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!

 

DIY Fall Inspired Gift Box

fall lace bow

Some wrapping paper is really cute, but most of it is boring and common. Sometimes it’s nice to change it up and make your own, so to speak.

My best friend’s birthday was this past weekend and my dilemma was getting the gifts to fit in the baskets I had. (Based on this blog post, I obviously deviated for the basket idea.) Eventually I gave up and moved to a box. A box that fit my boots.

I wanted something fall-inspired but also girly, because Kelly is quite girly. I settled with brown paper, off-white lace and orange, brown and yellow plaid ribbon.

 

fall gift box supplies

fall-inspired gift box supplies

  • box
  • lace ribbon
  • brown paper
  • plaid fall ribbon
  • hot melt glue and gun

You can get the brown paper at any craft store. You might be able to find it at Walmart or Target too. If not, there’s always the internet.

 

Step 1: Wrap the box lid

Start with the lid. Cut 4 slits on each corner of the box about the hight of the lid.

Fold those inward and glue them to the box.

Then fold the remaining brown paper flaps over the lid and glue them down.

 

Step 2: wrap the box bottom

Repeat step 1 for the bottom of the box.

 

bow tying

Step 3: wrap the ribbon around the gift box

Place the lace ribbon flat on the floor and place the box over top of it, face down.

Then twist the ribbons around each other and pull them in opposite directions so you form a cross on the back of the box.

Pull your loose ends around to the front and flip the box front side up.

Slide the ends under the strip of lace already crossing the front of the box.

Tie a knot over top of it.

Then, tie another knot around it with your plaid ribbon.

 

fall gift box decoration

Step 4: tie the ribbons in a bow

You have two options, tie a single bow with both ribbons, or tie two bows separately.

I chose two bows:
Tie a bow with the lace ribbon.
Tie a bow with the plaid ribbon.

 

When you’re done, you gift box should like the images above. Brown paper, lace and plaid ribbon is quite fall-esque, I think. I love the way they look together. <3

Quick, easy and unique.

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

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Tea Holder from Scrapbook Paper

diy tea bag holder scrapbook paper craft

Tea is such a good gift. You can share it any time: when someone is sick, for special occasions, for fun… Whenever really. But it’s no fun to just give people a box of tea. It’s much more exciting to gift in unique packaging.

This tea bag holder is wonderful and makes gifting just a few teabags more personal.

You only need a few supplies and you might have them in your craft box already.

 

scrapbook tea -holder supplies

Paper tea bag holder supplies

  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • hole punch
  • scrapbook paper
  • ruler (optional)

 

scrapbook paper square

Step 1: cut a scrapbook paper square

Cut a square in your scrapbook paper.

 

 

 

 

Step 2: fold the points inward

Turn the paper so one of the points is facing upward.

Place the teabag at the top for measurement and fold the points on the right and left inward like in the image above.

 

tea bag gift bag

Step 3: fold the teabag holder to stand on its own

Create an A shape in the center of the paper. This will help the tea bag holder to stand on its own.

Start by folding the points at the top and bottom together so the inside of the holder is facing outward.

Then, fold them inward about an inch from the center folder on both sides to create the shape above.

 

scrapbook paper tea bag gift bag

Step 4: tie the teabag holder shut

Punch a hole in the top of the teabag holder, push a ribbon through and tie it closed.

 

diy paper tea holderscrapbook tea container

You’re ready to gift your tea! You’ll be able to fit a few teabags in the newly created holder. Perfect for a quick, thoughtful gift.

Happy crafting!

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their August craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: DIY Cardboard Scarf Organizer
Heather from ShiftMama: Garden Solar Light Upgrade
Vanessa from Social Stampers: How to Make an Eastern Inspired Card Trio
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Keychain Using Old Jewelry
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Crochet Hoop Wall Art

DIY Swirl Wire Wrapped Toe Ring

diy wire wrapped toe ring

It’s summer. It’s warm and sunny (sometimes) and it makes me think of flip fops, bright pink nail polish and toe rings. I like them a lot, and used to have a few. Instead of buying more, what does a maker do? We make our own.

Get some good wire and some jewelry pliers. Let’s get to wire wrapping!

 

diy toe ring supplies

DIY Toe ring supplies

  • Thing-A-Ma-Jig
  • jewelry pliers
  • jewelry wire

 

wire jewelry design

Step 1: make the first wire swirl

Using the rounded pliers, twist the wire until you’ve made a swirl.

 

swirl wire wrapping

Step 2: create the ring loop

Use your Thing-A-Ma-Jig to create the loop that will become the ring.

 

toe ring wire wrapping

Step 3: create the second swirl

Now, you’re going to do the same thing you did for the first swirl for the second. The only difference will be be that the swirl will twist in the opposite direction.

 

diy wire wrapped toe ring

When you’re finished, you’ll have your own wire wrapped toe ring!

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

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their July craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Paper Mache Rain Cloud
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Trifold Gift Card Holder
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Criss Cross Tshirt
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Tulle Pom Pom Necklace

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Drawstring Fabric Gift Bag

diy fabric drawstring gift bag

There’s been a lot of celebrating lately. Many birthdays, weddings, Mother’s Day and so many more events have happened in short period of time. It has me thinking of fun ways to give gifts. Cardboard boxes and Dollar Store gift bags can be so boring.

I wanted something simple, yet intriguing. That’s why I made this gift bag. I had some scrap fabric in my stash and thought it would be a great start to this new project.

The gift bag doesn’t take long to make and you can do it with or without a sewing machine. Follow the steps below to make your own.

diy fabric gift bag supplies

Drawstring fabric gift bag supplies

  • needle
  • thread
  • fabric
  • ribbon
  • fabric scissors
  • safety pin (optional)

fabric scraps

Step 1: cut the fabric to size

Cut the fabric to approximately 7×8″.

Iron the fabric to flatten any creases.

fabric sewing

Step 2: fold down the top of the fabric

With the inside of the fabric facing upward, fold down the top inch an a half.

Sew across the bottom of the folded piece.

This is going to be the path for the ribbon closure.

sewing the gift bag

Step 3: fold the fabric in half

Fold the fabric in half so the inside of the bag is facing outward.

Sew down the side and across the bottom.

ribbon drawstring gift bag feature

Step 4: string the ribbon through

Fold the bag right-side out.

Here’s where the safety pin comes in. Pin the end of the ribbon and push it through the pathway at the top of the bag. Use the pin to find the ribbon easily and pull it through.

Cut it at a place where it’s long enough to tie a bow.

diy fabric drawstring gift bag

Place your gift inside the bag and tie it up. You’re all done!

Give your bag to someone special.

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their May craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Pipe Cleaner Maple Leaves
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Heather from ShiftMama: Quick Herb Planters
Martha from The Art in Martha: Tshirt Yarn Organizer
Vanessa from Social Stampers: DIY Event Signs
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Tshirt Refashion with Lace
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Bead and Tassel Necklace
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Knit & Crochet Markers

Happy crafting!

DIY Herb Garden Markers

parsley plant marker

My mother always had a green thumb and it’s definitely not something she passed down to me. If it’s green and been in my house for more than a month, it’s probably dead. I’m so bad at gardening, but I’m not giving up yet.

This weekend, I planted a new indoor herb garden. I had a living rosemary and mint plant and added parsley, a different kind of mint and basil. Cross your fingers that I can keep the new ones alive.

In the meantime, I wanted to make some cute plant/garden markers. These are really cute and really easy. If you haven’t given your mom anything for Mother’s Day yet, a nice herb garden with plant markers might work out for her.

They’re super easy to make. A little bit of creativity goes a long way.

 

diy garden marker supplies

Plant marker supplies

  • gift tags
  • string
  • pen

 

Step 1: label and sketch

On a brown gift tag, write the name of each herb and sketch around it.

 

peppermint plant marker

Step 2: tie the label to the planter

Slip the string through the gift tag and tie it around the top of the planter.

Tilt the tag at a downward angle.

 

parsley plant marker

Now you have a lovely herb garden that’s beautifully labeled.

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

Happy crafting 🙂

 

DIY Smashbook Cover

DIY Smashbook Cover: Project Life

Have you every heard of a smashbook? It’s like of like a scrapbook, but with less structure. Some people add recipes, top 10 lists, concert tickets, etc., in addition to photos. It’s often referred to as the un-scrapbook.

I have a ton of pictures. Some on my phone, some printed and in a box. What good is that? They aren’t organized in any particular fashion and I rarely look at them, so I wanted to make my own smashbook. I’m going to call it Project Life.

But before I started compiling pictures, I wanted to make a fun cover for it. That’s today’s Make Something Mondays craft.

Tip: If you’re interested in making your own Smashbook, you should look into Groovebook for photo printing. It’s a subscription service that prints photos that you choose every month. You get 100 4×6″ images for $2.99/month. I’m not affiliated, I just like it. A friend bought me a gift subscription for my birthday a year or so ago and I’ve kept it. It’s perfect for this type of project.

 

Smashbook cover supplies

Smashbook cover supplies

  • glue
  • scissors
  • scrapbook paper
  • blank journal or sketchbook
  • stickers (totally optional)

Don’t get overwhelmed by the supplies image. I went a little overboard in gather materials for this one.

If you’re looking for a small book, I got mine at Michael’s. It’s made by the Recollections brand. I like this one because it’s smaller, and nothing like a scrapbook. You can use whatever you want though.

Smashbook ideas

Step 1: glue on the first scrapbook layer

Measure or trace your book onto the scrapbook paper. Then cut it out and glue it over the cover of your scrapbook.

 

Step 2: continue to layer scrapbook paper

Continue this process until you have something you like.

I choose to cut out elements of different pieces of scrapbook paper and glue them together.

 

Smashbook Cover: Project Life

Step 3: title your smashbook

Give your smashbook a title! You’re going to be an author now. Your book must have a name! 🙂

 

DIY Smashbook Cover: Project Life

When you’re done, hopefully you have a cover design you love!

I’ll post some spreads for you guys when I get started. Stay tuned for that.

Tell me what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.

 

 

DIY Polka Dotted Gift Card Holder

opened gift card holder

Did you know that the total volume of gift cards is projected to reach $160 billion by 2018? That’s a whole lot! Obviously, some of that is composed of digital cards, but that still means that many people are giving gift cards in crappy envelopes or wasting money on buying the metal holders.

Can we all agree that opening gifts is the most exciting part? Let’s make the gift card experience a little more exciting then. We’ll make our own!

 

supplies for diy paper gift card holder

Paper Gift Card Holder Supplies

  • ruler
  • embellishments
  • scrapbook paper
  • scissors/Xacto knife
  • double-sided tape
  • mat board (optional)

 

fold 1 for DIY gift card holder

Step 1: fold scrapbook paper in half

I started with an 8.5×11″ piece of paper.

Fold it in half with the fun side facing inward.

 

Step 2: create space for a pocket

The crease in the paper you see below the gift card is the first fold we made.

Now, we need to make two more folds, one on each side of the first crease. The folds should be about half the size of the gift card and creases should be going in the opposite direction from the first.

When you’re done, you should have an upward fold in the paper like in the second image above.

 

shortened paper envelope

Step 3: shorten one end of the paper

Measure about 1.5″ down and cut off that portion of the paper. You can do this on either side.

 

Step 4: fold the long end of the paper

To create a flap for our holder, we’re going to make one more crease on the long end of the paper. This should fold over the short end when everything is folded up into an envelope.

 

paper folds for gift card holder

Step 5: tape the folds together

Using double-sided tape, adhere the folds together. Make sure you only use the tape on the edges and bottom. We need to make sure there’s room for the gift card!

 

gift card pocket

Step 6: create a pocket for the gift card

Cut down into the fold like in the image above to create a pocket for your gift card.

Put the gift card in place.

 

 

Step 7: seal and embellish

Close up the gift card holder.

Seal it with a ribbon or more scrapbook paper and embellish as you’d like.

 

 

opened gift card holder

paper gift card holder

When you’re done, you can gift your newest creation. Homemade gifts are the best ones.

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their February craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Pastel Word Art
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Spring Ribbon Wreath
Heather from ShiftMama: Folded Paper Keepsake Book
Martha from The Art in Martha: Spirograph Pillow
Vanessa from Social Stampers: How to Make Wedding Invitations By Hand
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Pastel Easter Wreath
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Spring Wreath
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Shaker Cards

 

Happy crafting!