We had a very small overnight visitor this weekend who was a little nervous about staying over without her parents for the first time. I knew 2 things going into this: that “L” was NOT excited to spend the weekend by herself, and that she had entered a serious Peter Pan phase (as in, she loves watching it over and over and over again). Determined to make it a stress-free, fun weekend for both of us, I did a quick check of my random item inventory and pulled together this DIY Pixie Dust project. I picked some fresh lavender before she came, gathered up a few simple supplies and threw this together at the 11th hour. After a Peter Pan marathon, we made our own “sleeping spell” + “energy enchantment” pixie dusts and put a “magic spell” on some small bottles I had around the house. After she went to sleep, I added a couple special little touches to make the bottles look extra magical, filled them with our pixie dust, and put them by her bed so she’d find them in the morning.
Little did I know how into our Pixie-Dust-making project L was going to be! She LOVED mixing the lavender into the baking soda, putting a “magic spell” on the jars, and waking up to her own magical pixie concoctions. She had tons of fun sprinkling a little magic “energy” all over the house and (best part?) she could NOT wait to go to bed so she could use her special sleeping spell dust under her pillow. There were no tears and with the aid of a little natural magic, she was asleep within minutes. This is honestly the gift that keeps on giving!
What You’ll Need:
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda
- 2-4 Tablespoons Lavender Buds or 2-4 T. Citrus Peel (you can use a few drops of essential oil instead)
- A salt shaker, spice jar or small glass or plastic jar with a shaker lid
- Our pixie dust printable label sheet (right-click and save to download!)
- A sheet of 2″ x 4″ White Avery Shipping Labels (#18163)
- 1/2 c. glitter or iridescent confetti
- Mod Podge ( I probably used about 4 Tablespoons total)
Step 1: Wash and clean 1 or 2 old spice jars or salt and pepper shakers – using some that already have shaker lids with very small holes is the most convenient! I actually used a couple that had cork lids, because I thought it looked most authentic, but it adds an extra step.
Step 2 (Optional): If you’re using cork lids like I did, soak them in water for a couple of hours to soften them. Using a drill and 5/28th drill bit, make 2-3 small holes in the cork for optimal shaking delight without the worry of finding unexpected enormous baking soda piles.
Step 3 (Optional): I wanted to add a little extra sparkle to our pixie dust jars, but if you don’t have glitter or mod podge already, don’t feel like it’s necessary! I drizzled a little mod podge into the bottom of our jars, added 1-2 drops of water, and threw in a handful of glitter. After swirling it around (being sure to evenly cover the sides) I let it dry for about 20 minutes. If you want to add a little instant magic to your pixie dust, without the mess of glitter – this is the way to do it! I had thought about mixing large glitter pieces in with the powder, but was worried it would gum up the works too often. This gave me just the look I was going for, and there’s zero chance your kid will wake up with half their face glittered. Bonus. 🙂
Step 4: Make your linen powder mixtures! This is a great time to get the kids involved! Combine the baking soda and lavender (or citrus) in a small bowl. Don’t have lavender buds or citrus peel? Just use about 3-5 drops of essential oil instead. I actually used both to give a little extra zing to ours.
Step 5 (Optional): Cast your spell… 😉 L didn’t really hit Level “Super-Excited!” until we placed our magic spell on the powder. Suddenly, we were actually doing magic. And for this step, I have to thank J.K. Rowling – because I pretty much threw together a few words I had remembered from Harry Potter books and did a little (very) amateur rhyming.
Step 6: Fill the jars – I did this step on my own overnight because L hadn’t seen the glitter’ed jars or labels, and I knew it would make it more special if she woke up to them all ready.
Step 7 (Optional): Add a label! I printed mine onto an old sheet of Avery address labels I had laying around. But you can also print them onto a piece of paper or card stock, trim, & tape! Even though our labels are formatted to be 2″ x 4″, I cut them up in different ways to fit the bottles. Our label file includes a pre-formatted PDF for #18163 Avery Shipping Labels with (1) of each design, but also jpegs of each individual label. You can resize or trim them to fit your own needs!
Because not every kid is a big pixie fan, I’ve also done an alternative set of labels for “Drowsy Dust” and “Power Powder”. These go over better with kids who may be more into wizarding than fairies!
That’s all it takes!
We made a big deal of smoothing then fluffing the pillows with extra spirit after we “dusted” them – this prevents the linen powder from just sitting on the top and getting in hair, faces and eyes during the night).
Even with what looked like fairly large holes, it took a decent amount of shaking to get much baking soda out – its just enough to be satisfying for kids without creating a big messy pile of soda.
We decided to stick with the lavender and citrus as a “wake-up” and “calm down” set, but there are so many ways to make it your own! I am not a serious aromatherapy expert, but if anyone has some good suggestions, leave them in the comments!