Oh So Sweet, but Not to Eat.

At CKSA we’re all about sweets, but we also love experimenting with all the possible uses for our products.  We’ve got some great ideas to create unique homemade crafts and gifts this holiday season.   

Lemon Basil Bath Salts
2 cups Epsom salt
1 cup Kosher or Sea Salt
8-12 drops Lemon Oil
2 tablespoons Dried Basil
Mix well, use 2-3 tablespoons in a warm bath

Vanilla Bean Lime Sugar Scrub
Layer 1
1 cup Light Green Sanding Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Lime Oil
1/4 cup Almond Oil

Layer 2
1 cup Pastel Yellow Sanding Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste
1/4 cup Sweet Almond Oil
Mix each layer by itself in a small bowl.  Use a spoon to fill jar 1/4 full.  Use the back of a spoon or a tamping tool to flatten the surface of the sugar, taking care to keep the sides of jar clean.  Repeat with the next color.  Fill your jar layer by layer.

scrub

If making sugar scrub using white sugar mix, place the sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl place oil and add color to oil and mix well. When color is fully incorporated into oil pour into sugar and mix well.

Bath Bombs
1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup Corn Starch
2 1/2 tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil
3/4 tablespoons Water
1/2 – 1 tablespoon LorAnn Lavender Oil
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E (optional)
1/4 teaspoon Borax® (optional)
Witch Hazel in a spray bottle
Measure dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well.  In a separate bowl mix oils and water.  Combine oil mixture with dry ingredients and mix well.  Use spray bottle of witch hazel to lightly moisten your mixture, taking care not to activate the citric acid.  As you spray use your other hand to mix.  Once the mixture can be packed it is ready to put in your molds.
*Candy molds, silicone cupcake pans, cookie scoops, and round metal pans all work well to make your bath bombs.

Cupcake Bath Bombs
2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Citric Acid
1 tablespoon Sweet Almond Oil
1/2 – 1 teaspoon Flavoring of choice
Oil Based Food Color
Royal Icing, prepared as directed
Edible decorations, optional
Line silicone cupcake molds with paper liners.  Measure all dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Add the flavor oil to the dry mix.  Measure oil and add your color to it.  Gently mix into the dry mix.  While kneading with one hand begin to spray witch hazel into the mix making sure not to get it too wet.  You want it to be the consistency of crumbly pie dough.  Quickly pack your lined molds and let set 8-10 minutes.

Icing
Make icing as directed on the package.  Add a flavor or food color as desired (use water based coloring for royal icing).  Using a 1M tip in a piping bag, ice your bath bomb the same way you would ice a cupcake.  Add sprinkles, sugar layons or royal icing decorations to decorate if desired.

bath bomb 2

Holiday Bath Bombs
1 cup dry Citric Acid
2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Corn Starch
15-20 drops Peppermint Oil
1 teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil
3/4 tablespoons Water
Snowman  and Christmas tree Cookie Molds
Optional decorations:
Non-Pareils
Edible Green Food Color Dust
Edible Food Color Markers
Piping Gel
Jumbo Red Hearts Edible Confetti Sprinkles
White or Opal Coarse Sugar
Mix citric acid, baking soda, corn starch, almond oil and peppermint oil.  Make sure to break all lumps.  Add your water gradually while kneading.  Once you can squeeze the product and it sticks together you are ready to pack your molds.  Pack your mold and using a tart tamper, press gently to push out any air pockets that may have formed.  When all cavities are molded, put a cake board on top of the mold and carefully turn over.  Tap the top of the mold if needed to release the bath bomb.  Let set overnight.

Christmas Tree
Color the tree with a paint mixture of edible dust and clear spirits. Take care not to saturate the bath bomb as it will break down. When done, use piping gel to form sweeping lines on the tree. Sprinkle non-pareils over bath bomb.  Shake off excess and let dry.

Snowman
Use an edible marker to color in details, as desired.  Hat can be decorated with the markers or by using edible food color dust and clear spirits method.  Brush a thin layer of piping gel on top of the background of the bath bomb.  Place 2 hearts at the bottom of the snowman to form a bow.  Sprinkle opal or white coarse sugar around the snowman and let dry.

Flower Bath Bombs
8 oz Baking Soda
4 oz Corn Starch
4 oz Citric Acid
4 oz Epsom Salt
2 – 3 tablespoons Flavor Oil of choice
2.5 tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil
3/4 tablespoon water
Food Color (only a few drops)
Royal Icing Rose Bud
2 Ball Pans, small
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Mix wet ingredients together in a separate container.  Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to completely combine.  Place flower bud face down in the bottom of one half ball pan.  Gently pack mixture around the bud then continue to fill the half.  When done fill the other half and press together.  Remove from ball mold and let dry on a towel covered with waxed or parchment paper.  Let dry for a few days.

bath bomb 1

*Other sugar flowers and layons can be used as well.  You can skip putting the flower in the mold and use any lay-on to decorate your bath bomb.  Attach lay-on with small amount of piping gel. Let dry.

 

Melt & Pour Soap
Goats Milk or Glycerin Soap
Powdered Color of choice
Flavor Oil of choice
Candy molds
Melt soap slowly in either a microwave or double boiler.  Add coloring and flavor oil.  Fill candy molds or silicone molds of your choice. Place in freezer or wait until completely set. Slowly and gently remove soap from mold.

Stencils Mugs
Large mug
Oil based sharpies
Stencil

stencilWash mug well and dry thoroughly. Tape stencil to mug and color in the stencil. Place in cold oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Once preheated bake for 30 minutes. Turn oven off and leave mug in oven to cool. Hand wash. Could also work on plates, bowls etc.

Stencils on Glass
Glass votive
Spray paint
Stencil magnets
Stencil
Wash glass well and dry thoroughly. Place stencil on glass and secure with magnets. Spray paint onto glass and allow to dry before removing stencil.

Homemade Ornaments
Sweet Elite frame cutters
Katy Sue Frame molds
Snap together letter and numbers
Silicone molds
Paper clip
Polymer clay (or use fondant or gum paste and let air dry to harden)

Roll out clay if using frame cutters or press clay into mold. If pressing into mold cut away excess until clay is flush with the mold. To release slowly pull the mold away from the clay. It is best to pull all sides of the mold rather than pulling from only one side to reduce the risk of stretching the clay. If using letters and numbers gently press into the clay, but be careful to not press too aggressively to avoid having the edge of each letter square making an impression in the clay. Punch a hole in the clay using a paper clip. Bake according to directions. Once baked, additional embellishments may be super glued to frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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