How was your Christmas? Or Hanukkah? Or Kwanza? Whatever you celebrate this time of year, I hope it was wonderful!
I had a great Christmas. My brother, Andrew came in from Michigan and spent a week home – much longer than usual and my mother was very happy about that. We did secret Santa this year and I had to buy for Andrew. I bought him a couple things on his list but then I also decided to do a bunch of DIY gifts for Christmas this year. We also had a surprise visit from my Aunt and her fiancé and she gave me my Girl Scout cookies that I have been craving! I never saw any Girl Scouts this year 😦 but I still got some! 🙂
I believe that a handmade gift is much more thoughtful and a sign of love this time of year. Make gifts for your family – buy gifts for the homeless or the children up at Hillside.
I was getting way too excited looking at http://www.marthastewart.com and her section of DIY gifts so I figured to make my Christmas gifts this year. My brother always calls me asking me “what spices do I use for this thing?” and “how long do I cook this?” So, I made him a delicious gourmet hot cocoa mix and a couple spice mixes that I use myself. I wish I had pictures of the cute little jars I put the spices in. They were actually mini glass jars with a handle and a sprinkle top – perfect for spices – from Wal-Mart!
My favorite DIY gifts this year though are the bath scrubs, bath fizzies, and Savon de Marseille. I can’t believe how incredibly easy everything was to make and it’s all so much freakin’ cheaper than the store bought stuff. Like that new store in Eastview mall called Lush. You could make at least half the crap in there with stuff in your pantry and spice cupboard for less than half the price and you get double the amount. Not only was I able to make gifts for 8 people but I was also able to keep extra of everything for myself! Now that’s a perfect gift.
The bath scrubs were not hard to make. I put 3 cups of Epsom salt with 1 cup or so of granulated sugar + 1 cup of olive oil, mix (add more sugar or oil depending in how you like the consistency) and then add a couple drops of soap or food coloring + 10 or so drops of pure oil essence – I used rose and lavender scents. I was following Martha Stewarts formula for this but I felt that there was just way too much oil so I decided to add the sugar, which her recipe does not call for. I actually really like the two different sizes of exfoliates in the scrub. I packed these in mason jars and wrote on top in white-out what it’s called. I don’t think there is a need for directions when it comes to a bath scrub, haha.
*Lavender-Vanilla Bath Scrub*
The bath fizzies were just as easy! I followed Martha Stewart’s recipe and they turned out perfect. The only special equipment you need is a silicone ice cube mold and a bottle spray with a mist setting that you’re willing to put soap/food color and citric acid, which I purchased at my local hydroponic store. I packed these the same way as the scrubs.
*Rose Scented Bath Fizzies*
*Lavender scrub and Rose fizzies*
The Savon de Marseille was even easier than the other two and I think less messy! This soap is awesome. I purchased a soap like this at an arts festival for way more than the cost per portion of the soap I made. Plus, it gave me 8 bars of soap, I was able to make a one stop purchase to Michael’s, and I used part of a milk container for the mold – how’s that for recycling! Hehe.
I followed Martha Stewart’s recipe again but I increased the amount of French clay (I had purchased this at Abundance Market a long time ago) because I had used bath oil from Bath and Body Works instead of essential oil of eucalyptus and spearmint. This soap is so good for your body, especially for your face.
I wrapped them in parchment paper then tissue paper and tied them with some hemp and slid in a little construction paper explaining what exactly is Savon de Marseille. Look how cute they are 🙂
I also babysat Anthea and Gavin, two little kiddies that live next door to me. I decided to make them crayons. I broke up pieces of old crayons and arranged them in a funky shaped silicone mold. Bake them at 150-200 degrees; once melted, remove from oven and let cool overnight. They’ll just pop out the next day!
They loved them!!
Have you given DIY projects as gifts?
What’s your favorite DIY project?
Have you ever made your own beauty products?