-Aid packet for every 2 heaping spoonfuls of petroleum jelly. That will make a very good amount of lip balm. I made a double batch, to give you an idea of how many it makes.
1. Start by adding petroleum jelly to a small microwave safe bowl. Then microwave on high for 30-45 second intervals until melted, stirring in between. You want it to be clear without any clumps. For me, it took five 45 second intervals to get the clumps out completely and looking like what you see in the photo.
2. Next, add Kool-Aid powder to the melted jelly slowly while stirring, until you reach the desired color. This will also give the lip balm a tasty flavor.
I found that the tropical punch flavor was the closest to a red-pink. Then I added the lemonade flavor to get it lighter for the really soft pink shades you see. The darkest almost purple / mauve color was using cherry and a little bit of tropical punch together.
3. Once the Kool-Aid is completely mixed with the melted jelly, scoop it into screw top pots and let them return to a solid state overnight. It doesn’t actually take that long, that’s just how long I ended up waiting. They should be pretty solid after an hour or two, if you’re in a hurry.
Now, they’re ready to be given as gifts or kept for yourself.
It’s worth mentioning that this lip balm project is not just limited-ingredient, it’s also super budget conscience. Yay!
A $5 (13 oz) jar of petroleum jelly and $1 worth of Kool-Aid packets (they’re 5 for $1 at my grocery store) will make about 30 jars of lip balm. So for $6, you can make yourself, your mom, and a few friends a year supply of this stuff. Pretty crazy.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
For even more DIY gift ideas for Mom, visit this post: 21 Budget-Friendly Mothers Day DIYs to Try Before Sunday.