DIY Dryer Sheets with Essential Oils

diy dryer sheets with essential oils

Store bought dryer sheets are gross. They’re filled with chemicals that get into our clothes and onto our skin. I don’t know about you, but I’m not into that.

I started using dryer balls not too long ago and I like them a lot. However, they’re pretty loud thumping around the dryer. I was looking for an alternative and a friend (thanks, Kel) recommended that I make my own dryer sheets.

Now this method involves vinegar, which I HATE the smell of. Hate is probably an understatement. As you can imagine, I was apprehensive about getting vinegar anywhere near my clothes. Surprisingly, you can’t smell it at all after you pull them out of the dryer. I’m hooked!

The best part is that you probably have most of the stuff to make your own dryer sheets already.

 

supplies to make dryer sheets

Supplies needed to make your own dryer sheets

  • fabric
  • scissors
  • white vinegar
  • essential oils
  • glass jar/container
  • 1/2 measuring cup

If you need/want essential oils, you can get a great starter pack on Amazon of lemon, lavender and mint. I like doTerra oils.

 

vinegar & essential oil cleaning combo

Step 1: combine vinegar with essential oils

First, pour half a cup of vinegar into the jar.

Then put about 10 drops of essential oils into to jar. 10 drops per oil.

Mix the liquids together.

 

fabric scrap sheets

Step 2: cut the fabric scraps

Cut your fabric scraps into rectangles. I didn’t measure, as you can see. But the shortest one is about 6 inches tall.

 

dryer sheets from fabric scraps

Step 3: soak the fabric sheets

Fold your scraps in half and place them into your jar.

Put the lid on and shake it so the vinegar and essential oil mixture soaks the fabric sheets.

 

dryer sheets made with essential oils & vinegar

These are a great substitute for those yucky dryer sheets.

When you’re ready, wring out one of the fabric sheets and throw it in the dryer with your clothes. Turn on the dryer and your good to go.

 

diy dryer sheets with essential oils

I’d love to hear what you think. Have you tried this before? Are you thinking about it? Leave your thoughts/feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

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DIY Heating Pad

One of the best gifts I’ve ever received was a homemade heating pad. A friend gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago and I use it SO much. It is perfect for sore muscles or to sleep with when it’s too cold in your house. All you have to do is microwave it for 1-2 mins and you will be nice and warm for at least half an hour.

The one I received lasted about 3 years before I had to replace it. You don’t have to use socks for this either. You can use whatever, but I went with a sock for practicality. If you want bigger ones try using a kid’s T-shirt or a onsie. I love mine 🙂

 

Things You Will Need:
Rice
Thread
Needle
Scissors
Tube sock

 

Step 1:

Cut the bottom part of your sock off so you are just left with the tube part.

 

Step 2:

Flip the sock inside out and sew one end tightly.

 

 

Step 3:

Flip your sock right side out and pour rice into the sock. This was the easiest way for me. Quick and efficient 🙂

 

 

Step 4:

Flip the edges of your sock in and sew this part together at the very top. It should look something like the above photos.

 

 

Step 5:

Microwave for 1-2 minutes and you’ve got yourself and homemade heating pad! It is wonderful, promise!

 

DIY Origami Flowers

I used to love origami when I was little but I always disliked flowers. They die so quickly so there is really no point in keeping them… in my opinion. So, I combined the two and made origami flowers. This way, they can be admired and I can keep them as long as I want. 🙂

I will warn you, this project can take a while depending on the amount of flowers you want to make. I made 13 flowers and it took me about 2 hours. BUT you could do it with your kids or some friends and really cut down the time. If you want to be sure you will get flowers for Mother’s Day then do it with your kids 😉

 

Things you will need:
Any kind of paper
Glue

 

Step 1:

Cut your paper into a square. I chose to rip my paper to give it more of a natural feel but you can cut yours if your would like.

 

 

Step 2:

Fold one corner to meet the opposite corner.

 

 

Step 3:

Now, bring the other two corners to meet each other so that there is a crease down the center of your triangle.

 

 

Step 4:

Bring one of the corners to to the top of the paper. Do the same thing with the opposite corner. Your paper should be in the shape of a diamond.

 

 

Step 5:

Pull one of the folds so that the fold in the middle meets the edge. Do the same thing with the opposite side.

 

 

 

Step 6:

Unfold and pull the center outward so that you have two kite-shaped pieces.

 

Step 7:

Fold the top of each kite down so the top fold is even with the original diamond.

 

 

Step 8:

Now take the part you just folded down and fold it backwards into the kite shape.

 

 

Your paper should currently look like this.

 

 

Step 9:

Fold the edge of each kite inward on the crease in the center of the kite so it looks like this.

 

 

Step 10:

Fold the outer edges together and glue them so your paper looks like the above picture.

 

 

Repeat the above steps until you have a flower.

 

 

Yay! Flowers!

 

Happy folding! 🙂

DIY HULA HOOP!

 

So, a few weeks ago I posted a few videos of hoop dancing. I have taken an interest in this dance style for a while now so it was time to buy an adult hula hoop. Are you kidding me? Why buy one when I can make one? So here it is.

 

Things You Will Need:

Duct tape and/or electrical tape (colorful duct tape can be found at 5 Below or online and you can get electrical tape at Lowe’s)

PVC Cutters (Lowe’s)

Connectors (plastic, at Lowe’s)

PVC Piping (160 psi, 3/4″) You can use a lower psi if you don’t plan on putting anything in the tubing for extra weight. (Lowe’s

 

 

Step 1:

Using the PVC cutters, make a cut so that the length of the tubing (in hoop shape) comes from the ground to a bit above your belly button.

 

 

Step 2:

Use a hair dryer to heat the ends of the tubing. It needs to expand slightly so that the connector will fit inside. If you don’t have a hair dryer, this can be performed with boiling water. BUT don’t leave the tubing in the water too long. You don’t want it to melt.

 

 

Step 3:

Put the connector between the two ends of tubing and push them together. Do this quickly because the expansion won’t last long.

 

 

Step 4:

Now you can decorate! This is the best part! I chose colored duct tape and electrical tape.

Warning: Duct tape does not lay as smoothly as electrical tape because of the threading.

 

 

 

YAY! A homemade hula hoop.

Happy hooping!

 

 

 

Why Buy A Recipe Box When I Can Make One Myself?

According to a poll I took a few weeks ago you, my readers, wanted a tutorial on how to make a recipe box. So here it is 🙂

Things You Will Need:

Ruler

Glue

Pencil

Magnent

Card stock paper

Scrapbook paper

Construction paper

Scissors or exato knife

Recipe cards (provided in the tutorial)

Step 1:

The first thing you are going to need is recipe cards. You can use what you have, make them yourself, or download them. I downloaded from Kerri Powell (and desaturated the colors) but there are several other sources. Type in “downloadable recipe cards” in your search engine of choice and you will get a variety of cards to choose from. Make sure you measure them once they are printed. You will need the measurements for the rest of the box.

Step 2:

After you have measured your recipe cards lay out your card stock to look something like this. Cut off the ends of the paper on the lines you’ve made.

Step 3:

Fold on the lines you’ve made. All of your folds should be made in the same direction.

Step 4:

Use your construction paper to make a fan shape like the above photo. You are going to want two pieces. These are going to fit inside the edges of your box so measure them accordingly.

Step  5:

Glue your fan shaped construction paper onto the inside edges of your soon-to-be box.

Step 6:

This part is optional.

Measure your construction paper to fit the box. Glue the construction paper to the outside of your box.

Step 7:

Print out a cute pattern, measure, cut it out and glue in to the front of your box.  Mine was scrapbook paper from Michael’s.

Step 8:

Measure and cut your card stock paper (or use blank notecards if you are feeling lazy) to create separators for your recipe cards.

Step 9:

Make a cute label 🙂

Step 10:

Cut your magnet into two small strips. Glue one to the inside of the top flat and one to the front close to the top. (I just cut up an old refrigerator magnet.)

There you have it, a home-made recipe box!