I decided to make small homemade gifts to give to my friends for Christmas this year. Typically, everyone makes sweets but I wanted to avoid that. Not that I would mind getting some myself but let’s face it, we all eat too much of it (and everything else) around the holidays. I also wanted to make something really practical that people would find useful. Earlier in the year, I found a recipe for homemade congestion relief disks on Pinterest and knew it would be perfect. I knew I wanted to package them really nicely in mason jars which people could also use after and had grand plans for the whole thing. I planned to chalkboard paint the lids and spray paint the screw caps like I did in this post. I also wanted to design my own labels from scratch. Somehow, the year got away from me and I’m realizing I should work on stuff when I get the inspiration, even if it’s 3 months ahead because otherwise things barely get done! Luckily, I was able to find these gorgeous pre-made labels on Pinterest that were just my style. Hurrah!
These shower disks are simple to make and only require baking soda, water and essential oils—eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender.
I won’t post the specific recipe since you can find it on this site. I found some really cute Christmas cupcake liners by Martha Stewart and used those to make the disks. Unlike the recommended drying time on the recipe site, I found the disks took more than 24 hours to fully dry. I initially tried trimming the cupcake liner to better fit the disks but found they separated too easily from the paper and looked sloppy so decided to just leave them in there as is.
When using the labels designed by Lia Griffith, I found they didn’t quite fit my needs in terms of size so I ended up ‘print screen’-ing the labels (without text), resizing and adding the text myself in Photoshop.
I just used card stock for the lids and Avery Sticker Project Paper for the labels.
Once that’s complete, just stack the disks inside the jars. You must use wide mouth jars or the disks will not go in or come out easily—I used the Kerr pint jars. I ended up alternating the red and green liners.
Finally, to protect the jars in case I had to leave them in front of my friend’s doors when I delivered them, I decided to put them in cellophane party favor bags and tied it off with a red ribbon I happened to already have. Don’t they look pretty?
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
*EDIT: I finally got the chance to test these out and have some corrections. When making the disks, fill the whole cupcake liner. They dissolve very quickly and are not very effective at their current size. Also, instruct the recipient to let the shower warm up completely when they’re in the shower before using them.