DIY Manly Beard Balm

diy manly beard balm

A few years ago I made my husband, then boyfriend, some beard oil because he was complaining that his beard was getting itchy. He’s gone through a few bottles and it’s worked well. But sometimes he wants something that can be used for styling/taming.

That’s where the beard balm comes in. I wanted a mixture that would moisturize his beard while also taming the facial hair. I came up with a pretty standard combination of ingredients used in lotions and moisturizers. Then I used doTERRA Balance essential oil for scent. The woody smell is wonderful and it’s supposed to promote calmness and relaxation. I don’t know if that works, but it’s a nice thought because he’s a busy busy man.

 

manly beard balm diy supplies

Beard Balm Supplies

  • 1oz Beeswax
  • Small container
  • 2oz Raw coconut oil
  • 1.5oz African Shea Butter
  • 10 drops essential oils (not pictured)
  • Candle Making Pot (not pictured)

 

beard balm ingredients

Step 1: combine beard balm ingredients in pot

Portion out your ingredients and combine them all into the candle making pot.

 

beard balm mixture

Step 2: melt the ingredients

Put the pot on the stove on medium heat and let it all melt.

This is when you want to add the essential oil. Stir well.

 

beard balm for men

Step 3: pour out the beard oil

Pour the mixture into a small container and let it harden. It will probably take about an hour to harden completely.

 

diy manly beard balm

When ready, get a little bit of the balm on your hands to soften it up. Then rub hands together and apply to beard.

My husband’s feedback:

  • I love the consistency
  • It smells good and not too strong
  • Works well

I’ll take it!

Hope you enjoy it! As always, I’d love to heard your feedback.

Happy crafting!

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their June craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Popsicle Stick Necklace Craft
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Martha from The Art in Martha: Flower Thank You Card
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Cool Treats Cards
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Faux Embroidery with Fabric Markers
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: How to Dress Up a Terracotta Pot
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Coming soon!

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Gym Bag Air Freshener

DIY gym bag air freshener

Do we have any gym go-ers here? I’ve been a regular for a long time, but the gym has always been so close to my house that I’ve never needed a gym bag for clothes. About two months ago I started going to gym closer to where I work, which means I need to carry a gym bag now. Which also means I don’t like the smell of my gym bag.

So, what do I do when when I have a problem? I usually DIY a fix for it and this is no exception. You know those scent booster beads you can buy in a laundry section at the grocery store? Turns out, they make a great freshener for your smelly gym bag, too!

 

gym bag air freshener supplies

Gym bag air freshener supplies

  • small gift bag
  • fabric scent boost beads

 

fabric freshener beads

Step 1: prepare your scent boosters

Fill the cap about halfway full with beads.

 

gain air freshener

Step 2: Pour in the scent beads

Pour your capful of scent boosters into the bag. Pull the ribbons on each side to close the bag.

Make sure you tie them together tightly. You don’t want them to spill out in your bag. That wouldn’t be fun to clean up.

 

DIY gym bag air freshener

That’s it! Plop your new air freshener in your bag and you’re done.

Mine was in my bag for 5 mins before I stopped smelling anything else. I’m convinced that this works long term. Give it a shot and let me know what you think. Or do you have a better DIY air freshener? Please share if so.

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Drawstring Fabric Gift Bag

diy fabric drawstring gift bag

There’s been a lot of celebrating lately. Many birthdays, weddings, Mother’s Day and so many more events have happened in short period of time. It has me thinking of fun ways to give gifts. Cardboard boxes and Dollar Store gift bags can be so boring.

I wanted something simple, yet intriguing. That’s why I made this gift bag. I had some scrap fabric in my stash and thought it would be a great start to this new project.

The gift bag doesn’t take long to make and you can do it with or without a sewing machine. Follow the steps below to make your own.

diy fabric gift bag supplies

Drawstring fabric gift bag supplies

  • needle
  • thread
  • fabric
  • ribbon
  • fabric scissors
  • safety pin (optional)

fabric scraps

Step 1: cut the fabric to size

Cut the fabric to approximately 7×8″.

Iron the fabric to flatten any creases.

fabric sewing

Step 2: fold down the top of the fabric

With the inside of the fabric facing upward, fold down the top inch an a half.

Sew across the bottom of the folded piece.

This is going to be the path for the ribbon closure.

sewing the gift bag

Step 3: fold the fabric in half

Fold the fabric in half so the inside of the bag is facing outward.

Sew down the side and across the bottom.

ribbon drawstring gift bag feature

Step 4: string the ribbon through

Fold the bag right-side out.

Here’s where the safety pin comes in. Pin the end of the ribbon and push it through the pathway at the top of the bag. Use the pin to find the ribbon easily and pull it through.

Cut it at a place where it’s long enough to tie a bow.

diy fabric drawstring gift bag

Place your gift inside the bag and tie it up. You’re all done!

Give your bag to someone special.

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their May craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Pipe Cleaner Maple Leaves
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Heather from ShiftMama: Quick Herb Planters
Martha from The Art in Martha: Tshirt Yarn Organizer
Vanessa from Social Stampers: DIY Event Signs
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Tshirt Refashion with Lace
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Bead and Tassel Necklace
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Knit & Crochet Markers

Happy crafting!

DIY Creaseless Hair Ties

diy no crease hair ties

You know those really cute hair ties that look like ribbon and don’t leave creases in your hair? I love them, but I refuse to pay $10 for 3 when I know they’re going to get stretched or ripped in a few weeks because of my thick hair. I decided to try to make my own and it worked out really well. I had to share the process with you.

You only need a few supplies and you can probably make about 40 hair ties for $10. Can’t argue with that, right? Oh, and it only takes a few seconds to make one. Let’s get started!

 

creaseless hair tie supplies

Creaseless hair ties supplies

  • scissors
  • lighter
  • elastic ribbon

I recommend ordering the stretchy ribbon on Amazon because you get a ton, you won’t spend much and the designs are cute.

 

make your own hair ties

Step 1: measure your ribbon

I use the word measure lightly here.

Lay the ribbon out and cut it so that it is just a bit longer than your lighter (as seen in the image above).

 

hair tie sizing

Step 2: tie the ribbon

Hold the open ends together and tie a knot toward the end.

Use the lighter as a reference for placement if you’d like.

 

singed ribbon

Step 3: singe the edges

This is the fun part. Singe the loose ends of the ribbon. This will keep it from fraying.

DO NOT light the ribbon on fire. I repeat, do not light it on fire.

Just touch the flame to the ends and remove it. Please don’t burn your house down.

 

diy no crease hair ties

Voila! Cheap hair ties! Did I mention they’re cute?  I’m a big fan if you couldn’t tell.

I’d love to hear what you think. Leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Herb Garden Markers

parsley plant marker

My mother always had a green thumb and it’s definitely not something she passed down to me. If it’s green and been in my house for more than a month, it’s probably dead. I’m so bad at gardening, but I’m not giving up yet.

This weekend, I planted a new indoor herb garden. I had a living rosemary and mint plant and added parsley, a different kind of mint and basil. Cross your fingers that I can keep the new ones alive.

In the meantime, I wanted to make some cute plant/garden markers. These are really cute and really easy. If you haven’t given your mom anything for Mother’s Day yet, a nice herb garden with plant markers might work out for her.

They’re super easy to make. A little bit of creativity goes a long way.

 

diy garden marker supplies

Plant marker supplies

  • gift tags
  • string
  • pen

 

Step 1: label and sketch

On a brown gift tag, write the name of each herb and sketch around it.

 

peppermint plant marker

Step 2: tie the label to the planter

Slip the string through the gift tag and tie it around the top of the planter.

Tilt the tag at a downward angle.

 

parsley plant marker

Now you have a lovely herb garden that’s beautifully labeled.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave feedback in the comments!

Happy crafting 🙂

 

DIY Window Photo Frame

diy window photo frame

As many of you know, my husband owns a brewery that opened this past year (yay!). Prior to the opening, he and his 3 partners spent about a year doing renovations to the space. Fortunately, we have a ton of pictures of the process, so one of his partners gave me an old window frame and asked me to turn it into a picture frame. What a great idea, Ben. I will do that. 🙂

Most of the photos were taken on a phone, so the quality wasn’t good enough to blow to fit the entire frame. I printed 4×6 photos and centered the images in each frame. That seemed to work out well.

Want to make your own? Keep reading!

 

window frame diy

window photo frame supplies

  • photos
  • window frame
  • Photo corners (self adhesive)

You can find the corner adhesives for your photos in the scrapbooking section of any craft store.

If you’re looking for an old window frame, check out upcycle shops, consignment shops or junk yards.

 

photo on window frame

Step 1: adhere your photos

Adhere the photo corners to one of your printed photos and center it in the window frame. Press down gently.

Repeat until all of the windows are filled.

 

diy window photo frame

I left the top left frame open because I want to put a brewery sticker or some other form of branding in there (which I don’t have at the moment). I’ll be sure to add another photo when it’s totally finished.

Depending on where you want to display your window, you might want to get some frame hangers.

Hope you like this one. Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Smashbook Cover

DIY Smashbook Cover: Project Life

Have you every heard of a smashbook? It’s like of like a scrapbook, but with less structure. Some people add recipes, top 10 lists, concert tickets, etc., in addition to photos. It’s often referred to as the un-scrapbook.

I have a ton of pictures. Some on my phone, some printed and in a box. What good is that? They aren’t organized in any particular fashion and I rarely look at them, so I wanted to make my own smashbook. I’m going to call it Project Life.

But before I started compiling pictures, I wanted to make a fun cover for it. That’s today’s Make Something Mondays craft.

Tip: If you’re interested in making your own Smashbook, you should look into Groovebook for photo printing. It’s a subscription service that prints photos that you choose every month. You get 100 4×6″ images for $2.99/month. I’m not affiliated, I just like it. A friend bought me a gift subscription for my birthday a year or so ago and I’ve kept it. It’s perfect for this type of project.

 

Smashbook cover supplies

Smashbook cover supplies

  • glue
  • scissors
  • scrapbook paper
  • blank journal or sketchbook
  • stickers (totally optional)

Don’t get overwhelmed by the supplies image. I went a little overboard in gather materials for this one.

If you’re looking for a small book, I got mine at Michael’s. It’s made by the Recollections brand. I like this one because it’s smaller, and nothing like a scrapbook. You can use whatever you want though.

Smashbook ideas

Step 1: glue on the first scrapbook layer

Measure or trace your book onto the scrapbook paper. Then cut it out and glue it over the cover of your scrapbook.

 

Step 2: continue to layer scrapbook paper

Continue this process until you have something you like.

I choose to cut out elements of different pieces of scrapbook paper and glue them together.

 

Smashbook Cover: Project Life

Step 3: title your smashbook

Give your smashbook a title! You’re going to be an author now. Your book must have a name! 🙂

 

DIY Smashbook Cover: Project Life

When you’re done, hopefully you have a cover design you love!

I’ll post some spreads for you guys when I get started. Stay tuned for that.

Tell me what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.