Saturday, December 24, 2016

DIY Lip Balm Holders

Hello friends,

It's Christmas eve - how exciting!  I don't know about you, but this time of year I love everything peppermint ... candy canes, ice cream, cocoa and even lip balm.  A while back I made some homemade Peppermint Lip Balm as gifts and thought I would share my project with you.

Packaging your homemade lip balm is so fun and easy to do!  Sometimes the holiday inspiration you need can be found right in your own backyard.  I love to use natural elements like pinecones and Baker's twine to create beautiful gifts.

You Will Need
  • Kraft paper or cardstock
  • Hole punch
  • Baker's twine or thread
  • Small pinecones and/or sprigs
  • Hot glue gun
  • Stamps, ink or rub-on stickers
  • Pen or marker
To Make
  • Cut Kraft paper 3"W x 4" H.
  • Write the name of your lip balm at the top (if you prefer you can computer generate the name before cutting your paper).
  • Punch two holes approx. 1" apart in the center of the card.
  • Thread Baker's twine from back to front and tie a bow.
  • Use hot glue to piece together a pinecone and sprig.
  • Arrange the cluster on card and use hot glue to secure everything in place.
  • Add stamped images or rub-ons to embellish.

Just like my previous post, these lip balms also make great stocking stuffers and can be made in so many different flavors.

Wishing you a magical Christmas eve and a Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Essential Oils Gift Bag

Hello everyone,

Today I thought I would share with you a gift I put together for someone special.  This calming gift set of essential oils consists of Lavender, German Chamomile and Rose.  The set contains relaxing effects that are perfect after a long day!  They can be added to a diffuser, mixed into your favorite soaps or added to massage oil.  I'm hoping these oils will allow my friend to relax and rejuvenate herself.

During this time of the year I find myself contemplating if I should give handmade gifts, buy gifts and how much to spend.  Please tell me I'm not the only one thinking this!

I'll be gifting these to her in this beautiful natural muslin drawstring bag and including usage cards. 

So what do you think?  Will she pamper herself and enjoy the aromatic properties?

These little gift bags would also make great stocking stuffers.  Just add a piece of tissue paper, a personalized name tag and some ribbon.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Scent of Christmas


Happy Tuesday!  I'm back today to share with you a Christmas DIY project that I just finished.  It took about 10 minutes to complete and now my home is filled with the most beautiful fragrance for Christmas.

All you need to create this pretty diffuser are the following items:

  • Diffuser reeds
  • Fragrance oil
  • Amber glass bottle
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon, lace or seam binding
  • Stamp and ink
  • Tag or embellishments

Once I decided on the scrapbook paper I wanted to use, I cut the piece of paper to fit around the middle of my glass bottle overlapping the ends slightly so I could glue them together.  I then wrapped a piece of vintage seam binding and tied a bow.  This particular paper is called 'Gilded Christmas'.  I just love the champagne color with gold snowflakes!

On a piece of Naturals Ivory paper I stamped Merry Christmas in StazOn Timber Brown and cut it out to make a tag.  A small grommet was added to the hole to finish it off.  It was tied around the bottle with gold cording.

I added Christmas Memories fragrance oil to the bottle then placed several diffuser sticks next to the container to see if they were the correct height.  I find it is easier to cut them first before placing them in the bottle with the oil.  I have to say this Christmas scent is heavenly.  A wonderful Christmas pine combined with apple cider, cinnamon sticks, orange peels and clover.

The sticks will begin to diffuse immediately, but it may take several hours before you begin to smell the aroma.  After a few days flip the reed sticks to refresh the scent.

Thank you for visiting me and I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Star Tart Candles

Hello friends,

Back in the fall I made some fun and easy tart tin candles so out came the beeswax again.  This time I used star shaped tins with a wonderful Peppermint Swizzle fragrance oil. 

Besides the aroma of cool crisp peppermint it also has touches of sweet vanilla undertones.  Perfect for the holidays!

Since some of the candles are going to be gifts I placed each one in a cellophane bag.  The bags were tied with greenery and Cherry Cobbler seam binding.  The tags were crafted using Spellbinder dies with a cute peppermint candy image covered in glitter.  

If you would like instructions on how to make these candles, please hop over to my previous post for all the details.

I hope you are finding time to enjoy all the beauty of the season.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Light Bulb Money Holder

Hi everyone,

Wow, I can't believe it's December already!  I have been busy making craft projects for the holidays and want to share with you my light bulb money holder.  This is such a fun and easy project to make!

I started by antiquing the top of the jar for a vintage feel then wrapped a piece of vintage seam binding around the lid and created a bow.

Next, I adhered Merry to the front of the glass jar in gold then placed tiny gold stars inside for some Christmas sparkle.

To create the cute tag, I used SU's Merriest Wishes set with the Merry Tag Dies.  This is an awesome bundle to have.

I used Brushed Gold and Shimmery White paper.  The back of the tag was embossed in gold with To and From.

To finish your project just roll up your bills and place them in the jar.  I suggest putting a rubber band around them so they can easily be removed (the recipient can use tweezers, if necessary, to remove them).

I can think of so many wonderful ways to decorate these jars and give them out for different occasions. 

Happy Crafting!
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