You've waited until the last possible minute to buy your holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, and you're totally panicking. I mean, Christmas comes on the same day every single year — how did you manage not to have everything ready in time? It's too late to order anything online without paying exorbitant shipping fees, but you're too stressed to step foot inside the overcrowded mall. Don't worry — you're not alone, and luckily, Bustle has some incredible, inexpensive DIY options for last-minute holiday gifts.
The do-it-yourself option below is perfect for the Harry Potter super fan in your life — you know, the one that already has more Harry Potter mugs, Harry Potter candles, Harry Potter collectable books, and Harry Potter home accessories than they can handle. These easy DIY Butterbeer lip balm kits only require seven ingredients, many of which you can buy at the grocery store. It's as easy as whipping up a batch of sugar cookies, and just as delicious.
Find out how to DIY the Butterbeer lip balm below, and get the details on 29 other Harry Potter crafts in The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter by Jamie Harrington, available wherever books are sold.
How To Make Butterbeer Lip Balm
This Butterbeer Lip Balm will have you tasting that butterbeer flavor all day long. I don’t know a better way to feel Potter-tastic than that. So whenever you find yourself wishing for the sweet treats in Hogsmeade, just pull out your Butterbeer Lip Balm and picture yourself at the Three Broomsticks with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
What You Need
- 1 tablespoon beeswax (You can use either the grated stuff or pellets. I usually order mine online.)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 5–7 butterscotch chips (found in the baking aisle at your local supermarket)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (found in the organic section of your local supermarket)
- 1 small bowl
- 1 spoon
- 3–5 lip balm containers (I like the little clear pots so you can see your lip balm, but you can also use the clear tubes.)
Add the beeswax, honey, butterscotch chips, and coconut oil to a small bowl.
Melt the ingredients in the microwave in 15-second increments. Pull out in between and stir the mixture with a spoon. When everything is melted together, with no lumps, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
When your ingredients have all melted together, slowly pour your mixture into the lip balm containers and set aside to cool for 15–20 minutes or until the mixture has hardened.
Once the mixture has hardened, put the lid on your Butterbeer Lip Balm and start using immediately! If you’d like, you can give the others out to all your friends or store in a cool cabinet for up to 6 months!
The Final Product
Excerpted from The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter by Jamie Harrington. Copyright © 2016 F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Photos courtesy of iStockphoto.com and F+W Media, Inc.