Homemade Lush Shower Jellies

DIY bath jellies


Here is a super fast and easy craft to put together with the little ones.  I make these for my girls to play with in the bath tub and also outside in the sprinklers.

You can make these little bath jellies which are fragrant little gooey blobs.  They are mostly soap so you get the added benefit of extra clean kids.

You can do these in fun shapes and in bright colors and it creates bubbles so you can use it as a bubble bath or as a fun alternative to regular soap.

I haven’t seen these jellies in very many places but I know Lush sells them for about $6-11.  My Target has something like this for $9.99 and that is for just 2 jellies.

You can make a bunch for just a few dollars and this seriously just takes a few minutes to do.  Here is the recipe:

Children's Craft Idea: Water/ Bath Jellies
Recipe type: Children's Craft
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Serves: 6 large bath jellies
  • Water
  • Plain Gelatin
  • Essential Oil (optional)
  • Food Coloring (optional)
  • Bubble Bath or Body Wash
  1. Heat ¾ cup of water over medium-high heat. Bring it just to boil and remove from heat.
  2. Empty the contents of one package of gelatin into a bowl.
  3. Add the water and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Set aside and let cool (about 10-15 min)
  5. Add ½ cup of bubble bath or body wash or liquid soap (use a clear variety)
  6. Add 5-8 drops of essential oil of your choice (I used lemon).
  7. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring.
  8. You can also add a little glitter if you like.
  9. Stir well and place into a mold or a jar.
  10. Put into the fridge for about 4 hours until nice and solid.

I bought the plain gelatin in the baking aisle at Target for $1.27.  You will get 4 packets so just one box should make at least 24 of these.

You can put the jellies into any silicone trays or molds you might have, a small bowl or a jar.

If you really want to get fancy you could insert a small plastic toy inside or add glitter to your mixture.

Here is my mixture- I added about 2 drops of red food coloring and then used my measuring cup to pour it into this little mold.  (I think I got this in the Dollar Spot for Valentine’s Day).

Homemade bath jellies

And once the gelatine sets just pop it right out.

If you want to give these as gifts, you can pop the gelatine into a jar instead of a mold.

Here is the same red color in a recycled jar with a little bow:

How to make bath jellies

And one last little tip- if you try to use a mold and the shapes don’t hold well not to worry.  You can always put it back in your mixing bowl, heat for about 10 seconds in the microwave and and it will be back to liquid form and you can try again.

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  1. Charlene says

    Ashley, yes eventually. They are the texture of Jello and the more the kids play with them, the more they bubble and then they will ultimately dissolve.

  2. Jen says

    we tried this last night – easy and fun! BUT, burning question – do we need to keep them refrigerated? We had 2 left over, and I’m not sure how to store them… help!

  3. Charlene says

    Jen, mine have stayed solid like Jello at room temp. They can get a tiny watery if it is warm or they get sudsy so just keep them in a container. I have a little Tupperware by the tub and there are a bunch stacked in there.

  4. Rebecca says

    We just finished making 2 batches, can’t wait to play with them! My daughter put some little plastic animals inside a couple so when they do melt it will have a surprise! We used silicone cupcake & ice cube molds and some soap molds as well. Thanks so much for the idea!!

  5. Kacey says

    What do you think about using a small amount of koolaid for color and scent? Ive used it for playdough recipes before but not sure how it would work in this recipe.

  6. Vickie says

    Was wondering about the effect of the red food coloring…it stains my hands when I use it….has anyone noticed if the tub or kids have a “hint of red” to them????

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