DIY Lip Gloss and a lesson on Gossip}Activity Day Idea

Making your own DIY Lip Gloss is easy and fun!

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Last week I had Activity Day Girls.  For those of you new to the blog this is a group of 8 – 12 year old girls who I get to play with twice a month.  It is my calling or job at church.  We have lots of fun together but in addition to having fun my co-leader and I always try to teach them something.

Last week we decided to make lip gloss.   In order to teach them something valuable at the same time we had a little lesson on gossip.  My co-leader put a great lesson together. We started with a game of telephone.  You know that game.  You whisper something in someones ear and they whisper in in the next person’s ear and by the time it gets to the end of the line what was originally whispered has been changed and is nothing like it started out as.  We told the girls that is what happens with gossip.  It starts out as one thing and then as it gets passed from person to person it gets changed into something else.  Usually something untrue and unkind.

For another object lesson we went outside into the garden and poured glitter into one of the girl’s hands – she then had to try to pass all of it to the next person without losing a single piece.  Obviously glitter was sticking to hands and scattering to the floor.  It was impossible to retrieve it all.  We  pointed out to the girls that gossip is often like the glitter.  We believe we can control it, but once it leaves our mouths we can no longer choose how the information is handled.  Similar to glitter, once gossip is released, it spreads and is virtually impossible to retrieve.

DIY Lip Gloss

After our lesson  on gossip we made DIY Lip Gloss so that they could always have sweet lips that remember to only speak kind words.

We made our lip gloss out of coconut oil and un-petroleum jelly.  Both can be purchased at Whole Foods or other natural food stores.  For coloring and flavoring I tried two different things.  Crystal Light drink mix and for a more natural choice (no artificial sweetener)  I used Emergen-C .

DIY Lip Gloss

The difference between the two different drink mixes is with the Emergen-C you pretty much got the same color with every flavor – there wasn’t much difference in color.  With the Crystal Light you got variations in color depending on the flavor you used.

Step One:  Place about 1 tsp of coconut oil and 1 tsp of un-petroleum jelly in a microwavable bowl.  The amounts will depend on the size of the container you are putting it in. Place in microwave for about 60 seconds or until oil and jelly is melted.

Step Two:  Place powdered drink mix into the melted oil (about  1/2 tsp – 1 tsp. or amount needed to get desired color)  Stir and stir until the mix dissolves.  It may not totally dissolve and that is o.k. because as it sits in the container will dissolve some more.

DIY Lip Gloss

Step Three:  After it is pretty much dissolved pour it into your container.  I purchased our lip gloss containers  at the craft store in the bead section.  They are designed to hold beads.

_DSC0232Then just let the lip gloss set up.

DIY Lip Gloss

The girls loved the project and the lesson.  Each girl went home with two pots of lip gloss and this book mark I found here  to remind them to always speak kind words.

DIY Lip Gloss

For other fun Activity Day ideas check out these:

PVC Pipe Bow & Arrows Bath Salts Pom Pom Bookmarks

Activity Day Ideas


Leigh Anne


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Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Becky says

    What a wonderful and valuable lesson for young girls – and everybody…Love the idea of making your own lipgloss also!

  2. says

    Leigh Anne, love the glitter message! Thanks for the tip. I’m definitely going to try and make the lip gloss, un-petroleum Brilliant! Emergen C seems like the way to go with no artificial flavors although colors come out the same :(
    Have a wonderful week! PINNED

  3. says

    A good idea. I dislike gossipers very much. They hurt lots of innocent people by their gossip which in most cases is so untrue. Hopefully, most people will learn this before it’s too late and just stay away from those people.

  4. Kathy says

    Thanks for the GREAT idea!!! I just got that calling myself and am starting to look for ideas, and here is a wonderful one and links to several more. Thank you!!!

  5. Meg Merkley says

    Any chance you would share the lesson? Do you have an Activity Day board? I’d love to follow. I’ve been in this calling for a few month and love any help!

    • says

      Meg, Basically the lesson is what I wrote in the blog post – the two object lessons and then we just talked about gossip and if they had ever been the victim of it and how it felt and any experiences they had with it. The lesson lasted about 10-15 minutes. We didn’t really have anything written down, it was more a conversation about it
      I do have an Activity Day board on Pinterest.

  6. Andrea says

    What a great way to pair a visual reminder to the lesson. I’m starting a similar program with “tween” girls at our church in KS and would love any more ideas you care to put out there! Thanks!

  7. Denise says

    This is a lovely idea ! Can we download the bookmark ? I’d love to be able to make some for our girls. I assume the ‘lips’ is a sticker found at the craft store ?
    Thanks, Denise

  8. Ruth says

    Hi Leigh Anne,

    Some of the young women in our ward will be making lip gloss tonight. I have a question. I have seen coconut oil at my grocery store. But it looks like it’s “oil”. The coconut oil you have in your bowl looks more like shortening. Is there a difference? Or can you use liquid coconut oil? I’ve never bought it before so maybe it is solid-ish, just looks like it might be liquid…would love your help!

    • says

      If Coconut Oil is liquid it has been fractionated. Coconut Oil comes as a solid in it’s original state. You will melt it to stir in the flavoring but it will set up as it cools. The fractionated coconut oil will stay liquid. You want the solid coconut oil because you want it to set up to make the gloss. If you start with the liquid it will not set up.

  9. Lisa Holliday says

    Thank you for this great idea! We just had my daughter’s 9th birthday sleepover and this project was a huge hit. If I hadn’t run out of supplies, they would have made more. My one piece of advice is to use paper bowls to mix the ingredients as it was difficult to clean my glass and ceramic bowls afterwards…even in the dishwasher. Just a tip. Thanks again!

  10. Penny says

    Can you add a drop of kool-aid for color to the Emergen-C?
    Great ideas for both. Easter is coming up so this will be a grand idea.
    Can I use this recipe and some of your poem. It will not be pass off as my own. I will state where I retrieved it.

    • says

      Penny, Adding some kool aid in with the Emergen-C might work just great. The kool-aid by itself would be bitter since there is no sugar in it but the Emergen-C would add some sweetness. You are welcome t share and I appreciate you linking back to my site!

  11. Randy King says

    What great advice… Not only for young girls,but us grown gals too!! Thank you for sharing your advice & lip gloss recipe too!! : )

  12. Teri P. says

    I love this idea and plan to do this with my daughter’s Bible study group. Which drink mixes did you use to get the 2 colors pictured above?

  13. says

    Love this idea! I teach positive youth development workshops and write books with ‘play with purpose’ themes, so this is totally up my alley! I can’t wait to mimic your idea with my daughter and her friends. Thanks for sharing!

  14. says

    Fantastic, LA. I’ve been struggling with my sweet youth who have such a hard time, been praying how to speak to them about this where they’ll really understand. Going to do this handout and gloss FOR SURE!!


  15. Kathy L. says

    Non-petroleum jelly is rather pricey, so I went online and found a recipe to make your own. Turns out it’s the same as the lip balm I make all the time, and is so simple to make!
    In a double boiler or mini crock pot (I found one for $5 at goodwill), melt together:
    1 oz (weight) beeswax & 1/2 cup x-virgin olive oil
    Allow about 45 minutes if using a solid piece of beeswax, less if using chips.
    This can be melted before the activity, then the coconut oil added before playing the games. (It melts much faster.) Ladle some into each bowl and then add the flavor. Use a plastic teaspoon to spoon into the containers.
    Adding about 1/2-3/4 c coconut oil, you can make 30-50 containers of gloss, depending on size. You can also add a little vitamin E (I use 1/2 tsp) to help it stay fresh longer, and as a softener for your lips.
    Thanks for the great idea!!!

  16. Kindra says

    I love the message on the bookmark! This would make a great palanca gift on one of our women’s Tres Dias or CREDO weekends. Thanks!!
    God bless!

  17. Jenny says

    I was looking at the pic of the girl who was using the spoon to pour the gloss into the itty bitty jar and it mad me think of these large medicine droppers I had been given when our children were babies. They have the measurements printe on them. They hold more volume than a regular eye-drop size, so you can fit more liquid into them.

    I was thinking that those might be easier to use to transfer the gloss liquid into the little containers instead of a spoom. Hope that helps… just an idea!

  18. natasha says

    I cannot find un-petroleum jelly anywhere and wondered if there is something else I could use as a substitute. Doing this for AD girls tomorrow.

  19. Beth says

    Love the lesson and the activities. I’m sure you are doing a wonderful job mentoring these young women. Thank you for sharing!

  20. denise says

    wow…found this on pinterest. looks like so much! my daughter’s 10th birthday is this week – looks like a great activity for her sleepover. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Angelina says

    I can’t wait to try this! About how long does it take for the lip gloss to set firm in the small bead container? Just trying to gauge time needed.

  22. says

    What a fantastic lesson! I love it! Saving it for later and so we can make some lip gloss. What a special thing to teach these girls. They will always remember it.

  23. stephanie says

    I love this! I am a stay at home mom of 6 four are girls:) Always looking for ideas and this one is great! Where did you get the bookmarks?love them!!

  24. Mary says

    May God bless you, this is beautiful making lip gloss and I believe that many if not all will remember the priceless lesson about gossip.

  25. Cassie says

    This is such a cute idea. I am a volunteer for the 2nd grade girls and I am thinking about asking the teacher to do this. Where did you get the containers??

  26. Marilyn says

    Thank you for this. I am doing a Girl Scout Journey with my 6-8th graders about peer pressure and gossip. This is a perfect (and fun) way to explain gossip.

  27. Jamie says

    About how many containers did this make. I have 25 1.5 in X .75 in cases. They look shorter than yours. I am trying to plan on how much to buy. Thanks!

    • says

      I am not sure because I didn’t use all of what I bought – we only made about 10 containers and had plenty. I would just figure out how big my containers are and how much they will hold and do the math from there. Have fun!!

  28. Marilyn says

    Hi, I did Vaseline lip gloss and I do not like the aftertaste Vaseline . That I can use to remove the taste or other base can use ?

  29. Amber says

    This worked great for my activity day girls. I found a couple tips that might help others. I used a water enhancer. They are liquid syrup concentrates of your favorite or kids favorite juice flavors. I found a fruit punch and grape flavor for $1 each at Rite Aid. It also really help ed to only melt oils until it is just barely melted. If the oil is all the way clear let it cool down a little until it is more of a white color. Then give oil to the girls,squirt a little syrup in and they can finish the rest. It should be evenly colored. I also had some fine glitter that we added in. The girls loved it! Thank you!

  30. Desiree Nelson says

    Looking forward tosharing these with my very dear grandaughter who is 10! She is so sweet and maybe this will help to enlighten her.

  31. Binita Norán says

    Wow I love this ! The lesson was great and the DIY too. But, I was wondering what kind of stores could I find th ingredients in?

  32. Jen S says

    I love this. I needed an activity about promoting peace to do with my Girl Scout troop. I changed the last paragraph of the poem a little to tie it in to the Girl Scout Law.

    I want to live the G.S. Law
    So I’ll choose each word I say
    Respectful, helpful, friendly
    Is how I’ll speak today.

  33. Anjala says

    What would be a good substitute for the coconut oil. My husband is very allergic and I would love to try this.

  34. Marla says

    I’m wondering if anyone tried this with a large group and how you heated the vaseline and coconut oil. We are doing a spa night at church with various stations for about 85 people.This will be one of our stations. Do you think I could keep the coconut oil and Vaseline in a crockpot on low? Using a crockpot liner?

  35. Julie Holmes says

    Just want to say thanks for sharing your ideas. We had bullying in our group and needed something to bring home the message. This is perfect!

  36. Suzy says

    Help! I’m running to some problems…I’m using all the exact ingredients and following the directions, but my crystal light isn’t dissolving, it’s staying gritty. And, when you put it on, if your lips are wet at all, it turns bright and stains your lips and finger! Any advice??

    • says

      The crystal light will be a bit gritty, especially at the beginning but it will dissolve more as it sits. We didn’t have a problem with staining though???

  37. chelsey says

    Hi! This looks amazing and we are planning to do it with our girls. In the event we can’t find the un-petroleum jelly, would just regular petroleum jelly work??



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