I took a trip to Clearwater, Florida with family earlier this year. I saved a water bottle full of sand and seashells in hopes of making a fun craft in memory of the trip.
Unfortunately, I threw the sand bottle in my mom’s suitcase before we got on the plane and she took it home with her, which is about an hour and a half from my home in Pittsburgh. This past weekend I was able to get it back and start my beach craft project. So exciting 😀
Beach-inspired centerpiece supplies
- glass vase
Note: I switched vases halfway through my project. I decided that I prefer the look of the square vase for this one, rather than the cylindrical vase.
Step 1: add sand
Pour your sand into the vase and shake lightly to even it out.
Step 2: arrange the seashells
Drop your seashells in right around the glass wall of the vase. Push some of the seashells into the sand for a more realistic look.
Step 3: add the candle
Place your candle in the center and light it.
This is such a quick and easy way to remember your beach vacations.
I did another beach memory craft a few years ago, and it’s still hanging on my wall. So, I keep the memories going.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments.
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 February craft projects.
Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Yoga has been such a great part of my life for the past, I don’t know, 7 years. One thing I struggled to find that I liked was a cleaner for my yoga mat. I’ve tried a bunch of store bought variations, but they either don’t work or leave a strange smell on the mat. I’m not a big fan of that. It was time I tried to make my own and I’m pretty happy with the results.
The cleaner only includes 2-3 ingredients and you might have them already. I chose to mix two oils together, but you can use one if you prefer. Find a scent you like and go with it.
Yoga Mat Cleaner Supplies
- spray bottle
- witch hazel
- essential oils (lemongrass, peppermint)
Step 1: add your essential oils
Add 4 drops of each essential oil and shake the bottle to mix them together.
Step 2: use Witch Hazel as your base
Fill your spray bottle with Witch Hazel and shake to mix with the oils.
You’re done already! Spray down your yoga mat and wipe it down with a soft cloth to get it clean. Give it some time to dry and you’ll be ready to start your practice in no time (without having to worry about sweat on your mat).
I’d love to hear what you think! Do you like the oils I chose? What would you choose? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
I always carry hair ties and bobby pins with me when I travel. I think I’ll want to leave my hair down but it just gets irritating, so I pull it up. My hair is so thick that one hair tie doesn’t last very long. A few days, maybe. That’s where my travel tin comes in. I don’t know how I ever traveled without it.
Mint tins are perfect for upcycles like this. The closure works really well, and they hold a decent amount of stuff. Give it shot!
Travel Tin Supplies
- tin box
- Mod Podge
- scrapbook paper
*You can ignore the Diamond Glaze in the image. I have no idea why I left that in there.
Step 1: trace the tin
Line the tin up on the back side scrapbook paper and trace it. I’m showing traces of the top and bottom in the image above. You’ll want to trace the entire tin though, including edges.
Cut them out when you’re done.
Step 2: decorate your travel tin
Line the cutout up on the tin and glue it in place.
Step 3: add a sealant
Add another 1-2 layers of Mod Podge to the scrapbook paper. This will create a sealant that will protect the paper from getting dirty or ripped.
Step 3: glue on the magnet
Cut the magnet into a strip and glue it to the inside of the lid. This will come in handy if you plan to carry bobby pins in your travel tin.
When you’re ready, load up the tin! I like to carry hair ties, bobby pins and barrettes and such in mine, but you can carry whatever you want. It might be a good place to store first-aid kit elements like band-aids, wipes, gauze etc.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments!
I hate the air fresheners you buy in stores. Granted, some smell really good for for like a day, but really all you’re doing is breathing in things you shouldn’t. I’ve read a lot about it because I like candles or anything that keeps a room smelling fresh. I don’t know if that’s all true, and I’m certainly not trying to freak anyone out, but I’m not willing to take chances. That’s why I always make my own.
Today, lemongrass was my scent of choice. It’s made with a few ingredients and you probably have at least one of those in your kitchen right now.
Interested in making your own? Keep reading.
Homemade air freshener supplies
- essential oil
- baking soda
- ribbon (not pictured)
- square piece of fabric (not pictured)
I used an old sampling glass but you can use whatever jar you have available.
Step 1: freshen up with baking soda
Baking soda helps to neutralizing odors so we’re going to use it as the main ingredient in out air freshener.
Pour your baking soda into the glass/jar. I usually fill mine about half way.
Step 2: add the scent
Pour in 5-7 drops of oil and mix it around with a fork. The prongs on the fork help to mash up the oiled baking soda and allow you to disperse the oil more evenly.
Repeat 3-4 times until you’re happy with the smell.
Step 3: cover and fasten
Use your square fabric to cover the top of the glass and tie it shut with a bow.
Place it anywhere you’d like and shake it up when you can’t smell it anymore. You can always add more essential oil, too!
You should change it out every month or so to keep the room smelling fresh.
If you’re interested in more replacements to air fresheners and candles, try some grapefruit wax melts!