Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. Here, check out all the things you can make in your slow cooker besides food, from Crock Pot soap to a DIY humidifier hack.
If you have an old slow cooker that you want to designate for non-food items (maybe you got an Instant Pot and find yourself forgetting about your old standby…), we’ve got you covered. Try these nine crafts you can make in your Crock Pot.
Here’s a great way to get your hands on a cheaper and better smelling soap; this easy recipe makes 12-18 bars of whatever fragrance you want. It does use lye, but don’t worry, it all reacts with water and oil and is rendered harmless when properly made. Still, we recommend using a slow cooker you aren’t planning to put food into anytime soon for this one. And don’t try tweaking the ingredient ratios.
Silicone Flower Soap Molds, 2 trays for $9.99 on Amazon
Make extra fancy soap with these flower molds.
Make whatever color Play-Doh you want. This is a perfect project that any kid can get involved in. It only takes about 30 minutes and it’s kind of a fun science experiment.
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No need to splurge on the newest humidifier—break out an old Crock-Pot, fill it with water, and if you’re feeling frisky, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. In no time, your living room will be fresh, and your nose will be de-stuffed. Who knew?
This one’s really cool (and you can probably use a slow cooker you plan to put food into soon after…). Just fill up some mason jars with pieces of wax, halfway submerge the jars in water, and turn on the slow cooker for a few hours. Add the wicks and voila! Cute little mason jar candles you can pass out to your friends. Essential oils come in handy here too.
Ball Mini Quilted Jelly Jars, 12 for $19.99 on Amazon
These are a cute way to present your candles.
Combining coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E yields this lip moisturizing product you’ll no longer have to shop for. This could be really fun at a birthday party, or an after-school activity. You can add color to the balm, and it won’t show up on your lips, but it will look pretty cool in the container.
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This one is perfect for all of those kids who are constantly breaking crayons. Sort some used crayons by color, fill a Crock-Pot with one color of crayons (or a multi-color arrangement if you’re feeling adventurous) and pour the melted crayons into silicone molds. Once they’ve dried, you can use them to color, well, anything!
Your slow cooker can be a germination chamber, a place that is a warm, humid environment so your seed will sprout faster. This one is a little bit more involved than the others, but if you’re tired of waiting around for your seeds, this could be a perfect solution for you.
If you want to start using beeswax in your handmade products like your candles, soaps, or lip balms, you’ll need to clean it and render it first. Just soak the beeswax in the slow cooker, skim floating wax off the top, and melt the wax. Once it’s hardened, it will be clean and ready to go into any of the products you plan to make later on.
Since many dyes aren’t food safe, please don’t use a slow cooker you plan to cook in after. Just wet some wool yarn, soak it in vinegar, and fill a Crock-Pot with some water and dye. It should only take an hour to have some really fun-colored yarn emerge. Get to knitting, then!
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