Patio Umbrella Table Planter/Centerpiece

Love accessorizing the patio with flowers? me too! This repurposed bundt/coffee cake pan works perfectly for the center of our patio table. 

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

Materials:

  • bundt cake pan (be sure the center hole can accommodate your umbrella). I used this coffee cake pan (affiliate link).
  • RustOleum spray paint
  • FrogTape
  • flowers, plants or succulents and potting soil

patio umbrella table centerpiece planter tutorial @diyshowoff

The tutorial is pretty self explanatory:  I simply gave the outside a coat of spray paint, taped off and painted some stripes for a fun look. I also poked holes into the bottom of the pan to allow for drainage. Then simply added some flowers. 

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff Line the planter up with the hole in the table, insert umbrella through the center of the bundt pan.  patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

Since our patio is right off the kitchen, we spend a lot of time dining, entertaining or just relaxing outside when the weather cooperates. How about you? 

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

DIY {club foot} Brace Cover

Sweet grand baby boy was born with club feet and after months of casting then surgery, he graduated to special shoes and a bar.

Before…

DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff

And sometimes that bar conks him on the head. Ouch. So I made up a little cushion/cover and wanted to share here for others who may be searching to cover their baby’s Ponseti bar.

DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials I used:

  • pipe insulation
  • fabric
  • Velcro one wrap

DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff

What I did:

I cut a piece of pipe insulation to fit the brace between the shoes (6 inches). 

Next, I cut a piece of scrap fabric 8×9 inches. (It’s a snug fit so I’d suggest doing 8×11 inches instead…a little extra to tuck in.)

DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff

Then just ironed/sewed the borders. 

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I cut two pieces of the Velcro to fit around the pipe insulation snuggly. 

DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff

Assembly: Insert the brace into the pipe insulation. Wrap the fabric around the pipe insulation, tucking the ends into the open side. Secure with the Velcro. 

Optional: If you’re more of a sewing expert than me, you could do snaps or sew on velcro. 

DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff

Now, the brace has a bit of cushioning. If there was only a way to cushion those hard soled shoes.

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Ps. Yes, his shoes are on backwards. Doctors orders, part of the treatment. Isn’t he the cutest?

DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff

DIY Vinyl Iron on Decal

My monthly project for Happy Crafters is all about iron on vinyl, my favorite being the gold vinyl where I can quickly add a little bling to a plain t-shirt, tote back, pillow covers, onesies, etc. 

gold metallic iron on vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Materials:

Tutorial:

Use Silhouette Design Studio software to create a design of text with a quote. 

gold metallic iron on vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Resize text the text box and font to fit the front of your t-shirt. 

*Important! Right click and “flip horizontally” so that the text is a mirror image/backwards.

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Load sheet of vinyl iron on into the machine shiny/color side facing down. 

gold metallic iron on vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Click “send to cut” and be sure to adjust settings for cutting smooth heat transfer. I found that I needed to up the blade 2 more than recommended to get through the vinyl (awesome quality stuff!) so you may want to do a small text cut. 

gold metallic iron on vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Click “cut”. Once cutting is complete, remove vinyl from machine. 

Trim away excess vinyl. I like to have about an inch border around my text.

Weed away the negative part of the design (leaving text on the tacky clear transfer sheet). 

gold metallic iron on vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Place iron on sticky side down onto t-shirt.

gold metallic iron on vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Iron according to paper instructions included with the vinyl iron on material with a cotton cloth over the transparent plastic. 

gold metallic iron on vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Carefully peel away clear transfer sheet. If vinyl iron on design hasn’t transferred, replace transparent sheet and re-iron/try again. 

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That’s it! This metallic gold foil has a mirror quality, reflections in the decal. So cool!

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. I love the products and the prices are affordable. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for great prices, products and inspiration for your next project. 

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Celebrate America Partyscape

  Celebrations Challenge #MichaelsMakers

It’s not often I’m way ahead of the game but when I am, it’s by more than three months. haha! As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, my final assignment came with a “Celebrate America” theme from the Celebrations campaign. Due in April. Yes, quite a bit early and especially since photos were actually due in March while there was still snow on the patio but it wouldn’t be a “challenge” otherwise, right? I had a blast decorating our dresser turned kitchen island in red, white & blue for a festive party. And hey, I’m happy to celebrate America any time of the year.  

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Decoupaged USA letters

Supplies: Shop Home Decor and Floral at Michaels

  • wooden letters U, S, A
  • decoupage
  • red, white, blue designed scrapbook paper

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What I did: Trace letters onto scrap book paper. Cut out scrap book paper shapes. Apply decoupage to wooden letter (works like a glue). Carefully line up scrapbook paper. Apply another layer of decoupage over top of the scrapbook paper to seal. Let dry and display. 

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Add a few red, white and blue doilies to a burlap table runner for an inspired ‘firework’s look.

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Red, white and blue straws and red and white polka dot cupcake liners add to the patriotic color theme. There are little American flags near the cash register. Add a red/blue topper to the cupcakes (I found red and blue keys). 

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Red, white and blue star & mesh banner

Supplies:

  • red, burlap, blue wide mesh ribbon
  • star wire garland
  • twine or yarn

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Tutorial:

  1. Cut a piece of twine the length you’d like your banner to be. Tie loops on the ends for hanging.
  2. Cut pieces of mesh to tie onto the twine. 
  3. Secure mesh with snips of star wire garland.
  4. Thread onto twine. 
  5. Repeat until your banner is full. Fluff and display.

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

Time to Celebrate! 

red white and blue decorative accents @diyshowoff @michaelsmakers

See more Celebrations posts from these Michaels Maker’s friends starting today at 11 a.m. EST:

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Michaels is celebrating every occasion this summer with gifts for Moms, Dads and teachers, and parties to celebrate birthdays, graduation, and the 4th of July!

·         As a toast to the last Michaels Makers post of the season, we created gifts, baked treats and threw parties for each of the six holidays this summer.

·         It’s never too early to get started on your next party or celebration – Michaels.com has more project ideas and instructions for you and your kids to make this year – check out projects for Mother’s Day Father’s Daygraduationbirthday and even summer. Let’s celebrate!   

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Disclaimer: As a member of the Michael’s Makers blog team, I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this craft challenge. 

Tea Cup Candle Sconce Bird Feeder Tutorial

Like to attract bird’s to the backyard? Me too. Well…away from the patio where I enjoy sipping tea and starting my day with devotions. 

The next time you’re at the thrift store, pick up an old candle sconce, tea cup and saucer to create a cute little bird feeder. 

DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used: 

  • candle sconce
  • tea cup & saucer
  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover x2 (satin aqua)
  • sanding block
  • damp rag
  • E600 glue
  • clamp tape 
What I did:
 
Lightly sand and clean candle sconce. Apply light even coats of spray paint and let dry. 
Using glue, attach saucer and tea cup to candle sconce (saucer first then tea cup after the saucer has dried).
This is the first time I’ve used clamp tape. LOVE it! Worked really well to keep the pieces together while glue dried. 
Let dry according to glue package instructions. 
 
Hang, fill with bird seed and enjoy!
Pretty outdoor decor too. DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff
 
I haven’t noticed if the birds are enjoying it yet. The food disappeared but it may just happen to be feeding the squirrels. lol  DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff

Painted Chalkboard Labels

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

Our guest bathroom has some bins for keeping things stocked and organized. I know what’s in them, however guests have no idea. So I grabbed:

  • the bins from the shelf in the guest bathroom
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • chalkboard paint
  • foam paint brush

Here’s what I did:

Using my FrogTape, I taped off rectangles onto the front of the bins…. 

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

I burnished the edges of the tape with my thumbnail…

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

and gave each rectangle label area two coats of chalkboard paint.

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While the paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape to reveal crisp clean paint lines! I let the paint dry. 

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I labeled the bins using a chalkboard marker.

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Now toiletries, first aid supplies and extras can be easily spotted. 

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff #FrogTape

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Spring DIY Projects

Gathering up a couple year’s worth of spring DIY ideas from DIYShowOff to share with you today. I love springtime! Bring on the warmer longer days! Now if only the weather would cooperate.

Spring DIY ideas @diyshowoff

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spring bloom pillow cover tutorial

Spring Pillow Cover at diyshowoff.com

Springtime in Paris decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

spring twig centerpiece spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

spring mantel decorating spring mantel @DIYShowOff spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring vignette chocolate-easter-vignette

spring is in the air canvas DIY-spring-sign

LOVE spring diy styrofoam wall art

easy Easter basket liner DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff

Easter succulent garden Easter succulent garden - diyshowoff.com

mismatched basket collection how to make an easter basket collection at diyshowoff.com

paper mache Easter egg craft dip-dyed-painted-paper-mache-easter-eggs

Pottery Barn inspired Happy Easter eggs pottery-barn-inspired-easter-eggs easter.pb4

faux chocolate bar and bunnies how to make a faux chocolate bar sign, Easter decor

snuggle bunny hot/cold packs Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

 

Do you have something spring DIY related to share? Link it up in this week’s That DIY Party. Show off your DIY! 

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DIY Spring Centerpiece

Spring is in the air! Add a touch of spring to your home indoors too with this quick spring-inspired project. 

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff  

I’ve been working on some products for Rust-Oleum (spring = welcome back spray painting season!!!) and wanted to share this with you too. I couldn’t have you thinking I’d abandoned the blog. I’m still here, still working. No worries. 

If you’re crafty and enjoy DIY, you likely have a can of Rust-Oleum already in your supply stash. Grab a branch or twig from the yard and get all spray paint happy with it. 

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

I used Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover x2 (color/finish = seaside/gloss).

Once it’s dry, clip on a faux bird and settle a nest in the branches (hot glue if you’d like a little more security) and voila! A spring centerpiece in the time it takes for spray paint to dry. 

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

Wishing you a weekend filled with spring happiness! 

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

Easy DIY Personalized Easter Basket Liner

Happy Spring! With a new grand-baby in the family, I can’t help but get all giddy about making up an Easter basket this year. As you know, I love to personalize gifts and with just a t-shirt and a DIY iron-on vinyl, this liner is super easy to make! 

DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used:

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

What you’ll need: sewing machine, scissors, straight edge, computer/vinyl cutter, iron. 

What I did:

Lay inside out t-shirt flat and using a straight edge, draw a line beneath the t-shirt arms. This is the sewing guide…simply a straight line. 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Sew along the line. 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Then cut straight across above the sewn line (right below the armpits of the t-shirt). 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Flip right side out. 

Place the seam inside of the basket and fold the edges of the t-shirt over the basket to create a liner. Measure how much room you have horizontally and vertically to get an idea of your iron on design’s size. I kept mine under 2″ high by 7″ wide. 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Using the Silhouette Design Studio software, I created a graphic with name and a cute little bunny shape. 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

You’ll need to mirror the text and image by right clicking and selecting “flip horizontally”. 

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Double check the size. (One sheet of iron-on vinyl is going to make a LOT of decals!) 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Load vinyl into the machine shiny side down. The shiny side is actually the transparent cover. Vinyl is the matte side (facing up). 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Send the design to ‘cut’. Adjust setting for heat transfer material and “cut”.

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

When cutting is complete, remove vinyl from machine. Trim to a manageable size. 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Weed away the excess vinyl. The decal will show a backwards design on the transparency. 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Smooth out the t-shirt liner with the open end facing you. Place the iron on decal towards the bottom, centered. 

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Cover with a cotton cloth (or the scrap t-shirt material) and iron according to instructions that came with the iron on vinyl.

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Carefully remove the transparency film. 

personalized Easter basket liner @diyshowoff

Line the Easter basket and fill. Easy, right? Cute too! 

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It’s actually a pretty easy DIY project for any time of the year, any basket or to personalize a gift basket for any occasion.

DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff

 

More Easter DIY ideas

DIY warm cool aromatherapy snuggle bunnies @diyshowoff #essentialoils dip-dyed-easter-egg-tutorial DIYShowOff Easer succulent garden

 

 

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. I love the products and the prices are affordable. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for great prices, products and inspiration for your next project. 

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My Essential Oils Journey

I know. I know. I’m sure you’ve heard about essential oils since there is a big buzz about them every where you turn right now. I remember how that felt…annoying. But then something changed. I thought I’d share a little about how I was introduced.

Last year when I was feeling helpless about my family’s health (some of you often ask about my sister and mom and aunt … and they are doing well, all finished with treatment. My sister is still suffering from some of the effects and has bad days but she’s hanging in there). I want her to feel 100%. Thank you for your prayers! At a time when I was praying for my family, I was introduced to Young Living. Now I’m still armed with prayer first and foremost and although there hasn’t been a need for me personally in the past year, I’d still consider modern medicine (I’m not completely ruling that out for us…yet),  but I do feel like YL essential oils were an answer to my prayers. The timing was perfect. I no longer feel so helpless. I’m on a mission to share because I want the same for others. 

My sister 5 mos. post chemo and my cute nephew..her hair is growing back so pretty! Love these two!

Why essential oils? Sure. I knew that most of the products in our home had toxins but we never had a family history of anything serious. They’re approved for sale and use, so what’s the big deal? The respiratory problems I felt when cleaning the bathroom and breathing in cleaners…they disappeared later in the day. The foods we ate…everyone eats, so no big deal, right? The over the counter options…side effects but relief, right? Not quite. When the past three years revealed serious health issues to someone new in my family every single year, it became evident that our environment and what we were consuming are harming us, poisoning us, taking away the good health we were taking for granted. I don’t want this year or any year to be my turn. I don’t want health scares for anyone. Sometimes the little choices we make on a daily basis do have long term consequences. And I don’t want that day to ever arrive and me thinking I wish I would have made changes years ago. Being pro-active started the day someone told me about Young Living and it’s my wish that this blog post serves the same purpose for you, the desire to embrace wellness and take a step that could potentially inspire a stronger you, a happy family and a healthier life-style. 

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I have a very close-knit family and my wish is for every single one of these faces to live a healthy, happy life!

We’re using essential oils every day and I feel so passionate about sharing with others. To have these on hand is so empowering. There are hundreds of benefits. They’re not just for making your home smell pretty. They’re about embracing wellness, promoting a healthy home and lifestyle. Now we grab an essential oil for minor first aid. Now we’re proactive about boosting our immune system, about maintaining a healthy body and mind, about feeling better and happier, about eliminating the harmful chemicals. I find it interesting that I used to accept and willingly take and use products that had bad long term side effects because they were endorsed on tv (even with disclaimers about the bad stuff!), by those who I felt were appointed to make our well being the priority (turns out I was wrong) or by a professional without a second thought but I’d roll my eyes and get all skeptical when someone brought up natural God-made options. What was I thinking?! 

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The Premium Starter Kit comes with 11 bottles of essential oils (Peppermint, Thieves, Lemon, Purification, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender, Stress Away, Citrus Fresh, Frankincense, Joy and PanAway), extra samples and a $75 diffuser. Throw in the monthly promotional gifts that come directly from me and you’re paying $150 for a package valued well over $300. You pay HALF that! There’s never any obligation to order more or do anything else. It’s an awesome way to give them a good fair try.

Still feel like too much? It’s worth saving for, it’s worth the investment! Think of how much we spend on beauty products, candles, air fresheners, perfumes, gifts, cleaning supplies, over-the-counter options. I used to purchase a perfume that cost $75 for 3 oz., candles that went for over $20 a jar, over $20 when I felt I was coming down with something from the drugstore. I’d hit the dollar store for cleaning supplies. But expensive or cheap, are any of those really worth the effects of chemicals? 

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A new grandson…more reason to make healthier choices. I want to be around to see this cutie grow as well as encourage smart decisions, good judgement and a healthy lifestyle.

Feel overwhelmed by information? The best way to understand is to get started. It does get easier, I promise. So how are some ways I’m using them every single day? Equipped with an Essential Oil Pocket Reference, I’m learning to reach for an essential oil first! The Premium Starter kit is the best way to test the oils, to experience an oily lifestyle. 

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  • I diffuse morning, afternoon and evening. I choose an essential oil that fits our routine. Something happy/clean in the morning (Purification or lemon), something to energizing (En-R-Gee) in the afternoon, something relaxing in the evenings (Lavender). It’s fun making up blends too. I love that I control the strength and the diffuser is amazing. You can see it working the minute you press the start button!
  • I apply Thieves to our feet if we feel we’ve been exposed to or are coming down with something. We add Thieves, lemon and honey to hot water for scratchy throats. We diffuse it if the baby is coming over to purify the air. 
  • I drink an ounce of Ningxia Red every day (so yummy) to promote a healthy immune system. If I forget it, I notice it so I know it’s working to give me energy too. 
  • My husband applies cedarwood every evening for a good night’s rest (I’ve heard it works for hair regrowth too)! Sometimes he’ll swap it out for Valerian, Rutavala, Lavender, Peace & Calming.
  • I’ve made up my own perfume using jojoba oil with grapefruit, jasmine and ylang ylang…and get so many compliments!
  • I whipped up a batch for something that works for my occasional anxiety…that alone is worth every penny to me. Courage!
  • When a certain someone is noisily ‘sawing logs’ in the bed next to me, an application of Valor or Thyme takes away the disruptive zzzzzz. 
  • I clean my counters, bathroom, mirrors, windows, glass top table, appliances and spot clean or bamboo floors with Thieves household cleaner. 
  • Deep Relief for when I feel like I’ve been hit by a train. 
  • Thieves toothpaste (stop the fluoride!) and a drop of orange essential oil for whitening.
  • Thieves hand sanitizer is a must have!
  • My husband loves Sulfurzyme for his creaky knees and fingers. 
  • Thieves or peppermint in the dog’s water for stinky breath.
  • Peace & Calming stops an excessively barking, hyper dog (some children too).
  • Lavender with coconut oil for baby for soothing diaper area and scaly skin/head and after bath/before bed. 
  • DiGize for promoting healthy digestion…I use this a lot. It works!
  • Lavender on my thumb where it meets my wrist when I touched a hot oven. A bit of a sting at first then just like it never happened. No scab or scar.
  • Making up handmade gifts such as bath salts, sugar scrubs, lotions, rubs, etc. 
  • Adding them to our recipes. 
Young Living essential oil obsessed @diyshowoff

Essential Oil Obsessed: Many of the essential oils shown were free…either as a part of the awesome monthly promotion at Young Living or as a part of the Essential Rewards program.

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Valor: An ‘anxious’ girl’s best friend.

And that’s just a few of the ways we’re using them. 

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The business opportunity:  It’s never required but as a wholesale distributor, the opportunity is there. And as I use essential oils, as I see how they’re benefitting those I love, I actually feel guilty if I don’t share. I want others to feel better, to make healthy choices. When I first brought essential oils into our home, it was not my intention to take advantage of the business opportunity at all. I mean really. Who’s ever interested in pursuing a career in network marketing? No one that I know. In this case, it happens naturally. When I started sharing how they’re working for me, it just happened. Others wanted them too. It’s as simple as sharing your member# with others and showing them how to get essential oils for themselves. We all share our favorite book, movie, restaurant and this is so much more important that it’s hard to keep quiet. Not to mention, the opportunity is there. How we’re feeling is always a topic of discussion. And before I knew it, I began to get paychecks that pay for my essential oils, paychecks that support my blog. What an unexpected blessing! Who couldn’t use a little extra cash? Once you see the potential, your goals and dreams change. What felt out of reach is now a real possibility. And as apart of the Oily Family team, you’ll have access to a ton of resources. You’re not left to fend for yourself. Bonus! Being a blogger isn’t necessary – spreading the oily love is as easy as sharing with the people around you. However, if you are a blogger well then, you’d be joining one awesome rock star team! Either way, we’d love to welcome you to our Oily Family!

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If this is something you’re interested in for yourself, for your kids, for your family, I’d love for you to join the DIYShowOff and Oily Families team. You’re welcome to contact me anytime with questions. There’s no need to embark on an essential oils journey all alone, to have essential oils that sit in a box unused. Simply go HERE to get your Premium Starter Kit today. Once I receive notification that you’ve ordered the Premium Starter Kit, your extra goodies from me will be in the mail and on their way! You’ll have an entire team for support, guidance and resources. I hope you’ll join me in starting a life-changing healthy journey! xo  

Here are some blog posts with helpful recipes and ideas: 

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

 *Not located in the US? No problem! See if YL is available in your country here. The offer above is available to new members located in the USA only, however, I’ll create a separate comparable alternative “Embracing Wellness bundle” of extras for those located outside the US.  

DIY aromatherapy heat/cold {rice} packs: Snuggle Bunnies

Who likes a little extra comfort with some warmth when cold, cooling off when hot and relaxing/calming essential oils to promote a good night’s sleep!? Don’t we all? 

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Only a few more weeks ’til Easter. (And we host our family’s dinner/get-together which is why you haven’t seen any major DIY projects in the works…no creating a bigger mess until post-Easter around here). But…enjoy some smaller fun projects in the meantime.

Looking for a (useful and handmade) gift idea? I like to give my nieces and nephews candy-free gifts. Since I’m so in love with essential oils, I think these cute lil’ snuggle bunny heat/cold packs are a nice gift idea. Perfectly soothing. Also a cute idea for essential oil class/party door prizes too. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

What I used: (*includes some affiliate links)

  • fabric – I purchased something similar to this (makes 15 bunnies)

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Tools: printer, scissors, sewing machine/thread, straight pins, screwdriver

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

What I did:

Iron fabric. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Download and print the bunny pattern on card stock. Cut out pattern.

Snuggle Bunny Pattern @diyshowoff

free printable Snuggle Bunny Pattern download

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Trace pattern on wrong side of doubled fabric. Pin fabric pieces together and cut out bunny shape.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Sew all sides (I sewed as close to the raw edge as I could get and capturing both pieces – front/back – of fabric). Leave the bottom open.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Turn right side out (a screwdriver comes in handy for the ears – don’t poke too hard). 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Iron. Fold in bottom raw edges and iron. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Fill with rice. You’ll want it to be a bit floppy, not super packed full. 

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Sew opening shut.

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Add a ribbon bow, attach instructions inside a gift card and a sample of soothing/relaxing essential oil (Recommendations: Young Living Peace & Calming, lavender, Valor or Gentle Baby).

Snuggle Bunnies DIY heat and cold rice packs with calming essential oils @diyshowoff

Print usage instructions: (download printable)

printable Snuggle Bunny Directions @diyshowoff

free download: printable Snuggle Bunny Directions

Cute, handmade hot or cold aromatherapy snuggle bunnies to promote a good night’s rest.

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Springtime in Paris vignette {Enter to win a trip to Paris!}

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I sure wish it was springtime in western PA but until that day arrives (hopefully sometime in the very near future), I’m enjoying the Michael’s Makers March challenge: “Springtime in Paris”. I paired pretty French script pillows with a pretty DIY springtime arrangement in a decoupaged French script vase with matching frame to bring a little “Springtime in Paris” to our home. 

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decoupaged tin vase and floral arrangement

Supplies:

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  • tin vase
  • decoupage
  • French printed tissue paper
  • foam paint brush

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How to:

Working in sections. Brush on a coat of decoupage.

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Due to the shape of my tin vase, I applied strips of tissue paper in layers.

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Apply one strip to the wet decoupage, smoothing out the wrinkles (carefully to avoid tearing the tissue paper) then move on to the next section and repeat.   decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

Once the entire vase is covered, brush on another coat of decoupage. You can repeat and add more decoupage layers if you want. The more layers, the better protection. 

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Let dry. The metallic sheen shines through. Love that happy surprise!

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Now arrange your favorite spring time florals. I love this collection of faux teals, oranges and purples with greenery.

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Gorgeous! Spring is right around the corner!

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I added a bit of tissue paper and French language flash card to a frame {le jardin = garden}, some things from around the house and pillows (also available at Michael’s) to complete my Springtime in Paris vignette. 

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See more Springtime in Paris inspiration from these sweet blog friends:



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·       Now it’s your turn!  That’s right, you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to Paris too. How? By creating your own Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and uploading a photo to www.paris.michaels.com through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest

·       What do you win? A four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more!

·       If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Michael’s Makers blog team, I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this craft challenge. 

DIY Denim Tic Tac Toe Game

Michael’s has a new collection of craft products called Make Market and this month’s challenge includes the denim trend, a collection of fun denim supplies.

denim trend challenge #michaelsmakers denim tic tac toe display at Michaels

I made up a cute denim tic tac toe game with carrying case. It fits easily on a book shelf and makes for a great gift. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What I used: 

  • 12 x 12 stretched denim canvas
  • 12 x 12 denim panel
  • denim ribbon
  • fabric glue
  • adhesive velcro
  • 5-6 wood button cutouts
  • 5-6 wood heart cutouts
  • acrylic craft paint
  • two denim pockets

denim tic tac toe game supplies

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What I did:

1. I painted the wood pieces and set them aside to dry. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

2. Next I applied the denim ribbon to the denim panel with fabric glue to create a tic tac toe board. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Then I used the adhesive velcro on the back of a stretched denim canvas and the denim panel to create a ‘case’ for game pieces. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

4. Two denim pockets also hold each player’s game pieces. I’m thinking an inexpensive drawer handle for carrying on one side would work perfectly too.

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Wasn’t that easy? Store game pieces inside the denim ‘box’. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Portable for easy carrying and fun!

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

See more denim ideas from these Michael’s Makers bloggers: 


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Michaels has named denim the craft trend of 2015! Denim has always been a wardrobe staple and now it’s emerging in crafts and home décor.

If you’re looking for some spring project inspiration, take a look at Michaels’ new Make Market line for DIY project and home décor ideas – all made with simple, on-trend surfaces and textures like chalk, denim, galvanized, burlap and cork.

Michaels Makers readers are getting the inside scoop on an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris. Check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Michael’s Makers blog team, I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this craft challenge. 

Happy Valentine’s Day baby photo and club feet update

Happy Valentine’s Day! One thing this new grandma can’t get enough of is this cute little love bug and a chance to whip out the camera for some photography practice. I’m not a professional photographer but I do enjoy pretending to be one. As a home/DIY blogger, I’m used to taking photos of before/after spaces and tutorial steps. A moving model is a lot more challenging but a lot of fun! I call this one “Cupid’s Aaro” and of course he’s covered in grandma kisses.  Valentine's Day baby photo 2015 @diyshowoff #clubfeet

DIY cast covers: The casts had gotten a little worn and dirty looking. He does have some cute leg warmers but for this photo, I just snipped off the toes of festive dollar store socks (adult sized) and tucked in the raw edge. Perfect fit.

Update: He is now two months old and doing well! He loves to ‘talk’ and is always smiling. Thanks for the prayers! The plaster casts from his surgery were finally removed after three weeks earlier this week. He wasn’t phased one bit by the extra heavy weight from top of thighs to little tiny toes but he was temporarily horribly traumatized by the saw.  Measurements were taken and he’s now wearing temporary shoes and bar until his custom ones arrive. He’ll wear them for 23 hours a day. 

club feet shoes & braces @diyshowoff

His feet are a little peel-y from being in casts for months so my daughter is applying a V6/lavender essential oil blend with success. And he’s able to finally bend his knees for the first time since he was born, lots of kicking and fascination with feet during that one hour a day without shoes. 

Happy Valentine's Day 2015 from @diyshowoff

And…I just want you to know that you are loved. Your comments, your support, your encouragement, your kindness, every time we interact, I’m smiling. I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with lots of love, kisses and good health. 

Striped DIY “Love You More” Sign

I like to incorporate a little Valentine’s vibe into my decor this time of year but I prefer to have decorative accents that can withstand longer time frame. Creating a “love” themed vignette works year round and this striped scrap wood sign is the perfect focal point. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com  

Materials I used:

  • scrap wood for canvas
  • paint
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • vinyl decals

What I did:

Sand edges and clean scrap wood canvas. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

Paint base color and let dry. I did two coats. 

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Use FrogTape to create stripes. I started with a center stripe and worked my way out. Just eyeball it. Use a small piece of FrogTape for spacing. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

Burnish the edges of the FrogTape using a thumbnail or credit card. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

Paint stripes. I did two coats. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

While second coat of paint is still wet, remove FrogTape. Let paint dry. 

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I added DIY vinyl decals. Other options include a print/rub technique (print out wording, rub pencil on the back of the paper then place paper on wood sign and trace lettering) and paint or marker or stickers…get creative!

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

Now I have a “love” themed vignette perfect for Valentine’s day and a wood canvas sign that I can display all year round (cute for the nursery too)!

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Essential Oil Lotion Hearts {Embracing Wellness Series & Giveaway}

It’s the second month of the Embracing Wellness Series and giveaway – several blog friends sharing their favorite Young Living essential oils and hosting an awesome giveaway as our way of wanting to help spread the oily love. Woo hoo! More details below. 

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*This post contains some affiliate links of what I purchased on Amazon, enough supplies for several different DIY/handmade recipes.

These essential oil lotion hearts are not only a great gift idea, they’re super handy for dry skin. Winter and extra-handwashing have made my hands super dry. I love having these on display/ready to grab near the soap on our bathroom sinks and in my purse for a quick grab. Not to mention a cute gift, great {essential oil} business incentive or prize at essential oil classes/events. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Ingredients I used:

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

*I chose Valor for the one I keep in my purse. I like the benefits for easing occasional feelings of anxiety on top of soothing dry skin on the go. I also like Joy, Peace & Calming, Lavender and Sacred Mountain. One of the bonuses to DIY! YOU choose the essential oil you prefer. 

Valor: Valor® is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.

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What I did: 

I simply added the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil into a double boiler (I bought this double boiler) and melted it together over medium-high heat.

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Once completely melted and blended, remove from heat and mix in essential oil. You’ll need to move through the next step rather quickly (but you can always reheat to liquify if needed). 

I poured my mixture into a glass measuring cup to make pouring the mixture into silicone heart molds easier. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

I let them cool. It doesn’t take long. I waited a few hours just to be sure they were completely cool and formed. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Then I removed the hearts from the silicone mold. They pop out easily! Wrap for gifts or display in small labeled dish on the bathroom sink.

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff  

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Curious about more uses for essential oils? Follow the entire Healthy Living / Healthy Home series by checking out these sweet blog friends and what they’re sharing:

Catch up on even more information by visiting the January edition of Embracing Wellness here where I shared an easy lavender pillow & linen spray recipe. 

How to Make lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff wool dryer balls and essential oils @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

Valentine Mason Jars

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Being able to create your own vinyl decals makes last minute quick gifts easy. You’ll need:

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Of course you can create your own designs by just cutting things out with scissors but investing in a vinyl cutter has proven to be well worth the it. I simply created some Valentine designs and circles for mason jar lids using the Silhouette Design Studio software…

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Load vinyl into the machine pattern/shiny side up. 

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Adjust settings for vinyl and send design to cut.

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Remove vinyl from machine and weed away (remove) excess vinyl (vinyl that isn’t a part of the decals).

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Apply vinyl like stickers or use transfer paper to decorate mason jars and lids. 

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

Add ribbon or decorative tape to embellish and fill jars with candy, small gifts, homemade bath salts, etc. Instant, quick easy Valentine gifts for teachers or friends. 

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for great prices, products and inspiration for your next project. 

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14 Valentine’s Day DIY Highlights

The time of the year is always evident at each week’s That DIY Party since the creativity linked up is filled with seasonal or holiday themed DIY projects and there’s proof that Valentine’s Day is approaching. Take a look at these favorite Valentine cuties…

14 Valentine favorites from That DIY Party @diyshowoff

easy DIY hearts garland at Dwelling in Happiness

DIY hearts garland @dwellinginhappiness  

3D beaded hearts at An Extraordinary Day

3d beaded hearts @anextraordinaryday blog

 

ombre wooden heart from The Hatched Home

ombre heart @thehatchedhome

tissue paper hear wreath from It All Started with Paint

tissue paper heart wreath @itallstartedwithpaint  

LOVE wood blogs at Her Tool Belt

LOVE-wood-blocks @hertoolbelt

frozen yogurt granola hearts at Oh My – Creative

frozen yogurt hearts with granola @ohmy-creative

red velvet muddy buddies recipe at Kathe with an E

Red Velvet Muddy Buddies @kathewithane

3D valentine’s day cards at Passion Shake

3D valentines day cards @passionshake

free printable candy necklace Valentines at Five Marigolds

candy necklace valentines @fivemarigolds  

Swedish fish Valentine with free printable gift tag at The Rebel Chick

Swedish-Fish-Valentines-Crafts-with-free-Printable-Valentine @therebelchick

DIY handwarmer hearts at Haberdashery Fun

DIY heart handwarmers at haberdasheryfun

 

free printable Valentine’s Day box at Caseperlatesta

printable valentine's day box @caseperlatesta

candy free Valentines at That’s My Letter

candy free diy valentines @thatsmyletter

 

Valentine wreaths at Lovely Livings

valentine wreath @lovelylivings

More Valentine themed DIY:

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers Valentine-mantel Valentine ribbon wreath Free Valentine Printables Valentine vinyl table runner tutorial

You can link up your DIY creativity and Valentine DIY at That DIY Party for a chance to be featured and pinned.  

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

You can see more DIY and Valentine projects linked up and visit original sources from the That DIY Party pin-board.

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Personalized Baby Gift Set

I love being creative when it comes to baby gifts and personalizing a baby layette set with iron-on vinyl decals is just so easy to do!

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Supplies:

What I did:

Using my Silhouette studio designer edition software, I created a few fun decals. 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

For iron-ons, text (and some images) will need to be mirrored/flipped horizontally. Simply right click and choose “flip horizontally”. 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Load the vinyl into the machine shiny side down (the shiny side is the transparency side). 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Adjust settings for cutting heat transfer material and send to cut. Unload vinyl from the machine. (Note: I do not use a cutting mat as shown below.)

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Cut off the excess vinyl/material and weed (remove) the unwanted part of the the vinyl leaving just the decals. 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Set iron according to heat instructions provided with vinyl iron on. 

Place iron on decal, shiny side facing you (iron on isn’t sticky but the clear transparency is…sticker side down to help hold iron on in place). 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Cover with a cotton diaper cloth, burp cloth or towel and heat iron on according to instructions. 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Carefully peel away transparency (if iron on pulls up too, re-place and iron some more). 

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

Create an entire personalized baby layette gift set…

DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff DIY personalized baby layette gift set @diyshowoff

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Felted Soap Tutorial

It’s time for the monthly Michael’s Makers challenge! I’ve been wanting to/meaning to make felted soap for years and I can finally check it off my craft bucket list. But first, January is a great time of year for getting organized. I love these Recollections Memory Boxes with chalkboard labels for keeping crafting supplies organized in my craft room…

organized craft room @diyshowoff  

My craft project this month is felted soap. It’s something I usually purchase, handmade from boutiques…always for gifts but never for myself. I’ve always wanted to attempt to make my own but just never made the time to give it a try. Just one of those crafts that seemed time consuming or difficult. Boy, was I ever wrong! It’s so easy! No craft-talent required, although I bet it’s something we can acquire a skill at doing, to create some beautiful works of art maybe even too pretty to use. A fun craft to do with the kids as well.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What is felted soap? It’s like having your bar of soap wrapped in a felt washcloth. It lengthens the number of uses of a bar of soap and there’s lots of lather! It’s also pretty…you decide on colors or designs to coordinate with your bathroom decor, seasons or holidays, etc. You choose the soap brand or scent or even make your own.  

Materials I used: Shop Michaels Online

  • bar of soap (I made 3 this time around: lavender, peppermint and even an activated charcoal soap.)
  • wool roving
  • nylon stocking (cut to fit over soap with room to tie opening)
  • water, paper towels, drying rack
  • optional: felt appliqué and felting needle tool

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Do a search for felted soap tutorials. There are a lot of different ways to go about this. This is what I did:

1. I wrapped the bar of soap with a piece of wool roving in the long direction around a bar of soap, as tight as I could get it to stay. I left a little overlap on the edges/corners. I used a thin sheet of roving and kept the overlapping the pieces on the back to a minimum.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

2. I then wrapped wool roving the other direction. I tucked in the overlap on the corners from the first piece of wool roving placed. 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Optional: add thin strands of different colors. Add an appliqué using a felting needle tool. Just place and punch. I didn’t really notice that it ‘stuck’ well (I could easily pull it back off) but it did seem to grab a few fibers and that seemed to be all that was needed to keep it sort of secure and in place. Maybe I did it wrong, I’m not a felting expert. lol! 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

4. I carefully placed the wrapped bar of soap into a piece of nylon stocking. If it was the toe piece, I tied a knot in one end. When I ran out of toe/foot stocking pieces, I used the leg parts of stocking and tied both ends. This just holds everything all together and in place.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

5. In the kitchen sink, I prepared a bowl of hot water. I dipped the nylon covered soap into the hot water and started “washing my hands” with the soap. Rubbing each side of the soap, lathering. Repeating for 15 minutes. Yes, it feels like a long time standing there, but it’s not really a long time for a DIY craft project. It’s worth it. Pull up a stool or chair! Be aware of the appliqué so that it doesn’t slide around or change shape. And don’t forget to give attention to the corners and edges of the bar of soap.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

6. Next I did a rinse in cold water, lathered one more time for a minute or so then a cold rinse and squeezed to remove some of the water.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

7. I then cut away/removed the nylon stocking and patted with a dry paper towel. If it does look as if the felt is not adhered well, repeat steps 5 and 6…without the nylon. 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

8. Set aside to dry overnight (I put mine on a rack with paper towels underneath). 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

It’s addicting…

How to Make Felted Soap @diyshowoff.com #michaelsmakers How to Make Felted Soap @diyshowoff.com #michaelsmakers

I want to make more, try more detailed designs! Maybe add a few drops of essential oil. Open my own shop! Okay, I wouldn’t go quite that far. But, I even made up a felted soap-on-a-rope by tying on wool yarn before felting (then simply decorated it by adding some wool yarn stripes). 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What do you think? Something you want to try? Looking for more fun craft ideas? Check out these January projects from the Michael’s Makers team:

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Haven’t decided what project you’re going to kick off 2015 with? Stop by Michaels’ blog  The Glue String  for inspiration from all 30 of the Michaels Makers.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to clean out your closet, your office or even your bedroom, but you’re sick of the typical containers and boxes – here are some cool and creative DIY storage ideas that might help!

For those of us that just need a place to store our craft materials and organize our scrapbook paper, paint, markers and yarn, you must check out these nifty craft storage systems.

JOY vinyl covered wood blocks tutorial

JOY vinyl covered wood blocks

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

What you’ll need: a vinyl cutter (or cut vinyl out by hand using scissors)

Happy Face Pattern Adhesive Vinyl - Holiday 8 Pack

Tutorial:

Using the Silhouette Studio Designer software, create individual designs…I created one for wrapping each block (measure and add up all side of each block for width and the height of block), three individual rectangles for the top of each block. Then the letters J – O – Y (be sure to create a size that will fit nicely on the front of each block). 

JOY vinyl design

For wrapping each block, I used the striped vinyl and the patterned vinyl for lettering. 

For each design, load vinyl into the machine pattern side facing up. 

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Send design to cut. Adjust settings for cutting vinyl. Cut. 

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Unload vinyl.

Peel away vinyl (like stickers) and apply vinyl to blocks, wrapping first

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then the top rectangle…

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

followed by a letter for each block. 

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

So cute. A great gift or holiday decor.

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

 

Decorate!

JOY vinyl covered blocks tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Gift Ideas for the Cook

Mr. DIY’s favorite hobby is cooking. Yes I know how to cook but he ENJOYS cooking. So while he doesn’t get home from work until around 6 p.m. every evening (and I work from home), he still does the cooking. It’s his way of unwinding. Am who am I to stand in his way? ;) Cooking is his passion. He’s even been known to arrive home from work early when he has a new recipe he can’t wait to try. Cooking utensils, small kitchen appliances and gadgets are always great gift ideas for those who love to cook. 

gifts for the chef @diyshowoff

Gifts for the cook Inspired by Macy’s cookware buying guide

  1. Garlic Rocker
  2. Fat Separator
  3. Bamboo Steamer
  4. Round Ravioli Stamp
  5. Asparagus Pot
  6. Adjustable Potato Ricer
  7. Nonstick Ebelskiver Pan
  8. Food Mill
  9. Nonstick Grill Basket

And yes, I have lots of photos in my files for sharing his recipes. It’s getting him to take a moment to write them out that’s the challenge. I’ll keep on him. 

*This post is sponsored by Macy’s. As always, opinions are my own.