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Lavender Eggshell Candles

Lavender Eggshell Candles

Decorate your Easter table with these lavender scented eggshell candles. 

Lavender Eggshell Candles

I feel like time has been slipping away these last few weeks. I thought Easter was still further away along with my trip back to Utah. Little did I realize that it’s shortly arriving and I am in no way ready for either events. This year we’ve decided to host our Easter celebration in our home instead of my mothers. This sudden change in plans has me a little frazzled since I have a trip to plan immediately after. I also still have a few more Easter kits to put together for the pre-egg hunting craft day. It seems my to-do list is growing by the day but I’m working on it..constant Starbucks trips seem to help keep calm. But of course when doesn’t Starbucks make everything better?

Eggshell Candles

While thinking about our Easter celebration I’ve been compiling a list of what I’d like our tablescape to look like. So far I’ve gathered a moss table runner and plan to add bright flowers down the center. I also plan to make more of these lavender eggshell candles to display in ceramic eggcups. Have you seen the eggshell candles you can buy in stores? I’ve always wanted to make my own at home. They seemed relatively easy and luckily they were. These candles are made with soy candle wax, dyed with food coloring, and scented with lavender essential oil.

Lavender Eggshell Candles DIYSupplies (yields 5 eggshell candles)

eggs

small knife or spoon

purple food coloring, water, and vinegar

1 cup soy candle wax flakes

candle wicks + adhesive

lavender essential oil

Step one: use a small knife or spoon to lightly tap the top of the egg. Gently peel off the broken eggshell, wash eggs thoroughly, dry upside down.

Step two: dye eggs by mixing 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp vinegar, and 3-5 drops of food coloring. Allow eggs to dry upside down.

Step three: place candle wicks in the center of the eggshell with an adhesive (I used glue dots).

Step four: melt soy candle wax in microwave or in double boiler. Once wax is completely melted stir in 2-4 drops of lavender essential oil.

Step five: use egg carton to hold eggs in place. Carefully pour wax into the eggs, make sure wick is centered as much as possible. Allow 2-3 hours for wax to harden. Trim wick to 1/4 inch.

How to make eggshell candles

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Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

This post is brought to you by DecoArt.

Gold leaf succulent planter with Americana chalky finish paint. 

Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

Have you notice how succulents are everywhere these days? I jumped on the succulent bandwagon last Summer with my ikea box turned Succulent Planter and I’m still loving these pretty little plants.

Ikea Hack - Succulent Planter

Ok so I kinda, sort of killed my last set of succulents after forgetting to water them…for a very long time. I’m starting over with a new planter that I made using Americana chalky finish paint and gold leaf sheets. You guys I am SO excited about this new paint line from DecoArt. It goes on smooth and a little goes a long way. I can not wait to try it on a few furniture pieces that need a major face lift. The line is now available at Home Depot and will soon be available at Michael’s as well.

Americana Chalky Finish Paint

Another thing I’m currently crushing on is gold leaf…I love love love it! Especially paired with white.

Supplies:

Americana chalky finish paint in Everlasting

Gold leaf sheets

Gold leaf adhesive

brush

gloves

acrylic sealant

How to gold leafAfter applying two coats of paint paint onto the terra cotta planter I used a brush to apply the gold leaf adhesive. You can use painters tape to create a straight line or shapes with the gold leaf. I wanted a random application and to do so I applied the adhesive in various heights. Note: a little goes a long way with the adhesive, you want a thin application that will dry easily.

DIY gold planter

Allow the adhesive to dry for 10-20 minutes or until it becomes tacky. Apply a sheet of gold leaf and gently rub it onto the planter. Use a gold leaf brush to press the gold leaf down and brush away any excess.

How to gildingApply an acrylic sealant to ensure the gold leaf doesn’t peel. Easy, right? I love the white and gold paired with the succulents. Now let’s hope these make it longer than my last succulents. :)

Succulent Gold Leaf Planter

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Homemade Apricot Sugar Scrub

Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe

Homemade apricot oil sugar scrub recipe. This three ingredient sugar scrub recipe is easy to make and makes a great last minute handmade gift.

Homemade Sugar Scrub RecipeHey crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a new sugar scrub recipe that I’ve been using for the last few weeks. I made this apricot sugar scrub before heading to Utah for a week and when I returned I couldn’t get enough of it. My poor hands, and skin overall, were severely dry after spending a week in the cold Utah air. This California girl is NOT used to those temperatures. My friends from the area mentioned that the temps were actually warm and they were enjoying them. Say what!?!? I’m pretty sure I stayed inside my hotel as much as possible that week.

As you know I’m a big fan of making my own sugar scrubs to help nourish dry hands. I think my obsessive hand washing takes a toll on my skin and using sugar scrubs helps relieve that problem. I also love using them as handmade gifts to give to family, friends, and teachers. You can’t beat how quick it is to make them and they cost a fraction of what you can buy them for in store or at a spa.

This recipe is different from my usual sugar scrub recipes since I left out essential oils to make it scented. Of course you could add any scent you’d like by adding 4-6 drops of essential oil into the apricot oil before mixing with the sugar. Apricot oil is great for naturally nourishing dry skin and gives hair a radiant shine. The fatty acids in the oil have similar properties to almond oil that help restore and maintain moisture.

DIY  sugar scrub recipe

The soap colorant is from Michaels and you can find NOW Foods Apricot Kernel Oil (Liquid), 16 oz on Amazon. They carry 4 and 16 ounce bottles. One 4 ounce bottle makes 2-3 small mason jars of sugar scrub.

Homemade Apricot Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

  1. 4 ounces Apricot Oil
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. soap colorant (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine soap colorant and apricot oil. Add 6-8 drops of soap colorant or until desired color is achieved.
  2. Stir in sugar and mix until well combined.
  3. Store in airtight container.

Notes

Soap colorant is optional and used appearance. To add a scent to your sugar scrub use 4-6 drops of essential oils to the apricot oil.

http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2014/02/homemade-apricot-sugar-scrub-recipe.html

 More of my favorite at home spa recipes:

Homemade Lemon soap

Mother's Day gift ideas and homemade soap tutorial

Homemade brown sugar scrub

Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub recipe

Lemon Sugar Scrub

homemade lemon sugar scrubDIY sugar scrub

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DIY Magnetic Frames (Cut It Out Frames Giveaway)

DIY Frame Wall Collage for girls room

Hey crafty friends! I’ve been working on a room makeover for my daughter over the last few months, by converting her toddler room into a “big girl” room as she requested. It took awhile to settle on a theme and colors but we eventually decided to keep the purple painted walls and add pink and turquoise decor. I struggled with figuring out what to cover her walls with, especially since she has a high ceiling. The two walls without a window are fairly large and appeared empty prior to our makeover. On one of walls I created a frame collage with magnetic frames above her dresser, providing enough decor to help fill up the bare space. I created the wall frame collage with unfinished Cut It Out frames by decorating them to fit the theme we were going for.

DIY Frame Wall Collage for girls room
If you’re not familiar with Cut It Out Frames they’re a decorative frame company that offers unfinished frames, allowing you to paint them in any color you’d like. I love that a can of spray paint can transform their frames to fit any color scheme and decorative style. When I received the frames from Cut It Out I had a hard time narrowing down where I wanted to use them in our home. I’ve wanted to create a frame collage in the hallway for years but I figured I should focus on one room at a time. Anyone else like that? I have a hard time finishing a room before thinking about working on another area. So while we were working on my daughters room I figured we could use the frames in there instead. Her favorite colors are pink and purple so I knew painting the frames pink was the way to go. She loves bright, vivid colors and this was perfect for what I had in mind.

Cut-it-Out-Frames

To paint the frames I applied 2-3 light coats of Krylon spray paint in Mambo Pink, allowing each coat to dry in between. Once the frames were painted I used decorated metal sheets to create a fun DIY organization frame collage. I purchased the metal sheets at Hobby Lobby and used tin snips to cut them. I marked the metal sheets to the size I needed and the tin snips cut right through the metal. I advise you to use safety gloves and protective eye gear to avoid any injuries.

how to make a jewelry frame DIYOnce I had the metal sheets trimmed to size I added them to the back of the frames with the metal closures and begin decorating them. For the 11×14 frame I created a magnetic board to use for keeping notes and pictures on as she gets older. I’m also a tab bit obsessed with the felt flower magnet on the board.

How to make a magnetic frame tutorial

I’ve always liked the decorative metal jewelry frames, so even though she doesn’t have hanging earrings yet I thought it would be fun to add to her wall collage. She can also use it as a magnet board until she’s old enough to display dangling earrings from.

DIY Jewelry Frame tutorialFor the top frame I applied cardstock onto the frame backing and hot glued a white decorative letter on top.

How to create magnetic frames

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How to make a gift bow with a Bowdabra

How to make a gift bow tutorial

During the month of January we celebrate 7 birthdays in our family. Between family members and close friends that are like family we have a month full of parties and a whole lot of gift giving. While my husband likes to throw gifts in a bag and write a name on it with a Sharpie (ugh, I cringe every time I see that) I tend to love wrapping gifts. I like any excuse to add a big bow to gift packages. From birthdays to the holidays, I’m always excited to pull out some ribbon and tie a beautiful on top!

How to make a gift bow tutorial

I recently had the opportunity to try the Bowdabra bow making tool from Consumer Crafts. I’ve come across this tool in the craft store before but I wasn’t sure what it was like. Now I can’t see myself making a bow without it! The Bowdabra makes it easy to whip up a big, bouncy bow in just a few minutes.

Bowdabra tutorialHow to make a gift bow with a Bowdabra

Supplies:
Bowdabra
2 inch wide wired ribbon
bow wire

The Bowdabra tool came with a thin wired string that makes it easy to secure your bow in place. To make a bow take a piece of the string and fold it in half. You want it long enough to reach the width of the Bowdabra tool.

Bowdabra bow tutorial

Insert the string between the slits of the tool and start adding your ribbon inside. If you’re using single sided ribbon lay your ribbon face down then twist on the second loop. Repeat this process until you’ve made all of the loops.

how to make a bow

bow

I like to make 6 loops (3 on each side) then one smaller loop for the center.

how to make a bow with bowdabra

Once your loops are made press the wand into the Bowdabra tool and cinch the ribbon together. Then tie the wired string through the loop and pull tightly. I like to tie it 1-2 more times to ensure the bow is tied in place correctly.

tying a bow

Then snip off the extra string and fluff out the ribbon loops. I seriously adore this tool! It’s made it easy for me to whip up bows in a hurry and I may or may not have gotten carried away with my ribbon stash. I also may or may not have a bag full of bows waiting to be added to gift boxes. My husband also may or may not think I’m crazy but I consider it being prepared for all the gift giving we’ll be doing this month. I also think my planning will hopefully keep him from pulling out the Sharpie and looking for a gift tag to match the bow instead. :)

How to make a gift bow

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The Little Mermaid Party

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

This post is brought to you by Collective Bias and Disney.
Creating a memorable party doesn’t have to cost a fortune or a lot of preparation. Today I’m sharing easy parties ideas for The Little Mermaid party we had this week. It’s filled with easy crafts, recipes, and party decor!

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

If we’re friends on instagram you know that we LOVE all things Disney and that I enjoy creating Disney themed parties for the kids. When it was only my son and daughter we used to have special themed nights that my son would decide on. I would create a fun tablescape and dinner to match the theme. After the little guy was born we became so busy that we stopped our themed family nights. It’s something that I miss and want to start up again. Creating The Little Mermaid party for my daughter made me realize how much fun it was and that we should make it a regular occurrence. My plan is to have the kids take turns picking a theme once a month and I’ll create a simple tablescape with food that fits the theme. I’ll definitely share our themed family night details with you!

Turquoise Table Little Mermaid Decorations

This party I’m sharing today is filled with easy Little Mermaid crafts and food ideas. The tablescape was my favorite! I used $1 jars from Michaels filled with aqua rocks and added Little Mermaid toys inside. The turquoise flowers are beautiful! I love the glitter and different shades of turquoise. To keep things simple I used colorful paper plates and silverware. This is an easy way to keep things cost effective and makes for a quick clean up.

Beach Cupcakes with chocolate seashells

We often make “beach cupcakes” during the summer and during our ocean theme week a few years. To make them I added crushed graham cracks on one side and chocolate seashells on the other. The kids love them and they’re perfect for an “Under the Sea” party!

The Little Mermaid Party Food Ideas

We also made oyster cookies with pearls inside. Also known as the most common little mermaid party food. :) They’re just too fun! To make them I used two Pepperidge Farms lemon cookies, frosting, and pearl sixlets. I’m definitely making these again on Tuesday night to celebrate the release of The Little Mermaid!

I decorated our entry way/living room with this easy streamer backdrop, balloons, and netting from the craft store. Balloons and streamers are classic party items, they’re also as inexpensive as it gets. You can’t beat dollar decor!   Little Mermaid Party At the end of the party we surprised them with exciting news…we’re going to Disneyland in a few weeks! The best part about the surprise is that we have tickets to Mickey’s Halloween party, which we’ve never been to. Let the Disneyland countdown begin!

Party ideas for kids

Connect with Disney on Facebook and Twitter and for more parties ideas visit the Under the Sea pinterest board

The Little Mermaid Party Decorations

Succulent Planter Box {Ikea Hack}

Ikea Hack - Succulent Planter

Hey friends! Today I’m sharing an ikea hack – a bamboo dish set turned succulent planter box.

Ikea Hack - Succulent Planter

Are you a fan of succulents? They’re everywhere these days! I have to admit that when I first started seeing succulent projects last year I wasn’t quite sold on the trend. Of course after seeing them more and more they’ve grown on me. I’ve been wanting to make a succulent planter for awhile now and knew this was the perfect opportunity.
Ikea Hack - Dragan box
Ikea sent some bloggers a couple of sets of the Dragan bamboo boxes and challenged us to use them in a creative way. The boxes are actually bathroom dish sets but I knew as soon as I saw them they would make the perfect succulent planter for the kitchen.

The challenge was to create a project under $10. Since I already had soil at home I spent a whooping total of $10 on succulents. One of the plants had multiple succulents so I separated those for another project.
Succulents 1
To make my succulent planter I filled the box halfway with soil then arranged the succulents. I then topped it off with more soil. Easy peasy!

Succulents

I hear succulents are easy to care for and don’t require much attention, other than a light watering here and there. I don’t know if my plants were a little dehydrated but I found them a tad bit difficult to arrange without parts breaking off. Since I have a hard time keeping plants alive I hope this succulent planter is good to me.
DIY Succulents Planter

 

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Homemade Coconut Oatmeal Scrub

Homemade Coconut Oatmeal Scrub Recipe

 A homemade coconut oatmeal scrub recipe that will exfoliate and leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

Homemade Coconut Oatmeal Scrub Recipe

It’s no secret that I love making my own sugar scrubs. They’re incredibly easy to make and cost a fraction of what you can buy them for at a salon. There are endless scrub recipes that you can customize to your favorite scents and skin type.

While eating my daily oatmeal one morning it reminded me of an oatmeal scrub my sister and I once tried as teens. On the weekends we would stay up late watching movies or reading teen magazines while trying face masks and scrubs, complete with cucumber slices on our eyes. We tried everything from an avocado mask to an oatmeal scrub. The texture of the oatmeal scrub was coarse but it left your skin soft and smooth afterwards.

I mainly use this recipe as a hand scrub in the kitchen sink. The coconut oil will thicken the ground oatmeal, so start with the lowest amount of oatmeal and oil then increase gradually to find the perfect consistency. To use the scrub apply a spoonful of oatmeal scrub on your skin and gently exfoliate in a circular motion (if you decide to use the scrub on your face avoid the eye area).

The coconut oil aids the oatmeal in exfoliating your skin while leaving it silky smooth. The vanilla and coconut oil will provide a subtle scent to the scrub but you may add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil as well. I started using coconut oil earlier this year and can’t get enough of it! It’s not only great for cooking with, but works nicely in homemade scrub recipes.

Homemade Coconut Oatmeal Scrub

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 cup Oatmeal
  2. 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1 tsp honey
  5. 1 tsp brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Ground oatmeal in a food processor and place finely ground oatmeal in a bowl.
  2. Add brown sugar to oatmeal and mix.
  3. Pour honey, vanilla, and coconut oil to the oatmeal and mix until well combined.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/07/homemade-coconut-oatmeal-scrub.html

 

Some of my favorite homemade beauty recipes:

Honey brown sugar scrub

Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub recipe

Homemade Lemon Soap

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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