DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Peppermint Sugar Scrub

If you’re a female human being you’ve most likely received a basket of bath products wrapped in plastic during the holidays, or may have even purchased one yourself for a family member as a last-minute gift when you had no idea what to get her. If you aren’t feeling thoughtful after many years of holidays, why not get crafty and create your own beauty products? Fun and easy to make, sugar scrubs are fantastic gifts, especially when they come with a personal touch.

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You’ll need just a few basic ingredients for your sugar scrub: sugar, your oil of choice (coconut oil works great), and an essential oil to scent your scrub — peppermint is perfect for the holidays. Read More

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DIY Crafty Autumn Candle

Fall is colorful and cozy and wants to transform you into an artist. If you’re the creative type who can’t resist DIY crafts, which are especially fun for the fast approaching holiday season, this pretty project is for you.

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Materials needed for your autumn candle.

Here’s what you’ll need: fake leaves, Krazy glue, a glass jar, a tea candle (real or fake), and scissors. You can find these materials at the dollar store, or at a craft store such as Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabrics (good luck trying to make it out of there without being distracted by all the decorations and other inspiring crafts).

Before starting, you should wipe down your glass jar to rid it of any greasiness. Once clean, you can grab a fake leaf and apply the Krazy Glue to the back of it, and then stick it on the jar. It will most likely not stick the first time, so hold it on there for a few seconds before removing your hand. Every part of the leaf won’t stick, but don’t worry, because once you add more leaves, it’ll barely be noticeable.

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Hold your leaf to the jar for a few seconds before removing your hand, to make sure that it sticks.

Once you got your first leaf down, add the rest, letting them stick the best that they can. Once everything’s still and dry, place your tea candle inside. I recommend using a fake candle, just because it’s safer, and you won’t have to stick the lighter into the jar near the fake (flammable) leaves. I was originally going to go with a scented apple cinnamon tea candle, but went with the fake tea candle instead, mainly because my lighter decided it was dead. If you’re comfortable with a real candle, be careful and go for it!

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A fun way to light up the season!

And there you have it. To get a bit more crafty, you can tie some brown string or yarn around the top of the jar — make it yours! Quick and simple, this project is a fun way to light up the season!

Getting Crafty: Sweet Love Notes in a Jar

Got somebody who makes your heart leap and dance and twirl about like everything’s going to be perfect forever? Instead of just telling them, use your pretty hands and selfless mind to craft something meaningful for your sweetie. Writing out short, thoughtful love notes in a self-decorated jar is a lovely, personalized gift sure to make both hearts flutter.

That’s my idea for V-Day anyway. I’m big on hand-crafting shared, cherished memories whenever I get the chance. I spent my yesterday in the craft store, Michael’s, browsing the aisles, coming up with too many ideas than my brain could handle. One idea I’ve been wanting to breathe life into for a while now was having a jar or bottle and filling it up with words of adoration. Luckily I have myself a gem of a man, so I got to work on my project for our fourth Valentine’s Day together. Read More