Real Recipes for Real People: Homemade Bubble Bath Gifts

by Kaylin Cherry

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I am always looking for a fun recipe for homemade gifts. It seems that when the gift has my personal touch, it is so much more fulfilling to give, and can be much more special to receive. One day in the grocery store I noticed bottles of shampoo and bath gel which had toys inside, and my daughter went crazy over them. When I saw the price on them, we put them back on the shelf and came home without them. I later found this recipe for a similar homemade version, and they have been so fun to make! Because you can vary the container, as well as the objects which are placed inside the bath gel, it can be used for a great variety of folks! After posting the recipe to my email list, a woman wrote in to tell me she had used it to make baby shower gifts, and had used baby food jars, and miniature 'rubber duckies'. Use your imagination and you will be pleasantly surprised with the results!

Bubble Bath Jelly Jars


  • 1 packet Unflavored Gelatin
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Clear Liquid Soap or Bubble Bath
  • Fragrance Oils - as desired
  • Food Coloring - optional
  • Small objects (silk flowers, toys, small figures, etc.)
  • 1/8 sheet Cardstock weight Paper
  • Ribbon, Yarn or Raffia (for bow to tie label on jar)
  • Clear container with lid, such as a small glass canning jar


Empty the packet of gelatin into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Heat water in a saucepan, until just boiling. Immediately remove water from heat source. Carefully pour the hot water into the large mixing bowl and gently mix with gelatin powder. Allow gelatin to completely dissolve. Be patient! This may take a few minutes.

Slowly and gently stir in the liquid soap to the gelatin mixture. Add a drop of food coloring and 5-8 drops of fragrance oil. Be careful not to beat mixture or bath jelly will become foamy.

Pour mixture into a clean, clear container. Place your chosen small object inside container, nesting it inside jelly.

Refrigerate Bubble Jelly until set (about 4 hours). As the jelly sets, come up with a name for your creation. Then using your cardstock paper and ribbon, make a label for the jar. Attach label to bath jelly jar by punching a hole in one corner of the label. Thread ribbon, cut long enough to tie around the jar, through hole on label. Tie around the jar! (You can also decorate your jar with additional small items or dried flowers, as desired.)

To use: Scoop a small amount of jelly (1 - 2 Tbsp.) into your hand and hold under warm running water for a bubbly bath treat!

Note: This craft can be made for both children as well as adults! The container and object placed in the jelly can be adjusted to the likes and interests of the person you are making it for. Let your imagination run wild, and you can come up with some very imaginative bath jelly jars! Enjoy!

Kaylin Cherry is the editor/owner of three ezines, Real Food for Real People, Real Healthy Food for Real People, and Real Crafts for Real People. For free, daily email recipes, visit or subscribe by sending an email to: OR for free weekly email crafts subscribe by sending an email to

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