Hello everyone! Getting crafty seems to be becoming much more of a trend nowadays. While it was once considered a laborious chore, it is now something people find fun. People seem to enjoy making things now. I’m not sure if that is because it is easier (and cheaper) to get materials, or apps like Pinterest have made them so easy to do, but crafting is now a well-loved activity. Personally, I’ve always loved crafting. Maybe it is because it’s an excuse to use an excessive amount of glitter, or just because the creative in me loves taking bits and bobs of random material and turning it into something pretty. So, I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for inspiration for today’s post, and I kept seeing so many DIY craft posts that I thought, why not? I’ve always subscribed to the philosophy that homemade is more meaningful, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner it is a great way to knock out some handmade gifts and cards for my friends and family. Two lovebirds with one cupid’s arrow, so to speak. So today, I’ll be doing a step-by-step craft tutorial for how to make a simple gift and card. Maybe this will be the perfect gift for a close friend or partner? So, whether you make this craft for yourself, for someone else or just read to see how they turn out, I hope you enjoy today’s post.
Raspberry lemonade sugar body scrub
Whenever I tell people about making certain beauty products, I see their eyebrows rise past their hairlines. As much as it sounds a bit strange to make beauty products, like bath salts, body scrubs and body lotion, on your own it is actually incredibly easy to do and is almost as good as buying them from a body shop. A body scrub is the easiest of them all to make. Plus, the benefit of making it yourself is you can customise the scent to be whatever you desire, and you know exactly what is in it. So today, I’ll be showing you all how to make a simple raspberry lemonade scented sugar body scrub. It’s incredibly easy, looks beautiful and smells fantastic! It’s summer in a jar, and the perfect gift for a girlfriend or best friend who you know loves a good at-home spa experience, or you think deserves some R&R.
First, you need to gather your ingredients. Lay out everything you need before you start just so that you don’t need to go scrounging around the kitchen once you’ve started. What you’ll need to make this scrub is:
- 2 cups of sugar (white granulated sugar is the best)
- ½ a cup of coconut oil, melted
- 1-1.25 tsp lemon essential oil
- 1 tbsp raspberry extract
- Pink food colouring
- Yellow food colouring
- 2 small mason jars
*A note on melting coconut oil, I melted mine in the microwave, but you can do it on the stove as well. If you’re using the microwave, melt your oil in a microwaveable/glass bowl at half power in 30-second intervals. Just make sure to monitor it closely and cover the bowl with a paper towel to avoid any oil spatters getting all over the inside of your microwave. If you are melting it on the stove, spoon the amount into a small saucepan and use a medium heat to melt it. Again, make sure to monitor it the whole time, occasionally stirring it until it is evenly melted.
The first step to making your body scrub is to pour your sugar and melted coconut oil into a mixing bowl and to mix it gently until it is evenly combined.
Now, add in your extracts and essential oil. Carefully pour in your raspberry extract and lemon essential oil and then mix well so that that the scent is evenly spread throughout your scrub mix.
Next, divide your sugar scrub mix into two different bowls so that you can add the food colouring. Colour your one bowl of scrub pink and the other one yellow to give it those fresh lemonade colours.
Once you’re happy with the colours of your scrub, it is time to scoop it into your mason jars. This is where you can get creative with the layering. If you want regular straight layers, scoop alternate colours into your jars. However, if you’d like a slanted pattern, tip the jar at an angle while scooping in your mixture and then press it down with a wooden spoon.
All you need to do now is add a ribbon and a label and your homemade raspberry lemonade body scrub is done and ready to be gifted to the right special person.
If you made this scrub, I hope it was easy (and fun) for you to make. I certainly enjoyed myself, and so I hope you did too. It’s an excellent gift for anyone who enjoys spa baths, giving themselves at-home spa treatments or simply people who enjoy using products like this. I hope that the person you give it to (if you end up doing so) loves and appreciates it.
3D hearts card
What is a homemade gift without a homemade card? Even more so, what is Valentine’s day without at least one handmade card? Do you remember how big of a deal it was to make and receive homemade Valentine’s day cards from your friends and crushes while growing up? Well, today I’d like to try and reignite that magical feeling. There is just something so satisfying about giving someone a card you’ve made yourself, and I promise they will definitely appreciate it. Cards provide a tremendous personal note to all gifts, so a handmade card just doubles the brownie points for making it personal. So, here is a fun and easy 3D card that you can make. It can either be a craft project for kids or simply a fun project for you to make for your friends or partner. Just a heads up though, this card doesn’t involve any glitter but feel free to add as much as you like if you decide the card needs a little more sparkle.
The supplies you’ll need for this card:
- White A4 card
- Different coloured card (a rainbow variety is best, but any colours can work)
- A black pen/marker
- A ruler if you’d like
First things first, take your piece of A4 white card and fold it in half. This is going to be your card that you add your 3D hearts to and write your loving words in.
Once that’s done, pick what coloured hearts you’re going to want to make. Any colours work – you could do alternating red and pink hearts, a rainbow pattern, or just use whichever colours you have available. For me, I used these rainbow colours, but all you need to know is you’ll need enough to make eight hearts.
Now that you know what colours you want, you’re going to need to cut your paper strips. For each colour, cut a 2cm wide strip of the short side of the paper (I.e. the horizontal side of the paper, or the ‘A5-sized’ side). Your strips should end up looking like this:
Now comes the fun part – making the hearts! The first step to making your hearts is to fold your strip in half, to form the base of the heart.
Then, fold the two ends into each other so that they meet curved and in the middle. If it curves right, it should look like a heart. Then, glue one end of the strip and stick the two ends together so that your heart stays intact.
Now, repeat this process with all of your strips. You should end up with eight colourful little paper hearts. Like so:
The hard part is over. All that is left to do is stick your hearts down on your white card in a circular shape to complete your craft. Once you’re done, the hearts will be in a round, flower-like shape, leaving you a small space in the middle to write a little note. As soon as that’s done the only thing left is to write your message into the card, and your homemade 3D hearts card is done. Wasn’t that easy?
So, I hope that you all enjoyed reading (and hopefully trying out these crafts) as much as I enjoyed making them. I forgot how much I enjoyed doing small craft projects like this, and now I am happier than ever that I decided to do them. If you made these crafts, I hope that they prove to be successful gifts for whoever you plan to give them to, even though with the amount of care you’ve put into them I am sure they will be a huge hit. If you tried the crafts out, please let me know how they went in the comments section, or send pictures! I would love to find out how it went for you. Other than that, please don’t forget to hit that little like button if you enjoyed today’s crafty blog and subscribe so that you don’t miss out on future blog posts. (P.S. Let me know in the comments if you want me to do any other craft tutorials on the blog) I wish all of you happy crafting this weekend!
Lots of love
Blondey on a Mission xxx