Thursday, December 1, 2011

DIY Natural Sugar Scrub

The official countdown to Christmas has begun! Happy December 1st! :) This is my favorite time of year for many reasons...

1. The main reason for this season...celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior!

2. My husband and I will be celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary!

3. Being with family & friends, decorating & listening to Christmas music, eating lots of splendid food, and giving gifts! That's right, I LOVE to give gifts! 

One amazing gift that I am doing this year is natural body scrubs! It's a win-win for this gift, because it's inexpensive (for you), all natural, and therapeutic. Here is how I made mine, I couldn't help but share this amazing gift idea ;) 

Here's what I used:

  • Mason Jars (Half pint wide mouth)
  • Cane Sugar
  • Coconut Oil
  • Lavender & Peppermint essential oils
1. The measurements are going to vary depending on what size of jar you have. For mine I used: 3/4 cup of sugar, 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, and about 3-5 drops of oil. You add all the ingredients together and mix until you get a satisfied consistency. Very easy :) 

2. I made some round labels for the tops of the jar and added some ribbon for a personal touch. 

Need labels? I used scrapbook paper and made these labels (jar labels).
Remember you can use different essential oils and also experiment with your base oil. I used coconut because it is good for the skin :)
Hope your scrubs turn out as awesome as mine!

Monday, November 28, 2011

DIY Recycled T-Shirt Braided Scarf Tutorial

Tis the season for scarfs! I would have to say that I have started quite the collection of them, but none of them quite look like this one :)

Here's what you'll need:

  • XL T-Shirt OR jersey knit fabric you can get at Hobby Lobby/Michaels etc... (I used two different colored tees and it made two scarfs)
  • Scissors
1. Cut both of the shirts from under the armpits horizontally. 

2. Next cut the shirt vertically in half at the seam (repeat to other shirt as well). Should look like this after cut:

3. Lay out the fabric (like above) and begin cutting strips vertically. This will give extra long strips of fabric. Pull on the strips to give them even more length. 

4. Divide the strands into three equal sections.You might have to enlist someone to holding your fabric while you braid OR just find something heavy to hold it down :) Leave about a foot of fabric left at the top and bottom of your strips. Here comes the fun part...BRAIDING!!! Forgot how to? Here's a video to refresh your memory: How to Braid

5. With your scraps left over from your shirts take or cut a strip long enough to tie it all together! Wrap it around several times and then double knot it. Now with your strands feather them out and cut random pieces to give it a layered look. :)

6. You're done and now you can enjoy your new scarf! 

Remember that these can make awesome in Christmas gifts :)

Comment below and happy crafting :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dollar Tree Destination: Magnetic Memo Boards

The Dollar Tree is my first stop for when I am in need for craft supplies. Everything is a dollar and they almost always have what I need! Today's craft is magnetic memo boards made out of cake pans. I got this lovely idea off of none other than...Pinterest! These memo boards are inexpensive and adorable!

Supplies Needed:
  • Cake Pan 
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Bottle Caps/Magnets (optional) 
  • Ribbon & Drill (optional)
  • Spray Paint (optional)
1. I wanted to be able to hang mine by using ribbon so I had my lovely hubby drill to holes in the pan.

2. Next, I painted the sides because I wanted to add some color. I did two coats. Totally will just give it more character :)

3. While those were drying I made my bottle cap magnets! Cut scrapbook paper to size and apply with mod podge to the front. Let dry and then add the magnets on the back! Quick and simple to do took me about five minutes, and some for drying ;)

4. When the pan is dry you can cut paper to size the front and apply with mod podge. First by putting a layer on the pan, then by putting the paper down and adding a layer on top of it. Let dry completely. 

5.  After it's dry cut ribbon to the length you want, tie, hang, and ENJOY :) Oh...and add those gorgeous magnets to it! 

~Wishing you creative bliss!~

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Leaves: DIY Garland

Fall is well underway and what better way to decorate your home then to make a fall piece that is inexpensive and adorable! This DIY craft was found on Pinterest through: A Beautiful Mess.

Let's get started! You'll need...

  • Felt
  • Yarn or Embroidery Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
1. Cut leaves out of felt. As many as you want...the more the merrier! :) I cut twenty.

2. Measure how long you want your garland to be and cut. Then begin to stitch the leaves together.

3. Continue until you are satisfied and then make sure to add knots to the end! Enjoy the fall leaves and hang it anywhere. I hung mine on our mantle, but you could also do it over the doorway, bedframe, and even classroom! 

Happy crafting and enjoy these gorgeous fall days!
~Wishing you creative bliss!~

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Spooky Crafting

Halloween is approaching us quickly, and you know what that means?! It's time for some spooky crafting!

Monster Jars

I got some great ideas from Pinterest including:

1. Monster Jars from: Crazy Domestic

2. Halloween Garland from: eighteen25

3. Free Printables from: adelynSTONEThe Crafty Crow, and Bonjour!

I accomplished the crafts and decorated our kitchen! I think our kitchen looks Spooktacular! 

So, what are you waiting for?! Click on the highlighted blogs that will take you right to the tutorials and free printables! Have fun with your spooky crafting...I know I did :)

~Wishing you creative bliss!~

Monday, September 12, 2011

TV Tray + Fabric + Staple Gun = One Cute Pressing Board!

A couple weeks ago I was looking around on my latest addiction, Pinterest, and I came across a wonderful idea by Texas Freckles Blog! She used an inexpensive tv tray and turned it into a pressing board! What a fabulous idea for our little efficiency apartment that has limited storage space. We have been needing a pressing board anyways, so I couldn't wait to try it out!

So, I got all the supplies and tried it out. I am super happy of how it turned out:

Here are the easy steps I took to make this adorable pressing board!

Supplies Needed:
  • Wooden Tray Table
  • Home-Dec Weight Cotton Fabric
  • Natural-Fiber Batting
  • Staple Gun
  • Scissors
1. First cut the fabric and batting to where there is enough to wrap around tray and staple. Don't worry if you have extra because it can be cut after it's been stapled.

2. Lay fabric down (design facing down) and center the batting on top of it. Place tray on top of fabric and batting. 

3. Starting in the center of one side, pull the fabric to the underside of the table and staple it in place. When stapling the fabric pull it back gently making sure that it is stretched, but not strained. Staple in place and repeat, alternating sides and moving out towards the corners, until the fabric has been pulled to the back and stapled on every side. 

4. Last will be the corners where you just fold each side in and staple.

5. At this point if you still have extra fabric you can trim it off with some scissors. Check the tray to see if there are any spots where a extra staple could be used & then flip it over and enjoy! 

Did I mention it works great as a desk?! :)

~Wishing you creative bliss~