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Altered Bottle for Bath Soaks

Hello Everyone!

With the holidays approaching it is important to take time to relax and a bath is perfect for relaxing! I made these altered bottles for bath soaks which look great in your bathroom!

They are easy to make and they can also make a perfect handmade gift, or you can sell them at a craft fair.

 

For this project find a really great bottle. I found mine at Who Give a Scrap. It is on on the larger size, that worked perfectly for me.  Make sure it has a lid and that you clean it thoroughly.

altered bottle for bath salts

Once the bottle is clean and dry add your embellishments. I added burlap and lace around the bottle to start.

altered bottle for bath salts

Then I added a lot of flowers and beads to create the look I was going for. You can add flowers, buttons, keys, and found objects. Anything would look great on the bottle.

altered bottle for bath salts

Once it was all decorated I added the bath salts and the cork. Now I have a great gift, or even something for me.

altered bottle for bath salts

How do you try and relax during the holidays?

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DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Christmas Decoration

Hello Everyone!

I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Christmas is just around the corner and I am getting excited! I love to make my own decorations, the glittery the better, lol.

Dollar Tree is the perfect place to get supplies to make your own decorations, like these Snowflakes I made.

These snowflakes are so easy to make and they look so cute hanging on your wall.

Materials Needed (affiliate links):

Bulk 5-Stem Christmas House Glittered Poinsettia Bushes, 13 in. atcom
Bulk 5-Stem Christmas House Glittered Poinsettia Bushes, 13 in. atcom

from: DollarTree

Instructions: 

Start with your glittery snowflake and add some tulle as a base layer. Or you can add glitter mesh, or ribbon, or lace, anything really. You just want to make sure you have an anchor for your focal point. Glue the tulle on with hot glue.

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

Then you want to glue on your focal point to the center of the snowflake

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

Then you glue on accents and decoration all around your focal point. Poinsettias, floral picks, beads, jingle bells, and small ornaments work great for this step. Anything will work, you just want to fill up the empty spaces and make it full and festive.

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

There you go, nice and easy and they looks so festive and glittery.  A grouping of the snowflakes would look really great on a wall, or it could be the perfect gift!

I thought it would be fun to show you some other variations I created. I just love making these, I can’t seem to stop, lol

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

What Christmas decorations do you make?

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Sunflower Mixed Media Canvas

Hello Everyone!

Fall is in the air and I am just loving it! I especially love seeing all the sunflowers, they are my favorite flowers! They are so pretty, and bright. Seeing all the sunflowers I was inspired to make a Sunflower Mixed Media Canvas.

Sunflower Mixed Media

Let me tell you how I made this canvas!

First I started with a canvas board and covered it with different ribbons (I adhered it with modeling paste), then I covered it all with black gesso.

Sunflower Mixed Media

I painted the canvas with a few different shades of blue acrylic paint.  I loved how it looks like a sky, but it was a little bright,  I did end up toning it down by the time I was finished.

Sunflower Mixed Media

Now it is time to add all the goodies!! I had this pack of rusty nails that I found in my Grandpa’s shop, I couldn’t pass up this great texture. (be careful if you are using rusty nails, I wore gloves and washed my hands often)

I added book pages, burlap, other metal items, flowers, hinges, clear round dots, keys, brads, hot glue, and anything else I could find. Just use what you have in your stash and around the house. I  adhered it all with modeling paste (I tinted the paste with some brown acrylic paint).

Sunflower Mixed Media

Once everything was all dry I primed the elements with clear gesso then I sprinkled mica powder on (yellow in the flowers, green in the grass and stems, and blue in the sky) I added water to activate it and I loved the look. Once that was all dry I dry brushed acrylic paint all over to add more color and details.

I am in love with how it turned out! I used such a random assortment of products, I will list them all below for you. As always, let me know if you have and questions on this project.

Sunflower Mixed Media

Sunflower Mixed Media

Sunflower Mixed Media

 

Materials used: (affiliate links)

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DIY Chalkboard Record

Hello Everyone!

What do you do with all those old records that are just laying around? Well, today I decided to turn some of them into a really cute chalkboard. BTW- I have a ton of records so be prepared for a lot more record tutorials, lol.

You can check out the video on how I did it.

 

This is such an easy tutorial, you can make a few at a time,  perfect for dorms, offices, or even gifts.

Materials:

Record

Primer (I used Kilz 2)

Chalkboard paint (I used the spray paint version)

Tape

Instructions:

Clean the record before you get started. I really liked the center of some of the records so I taped over them to protect them from the paint.

The others I just left and painted over the whole thing. I really like both versions.

DIY Chalkboard record

DIY Chalkboard record

Then I primed the records. Actually, I just primed 2 of them and just painted the other 2. I think it worked out just fine without the primer, so that is up to you what you want to do.

DIY Chalkboard record

Then I applied 3-4 coats of chalkboard paint on the record. Do this outside. Follow the instructions on the can they are all a little different.

DIY Chalkboard record

Once they were fully dry and after 24 hours I conditioned the record by rubbing chalk all over it  and cleaning it off. Then they were good to go! Old records repurposed into a really cool chalkboard!

Now, the question I always get asked, is how do you hang the record once you are done. You can use a plate hanger, or velcro command strips, or nail, or screw it in through the hole. Or you can get a picture display stand and out it on your desk. They are a ton of way to display your new record.

 

DIY Chalkboard record

I am in love with how this turned out.

What have you made with old records? I am needing some ideas for the stack I have acquired!

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Tissue Paper Rose

Tissue Paper Rose

Use the tissue paper in old patterns to create a beautiful tissue paper rose. 

Hello Everyone!

Last weekend was my beautiful mother’s birthday! She is such an important part of my life and I wanted to express that with a handmade gift.

I created this tissue paper rose for her and gave it to her last weekend when we went to lunch and shopping to celebrate!

diy tissue paper rose

I created a video to go along with the tutorial, you can see that here:  You Tube Tissue Paper Rose Tutorial

This was so much fun to create, and it was my first time doing something like this and I am happy with how it turned out.

Materials:

BTW this list contains affiliate links.

Instructions: 

First prep the canvas board with gesso. I chose black gesso to give me a clean slate.

Get the tissue paper ready by ripping the tissue paper and rolling it into a tight strip.

diy tissue paper rose

Roll the strips into a tight circle and glue it down in a spiral. Try and keep it all tight and keep going until you get the size you like.

Make the stems by using the strips in a swirl motion. The leaves were made from a short strip with one end slightly trimmed in a rounded shape.

diy tissue paper rose

Next I put a layer of black gesso on everything.

No photo here: Then I decided that the black was too dark for the center of my rose so I painted over the black with white gesso

Then I added glass bead texture to the outside of the rose.

diy tissue paper rose

Here is where I got really bad at taking photos, lol. But you can see the process in the video

I painted the rose with 2 colors of pink and the background is a light blue to a dark blue to a purple.

I tried to stamp the background with some images but I didn’t love that so I mostly covered that back up.

Then add mod podge and adhere the mica flakes. The mica flakes add so much dimension and sparkle!

diy tissue paper rose

Dry brush a light shimmery white over everything and spray a sealer on when you are done.

It makes a wonderfully sparkly gift that was tons of fun to make. 


diy tissue paper rose

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DIY Chess Clock

DIY Chess Clock

A  DIY chess clock is a great gift to give your chess loving kid, or keep it for yourself, it will look great in any room.

Hello Everyone!

My son had his 16th birthday on Sat! Where did that time go? I am sure that all moms ask that same question, but it is so true. Time just goes too fast and when they hit 16 you know that they are almost grown.  *tears* He will always be my baby, even though he is taller than me. lol.

This year I wanted to make him a gift that he would really enjoy.  He loves to play chess! It is one of his favorite hobbies, so I thought a Chess Clock would be right up his alley.

DIY Chess Clock

Materials

  • Chess pieces
  • canvas board, paint
  • clock kit
  • glue

Instructions:

First thing I did was paint the canvase board in a gradient, with it being lighter in the center. I used a few of the cheap acrylic colors from the craft store. My son tends to like things on the simpler side, so I didn’t do my usual bling and mixed media. (he was grateful that I restrained, lol)

Once everything was dried add the clock kit to the center of the canvas.

paint the canvas board on DIY Chess Clock

For the chess pieces I added a circle of paper to the whole in the bottom. The pieces I used were just random ones that I had, no I didn’t steal any from my son, lol.

seal the bottom of the game pieces on DIY Chess Clock

Then you glue the chess pieces to the canvas board. Try and do it in a circle. I did the best I could, but I think next time I will make a template to make it easier. But overall I think it looks great.

glue chess pieces to DIY chess clock

He loved it! I am glad that he enjoyed his gift! This would be cute with other game pieces like dominoes or checkers! Let your imagination go wild.

DIY Chess Clock

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Easy DIY Gift Ideas

Easy DIY Gift Ideas

Need a last minute gift? Here is a list of easy DIY gift ideas that will help you check everyone off your list.

Hello Everyone!

Are you at a loss as to what to get or make some of the people on your list? I have the same problem, I get craft-blocked (kinda like writer’s block, but for crafting, haha) when it comes time to make a gift.

So I thought I would go back through my posts and compile and easy list for you reference, easy gift ideas at your finger tips. These gift are great not only for Christmas but for Birthdays, Easter, Weddings, House warming, and almost any occasion.

Just click on the link and it will take you the post with all the details you need to make your own DIY gifts.

  1. Button Magnets. Vintage buttons glued on a magnet make a really cute gift.
  2. Wood Burn Coaster. This gift is fun to personalize with initials or something they like. Just burn in the design, seal it and add felt and you have a gift that will be treasured.
  3. Gift Bag Art. There are a lot of wonderful gift bags at the Dollar Store. Just cut to size and frame and you have a gift that can fit almost any occasion
  4. Vases. Empty jars and beverage containers make wonderful gifts when they are all decorated with raffia, jute, flowers, and rhinestones. 
  5. Christmas Mason Jars. These jars are a very versatile gift just by changing out the flower on top, add candy to the jar and you are good to go. 
  6. Agate Coasters. These coasters are a beautiful addition to any home and are super easy. Just paint on the edge with a paint pen and add felt the bottom. 

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Guest Post-DIY Sugar Scrub

Guest Post By Kim- DIY Sugar Scrub

Today we have a great DIY for your dry skin. This is a great way to replenish the moisture and exfoliate at the same time. 

Once again I have my sister, Kim, doing a guest post, which I love!! She is sharing a diy Sugar scrub, which is awesome. When I read this post I giggled because it is similar to the recipe that I use all the time. You can tell that we are sisters, haha.  I will post my version at the end.

It has been a while since I have done a guest post, you can read my last guest post here. I have a few in progress but this is one that is a great gift idea for the holidays. Also with so much focus on politics something to pamper ourselves is good.

The finished product

This is what it will look like when all is said and done.

First let me give you a little background on beauty products. Many exfoliating skin care products contain microbeads for the abrasive properties. These are plastic spheres that are less than 5mm in diameter. These are rinsed down the drain and cannot be captured by water treatment plants thereby they make it into waterways and interfere with fish and other wildlife. President Obama did sign a ban on these but it will not take effect until at least mid 2017 and only covers beauty products You can read about that here. They can also be found in cleaning products but that is another post.

I wanted to share with you one way that you can stop using micro beads right now and have great skin.

Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist and have no skin care training. I just know this works great for me and I love how it leaves my skin.

About a year ago I started to switch out some of my beauty products for more natural versions. I wanted good results but to be friendly to my skin and the environment. I have some issues with skin sensitivity so I am careful what I use.

Here is what I started doing for an exfoliate.

A sugar scrub with coconut oil. I love it and it leaves my skin hydrated and soft. I use it 1-2 times a week I like to rub it on my face and neck right before my shower and then rinse it off in the shower.  If you use this route you need to be careful because some of the oil can stay on the floor of the shower and be a little slippery. I have also used this as a full body scrub and it is great on feet and elbows.

I have used to different recipes and I have provided links to them here. Also I have pinned a bunch more on my “Go Natural” and “Skin Deep Beauty” boards on Pinterest.

The first one I tried was very basic as I wanted to see how it would work. Just 2 parts regular sugar and 1 part Coconut Oil. You can read about it here.

I don’t have any pictures but it was great and now I am excited to try different scents and combinations. Maybe a salt scrub also.

Next I tried another recipe for vanilla scented. You can read about it here.

This was a good recipe but I found The ratio to be off and I needed to add more sugar. I do love the vanilla scent when I use it. A better quality vanilla would probably have a stronger scent but I wasn’t going to use my good vanilla for a scrub and this was plenty for me.

The materials

These are the materials you will need.

Be sure that you melt the coconut oil before mixing with the sugar but you don’t want the oil too hot. I live in a warm area of the country so I only needed 10 seconds in the microwave to completely melt the coconut oil.
Midway through the process

After mixing your ingredients it might look like this.

Then mixed together you can see that there is a lot of oil. So I added more sugar and the vanilla.
Looking good!

A less oily mixture.

Next time I will be using the first recipe but adding vanilla or whatever oil or extract i am in the mood for. Also Coconut Oil is great as it doesn’t go rancid quickly. I had my last jar in the shower for a couple of months and it was still fresh and great to use to the last bit I could scrape out of the jar.

As we approach the holidays and the craziness of the end of the year remember to take time for you.

Linda’s version:

I love doing sugar scrubs. Here is how my version is slightly different than Kim’s

  • I don’t use any vanilla, I like the scent the way it is
  • I don’t even melt it, lol. (I try and stay out of the kitchen as much as possible, lol)
  • I just dump equal amounts of coconut oil (I don’t melt it before hand because coconut oil melts in your hand and I am lazy as well, haha) and granulated sugar and brown sugar. I used brown sugar as well because if I use too much granulated sugar it is too rough on my skin.   (I usually make up my scrub as I wait for the water in my shower to warm up)
  • Then in the shower I just take a scoop and smear it all over, but be careful it does make the shower slippery.

Enjoy!


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Gift Idea- Mini Canvas Photo Magnets

Gift Idea- Mini Canvas Photo Magnets

Hello Everyone!

Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? With Christmas so close I thought I would start showing you some easy DIY gifts.

Today I am going to show you how to make these really easy, really cute, mini canvas magnets. These are perfect for Grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, and even for your self, lol.

mini-canvas-photo-magnets

Materials:

  • Mini canvases
  • Mod Podge, brushes, scrap paper, magnet, glue
  • Paint, photo

Instructions:

First pick up some of these adorable mini canvases. I couldn’t resist, they are so cute. At just 2″ x 2″ they are perfect for magnets.

mini-canvas

After you are finished admiring the cuteness of the canvas paint is all in a neutral color, including the sides.

paint-canvas

Now it is time to cut out your picture. To help with this make a template by cutting out a square in some scrap paper the size of your canvas. Then use that template to find the best image for your magnet.  You may even discover that the picture you chose won’t work because it is too big or too many details get lost.  (on a funny side note when my teenage son saw me doing these magnets the other day he laughed and said that he was freshly dented in that pic. He still has the scar to this day. ahhh kids, they do keep us on our toes)

make-a-template

Then glue the picture down using Mod Podge. You can add a layer of Mod Podge to the top if you wish. Then I sponged some of the same paint color I used previously to add a nice boarder. Glue a magnet to the back an you are done. A great gift that can be done in 10 min.

Are there any gifts that you would like me to do a tutorial for? Let’s make this a DIY holiday season!

 

sponge-around-edges-of-canvas

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DIY Agate Coaster

Hello Everyone!

Happy August to you! Is is just me, or is this year flying by? Now that it is August I just realize that I am waaaaay behind on my crochet temperature blanket. You can read about it here. Time to start working on it again, but that is not what this post is about, lol. I am going to show you how to do something completely different Smile

These DIY agate coasters are an easy project that make a perfect gift.

DIY Agate Coaster

Materials:

~ Sliced Agate. You can find them online in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.

~ Paint Pen

~ Felt

Instructions:

I have had these agates for a while, they were my Grandfather’s, I found them in his stash of rocks. He was a rock hound and had something of everything. They are a little smaller than I would have liked, but I like to use what I have on hand. The neutral color is perfect for me, but you can get them in almost any color of the rainbow.

DIY Agate Coaster

Then you paint around the edges with a paint pen. I picked mine up at Wal-Mart for a few bucks. I painted around the edge twice.

DIY Agate Coaster

DIY Agate Coaster

 

Put felt squares on the bottom to help protect your furniture and that is it!

DIY Agate Coaster

 

Easy project to add interest and spice to your home.

 

DIY Agate Coaster

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