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 ūüôā

 

DIY Bottle Cap Bookmarks

diy bottle cap bookmark

As many of you know, I am a bookworm. I read whenever I have a chance. And not just on the modern eReader, but physical books as well. I’m always thinking about ways to make new bookmarks. It’s a fun hobby.

This are fun too. They take a good bit of time to dry, but the actual execution is quick. Follow my tutorial below to to make some of your own.

 

bottle cap bookmark supplies

Bottle cap bookmark supplies

  • bottle caps
  • Diamond Glaze
  • scrapbook paper*
  • 1″ circle hole punch

*Chose a thicker scrapbook paper. Like a cardstock or something of a similar thickness.

 

scrapbook circle punch

Step 1: choose your design

Pick your scrapbook paper. Then use your circle home punch and cut out as many circles as you want bookmarks.

 

making bottle caps

Step 2: glue the circles to the bottle caps

Using the Diamond Glaze, glue each circle to the inside of each bottle caps.

Let it dry. It will need at least 15 minutes.

 

sealant for bottle caps

Step 3: seal it

When it’s dry, another another thick layer of Diamond Glaze over top. If you get any bubbles, use a pin to pop them.

Let it dry. It’s ¬†going to take a while.¬†Go clean or do some laundry or something.

 

bookmarks from bottle caps

Step 4: glue on the paper clip

You guessed it! Used the Diamond Glaze again to glue on the paper clip.

I find it helpful to prop it up on another bottle cap. That’s might help you too.

Let it dry for a few hours.

 

diy bottle cap bookmark

When everything is finished drying, you’ll have some lovely new bookmarks to try out or give as gifts. Know any avid readers? They might appreciate a bookmark.

Let me know what you think! Leave me feedback in the comments.

 

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 February craft projects.

Emily from A Pop of Red: DIY Mini Journal
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: DIY Fairy Dust
Heather from ShiftMama: Repurposed Stuffies
Martha from The Art in Martha: English Paper Piecing Pin Cushion
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Valentine Love Greeting Cards
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Heart Pouch
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Geometric Leather Necklaces

 

Happy crafting!

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him 2017

Just about every year I make a lists of gifts to get the man in your life for Valentine’s Day. Why not one for her too? Sometimes I do, but I usually stick to the boyfriend gifts because it’s harder to buy for him. (AND we don’t appreciate men very much during this holiday. We should work on that.) Guys don’t give you hints and they don’t care where you go to eat as long as there isn’t a crazy wait. Most of the time. They just want to get Valentine’s Day over with.

With that in mind, I always try to come up with some creative gift or experience ideas to improve the outlook of the holiday. That means no cuff links, monogramed junk or lovey dovey quotes. I’m going to take a creative or practical approach to gift recommendations. Which also means the prices aren’t going to be astronomical. Let’s be realistic. You can say I love you (or I like you) without blowing your paycheck.

There are also some DIY ideas in the bottom half if you don’t want to go out and buy something.

Gifts to Buy

Stainless steel travel mug gift

OuterEQ Travel Mug – $19.99 with Prime

I know, we’re starting out super practical on this one. But seriously, stainless steel mugs with temperature retention are amazing. I have one (not this brand) for coffee and it keeps it hot for 4 hours and water cold for 8. So when I get called to¬†a last-minute meeting and forget my coffee at my desk, it’s still nice and toasty when I get back. Traveling with these is awesome too. I’d recommend this mug to anyone as a gift. Bonus points for it be eligible for Amazon Prime.

 

leather knotted bracelet gift

Leather knotted bracelet – $11.90 with Prime

Disclosure: I’ve never seen this bracelet on someone in person. BUT I’d love to. The design is simple, yet elegant, in a way. It looks like it could either be dressed up or down. They’ve also listened to their customer’s feedback and made improvements recently. Can’t complain about that.

 

This gift by ADADesigns3 on Etsy¬†is pretty neat. You can get the growler customized to the state you live in. They will even send you a proof before they make it to ensure you like the way it looks. Some states might look a little strange, but if you’re located in a spacious one, I say get on this!

 

This one, from¬†alkohaulers¬†on Etsy,¬†is pretty exciting! An insulated growler carrier that attaches to your bike. The perfect gift for the adventurer! Don’t limit yourself to beer though. He could carry water, soda, or whatever other beverage¬†he fancies.

 

Coffee painting gift

Coffee Painting – $20.99

Artwork on the Run on Etsy sells awesome coffee art. If the man in your life enjoys coffee, art or coffee shops, he’ll love this stuff. I bought this painting at a craft show last year and I really enjoy it.

 

Gifts to DIY

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It doesn’t have to be pink, obviously, but these DIY travel carriers are so easy to make and I’ve taken mine with me every time I’ve traveled since I made it about 4 years ago (it’s probably time for an update). Go to the Dollar Store, buy a wash cloth and ribbon, flip up the bottom and sew each compartment. It’s cake.

 

DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

Another really easy DIY gift is these beer cap magnets. You could do it with glass soda bottle caps too. Or whatever he drinks. Super glue a magnet to the back and stick it on his fridge. If he has a beer fridge, that works even better.

 

DIY photo magnets

Speaking of magnets, borrow some pictures from his Instagram and make these cute photo magnets. All you have to do is cut the images to size and glue them to the back of these glass tiles along with a magnet.

 

DIY manly beard oil

This homemade beard oil is pretty awesome, so I’ve been told. I made it for my husband a few years ago because he said he would get dry skin under his beard. It worked really well and he still uses it.¬†His friends have even started asking for it.

More Gift Ideas

Here’s a list of my previous Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him:

 

I’d love to hear your ideas for gifts or date nights! Leave them in the comments!

 

 

DIY Grapefruit Lip Balm

DIY grapefruit lip balm

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I have a big lip balm addiction collection. I’ve been using the stuff every day for years. Long enough that my lips no longer produce moisture on their own.¬†I wish I was joking.

lip balm collection

My shameful collection

If people asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I’d tell them lip balm because I’ll definitely use it and it’s cheap. But how cheap is it really? Prices range from $2-$5 depending on how picky you are. I’m picky. So we’re looking at the $5 end of that range.

About a year ago I decided to try making my own, not only because it’s practical but also because it’s more affordable than $5 a tube. I started with a peppermint lip balm. I like that flavor a lot, but it’s also potent so I can smell just how much I’m using. It was a good starter batch.

Now, all of those are gone and I’m ready to make more! Since fall is here and I’m not quite ready to let go of summer’s warmth and fruity flavors, I decided to make some grapefruit flavored lip balm to get me through the winter.

It was a very successful DIY project and if you’d like to make some of your own, you can follow my tutorial below.

 

grapefruit lip balm recipe

Materials Needed for Grapefruit Lip Balm

You can get coconut oil at your grocery store. You might be able to get the jojoba oil there, too. Everything you might not be able to get locally has a link to the product on Amazon.

 

melting wax and oil

Step 1: melt beeswax and oils

Pour the oils (excluding the grapefruit oil) and beeswax into a jar.

Fill a pot with water about a quarter of the way full. Put the jar in the water and let every melt together.

 

lip balm tubes and funnel

Step 2: prepare the tubes

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

This will prevent big messes.

 

grapefruit flavoring

Step 3: add grapefruit flavoring

When everything is melted, get a tea towel or tongs and pull the jar out of the water.

This is going to dry quickly so work fast.

Shake about 20 drops of grapefruit oil into the jar. Stir.

 

DIY grapefruit lip balm

When you’re ready, pour it into the tubes and let the mixture¬†harden.

This stuff is wonderful. The perfect consistency.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

DIY Bead String Earrings

DIY bead string earrings

I disappeared last week. Sorry about that. I needed a mini break from all organized activity. Surely you’ve been in the same boat. But I’m back to crafting¬†this week and I have a fancy set of earrings for you to make that’s quick and easy.

These are the kind of homemade earrings that make great gifts.

  1. They look more expensive than they are (but aren’t cheaply made), so that’s a win for both the maker and the recipient.
  2. They’re super easy to assemble.
  3. They go well with all outfits.

Want to make some? Keep reading!

materials for DIY bead string earrings

Materials for Bead String Earrings

  • Bead caps
  • Fancy beads
  • Earring rods
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelry pliers (not pictured)

Tips for choosing beads:

  1. Choose beads that aren’t exactly the same size. You can see that some of mine are oblong, others are round and some look squished. Some are even textured.
  2. Choose beads with some shine. Beads that shimmer a little bit look so much better in indoor lighting.

I purchased all of my supplies at Michael’s (of course), but you can pick yours up at any craft or hobby shop.

Bead caps at top and bottom

Step 1: Start with a bead cap

Slide one bead cap to the bottom of your earring rod.

Follow that with a string of beads misshapen beads.

Lastly, top with a bead cap.

It’s like a sandwich of beads!

Note: Leave some room at the top of your earring rod. We’re using that space in the next step.

earring loop for hook connection

Step 2: Make a wire loop

Using your round-nosed pliers, twist the excess wire at the top of the earring rod into a loop. Don’t close it completely.

 

beaded earring

Step 3: Add the earring hook

Slide on the earring hook and close your loop.

Repeat steps 1-3 for the second earring.

 

DIY bead string earrings

When you’re finished, you’ll have this fancy pair of earrings! Keep them for yourself or give them to someone you know will love them.

You could always hang on to them and give them as a Christmas gift. I know, I know, it’s August. But Christmas sneaks up on you. You could be prepared for that.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

DIY Wood Branch Coasters With Gold Leaf Design

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge! ¬†<— check out this link for¬†more information on the challenge. If you’re interested in joining the challenge, send a message to¬†Emily from A Pop of Red.

DIY wood branch coasters

This month’s theme for the Craft Challenge is wood.

When brainstorming ideas for the theme, I thought how much more wooden can you get than tree branches? Which is why I chose to turn tree branches into coasters. Can’t stop there, though. They needed a pop of color and I love the gold leaf color against the wood and the texture of the rings in the branch slices.

They’re super easy to make. I believe they took about 15 minutes. It actually took longer to write out this blog post than to make the coasters.

You only need a few items and you can find it all at the craft store (including the branch slices). If you really want to cut your own coasters, go for it. I don’t own a saw, so I bought them instead.

wood branch coaster materials

Branch coaster materials

  • Felt stud
  • Branch slices
  • DecoColor gold leaf pen

 

polka dot branch coasters

diy-bottoms-up-branch-coaster

Step 1: design the coasters

Paint on your chosen design with the gold leaf DecoColor pen.

 

felt stubs on coasters

Step 2: protect your surfaces

Add 3-4 felt studs to the bottom of your branch coaster to protect the surface it will be sitting on.

 

DIY wood branch coasters

When you’re finished, you’ll have some fancy branch¬†coasters to keep on your kitchen table or side tables. Or give them as gift!

I’ve not had any trouble with the coloring coming off, but if it’s something you’re concerned about, you can always use a¬†waterproof sealer, just in case.

Be sure to check out the Emily’s and Erika’s wood crafts.

Let us know what you think!

 

 

DIY Grapefruit Candle Wax Melts

DIY Grapefruit Candle Wax Melts

I love candles. If you’ve followed me for a while, you probably know that already based on the amount of candle crafts I’ve made.

Although I enjoy burning candles, I don’t always enjoy the smokey smell, so occasionally I’ll use wax¬†melts instead. You know, the little wax cubes that you put in wax burners?

I was looking at the melts I have and thought, those look so boring. They’re just boxes. With that, I decided to make my own prettier¬†version. Any why not? They’re easy and I can choose any¬†fragrance I want. Grapefruit has been my scent of choice lately, so I decided to stick with that.

Want to make your own? Keep reading.

 

DIY wax melt materials

Candle Wax Melts Materials

  • Stirrer
  • Soy wax
  • Measuring cup
  • Wax melting pot
  • Soap/candle mold
  • Grapefruit essential oil*

*You can get essential oils at The Vitamin Shoppe and online. I always buy mine from Amazon and almost always choose the Doterra brand. You can choose whatever you want.

 

soy wax

Step 1: measure the wax

Measure a little over a cup of wax and dump it into your melting pot.

 

candle making

Step 2: melt the wax

Set the melting pot on the burner and let the wax melt completely.

 

melted soy wax

Step 3: add the grapefruit oil

Move the melting pot off the burner to a cooler surface.

Shake in 20-30 drops of grapefruit oil, depending on your strength preference.

Stir.

 

flower-shaped wax melts

Step 4: mold the wax

Very carefully pour the melted wax into your flower mold.

Let it harden for about an hour before removing it.

 

grapefruit wax melts

Step 4: enjoy your flower melts

Pop your melts out of the mold and enjoy!

 

DIY Grapefruit Candle Wax Melts

These would make a great gift, too! Make a batch and gift them in a Mason jar with a bow. Or in a small burlap gift bag. That would be adorable!

What scent would you use? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial and, as always, if you make your own, I’d LOVE to see them!