Archive of ‘DIY’ category

Body Scrub

 

I decided to try and combine some of my favorite things to make my own signature body scrub the other day.  This combination is amazing and makes your skin feel so smooth and moisturized!  Each ingredient has wonderful health benefits as well.

Here’s what you need to recreate it:

  • 1 1/2 cups all natural coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup epsom salt
  • 5-8 drops lavender oil
  • 5-8 drops almond oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon until it’s fully mixed.  The amount of lavender and almond oil depends on how strong you want your scrub to smell.  Store the scrub in a small mason jar at room temperature.  A friend of mine gave me the scrub below that she made and I absolutely love the shell addition!  I’m totally using this for all my scrubs now.  scrub

Burlap Bow

 

Materials:
Burlap ribbon (at least 7 ft. or 2.3 yds for 4 loop bow)
Scissors
Twine
Glue gun

Step 1:  Cut your burlap ribbon about 7 ft. or 2.3 yds.

Step 2:  Hold ribbon as pictured leaving enough ribbon hanging for 1 tail (roughly 1 ft.)

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Step 3:  Make one loop on the left.  Don’t make the loop too big or the burlap will not hold its form.

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Step 4:  Make another loop the same size on the right side.

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Step 5:  Loop back and forth so that you have two loops on each side.  For larger/fuller bows, keep looping back and forth so that you have four loops on each side.

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Step 6:  Cut a piece of twine and tie around the center in a knot to hold the bow together.

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Step 7:  Cut tails at the end.  Fold tail in half and cut diagonally upward towards the fold to get the scissor tail look.

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Step 8:  I like to cut another smaller piece of burlap to wrap around the center of my bow.  Hold it together at the back with hot glue.

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Now you have a beautiful bow to decorate wreaths, parties, presents and more!

 

Felt Flowers

Below are three different instructions to creating felt flowers.  I used mine to create christmas wreaths (see at the bottom) that I gave to my family this year for gifts.  The materials are the same for each flower:  Felt, scissors, and a glue gun

Loopy Flower

Step 1:  Cut the felt piece about 3 inches wide.

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Step 2:  Fold it in half long ways and glue at side.

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Step 3:  Cut 1” slits at a diagonal on the folded side.

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Step 4:  Start rolling your felt.  Glue a bit down as you start to roll and again every inch or so to keep the roll together.

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Step 5:  Fluff your loops to your liking.  Now you have a loopy flower!

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Rose

Step 1:  Cut a circle out of the felt–the bigger your circle, the larger your rose will be.  (The circle doesn’t have to be perfect)

Step 2:  Cut a spiral in your circle starting skinny and getting larger as you wind to the inside.

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Step 3:  Start rolling your spiral.  Glue a bit down as you start to roll and then again every inch or so to keep the rose together.

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Step 4:  Fold the center of your spiral to the bottom of the rose and glue it down.

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Now you have a cute little rose!

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Carnation

Step 1:  Cut out 7 circles about 4 inches in diameter.  Not sure why there are 8 here, you only need 7!  Again, they don’t need to be perfect.

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Step 2:  Fold 6 of the circles in half (don’t glue) and then fold over again and glue together to look like a pie shape.

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Step 3:  Place 4 of the pie shaped pieces you just glued down on the remaining felt circle so that they make a circle.  Glue down.

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Step 4:  Take the remaining 2 pie shaped pieces and glue them together with the folds on opposite ends.

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Step 5:  Cut the cones a bit off the bottom to make them flat.

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Step 6:  Put glue on the bottom and place it in the middle of the flower base.  Now you have a carnation!

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I used these flowers to decorate the wreaths below:

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