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Crafting in February~!

Marbled Valentine’s Day Playdough

Materials:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups salt
  • 3 tbsp baby oil (I normally use vegetable oil, but was out. Baby oil worked great and provided a lovely scent!)
  • 3 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • purple and pink food dye

Directions:

Whisk 1 cup water, 1 cup flour, ½ cup salt, 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp Cream of Tartar, and several drops of purple or pink dye in a saucepan. Heat the dough mixture until it forms a ball. Remove from the pan and knead well. Repeat 2 more times to make the other colors (for white, leave out the food dye). Twist the playdoughs together and roll into a ball to create a marbled effect!

Marbled Valentine's Day Playdough | Fireflies and Mud Pies
Marbled Valentine's Day Playdough | Fireflies and Mud Pies

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Make It Yourself-Heart Shaped Bath Bombs

To make your own Love Potion homemade bath bombs, you will need the following supplies.

  • Baking Soda
  • Citric Acid
  • Fine Epsom Salts
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Love Potion Essential Oil
  • red food coloring
  • Witch hazel
  • Mesh strainer
  • Spray bottle
  • Silicone heart mold
  • plastic gloves

Place a mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour in 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid and 1/4 cup of fine epsom salts. Sift to remove any lumps.

If you’re unable to find fine epsom salt, put it in a food processor or blender and pulse until fine.

Stir baking soda, citric acid and epsom salts until well blended, making sure there are no lumps.

Next, slowly add 1/2 Tablespoon of jojoba oil to the dry mixture. Add 10 drops of Love Potion essential oil and 1-2 drops of food coloring.

Wearing plastic gloves, mix the oils and food coloring through the dry mixture, until it is well incorporated and pink.

Once mixture is blended, slowly add witch hazel, one spritz at a time, until the bath bomb mixture sticks together when squeezed.

You’ll need about 8 to 10 spritzes of witch hazel to get the right consistency. The mixture should not be crumbly. It should stick together when squeezed, but you don’t want it too wet or it may begin to fizz.

Pack the slightly damp mixture tightly into the heart shape molds. Be sure to pack the mixture well, fitting in as much as possible into each mold. (This recipe should make 5 to 6 heart-shaped bath bombs.)

Allow to dry for several hours, or ideally overnight, then remove the homemade bath bombs from the molds.

They should be very hard when you remove them from the molds. Wrap bath bombs tightly in plastic wrap and store in a cool, dry place, away from any moisture.

If you want to make larger bath bombs, you may want to use these heart-shaped silicon cupcake baking cups.

If you run into any issues when making your bath bombs, definitely check out the Bath Bomb Questions & Answers post on Soap Queen. That really helped me anticipate and prevent any problems.

Mix up these sensual scented homemade bath bombs for Valentine's Day. Drop one in the bath for a luxurious soak that will leave your skin moisturized and fragrant. #CelebrationsOfHome

I also made these bath bombs in sweet orange and vanilla scents.

For the sweet orange bath bombs, I followed the same recipe, but substituted Sweet Orange essential oil for the Love Potion, and colored them with a drop each of orange and yellow food coloring. You may switch out the regular jojoba oil for use vanilla-infused jojoba oil to add more depth of fragrance. You could also use a few drops of vanilla absolute or vanilla oleoresin, in combination with the sweet orange essential oil. But keep in mind that this will leave brown flecks in your homemade bath bombs.

For the white vanilla-scented heart bath bombs, I substituted 1/2 Tablespoon of vanilla perfumed oil from The Body Shop for the jojoba oil. (The oil I used isn’t available anymore, but it is similar to this vanilla body oil.) I didn’t add any more essential oil scent to these bath bombs, just skipped straight ahead to spritzing the mixture with witch hazel.

Mix up these sensual scented homemade bath bombs for Valentine's Day. Drop one in the bath for a luxurious soak that will leave your skin moisturized and fragrant. #CelebrationsOfHome

My kitchen has turned into a regular bath shop lately. In addition to these homemade bath bombs, I’ve also been making some sugar scrub soaps.

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Make It Monday! Tire Chair

To create the Tyrochair, Abiskek and Bhawana designed a robust metal framework to provide maximum seating support. After cleaning and painting the tires, the couple inserted a radial-woven seat, made out nylon (for maximum bounce) and recycled nylon ropes for an eco-friendly, dense weave.

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Tyrochair has led the couple to follow their passion for upcycling discarded products and embark on other ventures. “Punahveen (revival of discarded items) – An Upcycle Café” is their newest initiative in their journey towards making the world a better place to live in. Through Punahveen, the couple has created an exquisite upcycled range of home décor, utility and lifestyle products keeping an emphasis on sound environmental practices. Their design consultancy “Welava Design” aims to offer functional and aesthetically pleasing products leveraging the upcycling process.

+ Welava Design

Designer couple upcycles neglected and worn out tires into colorful Tyrochairs

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Hanger Snowflake-DIY

This Christmas craft tutorial with pictures gives you instructions on how to make a snowflake wall art using plastic coat or clothes hangers. The hangers that we used were all store bought and can be customized to fit your style, design or color. Hope you have fun creating this super simple idea!

Coat Hanger Snowflake

What you need

For this project, you will need a total of 16 coat hangers (I have found that the kid sized (aka baby hangers) work best.)
Zip ties
Scissors

Instructions

Step 1: Start with 2 hangers and place them as pictured. This is what I will call the “basic pair”. Make sure that the hooks of ALL of the clothes hangers face the same way!

Step 2: Continue with the same pairing of clothing hangers to complete the first layer.

Step 4: 8 hangers, 4 pairs of hangers. This completes the 1st layer. Use the same base pair to begin layer 2, which is placed directly on top on the 1st layer. DO NOT zip tie your snowflake until BOTH layers are assembled.

Step 5: Align 2 hangers again to form your “base pair”. Place them on top of 2 hangers from the 1st layer, with the hooks of the hangers lining up with the bottom of the hangers in the 1st layer.

Step 6: Continue adding pairs of hangers as directed, until you have 8 hangers in layer #2 on top of your 8 hangers in layer #1. (See steps 6 and 7 for visual)

Step 7: The overall base of your snowflake is now complete, and ready for zip ties. Starting with the center, place a zip tie at each place 4 hangers meet. (See dots in picture) You should use 8 zipties for the center circle, and 8 for the outer circle. Each ziptie should hold 4 hangers

Step 8: Be sure NOT to tighten the ziptie all the way, until ALL 16 zipties have been placed. This will allow you to adjust and reposition your snowflake if needed

Step 9: Continue with inner circle 

Step 10: Now that all 8 zip ties are loosely placed in the center, begin the outer circle

Step 10b: Find the spot where 2 hooks meet 2 bottoms and loosely place a zip tie.

Step 11: Continue around outer circle until all 8 zip ties are placed, each holding 4 hangers together

Step 12: Begin slowly tightening the zipties in the center. Adjusting your snowflake as needed, try to keep the hangers in the same layer from overlapping. You want to keep your hangers as flat as possible so that your end product will lay nicely

Step 13: Once you have finished tightening the inner zipties, begin tightening the outer ones. (Notice here what was meant about the hangers in the same layer not overlapping. They are side by side rather than over lapping each other) 

Step 14: Once all 16 have been tightened, trim your zip ties

This amazing detailed tutorial was contributed by Amy L. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful Hanger craft and tutorial with us.

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Upcycled Christmas Cards

brilliant ideas to recycle old christmas cards cover

Ornaments

The first thing that comes to mind when we think of recycling cards is making ornaments of them. They can be dimensional or not and of various shapes and sizes, and everything depends on what you like and what cards you have at hand. Angels, baubles, houses, snowflakes and all the shapes that come to your mind – just try different ideas!

cards were used to make Christmas ornaments

cards were used to make Christmas ornaments

dimensional bauble ornament of Christmas cards

dimensional bauble ornament of Christmas cards

old Christmas cards turned into nice cardboard ornaments

old Christmas cards turned into nice cardboard ornaments

tinsel and old Christmas card ornaments

tinsel and old Christmas card ornaments

Christmas card glitter house can be used as an ornament or just decor

Christmas card glitter house can be used as an ornament or just decor

angel ornaments made of old Christmas cards

angel ornaments made of old Christmas cards

Gift Toppers And Cards

You can make some pieces to give them again to your friends and family: gift toppers or new cards. The idea is easy: cut out some trees of cards and place them on the gifts, or you can give your gift toppers any other shape. You can also make new Christmas cards of old ones – take some cardboard as a base and decorate the cards with various parts and cutouts of other cards. Add sparkles, rhinestones and other details to make your cards super special.

dress up plain wrapping paper with colorful trees of Christmas cards

dress up plain wrapping paper with colorful trees of Christmas cards

don't buy gift tags, just make them of cards and attach strings

don’t buy gift tags, just make them of cards and attach strings

gift tags can be made of old Christmas cards

gift tags can be made of old Christmas cards

make new cards using parts of old ones

make new cards using parts of old ones

Other Ideas

There are many more ideas to try: tabletop trees, coasters, snow globes, wreaths, banners and garlands – turn on your imagination and create something really special!

a garland made of yarn rope and old cards

a garland made of yarn rope and old cards

Christmas card banner with red banner

Christmas card banner with red banner

Christmas card shadow box

Christmas card shadow box

Christmas tree of cones made of Christmas cards

Christmas tree of cones made of Christmas cards

coasters made of old Christmas cards

coasters made of old Christmas cards

recyclable banners and garlands for Christmas

recyclable banners and garlands for Christmas

snow globe made of a plastic cup and an old card

snow globe made of a plastic cup and an old card

tabletop Christmas tree made of cards

tabletop Christmas tree made of cards

upcycled Christmas card wreath with red ribbon

upcycled Christmas card wreath with red ribbon

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DIY- Recycled Garland

Materials:

  • old books
  • glue stick
  • wire
  • scissors
  • glitter

To Make Book Page Paper Feathers:

  1. Rip a few pages out of an old book, and glue two pages together with a wire down the centre on the in-between the pages.
  2. Cut the paper into a feather shape, with the wire as the centre of the feather.
  3. Next, cut out a few notches in the feather, and then cut the feather like a fringe with narrow strips, and on a slight angle like a real feather.  The wire ensures that you can’t cut too far, and makes this step much easier than without a wire.
  4. Add some glitter to the tips of the feather, and after it dries ruffle up the fringe slightly to give the feather some dimension.
https://www.lifeisaparty.ca/2016/book-page-paper-feather-garland/

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Super easy and fun and cheap.

You need 1 1/2 c of cinnamon ( two containers of cinnamon from the dollar store)

1 c of applesauce and

1/4 c of white school glue.

Mix it up ,

roll it to about a 1/4 ” thickness ( easy between sheets of parchment or waxed paper ) and cut them out.

It takes about 3-5 days for them to completely dry – you should flip them over a couple times each day.

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