DIY – Homemade Bath Salts

I’ve had these vintage pill bottles around in my craft room for ages and decided to finally do something with them.  Originally I thought to make a sugar scrub but it would be hard to get the sugar scrub out of the small opening so I changed the plan to bath salts.

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You need:

Coarse Sea Salt – I found this on the seasoning aisle
Epsom Salt – I found this in the health and beauty aisle
Essential Oil – I used lavender
Food Coloring – you probably have some in your cupboard right now
Glass containers of your choice – I found mine at a garage sale
Embellishments to decorate

I measured out how much sea salt I had, because it was a smaller container and then added that much epsom salt.

Food coloring and you are just using this to give the mixture some color.  The amount and color you use is your personal preference.  I was going for a “pinkish” color so I added red.  When I first added it, it kind of clumped up so I had to really mix it well to coat all the mixture.

Add some essential oil to the mixture.  This step is optional but I chose lavender as it is soothing and calming.  How much you add is up to you, based on how strong you want the scent.  I then mixed it really well again to make sure it coated all the salt mixture.

I happened to have some bottles that I purchased at a garage sale but you could use any container that you like.  The bottles I used had a small mouth and I really should have used a funnel to fill the containers but I made it work.

All that is left is to embellish.  I had some stickers that I attached to the front of the bottle and then just added a ribbon to it.  Very simple and easy and they make nice little gifts!

hugs -lisa

 

 

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DIY – Makeup Brush Cleaning Board

I want to show you how I made a super quick and easy DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner Board. You just need a few things:

* I also created a template to guide me as I glued onto the clipboard

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I know that I need to be better at regularly cleaning my brushes but for me it was always so messy and time consuming because I didn’t have a tool to help me.  I saw a DIY on Facebook one day and then I watched several videos on YouTube and thought, “I can make that!”  So I did!

I glued dots, squiggly lines, spirals and zig zag lines onto the clipboard.  I let it thoroughly dry and then cleaned my brushes using baby wash.  It worked really well and it was easy to use.  A lot less mess than me doing it by hand.

Here’s my video showing you how I did it!

 

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Snowman DIY Glass Jar Christmas Craft

All you need is a glass jar, some fleece and a sheet of sticky back felt sheet in black.

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Some of these measurements will depend on the size jar that you use because you will want it to be proportionate.

I cut the fleece into strips and cut the black felt into small button sized circles.  I actually used a button as my pattern for the circles.  I had originally hot glued buttons on the glass jar but they didn’t stay on.  Not sure why but I didn’t have time to figure that out so I moved to Plan B which was the sticky back felt sheet.

You can click HERE to see my Pinterest board and the inspiration piece that got this project going.

Here is my end result and I think it turned out pretty good.

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If you try it be sure and leave a comment below so that I can check it out!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Give Thanks….

Y’all know I can’t stay away from my DIY projects for too long!  It’s been quite a while since I crafted and so I took some time tonight to complete a project…just in time for Thanksgiving too!

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Here’s my inspiration piece:

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I spotted this in Kirkland’s one day and thought it looked easy enough to make.  I mean really, how hard could it be?  😉 

I basically printed out my inspiration pic, held up my burlap and shone a light behind it and then traced it with my black sharpie. 

My awesome hubby cut out the wood for me and then I painted it orange. 

I had the “jewels” and the burlap flower in my craft supplies. 

I cut the burlap to size, hot glued it to the wood, added the flower and the jewels and voila!  My version is complete!

give thanks my version

What do y’all think? 

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

Wool Dryer Balls…an update

Just so you know…not everything I try comes out as planned.

Back in March of this year I decided to make wool dryer balls.  Seemed like an easy enough endeavor and I *thought* they turned out fine.  Fast forward six months later and I’d like to share an update with y’all in case you were considering making the same. 

Here’s how they looked when we last visited.  You can check out my tutorial on it by clicking here.

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Now if I really had thought about this, instead of just being so excited to use them, I would have noticed that despite washing/drying for about four times they still hadn’t really felted.  I *thought* they had, but just looking at this pic I should have had some doubts that they were ready.

Here is how one of them looks today.

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Yeah….not so much. 

So I of course read up on this and why it was happening and most sites said I didn’t wash/dry them enough to felt properly.  A couple sites suggested using lightly spun yarn and apparently the kind I chose was a more tightly spun yarn. 

{{ sigh }}

I think I will try one more time after I find some *lightly spun yarn* to see if it will felt better. 

Have you tried to make these before and if so, do you have any suggestions?

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

Wine Corks and the Letter H

We drink wine and many of the bottles come with corks.  Our last name begins with the letter “H”.  I had a wooden “H” that I recently purchased from JoAnns.  Naturally I thought….what could I make and quickly decided to make a monogram “H” using wine corks.  Genius! 

I gathered all the corks and we didn’t quite have enough. 

…I vowed to drink more wine.  😉  

bowl of corks

I didn’t want to corks to stick out their entire length so I had my hubby cut them in half.  Of course that resulted in twice as many corks but still not quite enough so…

…I will have to keep my vow to drink more wine.  😉

corks cut in half

The letter “H” was plain wood so I painted it white and started hot gluing the corks on.  I didn’t start with any pattern or anything but by the time I was nearly done I had this….   

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Ehhhh….not so much.  The corks on the right are a little wonky and the corks on the left are lined up a little neater.  I also am not happy with the white that shows through.  Hmmmm…..

So I decided to paint the “H” brown to see if that helped.  I removed all the glued on corks, painted the “H” and then began gluing the corks back on.  I also am putting them four across instead of three. 

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I think it’s looking better….what do you think?

You will have to stay tuned to see the finished project.  🙂 

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

DIY Lampshade Makeover

I had this lamp that I knew would one day would find a forever home in my house.  I wasn’t sure if it would remain in the current state or evolve into something else. 

This past week it evolved into something else. 

The lamp base was originally a dark color and this is the lampshade that came with it.  I spray painted the base white and knew I had to do something about the shade.

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I purchased a plain white shade and got it for a steal at $2 at what was once Garden Ridge.  I can’t remember what it is going to become but I was just happy to find the lampshade so cheap!

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I knew that it just needed a little bit of awesomeness to liven it up.

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I had some pretty ribbon from a previous project that I hot glued around the top and bottom of the lampshade.

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ribbon being glued on

I then of course forgot to take pics of the next part but I used the twine leftover from the twine covered glass jar project { click here to see that } and wrapped it around the middle of the shade.  I wanted it to be thick enough that it looked like a band around the middle. 

I then added a pre-made burlap flower to the middle of the band of twine.

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And that was it!  Pretty easy peasy to transform a plain, boring lampshade into something cute!

Did you notice that super cute light switch cover?  That’s another DIY project that you can do to!  Read more about it by clicking HERE

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{Confession time}

I didn’t take into account where the lamp shade wires were.  I was solely concentrating on keeping the seam of the shade to the back.  When I put in a bulb, this is what I saw.

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Not exactly how I would have planned that and I glued the flower on and it wasn’t coming off easily so for now, I’ll just live with it.

What have you created lately?  Did it turn out as you expected? 

Stay awesome!! ~lisa