DIY Triangle Planter

diy triangle planter

It seems like the older I get, the more greenery I want. It’s strange because as a teenager, I hated having plants everywhere (sorry, Mom). But now, I love having an herb garden and succulents are just adorable.

I’ve made some planters in the past but have usually given them to other people as gifts. I actually ended up gifting these too, but I really enjoyed making them and will definitely be making more for myself.

If you want to try making your own, follow the steps below.

diy plaster planter supplies

Triangle planter supplies

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plaster planter diy project

Step 1: mix and pour the plaster

This step has a few parts.

First, oil up the inside of your mold. The oil makes it SO much easier to get the plaster out when it has dried.

Second, follow the instructions on your plaster pail to mix water with the powdered plaster in your cup. My ratio was 2-1.

This stuff dries super fast so you have a little less than 10 minutes to mix it and pour it.

Pour in the plaster and let it dry. If you’re using the same brand I am, Plaster of Paris, it should be dry in 30 mins max.

Afterwards, if you want to sand the planter you can. I like the imperfections a lot, so I just sanded the edges to soften them and kept the divots on the sides.

spray painted planter

Step 2: paint your planter

Alright, I cheated a little bit here and spray painted the first planter I made. HOLY COW did that smell linger. I hated it.

I ended up painting over it with outdoor acrylic paint. That was much better.

You might also want to consider adding a sealant if you plan to keep your plants outside or on a porch to protect the paint from the elements.

homemade triangle planter

Step 3: plant your plants

Get dirty planting whatever it is you want… herbs, succulents, or any other small plant. These are small planters, so your plant doesn’t have much room to grow. Keep that in mind when choosing your plants.

diy triangle planter

When you’re done, you’ll have some adorable triangle planters to gift or keep for yourself.

I plan to make a few more for myself. What colors do you think I should go with? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Happy crafting!

DIY Citrus Mint Lip Balm

citrus mint lip balm diy

A few years ago, I started experimenting with my own lip balm recipe. I’ve made a new batch every few months, give it out to family and friends, and try to get as much feedback as possible. This batch hasn’t been distributed yet, but I think it’s the best one yet!

Growing up, I loved the Dr. Pepper lip balm from Lip Smackers! It had a hint of color and smelled/tasted fantastic. Little did I know, I really enjoyed that brand for it’s texture. Now, I strive for something similar, minus the hint of color. I’ve experimented with many flavors and have found a few I like including orange cream, peppermint, and grapefruit. Obviously, I’m a fan of citrus and mint so I decided to combine the flavors for an orange mint lip balm.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

citrus-mint-lip-balm-supplies

Materials Needed for Vanilla Orange Lip Balm

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beeswax in the microwave

Step 1: melt the beeswax

Place your beeswax into your bowl and put it in the microwave.

Microwave in 30 second intervals with a few seconds between sessions. This takes about 3 minutes altogether.

wild orange lip balm oils

Step 2: add your flavors  and jojoba oil

Add 10 drops of peppermint oil and 30 drops of wild orange. Then add 1oz of jojoba oil.

You can play with this a bit if you’d like. I prefer a little tingle in my lip balm so I wanted a good bit of peppermint. However, I didn’t want that to over shadow the orange. This is perfect for that. If you prefer the smell of peppermint but don’t like the tingle as much, then add less peppermint.

Mix well.

lip balm making

Step 3: pour the lip balm mixture into tubes

Using your mini funnel, pour your beexwax and oils mixture into the tubes.

Let it sit.

citrus mint lip balm diy

When the wax has hardened, you can use or gift it. These make great stocking stuffers!

I’d love to hear your feedback. Do you like the flavor combo? What others flavors would you try?

DIY Cookie Mason Jar Gift

diy cookie mason jar gift

It’s been so long since I’ve posted a Make Something Mondays project. I’m sorry 🙁 I’m really trying to get back into it. This week, my project reflects my busy lifestyle.

I’ve seen cookie jar gifts like these on Pinterest for a few years now and I really like the idea. Rather than baking cookies for someone, you just put the dry ingredients in a Mason Jar and gift it with a little card that includes directions for making the cookies. Easy peasy.

Want to try it? Keep reading.

 

cookie mason jar materials

Cookie Jar Supplies

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 quart size mason jar

You will also want to print this card to attach to your cookie jar.

smores cookies recipe

 

cookie jar dry ingredients

Step 1: Combine white dry ingredients

Combine the following ingredients into a bowl:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda

Mix well and pour it into your jar. Pack it down with the back of a spoon.

 

layered ingredients cookie jar

Step 2: Layer on the sugars

On top of that mixture, layer on the brown sugar, followed by the white sugar.

Pack it down.

 

cookie jar ingredients in jar

Step 3: Add the chocolate chips and/or marshmallows

This is the last ingredient step. I prefer to put all of the chocolate chips into the jar and add some marshmallows at the very top. If you prefer to just use chocolate chips, fill it up to the top of the jar.

 

cookie jar gift

Step 4: make it pretty

Place a square piece of fabric on the top of the jar and tie it with a ribbon.

 

diy cookie mason jar gift

You’re ready to gift your cookie jar!

Tip: when you roll the cookies onto the cookie sheet, stuff marshmallows into the cookie dough. It makes them look much more appetizing.

Happy crafting… errr gifting?

DIY Beaded Wire Wrapped Bobby Pins

diy beaded bobby pins

My hair has been short for a while so I haven’t been able to get it into a pony tail. I’ve relied heavily on bobby pins to add flare. But bobby pins are so boring, right?

I wanted to spice them up a bit. Add more color or excitement to them and I’ve always been a fan of wire wrapping, so I combined the wire wrapped jewelry design that I’ve always loved with the bobby pins for a neat hair accessory.

They’re super easy to make and only took about 15 mins altogether. The supplies are cheap too (wohoo)! Want to make your own? Follow the tutorial.

 

beaded bobby pin supplies

Wire wrapped bobby pin supplies

  • beads
  • bobby pins
  • jewelry wire
  • jewelry pliers and wire cutters

 

 

wire wrap sizing

Step 1: cut the jewelry wire

Pull your wire out and straighten it as much as possible. It should be about the length of both of your pliers.

 

Step 2: Thread the wire through the bead and bobby pin

connect the bead to the bobby pin by threading the wire through the bead. Then criss-crossing the edges through the bobby pin.

 

Step 3: wire wrap the bobby pin

Begin to wrap the wire in a circle around the bobby pin. Be sure to leave a small amount of wire. Wrap that up inside the wrapping to keep from exposing the sharp edges.

If you need to clean up the wire, use your pliers to squeeze everything together a bit.

 

diy beaded bobby pins

Repeat until you have as many designed bobby pins as you’d like. Use them when your hair is up or down or gift them to a friend.

Happy crafting!

DIY Scrapbook Paper Gift Bag

scrapbook paper gift bag diy

We’ve been apart for quite some time. I’ve been a busy girl and have had hardly any time for crafting. It’s something I’ve missed. So, I have a present for you. I have a gift bag.

Okay, I’m going to teach you how to make a gift bag… from scrapbook paper. Paper is really amazing. You can do so much with it. This particular paper craft is really easy to make and will hold lightweight items. I was thinking Valentine’s Day candy.

You’ll only need a few supplies to make your own.

 

paper gift bag supplies

Paper gift bag supplies

  • ruler
  • ribbon
  • pencil
  • hole punch
  • scrapbook paper (12×12)

 

folded scrapbook paper step 1

Step 1: fold the edges inward

Find the center of the scrapbook paper and fold the sides into the center line.

 

measurements paper gift bag

Step 2: measure the base of the gift bag

Turn the paper horizontally and find the center again.

Then, measure 1″ in both directions and mark it with your pencil.

Repeat this step on the opposite side of the paper.

 

paper gift bag folds 2 and 3

Step 3: Fold the base of the gift bag

Fold inward from one end to the other to match the marks you just created. You should have something that looks like the image above.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 4

Step 4a: create the basket

Lay the paper flat again. Then, pinch one of the folds you just made.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 5

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 6

Pull the piece you’re pinching toward the the top of the paper, along the edge.

The section you’re holding should meet the fold.

Repeat that step on all 4 sides.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag final fold

Step 5: fold the corners upward to create a basket

Fold both sides of the paper upward so you have something that looks like this.

 

hole punched scrapbook paper

Step 6: hole punch the top of the gift bag

Pinch the top of the paper together and punch 2 holes, centered.

 

foldable scrapbook paper bag

Step 7: tie it with a bow

Push a ribbon through the newly punched holes and tie a bow to hold it shut.

 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a cute little gift bag to give to someone special.

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

DIY Cranberry Orange Vodka

homemade cranberry orange vodka

Hello! I hope everyone had a great holiday. I went on a mini hiatus for a few weeks. This December has been particularly stressful and I needed to take a break and recharge my batteries. Anyway, back to the good stuff. I’m sure you all have exchanged your Christmas gifts and are progressing into the new year, but I have a wonderful DIY gift for you guys. If you have a week, or even a few days, until you’re giving someone a gift and you’re still looking for ideas, make your own cranberry orange vodka.

It looks so yummy and it tastes even better. It makes a great gift, especially for those of us who prefer not to receive something that will clutter up the house. You only need a few supplies to make the vodka and you probably have most of them.

 

cranberry vodka supplies

Materials for Orange Cranberry Vodka

  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 2 orange peels
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • vodka
  • glass jar with airtight lid
  • saucepan

 

Step 1: cook the cranberries

Pour the cranberries, sugar and vanilla extract into the saucepan and cook on high until the cranberries burst. It should only take about 5 mins.

Take it off the burner and let it cool for about 10 mins.

 

orange vodka

Step 2: infuse the orange peel in vodka

Drop the orange peels into the jar and pour the vodka over it.

You can use whatever vodka you like, but I used Pinnacle, about half the bottle.

 

cranberry orange vodka jar

Step 3: combine the cranberry mixture and orange vodka

Pour the vodka mixture into the jar with the orange peel and vodka. Shake well.

 

homemade cranberry orange vodka

Step 4: let it infuse

Refrigerate the jar for 3 days to a week and give it a good shake occasionally to get all of the juices flowing.

When ready, strain the mixture and put your vodka in a new jar. You’re ready to gift it! Make sure you give it to someone who is going to appreciate it.

Happy infusing!

 

 

DIY Gift Ideas for Christmas 2018

We’re a little less than 2 weeks out from Christmas and everyone is doing their last-minute shopping. Soon, you’ll be running out of time to order online and then your only option is to go to the stores. That’s sounds terrible.

You could make DIY gifts instead! Some people have a DIY Christmas. They require that all gifts given are homemade. That sounds awesome if you ask me.

So you want to make your own gifts but aren’t sure what to make? I have some ideas for you. Click the images below to go to a tutorial for each project.

Headphone Organizer

Clothespin headphone organizer

Serious question: How many people do you know who don’t use headphones? I can’t think of too many. So make a headphone organizer to help them transport their headphones without getting knots in the wires.

 

Glass Orb Keychain

DIY customized keychains

Want something a little more visually exciting? Make your recipient a keychain. Choose your favorite scrapbook paper and get to work!

 

Orange Cream Lip Balm

diy-orange-cream-lip-balm

Tis the season for chapped lips. Most people are going to appreciate any opportunity to add some moisture. Follow the steps in this tutorial to make your own. The best part, you can make many tubes at once so you can gives these to multiple people. Tutorials also available in grapefruit and peppermint.

 

Wire Wrapped Tree Earrings

DIY Christmas Tree Earrings

For the people who love Christmas and decorate the inside and outside of their house, the lawn, the kids… make them some wire wrapped earrings. Supplies are affordable these will last for years!

 

Beard Balm

diy manly beard balm

Know a man with a beard? I bet the skin under his beard is pretty itchy in this cold weather. Be a doll and make him some homemade beard balm. It’s made with moisturizing ingredients that are sure to sooth that skin.

 

Beard Oil

DIY manly beard oil

While your at it, make some beard oil for him too. No one ever complained about smelling good and moisturizing, right?

 

Ribbon Hanging Picture Frames

diy ribbon hanging wood frames

Everyone likes reminiscing. Give them something to remember. Make these hanging frames with your choice of scrapbook paper and paint.

 

Heating Pad

DIY heating pad

Know someone athletic or someone with muscle pain? This is a great option for sore muscles. All you’ll need is a sewing kit, a sock and some rice. They’ll love you.

 

Photo Coasters

wedding gift photo coasters

These are the best coasters. Find some memorable photos and make these adorable coasters to gift. Whoever you give them to will love them.

 

DIY Gift Card Holder

If you really, really don’t have time to buy something or make something, you’re a procrastinator and should be ashamed of yourself. Just kidding. Buy a gift card and spice it up with scrapbook paper. It gives it a homemade element that people will enjoy.

 

Do you have any ideas? What homemade gifts do you like to make for Christmas?

 

 

DIY Orange Cream Lip Balm

diy-orange-cream-lip-balm

Every few months I make a new batch of lip balm. The last batch was grapefruit, and that one was really good. I’ve also made peppermint and different variations of that.

This time, I wanted something citrusy but also kind of creamy, so I chose a combination of vanilla and orange to get an orange cream flavor. It turned out well. I even got some human testers to be sure. (When you’re melting and smelling the oils for half an hour, it can mess with your ability to assess it properly.)

Anyway, if you want to make your own, follow the steps below. They make great Christmas (or birthday, etc.) gifts!

creamsicle lip balm supplies

Materials Needed for Vanilla Orange Lip Balm

A link is provided above to everything you might not be able to get at your local stores.

 

beeswax in the microwave

Step 1: melt the beeswax and oils

Place your beeswax into your bowl and put it in the microwave.

Microwave in 30 second intervals with a few seconds between sessions. This takes about 3 minutes altogether.

 

lip balm tubes and funnel

Step 2: prepare the tubes

While you’re waiting, line up your lip balm tubes in a container and place the funnel in one of them.

This will prevent you from having to clean up a big mess later.

 

Step 3: add the remaining oils

Pour in the rest of your oils (coconut, jojoba, vanilla and sweet orange essential oil) and stir well.

This is going to harden quickly so work fast.

 

lip balm making

Step 4: fill the tubes

Pour the mixture into the tubes and let it harden.

Let it sit for about half an hour before you test it.

You’ll likely get an uneven top. When it’s done, spin it up and cut the top off to even it out if it bothers you.

 

DIY grapefruit lip balm

I got a lot of positive feedback from everyone who tested it. They enjoyed the flavor and the consistency. I’ll never be able to go back to store-bought lip balm.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

DIY Ribbon Hanging Picture Frames

diy ribbon hanging wood frames

In the last few weeks I’ve noticed the streets and malls getting busier. You can tell that Christmas is coming up. Unlike most people, you couldn’t pay me to step foot in a mall or shopping center right now.

I have a system. Around Black Friday, I swear off shopping malls and hobby shops. I plan out a month or so of craft projects and DIY gifts, wait for a great coupon and get everything I need in one trip. I do most of my non DIY-Christmas shopping online. It’s a stable process.

Homemade gifts are the best, especially ones that evoke emotion, which makes picture frames perfect. Think about who you want to gift these to. What room might they hang them in (consider the colors)? What are the best memories you have with that person?

Go to Michael’s or another Hobby Shop and get the supplies below to make your own.

 

diy ribbon hanging frames supplies

Ribbon hanging frames supplies

  • ribbon
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brush
  • acrylic paint
  • Xacto knife
  • wood frames
  • scrapbook paper
  • hot glue and gun

 

wood frame traced on scrapbook paper

Step 1: trace the wood frame

Flip the scrapbook paper over, backside facing up. Trace the front of the frame on the back.

Tip: pay attention to which frame you trace on which piece of scrapbook paper. Often, the frames are unique, even though they look similar. 

 

painted wood frames

Step 2: paint the frames

Paint the frames a color that coordinates with the scrapbook paper you plan to decorate it with. I chose blue, green and yellow scrapbook paper, so I painted the frames those colors.

Let it dry.

 

scrapbook paper frame cutouts

Step 3: cut out the scrapbook paper framing

While your frames dry, cut out the traced frame.

Tip: Use scissors for the outside and an Xacto knife for the inside.

 

scrapbook paper decorated frame

Step 4: glue on the scrapbook paper

Brush the Mod Podge onto the frame and adhere the scrapbook paper cut out.

Let it dry.

Tip: Sometimes the edges lift a bit. Use a small paint brush to ensure the are are securely fastened to the frame. 

 

ribbon hanging frames

Step 5: add the ribbon

Arrange the frames in a vertical line, so the top of the lower frame is lined up with the bottom of another.

Glue the end of the ribbon to the top corner of the lowest frame. Then, glue it up the edge of the frames.

When you get to the to top, leave some slack. This will be how the recipient will hang the frames.

Then, glue the ribbon down the opposite side of the frames like in the image above.

 

When you’re finished, pop your favorite memories into the photo slots. Your recipient will be so excited to hang up your frames!

I’d love to hear your feedback! Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

DIY Sweet Orange Fall Candle

diy sweet orange fall candle

There’s a chill in the air and everyone is talking about fall. That means autumn smells are permeating craft stores and Thanksgiving DIY projects are in season.

Every year around this time, I like to make candles. Something about the cold weather makes me enjoy them so much more. This week, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Sweet orange sounded like a good scent since I’m not quite into the cinnamon spice deal just yet.

The candles are really easy to make and won’t take up much of your time. They make great gifts too, so keep that in mind. Instead of making one or two, you could make them in bulk and give them away for the holidays, or use them for parties.

 

sweet orange candle supplies

Candle making supplies

  • jar
  • coloring
  • soy wax
  • pouring pot
  • candle wick
  • festive ribbon (optional)
  • sweet orange essential oil

 

soy wax chips

Step 1: melt the wax

The amount of soy wax you use will depend on the size of your jar. A good rule of thumb is 1 pound (by weight) of candle wax will equal 20 ounces (in volume) when pouring into containers or molds.

But you know I don’t measure if I don’t have to. I have a 12oz jar and melted about 4 cups of wax for it with a little bit left over.

Once melted, remove from heat and let it sit for about 3 minutes to cool.

 

 

 

candle wick

Step 2: adhere the wick

While your wax is melting, stick the metal part of the wick into the melting wax (just the bottom) and quickly press it against the bottom of the jar. Hold it in place for a few seconds until the wax dries.

soy candle wax melted

Step 3: add color and/or fragrance

Add about 30 drops of essential oil (more if you want a more prominent scent).

Add color. Keep adding drops until you’re satisfied. Remember that the color will be lighter when the wax dries.

 

secure candle wick

Step 4: pour the wax into the jar

When your wax has had time to cool off, pour it into the jar slowly and secure the wick with two knives. They don’t always stand straight up on their own.

Let it cool.

 

diy sweet orange fall candle

Tie a cute, festive ribbon around the top and enjoy your candle. Or you can give it to someone else to enjoy. Whatever makes you happy.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave feedback in the comments!

Happy crafting!