(Lush inspired) DIY Rainbow Shower Jellies 

A few posts back, we had made mini shower jellies, but this time we decided to make larger, but more fun, rainbow jellies! Whether they simply inspire your child to wash their hands after messy activities, or they just make the shower more fun, this project was as fun to make as the end result  is, with lots of opportunities for little hands to help… not to mention we got to eat lots of delicious jello to get our molds. we hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 

To get started you will need:

  • Plain unflavored gelatin (each box comes with 4 packets, this recipe uses 2 packets) 
  • Food coloring 
  • Molds (we used recycled gelatin containers)
  • Iridescent glitter
  • 1/2 cup clear shower gel 
  • Soap scent (optional)
  • 3/4 cup of Water 
  • Measuring cup
  • Popsicle sticks for stirring (optional but convenient)
  • Paper bowls (optional but convenient)
  1. Start by laying out your molds, and bowls, one for each color (6) with its own popsicle stick or spoon 
  2. Bring 3/4 of a cup of water to a boil 
  3. When the water comes to a rolling boil, very slowly add 2 packets of gelatin a little at a time to keep it from clumping
  4. When the gelatin is totally dissolved, remove from heat and add 1/2 cup of shower gel and mix throughly. Also add soap scent at this time if you’re using it. 
  5. Pour mixture into measuring cup for easier pouring, and add glitter. 
  6. Evenly distribute among the 6 bowls, so it’s ready for mixing. You don’t want to add any of the mixture or color until it’s reached room temperature. 
  7. Once it’s reached room temperature, add pink or red to the first bowl until it’s reached the color you desire, and add a thin first  layer to the molds. Place molds in refrigerator to solidify for about 15-25 minutes  
  8. While the first layer was solidifying, my daughter and I took our time mixing the next two colors, yellow and orange (and whatever other colors she felt like)
  9. When the first layer solidifies, remove from fridge and add a thin layer of orange to each mold. Refrigerate 15-20 minutes or until solidified again, and then add yellow layer and return to fridge.
  10. Half way there! Once the yellow solidifies, add the green mix and refrigerate for another 15-25 minutes 
  11. Repeat with blue, and then purple mix refrigerating it for 15-25 minutes in between
  12. After the last color, I like to let the whole project sit for an hour to make sure everything has truly solidified and adhered to each other.
  13. Remove from fridge and shake the shower jelly out of the  molds! If it is not coming out  of the mold and you don’t want to cut it out with a knife, you can also dip it (in the mold) in a glass of hot water for a few seconds, which will melt the edges of the jelly just enough to slide right out 
  14. enjoy your new products!
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