I can buy all of those materials for about $10 elsewhere. Not to mention my refill and and reeds will cost less as well.
The best thing about DIY reed diffusers is that you can make your own scent. I did find one I really liked (Almond Cookie) but I had originally planned to mix and match oils to make a more unique scent. Next time.
Things You Will Need:
1oz. Fragrance oil
4-5 oz. unscented diffuser base (you can use vodka in place of this)
I found all of my materials at Pat Catan’s for about $8. The most expensive item was the glass bottle for $3. I could’ve bought a cheaper bottle for $1 but I liked the design and colors. I’m such a sucker for a good presentation.
You can get the materials at any hobby shop or on Amazon.
As far as the bottle goes, just make sure it is wider at the base that it is at the top. It helps the scent permeate the room.
Pour 4-5oz. of the reed diffuser base (depending on how strong you want the scented oil to be) into your bottle.
Then, pour in 1oz. of the fragrance oil.
Use one of the reeds to mix them together.
Now you can add all of your reeds to the oil. Swirl it around and flip them so that the dipped end of the reeds are upward.
Now you have a wonderfully-scented reed diffuser!
If you want to make your own scent, here are some ideas:
Orange and peppermint
Orange, grapefruit and bergamot
Wintergreen and citrus (smells like root beer)
Lemon, lavender and peppermint (great for allergy season)
Clove, cinnamon and ginger (smells like apple pie)
Orange, ginger and cinnamon (smells like cider)
Cinnamon and vanilla
If you have any other good oil combinations, I’d love to hear them!
Most of my readers know that I spent all of last week at the beach. I knew I was going to miss it as soon as I got home so I prepared this Make Something Mondays (I guess Tuesday in this case) as a way to remember it. I decided to make a shadow box to preserve the memory. It is always a great way to remember a vacation or event.
Things You Will Need:
Pin the picture to the top of the back of the shadow box.
Add the sand and shells to the bottom of the shadow box.
Reassemble the shadow box and shake the sand and shells around for a more natural look.
This is, by far, the best way to preserve memories.
A few years ago a coworker of my mom’s asked me to draw a picture of his family and add roses (from a wedding) to it. So I made a memoir box, similar to this one. The drawing is not a good one but he seemed to like the final package. It is more about the event and the memory than the drawing itself.
You’ve probably had infused water before, right? At a hotel or a bar maybe?
I decided to make my own. I cut up 2 oranges and 1 lemon, added some water, and put the mason jar in the fridge. Supposedly you have to let it infuse for a few weeks but I’m too impatient for that. This seems to work very well. I didn’t use a sweetener or anything 🙂
I think I am going to try it will watermelon and pineapple. Not together. That would be strange.
As most of you know, I am all about crafting and upcycling old stuff. I found a blog post on Twisted Sifter today that gave 50 examples of ways to repurpose, reuseand upcycle. All of the examples were great but I liked the upcycling ones the best.
So, below are a few of them and if you want to see more, I encourage you to visit the blog post via the link above.
And no, upcycle isn’t actually a word, but I like it and believe that it will soon be part of the english dictionary.
Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls to Organize Cables and Chords
I drove home to visit my parents. This photo is a shot of the county I grew up in.
If you drive 20 mins outside of my home town there usually isn’t any snow. If there is any, it has started melting. Not here though… Somehow, it can be nearly 40 degrees and there will be snow. Not melted snow. Just snow.
But I digress… Check out that view. This is something I didn’t learn until after I moved away; my home town is beautiful. I didn’t want to believe it while I was there. My drive home is always scenic and lovely 🙂
This is probably the most used craft I will ever make. I lose my socks all the time. Seriously, I am pretty sure that dryer lint is the remains of my missing socks. So, my solution is the Missing Sock Station.
Things You Will Need:
Paint, water, brushes
Paint your wood a solid color.
While you wait for the wood to dry, paint your clothes pins.
Your wood should be dry by now. Grab a MASSIVE sharpie and start writing. You can use paint if you prefer but I think the sharpie is a bit more clean.
When both the clothes pins and wood are dry, you can use your wood glue to adhere the pins to the wooden board.
Cut some string a bit longer than the length of the wooden board. Glue each end of the string to the edges of the board ( a bit high than center). Let the dry.
*Surely there is a better way of hanging this, but I am being lazy tonight and I know that this is going to work. So, if you are aware of better ways to hang this thing then go for it!
I was searching for something completely unrelated to this article and came across some useful DIYs for holiday parties on BlogHer. There are some great ideas on here guys! Check them out! Click the picture to go to her site for tutorials 🙂
Alright, I wouldn’t call it a winter wonderland… Let’s face it, anything that has the word winter, snow can not be considered a wonderland, in my opinion. Snow looks pretty from the window but from outside it is a different story.
I had time to paint last night for the first time in quite a while. This was what happened. Maybe sometime this weekend I’ll get a frame so I can get it up on Etsy!
When you travel it is always beneficial to keep all of your things organized. You keep all of your clothes in one area, the shower supplies in one area, etc. So this is the perfect, easy-to-make solution to carrying toiletries. If you are making this for the men in your life I would avoid the ribbon, ha. Maybe going with a leather strap or velcro would be a better idea. Enjoy 🙂
Things You Will Need:
*I forgot the ribbon in my materials picture 🙁 Just imagine that it is there.
Fold the bottom of the wash cloth up about half way and sew the edges.
Determine which essentials you are going to be carrying with you. If you are going to want to put a comb or other larger object make sure you will have room for the rest of your needs. Measure the sizes and sew several straight lines down the folded part of the cloth to make unique sections for each essential.
Cut your ribbon so that it is a little less than double the size of the cloth. You want it to be long enough so that you can tie it in a bow (or a knot) when you roll it up. sew your ribbon to a small portion of the cloth. If you sew it across the whole thing then your will have problems tying it together. I chose a very small area and sewed it tightly.