DIY Almond Cookie Reed Diffuser

DIY almond cookie reed diffuser

I love Yankee Candle reed diffusers but I could do without the price tag. $22 for a bottle, oils and reeds? I don’t think so.

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.

DIY reed diffuser materials

Things You Will Need:
Reeds
Glass bottle
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.

reed diffuser oils

Step 1
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.

DIY almond cookie reed diffuser

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!

DIY Shadow Box Memories

DIY Shadow Box MemoriesMost 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.

 

DIY Shadow Box MemoriesThings You Will Need:
Shells
Sand
Picture
Shadow box

 

DIY Shadow Box MemoriesStep 1:
Pin the picture to the top of the back of the shadow box.

 

DIY Shadow Box MemoriesStep 2:
Add the sand and shells to the bottom of the shadow box.

 

DIY Shadow Box MemoriesStep 3:
Reassemble the shadow box and shake the sand and shells around for a more natural look.

 

DIY Shadow Box MemoriesThis 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Citrus Infused Water

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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.

Creative Ways To Upcycle Old Stuff

 

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, reuse and 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

toilet paper rolls used to store cables and wires

Turn Old Credit Cards Into Guitar Picks

stamping old credit cards into guitar picks

Turn Old Picture Frames Into Serving Trays

using picture frame as serving tray

Reuse Ketchup Bottles as a Pancake Squirter

using ketchup bottle as pancake squirter

Use Paperclips to Organize Your chargers

paperclips clipped onto side of table using handles to organize cables

Turn Old Wrenches Into Wall Hooks

wrenches bent into wall hooks

Use Your Old Computer Tower as a Mail Box

turn old computer tower into mail box

Make a Jewelry Organizer From a Bulletin Board

using bulletin board as jewellery organizer

Use a Paper Clip as a Key Chain and Money Clip

Use a Pipe with Valves as a Coat Rack

pipe with valves as coat rack

Make Shelves Out of Old Books

turn old books into shelves with brackets

Reuse Old Cassette Tape Cases as Gift Card Boxes

turn old cassette tape cases into gift card boxes

 Store and Organize Cables with CD Holders

cd cases uses to store and organize cables

Home Sweet Home

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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 🙂

DIY Missing Sock Station

missing socks

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.

 

 

 

materials for DIY Sock Station

Things You Will Need:
Wood
Wood Glue
Clothes Pins
Paint, water, brushes

 

 

 

Yellow paint on wood

Step 1:

Paint your wood a solid color.

 

 

 

Yellow clothes pins

Step 2:

While you wait for the wood to dry, paint your clothes pins.

 

 

 

Missing sock station

Step 3:

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.

 

 

 

 

Missing socks

Step 4:

When both the clothes pins and wood are dry, you can use your wood glue to adhere the pins to the wooden board.

 

 

 

glue

Step 5:

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!

 

 

missing socks

B-E-A-UUUU-Tiful! This is will be so helpful!

Happy crafting 😀

DIY Holiday Party Decorations

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 🙂

DIY Tiered Serving Tray

DIY Christmas party decorations

diy Holiday party tiered tray

Christmas Kisses

Holiday party crafts

Holiday crafting

Mason Jars

Holiday party mason jars

Winter Wonderland?

winter wonderlandAlright, 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!

 

DIY Travel Kit

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:
Thread
Needle
Ribbon
Wash cloth

*I forgot the ribbon in my materials picture 🙁 Just imagine that it is there.

Step 1:

Fold the bottom of the wash cloth up about half way and sew the edges.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

Add your essentials to their unique sections.

Step 5:

Roll up the cloth and tie the ribbon.

You now have a cute DIY travel kit. Very cute 🙂

Happy crafting!