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DIY Hanging Terrarium

Flowers and plants are great for Mother’s Day but I loved the idea of a DIY Hanging Terrarium.  They add so much beauty to any room you choose to hang them in.  And are great for mom to hang above her desk at work!

For details please visit Home A Sandwich Shoppe

All you need:

  • Hanging Terrariums
  • Succulants

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Whipped Coconut Oil & Lime Body Butter

Coconut oil is a staple around our house.  We use it to cook and bake as well as for a moisturizer.  It smells divine and my favorite part is that it’s all natural and non-toxic.  In fact I can even eat it which makes me feel better putting it onto my skin & especially my 12 month old!  I love this simple little twist.  Not only would it be great for at home use but would make a fantastic gift!

To make it you’ll need:

1/2 cup coconut oil

20 drops of lime oil (or your favorite essential oil)

A jar (the volume will double so make sure you have a jar that will fit at least a cup)

Whip the coconut oil with an electric mixer until it becomes soft.  Once it’s soft add the oil.  Mix a bit more and voila! Just be sure to note the expiration date on the coconut oil and store it in a cool, dry place.  Most of all enjoy!

Recipe found on Blah Blah Magazine

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Mother’s Day Citrus & Herb Sea Salt DIY

Homemade gifts are always so special.  Seasoned salts are such a fun addition to any cooks kitchen which is why I loved this idea!  It’s so simple even young children can help out with this project.

Recipe and idea found on Five & One

Citrus + Herb Sea Salt Recipe

1 cup coarse sea salt

1 teaspoon each of sage, thyme, and, rosemary

1 teaspoon each of lemon and orange zest

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Finely chop herbs and zest and mix with the salt.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes, just enough to dry the herbs and zest.  When the salt is cooled you or your child may crush together with your fingers or pulse in a food processor to incorporate the flavors of the salt, herbs, and fruit zest.

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Kids Art Collage

I’m a big fan of kids art.  Keeping their original work is fantastic however I thought this idea found on ArtfulCircle would allow you to display several different “pieces” of art in one large picture.  Such a simple and creative idea.  I love it!

What You’ll Need:

  • A few pieces of kids art
  • A large picture frame – this is a decent 16 x 20 for about $25 on Amazon
  • A circle punch – about $11 on Amazon
  • Mod Podge – about $9 on Amazon

Visit ArtfulCircle for full instructions.

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DIY Kids T-Shirts

With spring just around the corner I’ve been doing a bit of looking for some cute spring wear for my 10 month old.  I’ve found a few things but admit I’m mostly frustrated with the lack of  good options and have resorted to making a few things myself.  Now as you probably already know, I don’t sew, so anything I take one needs to be simple.  I found these cute DIY Tees on Ona Befort and thought they’d look absolutely adorable on my little man.  Ona includes a free printout for each of them so I don’t have to do any free handing (good thing!).

For the free printout and instructions for the Bear Tee click here.

For the free printout and instructions for the Apple Tee click here.

Also, you’ll need a few things you may not have on hand to take on these projects:

  • Fabric Paint (can be purchased here on Amazon)
  • Paint Brush (can be purchased here on Amazon)
  • Blank Tees (can be purchased here on Amazon)
  • Clorox Bleach Pen (can be purchased here on Amazon)

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DIY Wire Trash Can Side Table

I need a new side table to set beside my bed.  I’ve looked at several furniture stores and they’re either expensive or uninteresting.  So in my true fashion I decided to find a cool DIY side table that even someone as un-crafty as myself can make.  This one is not only stylish but looks incredibly simple.  It’s a no brainer!

For full instructions visit Ana Antunes Home Styling.

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Here are a few trashcans that I think will work out perfect for this project!

Slice Alteration Wastebasket – buy on Amazon for around $19

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Floating Square Metal Wastebasket by HFD – can be purchased here on Amazon for around $33

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DIY Rock Succulent Planter

My wife and I try to make as many of our Christmas and Chanukah presents as we can.  We both have large families and many friends that we exchange gifts with, and trying to buy gifts for them all would just bankrupt us!  This year we wanted to make something completely unique.  So we started looking through some of the DIY gifts that we have featured on our blog for something really great.  After going through them all we decided on either the DIY river rock necklaces, or the cork planters.  Neither of them really seemed special enough to be a main present for close relatives though.  Then my wife came up with the idea of combining the two ideas!  That is how these rock planters were born.  I am pretty sure this is our own idea, but if you’ve seen it anywhere else let me know so I can stop taking credit!

Here are the supplies you will need.

  1. River rocks
  2. Good strong drill
  3. Diamond drill bit
  4. Bucket
  5. Water
  6. Succulent plants

Here is how we did it.  First my boys and I went to the local river and spent some good time picking the right size and shaped rocks.  Then we went to the local hardware store and bought 2 different sized drill bits.  I ended up only using the 5/16″ bit, the 1/4″ was too small. You can buy the bit here on amazon.

Here is what the bit looks like.

One thing that is imperative is that you drill under the water.  To get the hole started, I placed the bit on the rock at an angle to get a “bite” on the rock out of the water.  Once I saw the bit start to dig in, I rocked it flat, and submerged the rock and the tip of the bit under the water in my bucket.  Then you just have to have patience as the bit slowly does its work.

Once the bit goes all of the way into the rock until the chuck hits the stone, you have to rock the drill back and forth in order to crack off the core.  You can see the core in place before cracking it off in the pic above.  Once that is done, you have almost completed your project!

The drilled stones ready for planting.

Next you can plant the succulents.  We went to the local nursery and bought a few different little succulents.  Then we just pulled them out of the dirt, and dropped the roots down into the hole.  Then we positioned them the way we wanted them, and jammed as much dirt as we could down into the hole.  The final step was to water them as well as we could.  We just held the whole stone under slowly running water.  I waited a month to post this because I wanted to make sure the plants would survive in such small amounts of dirt.  You can see them one month later in the pics below happy as can be!

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Antique Book Spine Book Marks

My brother is a bit of a bibliophile, and he loves unique antiques.  So I was looking at some fun antique books, and then I came across these really cool bookmarks made from the spines of antique books!  What a prefect combination.  Antique books don’t hold much value, aside from the rare occasion of one that is truly one of a kind.  And, they don’t last forever, the paper actually degrades pretty quickly.  So, I don’t feel too bad taking apart an old book or two.

So, the site that I found these on GreenPaper, doesn’t give any tutorial, but it is a simple enough process.  Just use an X-acto knife to cut down the sides of the spine.  Then I would reinforce that back a bit with some regular Elmer’s glue, just to seal everything in, and ad a little more rigidity.  Then use a leather punch, or the tip of a kitchen knife, and just push and spin with the tip of the knife to make a whole for a string or small ribbon to attach.  Then just attach the string or ribbon and you are all set!

Edible Gift Tags

I got so excited when I saw this post on EricasSweetTooth!  What a fun way to take gift giving to the next level.  Plus, who wouldn’t want a little cookie with their gift, or a little gift with their cookie for that matter?  I’d also like to mention that the cookies themselves sound absolutely delicious.  Here is how Erica describes them “…this recipe is great because it yields the slightest crunch and a really soft center. The sweet royal icing on top is a great complement and helps balance the earthy flavors of the gingerbread, plus the contrast between the deep brown cookie and bright white icing went great with my graphic red paper and burlap adorned gifts!”

Two things to take note of when making these gift tag cookies.  To make the shape of the cookie, she simply rolled out the dough, and made a “stencil” out of cardboard.  Then she just placed the stencil on the dough, and cut around it with a paring knife.  Then to make the hole for the ribbon, she uses a straw!  She says that this particular recipe doesn’t rise or spread much, so the holes didn’t fill in.  She also uses edible markers to write on the cookies.  Ok, here is the recipe!

Ingredients:

for the gingerbread cookies:
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1-1/4 cup dark molasses
2 eggs
6 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp ground ginger
3 tsp cinnamon
1-1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground nutmeg

for the royal icing:
4 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons meringue powder
1/2 cup water
Few drops vanilla extract

Directions:

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the butter, shortening, and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the molasses and eggs and beat well, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour until just combined. Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate dough for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a floured surface roll out half the dough to a ½ to ¼ inch thick and use your pre-cut gift tag stencil (I made mine using the cardboard of an empty butter box) and a sharp paring knife to cut out the shapes. Use a straw to punch out a hole in each tag. Transfer cookies to Silpat or parchment paper lined cookie sheets about an inch apart, and bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges are just slightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the royal icing, combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder, water, and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix ingredients with mixer on medium-low for 1 minute, then increase speed to medium high and beat for 2-3 minutes. If icing is too thick, add more water and if icing gets too runny, add more powdered sugar. You want a dollop of icing to “melt” back into the rest of the icing in about 20 seconds. Transfer the royal icing to a piping bag fit with a small round tip or a plastic squeeze bottle and cover all of the cookies. I chose to just use 20-second icing for everything, but you could also do stiffer icing as a border and fill in the rest with flooding icing. Allow the royal icing to set for at least 24 hours. When ready, decorate with edible ink markers and adorn your gifts as desired!