DIY Terrarium in 6 Easy Steps

For the first time in a long time, I had a girls day with friends and we made terrariums for Aarika’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!). So, of course, I documented that process and made a tutorial for you.

You need a lot of supplies, but if you make more than one terrarium, they get used up quickly. Get a bunch of people together and have a movie/terrarium night or something. Otherwise, you might have supplies for years. 🙂

Want to make one? Follow the steps below.

 

terrarium suplies

Terrarium supplies

  • Large glass bowl
  • succulents
  • small rocks
  • big rocks
  • moss
  • charcoal
  • cacti soil
  • trinkets (optional)

 

rocks & pebbles in the base of the terrarium

Step 1: add rocks to your terrarium

Start by adding about 1 inch of large pebbles to the bottom of your bowl.

Make sure you get a good amount in there because this is going to be your water drainage system. Succulents don’t like it when their roots are wet for a long period of time so you want to put a lot of pebbles in there so the water can sit at the bottom and not around the roots.

 

Add charcoal to the terrarium

Step 2: add charcoal

Put about 1/2 inch layer of charcoal over the rocks. Add some more rocks here if you’d like.

Charcoal helps eliminate any odors from the sitting water while it evaporates.

 

cacti soil in the terrarium

Step 3: add cacti soil

Layer on a few inches of soil for your succulent to grow in. It should take up about 25% of your terrarium.

 

add succulents terrarium

Step 4: plant your succulents

Dig a hole in the soil and plant your succulents.

 

add moss to the terrarium

Step 5: add moss

Spread moss around your terrarium to help with water drainage.

 

Step 6: add decorative elements & Trinkets

Now that all the necessary stuff is in place, you can add in any decorative elements you want. Some people like to go with the fairy garden theme, others don’t add anything.

 

terrarium #1

When you’re finished, you’ll have your very own terrarium!

How do you water this thing?

Succulents don’t need a lot water so be careful not to add too much. You will only need about a tablespoon at a time. Look at the bottom of the terrarium. More than a few drops of water should not be visible in the drainage material.

What should I do if I overwater it?

Place your open container near a window in the sunlight to help dry it out a bit. You can also dig a hole down to the drainage and put a paper towel wick down inside to help soak out the moisture.

 

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

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Mini Winter Scene Painting

mini painting winter theme

I don’t know about your weather, but it’s pretty cold and snowy here.The cold weather has been a roller coaster this year. One day is -10, the next is 40 degrees. I’m about over that junk.On a more positive note, the snow and ice is absolutely beautiful and I wanted to capture that in another mini painting, this time with a winter theme. The last two were summer and fall.

If you’d like to make your own, follow the steps below!

 

mini painting supplies winter theme

Mini winter painting supplies

  • paint brushes
  • paint palette
  • water cup
  • paper towels
  • mini canvas
  • acrylic paint
    • light blue
    • dark blue
    • navy blue
    • medium blue
    • dark green
    • white
    • black

 

sky painting - the beginning

Step 1: light blue paint

We’re going to start with light colors first. Paint a light layer of while in the bottom right corner of the canvas followed by light blue. Just dab it on like in the image above.

Think about your light source. It’s going to be the moon and from the upper left corner of the painting. So the clouds will be lighter on the top half and darker on the bottom.

 

painting the sky - light to dark

Step 2: repeat with a medium blue

Repeat step 1 with a darker, medium blue.

 

sky painting

Step 3: repeat with a medium blue

Repeat step 1 with navy blue.

Blend them together as you go.

 

snow scene painting

Step 4: repeat with a dark blue

Repeat step 1 with a darker blue. Let it dry.

Add the moon (white paint) with some shine around it (blend the medium blue with white).

 

painting the snow and-sky

Step 5: add a hill covered in snow

Paint a hill will white paint.

A few steps after this, I extended the hill to the right side of the canvas to look more realistic.

 

tree in the snow painting

Step 6: paint the pine trees

Using black and dark green, paint vertical lines at different heights. These will be the base for your trees.

 

painting pine trees

Then, start with the brush at the line and pull the paint outward. The farther down the tree, the longer the branches should get. Add a few layers of paint and let it dry.

 

pine tree snow painting

Step 7: paint snow on the branches

using your white paint, add a few dabs to the top side of each branch. This will be your snow.

 

mini painting winter themediy mini winter scene painting

When you’re done, you should have something that looks like the above image. If it isn’t exact, don’t worry about it. The painting is your own and it’s meant to be different in its own way.

If you need some inspiration, try watching some Bob Ross on Netflix. It’s good stuff!

Happy painting!

 

 

 

DIY Scrapbook Paper Gift Bag

scrapbook paper gift bag diy

We’ve been apart for quite some time. I’ve been a busy girl and have had hardly any time for crafting. It’s something I’ve missed. So, I have a present for you. I have a gift bag.

Okay, I’m going to teach you how to make a gift bag… from scrapbook paper. Paper is really amazing. You can do so much with it. This particular paper craft is really easy to make and will hold lightweight items. I was thinking Valentine’s Day candy.

You’ll only need a few supplies to make your own.

 

paper gift bag supplies

Paper gift bag supplies

  • ruler
  • ribbon
  • pencil
  • hole punch
  • scrapbook paper (12×12)

 

folded scrapbook paper step 1

Step 1: fold the edges inward

Find the center of the scrapbook paper and fold the sides into the center line.

 

measurements paper gift bag

Step 2: measure the base of the gift bag

Turn the paper horizontally and find the center again.

Then, measure 1″ in both directions and mark it with your pencil.

Repeat this step on the opposite side of the paper.

 

paper gift bag folds 2 and 3

Step 3: Fold the base of the gift bag

Fold inward from one end to the other to match the marks you just created. You should have something that looks like the image above.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 4

Step 4a: create the basket

Lay the paper flat again. Then, pinch one of the folds you just made.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 5

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 6

Pull the piece you’re pinching toward the the top of the paper, along the edge.

The section you’re holding should meet the fold.

Repeat that step on all 4 sides.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag final fold

Step 5: fold the corners upward to create a basket

Fold both sides of the paper upward so you have something that looks like this.

 

hole punched scrapbook paper

Step 6: hole punch the top of the gift bag

Pinch the top of the paper together and punch 2 holes, centered.

 

foldable scrapbook paper bag

Step 7: tie it with a bow

Push a ribbon through the newly punched holes and tie a bow to hold it shut.

 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a cute little gift bag to give to someone special.

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

DIY Cooking Extracts

diy extract: lemon mint orange

You cook or bake, right? I’m not thrilled about doing it, but my New Years resolution is become a better cook. With that in mind, I made my own extracts to cook and bake with. I like the homemade version more because I know what’s in it. When you buy from a store, you might be getting extracts with low-grade alcohol and corn syrup. No thanks.

Last year, I made vanilla extract to test it out and I’ve been using it for a year and love it. I didn’t post it because I wanted to try it out first. Now that I know it’s awesome (especially in cookies) it was time to expand my extract-abilities (ha).

If you’re planning to spend more time in the kitchen, or if you already do, make your own extracts. They taste SO much better than store-bought and they last indefinitely.

You only need a few ingredients/supplies and you probably have most of them.

 

diy cooking extract supplies

Homemade extract supplies

Note: you can use whatever fruit or herbs you want to make your extract.

 

fruit and mint leaves for extract

Step 1: peel your fruit and tear your leaves

Use the vegetable peeler to peel the fruit.

If you’re using leaves, rip them up.

If you’re using vanilla beans, cut down the side of each bean.

Places your pieces into the jars.

 

mint lemon and orange with vodka

Step 2: add vodka and shake

Pour vodka into each jar, screw on the lid and shake.

 

diy extract

Let them sit for 5-6 weeks, but make sure you shake them up once a day to release the flavor into the liquid. Store them in a cool, dark place like a pantry or in a cupboard.

Here are some cooking ideas for each:

Clementine extract recipe ideas

  • orange pound cake
  • clementine sugar cookies
  • orange cranberry muffins

Lemon extract recipe ideas

  • lemon chia seed cookies
  • lemon pound cake
  • lemon buttercream icing for cupcakes

Mint extract recipe ideas

  • mint chip sugar cookies
  • mint chocolate chip energy bites
  • mint chocolate brownies
  • mints

Get on Pinterest and do a search for the recipes you’re interested in for some great variations.

Let me know what you think!

 

DIY Cranberry Orange Vodka

homemade cranberry orange vodka

Hello! I hope everyone had a great holiday. I went on a mini hiatus for a few weeks. This December has been particularly stressful and I needed to take a break and recharge my batteries. Anyway, back to the good stuff. I’m sure you all have exchanged your Christmas gifts and are progressing into the new year, but I have a wonderful DIY gift for you guys. If you have a week, or even a few days, until you’re giving someone a gift and you’re still looking for ideas, make your own cranberry orange vodka.

It looks so yummy and it tastes even better. It makes a great gift, especially for those of us who prefer not to receive something that will clutter up the house. You only need a few supplies to make the vodka and you probably have most of them.

 

cranberry vodka supplies

Materials for Orange Cranberry Vodka

  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 2 orange peels
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • vodka
  • glass jar with airtight lid
  • saucepan

 

Step 1: cook the cranberries

Pour the cranberries, sugar and vanilla extract into the saucepan and cook on high until the cranberries burst. It should only take about 5 mins.

Take it off the burner and let it cool for about 10 mins.

 

orange vodka

Step 2: infuse the orange peel in vodka

Drop the orange peels into the jar and pour the vodka over it.

You can use whatever vodka you like, but I used Pinnacle, about half the bottle.

 

cranberry orange vodka jar

Step 3: combine the cranberry mixture and orange vodka

Pour the vodka mixture into the jar with the orange peel and vodka. Shake well.

 

homemade cranberry orange vodka

Step 4: let it infuse

Refrigerate the jar for 3 days to a week and give it a good shake occasionally to get all of the juices flowing.

When ready, strain the mixture and put your vodka in a new jar. You’re ready to gift it! Make sure you give it to someone who is going to appreciate it.

Happy infusing!

 

 

DIY Gift Ideas for Christmas 2018

We’re a little less than 2 weeks out from Christmas and everyone is doing their last-minute shopping. Soon, you’ll be running out of time to order online and then your only option is to go to the stores. That’s sounds terrible.

You could make DIY gifts instead! Some people have a DIY Christmas. They require that all gifts given are homemade. That sounds awesome if you ask me.

So you want to make your own gifts but aren’t sure what to make? I have some ideas for you. Click the images below to go to a tutorial for each project.

Headphone Organizer

Clothespin headphone organizer

Serious question: How many people do you know who don’t use headphones? I can’t think of too many. So make a headphone organizer to help them transport their headphones without getting knots in the wires.

 

Glass Orb Keychain

DIY customized keychains

Want something a little more visually exciting? Make your recipient a keychain. Choose your favorite scrapbook paper and get to work!

 

Orange Cream Lip Balm

diy-orange-cream-lip-balm

Tis the season for chapped lips. Most people are going to appreciate any opportunity to add some moisture. Follow the steps in this tutorial to make your own. The best part, you can make many tubes at once so you can gives these to multiple people. Tutorials also available in grapefruit and peppermint.

 

Wire Wrapped Tree Earrings

DIY Christmas Tree Earrings

For the people who love Christmas and decorate the inside and outside of their house, the lawn, the kids… make them some wire wrapped earrings. Supplies are affordable these will last for years!

 

Beard Balm

diy manly beard balm

Know a man with a beard? I bet the skin under his beard is pretty itchy in this cold weather. Be a doll and make him some homemade beard balm. It’s made with moisturizing ingredients that are sure to sooth that skin.

 

Beard Oil

DIY manly beard oil

While your at it, make some beard oil for him too. No one ever complained about smelling good and moisturizing, right?

 

Ribbon Hanging Picture Frames

diy ribbon hanging wood frames

Everyone likes reminiscing. Give them something to remember. Make these hanging frames with your choice of scrapbook paper and paint.

 

Heating Pad

DIY heating pad

Know someone athletic or someone with muscle pain? This is a great option for sore muscles. All you’ll need is a sewing kit, a sock and some rice. They’ll love you.

 

Photo Coasters

wedding gift photo coasters

These are the best coasters. Find some memorable photos and make these adorable coasters to gift. Whoever you give them to will love them.

 

DIY Gift Card Holder

If you really, really don’t have time to buy something or make something, you’re a procrastinator and should be ashamed of yourself. Just kidding. Buy a gift card and spice it up with scrapbook paper. It gives it a homemade element that people will enjoy.

 

Do you have any ideas? What homemade gifts do you like to make for Christmas?

 

 

DIY Orange Cream Lip Balm

diy-orange-cream-lip-balm

Every few months I make a new batch of lip balm. The last batch was grapefruit, and that one was really good. I’ve also made peppermint and different variations of that.

This time, I wanted something citrusy but also kind of creamy, so I chose a combination of vanilla and orange to get an orange cream flavor. It turned out well. I even got some human testers to be sure. (When you’re melting and smelling the oils for half an hour, it can mess with your ability to assess it properly.)

Anyway, if you want to make your own, follow the steps below. They make great Christmas (or birthday, etc.) gifts!

creamsicle lip balm supplies

Materials Needed for Vanilla Orange Lip Balm

A link is provided above to everything you might not be able to get at your local stores.

 

beeswax in the microwave

Step 1: melt the beeswax and oils

Place your beeswax into your bowl and put it in the microwave.

Microwave in 30 second intervals with a few seconds between sessions. This takes about 3 minutes altogether.

 

lip balm tubes and funnel

Step 2: prepare the tubes

While you’re waiting, line up your lip balm tubes in a container and place the funnel in one of them.

This will prevent you from having to clean up a big mess later.

 

Step 3: add the remaining oils

Pour in the rest of your oils (coconut, jojoba, vanilla and sweet orange essential oil) and stir well.

This is going to harden quickly so work fast.

 

lip balm making

Step 4: fill the tubes

Pour the mixture into the tubes and let it harden.

Let it sit for about half an hour before you test it.

You’ll likely get an uneven top. When it’s done, spin it up and cut the top off to even it out if it bothers you.

 

DIY grapefruit lip balm

I got a lot of positive feedback from everyone who tested it. They enjoyed the flavor and the consistency. I’ll never be able to go back to store-bought lip balm.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!