Cute Clothespin Magnets

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I typically face the dilemma of too many things to hang on the fridge and not enough magnets. So, I found a solution: clothes pins + nail polish + magnet = nice way to display pictures and invites!

This is what you’ll need:

  • Masking Tape or Painter’s Tape
  • Wooden Clothes PinsIMG_0746
  • Scissors
  • Nail PolishIMG_0748
  • Magnets with an Adhesive Back (small works best, but you can cut larger ones to size).
  • Craft Glue (optional – use if your magnets aren’t adhesive)  Clothespin, Magnets, Nail Polish Crafts

Here’s what to do:

  1. Cut the tape into strips or chevron patterns and adhere firmly to a clothes pin. Keep in mind, that the tape strips you  cut can be used again for your next clothsepin magnet (this will save you time cutting things out). IMG_8838
  2. Using your nail polish, paint around the tape.IMG_8840
  3. Let them dry for at least twenty minutes before removing the tape. It was hard for me to be this patient, but my patience was rewarded with straighter lines.
  4. Cut your magnet pieces to size and stick/glue them to the back of your painted pins.IMG_0768
  5. It’s ready to be on the fridge holding pictures of family or your next wedding invite!Fridge Magnets, DIY, Nail Polish as paint, Easy Crafts


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5 Minutes to Homemade Soap

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Crafting soap seems like it would be one of those tricky things with many complex steps so I never attempted it. However, with a pre-made soap base it’s super easy and will take you less than 5 minutes!

Other than the dried lavender buds (which I had leftover from my wedding), I found everything I needed on Amazon for cheap. This can also be purchased at your local craft store if you don’t want to wait for it all to ship. This is what you’ll need:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Fresh Dried Lavender Buds (optional)IMG_0084
  • Soap Base (I used Shea Butter Soap with Suspension Formula since it makes skin soft & more evenly disperses scents and colors throughout)Soap Making, Lavender, Shea Butter
  • Soap Mold (or flexible silicone bake ware/container)
  • Soap Coloring (optional, too)IMG_0060
  • Glass Measuring Cup (or any container to melt & mix in)
  • Spoon

Here’s the how to:

  1. Get all ingredients out & ready.
  2. Slice out the amount of the soap base you want to use & cut into semi-small chunks. Place the pieces in your glass measuring cup (or whatever you are using to mix/melt in).IMG_0070
  3. Put in the microwave for 40 seconds. Pull it out & stir it to see if there are still chunks. Place back in the microwave for 30 seconds or less. Pull back out, stir and check it. Continue this until it is a smooth liquid. This took me less than a minute.
  4. Mix in 1 tsp Lavender essential oil per pound of soap. I used a quarter pound (which made two smaller soap bars), so I used 1/4 tsp of the essential oil.IMG_0090
  5. For a lighter purple, stir in 6 drops of soap coloring per quarter pound. For a deeper color, add more.
  6. Mix in several pinches (roughly 1-2 tablespoons) of dried lavender buds. Stir.
  7. Now, pour into your molds! I specifically bought soap molds for this, but if you have silicone bake ware (that the soap could easily pop out from) that works, too.IMG_0104
  8. Let the soap cool in it’s mold at room temperature for at least 45 minutes. Then, gently push with consistent pressure to release it from the mold.

Voila! You have soap!

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Now that you know how easy it is, try making different kinds with complimentary mix-ins. For example, try vanilla bean soap with coffee grounds, peppermint soap with real mint leaves, or lemongrass scented soap with a citrus zest. Have fun!


2 Ingredient Wax Melts

Hearts, Wax Melts, Wax warmer

Heart shaped for Valentine’s Day!

I love using my wax warmer! The scented wax melts make the house smell so inviting. Plus, I can let the melts harden and reuse them several times before the scent fades! Try these out in your home or pair them with a wax warmer as a fun housewarming present.

Ingredients (both are inexpensive on Amazon/at your local craft store):
1) 1 cup of Soy Wax Shavings
2) 1.5 tsp. of Essential Oil (I used Lemongrass)

Wax Melts, Soy Wax, Essential Oil, Housewarming gift

You’ll notice there is a little bottle of coloring that’s not mentioned… It didn’t go over well. It beads up in the wax and doesn’t distribute evenly. I recommend keeping the color au naturel!

Directions:
1) Put 1 heaping cup of soy wax shavings in a glass measuring cup.photo 22) Microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds. Stir.
3) Continue to microwave in 30 second intervals until wax is completely liquid. Remove & stir. Once melted, you’ll have about a half cup of liquid.
4) Mix in 1.5 tsps. of essential oil.photo 35) Pour into an ice cube tray or a small shaped mold (I use a heart shaped mold that is intended for chocolate and it makes them the perfect size).
6) Let cool at room temperature for at least 1 hour (longer if they are larger). Then, remove from the mold.photo 2-1

To keep these most fragrant, seal them in a container or bag. Have fun crafting 🙂

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