Why spend $3 or more per tube of lip balm? You can make it yourself in just minutes and for a fraction of the cost. Plus, every ingredient is all natural and safe to use over and over again! The directions below will make a couple of small lip gloss jars or tubes. You can double the recipe or stick to the ratio of 1 part beeswax to 2 parts oil to make as much as you want! Adding different oils will feel and taste different, so experiment and find what you love most.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 tsp. of grated packed down beeswax or beeswax pellets
- 2 tsp. of coconut oil
- 4-5 drops of Vitamin E oil
- 1/2 tsp. of honey
- To make colored lip balm, you’ll need some of your favorite blush or lipstick (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients together and microwave for 10 seconds. Stir, then another 10 seconds. Do this over and over until it is fully melted and mixed together.
- Once everything is melted and mixed, IMMEDIATELY and carefully pour the mixture into the container of your choice.
- Allow to cool and fully harden (a few hours) before using or giving as a gift.
Do you have a ton of snow? Do have no snow and wish you did? Either way, this super easy snowball wreath will be the perfect decoration for the whole winter season!
What You’ll Need:
- styrofoam wreath form
- assorted styrofoam balls (the picture shows 8 large, 4 medium, 20 small, and 10 tiny)
- fake snow
- decoupage medium
- decoupage brush
- red satin ribbon
- low temp glue gun
- Using the low temperature glue gun, glue the large snowballs to the wreath form, then fill in with the medium, then small.
- Add a thick layer of decoupage to the styrofoam. Make it really thick in some places.
- Add the fake snow over it.
- Add a bow and you can add a little decoupage and fake snow on it to make it look more realistic if you’d like!
This very inexpensive gift and decorating idea is so funny! Make a “melted” snowman ornament for your kids’ teachers, neighbors, whoever else you can think of for just a couple of dollars and a few minutes of your time. Here’s how:
What You’ll Need:
- Table salt (for the “snow”)
- Peppercorns (for the “eyes” and “mouths”)
- Orange fimo molding clay (for the carrot nose – can be purchased at craft stores)
- Plastic or glass clear ornament bulbs
- Plaid fabric (optional – for a “scarf”)
- String, yarn, or anything you’d like to use to hang the ornament
- Drinking cup the same width as your ornaments
- Baking sheet
- Roll out the fimo clay (you can also use playdoh or salt dough) and make carrot shapes. Cut the thicker end with a knife to make it look like a carrot (less rounded). Bake the fimo at 230 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool.
- While waiting for the clay to harden, prop the ornaments into a drinking cup (so they can sit up on top without rolling). Poor in 1/4 cup of salt (approximately).
- Toss in 7 or so peppercorns on top of the salt.
- Cut a small piece of scarf-shaped fabric and throw into the ornament (optional).
- Once cooled, put a “carrot” into the ornament, then tie the ornament on a string.
That’s it! SO SIMPLE and so cute. The snowman parts should stay on top of the salt. Thanks to Eyeballs by Day, Crafts by Night for the tutorial!
Make a delicious and fun snack to share with the family. Don’t pay $5 for one small tin! Make a large amount for so much cheaper.
- 8 cups popped popcorn
- 1 cups miniature marshmallows
- 3/4 cup chocolate candies, divided
- 1 1/2 cups fudge mint cookies, chopped & divided
- 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon shortening
- 1/4 cup green candy melts (Wilton)
- 3 Tablespoons sprinkles
- wax paper
- cookie tray
- 3 bowls
- baking spatula
- plastic sandwich bag
- In a large bowl, combine popcorn, marshmallows, 1/2 cup chocolate candies, and 1 cup fudge mint cookies pieces. Crush the extra 1/2 cup cookies into crumbs, then set aside with the extra chocolate candies.
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine the white chips and shortening. Microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Pour over popcorn mixture and toss until everything is coated. Spread out on a wax paper lined cookie tray. Sprinkle with the crushed cookies and the extra 1/4 cup chocolate candies. Let set.
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat the green candy melts like the directions in #2. Spoon into a plastic bag and cut the tip off one corner. Drizzle over the cooling popcorn, then top with sprinkles. Allow to fully set before eating.
Thanks to Inside BruCrew Life for the recipe and picture!
This homemade air freshener gel is so easy to make and would make a great gift!
What You’ll Need:
- 3-4 jars, capable of holding 1/2-cup of fluid each (this site used 4 baby food jars which hold 1/2 cup of mixture)
- Food Coloring
- Essential Oil or Room Fragrance drops
- 2 cups of water, divided into two 1 cup amounts
- 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- Kitchen equipment: whisk, a pan to boil water, funnel, and spoons
- Pour a few drops of food coloring into each jar.
- Pour 1 teaspoon (minimum) of essential oil into each jar. The more you pour, the stronger the scent.
- Bring 1 cup of water to a rapid boil.
- Add all 4 of the gelatin to the water and whisk until fully dissolved (about 1 minute).
- Add the other cup of water to the pan and the salt. Stir to dissolve the salt.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Pour the mixture into the jars within a couple of minutes of removing from the heat.
- Use a funnel to pour an equal amount into each jar.
- Stir the mixture quickly before it solidifies.
- Let cool and solidify for at least 24 hours. The gel air freshener should last between 4-6 weeks and you can do it again!
Thanks to Instructables for the awesome idea and instructions!
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This adorable snowflake necklace can be made for a few dollars and a few minutes of your time. This would make a great stocking stuffer!
What You’ll Need:
- 18″ necklace (any kind, but the blog shows a ball chain like this one)
- White shrink plastic film (like this one by Graphix)
- Necklace jump ring
- Hole punch
- Print this template and trace it on to the shrink film. Cut it out.
- Punch a hole into wherever you want to put the jump ring through.
- Put into oven and bake according to directions.
- Allow to cool, put the jump ring through the hole, and put the necklace through the ring. ALL DONE!
Thanks to Lana Red Studio for the amazing template and necklace directions!
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