Freecycle Friday – luscious lips for the kids too!

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Well, all the excitement of making lip balm (they get excited easily :) made my kiddos want some of their own too. I usually just let them each have one of mine (since I now have 18 tubes!!!), but there was one thing I been wanting to try for awhile.

Kool-Aid lip gloss!!!

But, then I needed to find a little pot to put it in.

Then I remembered something I saw last night,……what Nikki on Whimsy Love had made with her kiddos to keep bugs in, here.

At first I was sad because my kiddos don’t like catching bugs, so sadly i won’t be making this one.

But, then…….I had an idea!!!

My kids could make these and use them as lip gloss pots…..SO CUTE



I knew we had a few of those little capsules lying around the house and petroleum jelly and Kool-Aid and beads………so why not?

So, I went to find a few of those little pay-50 cents-for-a-toy-that-costs-a-penny-but-the-capsule-is-cooler, and we got to work.

First, I let them help me poke a hole in the lid with my “paper piercer” (say that 10 time fast :), of course using a mat underneath so we didn’t damage their newly re-finished craft table. Try to make the hole as big as you can.

After that, they helped me add some flower rub-ons to the sides of their capsules. I like the way it turned out!

Then, I measured the hemp cording and, after cutting it, let them proceed by stringing beads while I started to make the lip gloss (since I had never made it before, I knew I might have to improvise some things).

Here’s what worked for me. Since the petroleum jelly (PJ from now on), is not water-based it did not mix with the Kool-aid, so I, first, added a few drops (start off with 2 drops, you don’t want to add too much water) of water to the Kool-Aid (between 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of Kool-aid) to dissolve it a tiny bit and make it turn that deep red color. Then I added the PJ (I think it was around 2 teaspoons) and mixed it up well. The Kool-aid was still a little grainy, but my daughters didn’t mind :)

Once they were finished stringing beads (my girls didn’t want to add alot of beads for some reason), I put the 2 ends of the cording through the hole and tied a knot so it wouldn’t slip back through. Then, I added the oh-so-sweet-smelling lip gloss and……

Ta Da! Their very own lip gloss on a string!

Madison was SO happy and wanted to take tons of pics, but Aislyn lost interest and didn’t want me to come near her with the camera :)

Have fun!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. Lucky Girls!

  2. Great project! Thanks for the idea!!!

  3. Just wanted to let you know that we used your cute cork board idea from a few months ago, for our craft day yesterday. I have posted about it on my blog if you want to check it out! Thanks for the cute idea!!!

  4. oh I love your idea for those little necklaces. I so need to get some of those containers. I think my girl scouts would love this idea.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ve made Kool-Aid lip gloss with shortening before. Just melt it in the microwave, add the Kool-Aid powder, pour it into your container, and let it set up in the fridge or freezer. Sounds kinda gross, but works well… you could try that next time.

  6. how cute!

  7. really cute project!

  8. I like this idea.. I usually use soy wax and oils, but I will try this one with the kids. Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Just stopping by to let you know that I’ve featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
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