DIY Bug Spray

It’s getting to be that time of year. There are TONS of DIY insect repellant recipes using essential oils. I don’t think you can go wrong with choosing to make a homemade batch with natural ingredients over a store bought chemical version. Here is the DIY bug spray recipe I make up for my family. Mosquitoes LOVE my husband (I call him the mosquito magnet) so this is what he uses nearly every day from May through October. 

DIY bug spray recipe with Young Living essential oils @diyshowoff

Ingredients I use (I recommend Young Living essential oils): 

  • 10 drops of Purification essential oil blend
  • 10 drops of Thieves essential oil blend
  • 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
  • distilled water (or equal parts distilled water/witch hazel)
  • pinch of epsom salt
  • It’s best to use a glass spray bottle, however we use a medium sized spray bottle from the dollar store since we go through it pretty quickly. We just keep it handy near the back door or on the patio table.

What I do: add the above ingredients to the spray bottle and shake before each use. It’s pretty hard or near impossible to mess it up. No explosions if measurements are off. 

Optional: Sometimes I’ll add 5 drops of Citronella essential oil. Sometimes I’ll add Palo Santo/Lavender essential oil for tick prevention. If I’m out of distilled water, I do use regular water in a pinch until we get to the store. Prefer a cream? Mix your bug-repelling essential oils with coconut oil instead. 

Note: Low on essential oils? Try Purification + distilled water only. Or depending on my own supply, sometimes I’ll alter the recipe above and still have amazing results. Need something stronger? Add more drops. YOU control the strength. Take a look at the properties/benefits of your essential oils, play around and test/create your own special blend. Just remember that citrus oils are photo-sensitive and will break down plastics so it’s best to avoid those for this recipe. 

What I love: Overspray (well, I don’t love that part at all) but I do love that it’s chemical-free, DEET-free and if the dog or cat are nearby, they’re safe. Even my bamboo floor is safe. If I walk through overspray, I’m not gagging at the scent or trailing chemicals across the floor. I also love that since we do go through a lot of bug-repellant during the summer months and it’s something my husband is applying everyday, he’s not absorbing chemicals through his skin, but essential oils with amazing benefits. Hey, it’s one way to get those essential oils into his system! I also love that it’s safe to give the dog a spray and rub down for repelling insects this time of year too. I’ve even soaked her collar in the mixture and let it dry for a little extra protection. 

Relief from bug bites: Lavender or Purification. 

Another Note: Mosquitoes rarely bug me, ever. Guess I’m just not that tasty. Wonder why that is or what makes the difference? However, this kind of weather seems to make the flies bite and this spray seems to be working for that for me. 

Going to try: This year, I’m going to try diffusing citronella essential oil on the patio too. I will keep you posted on the results! 

One last note:  Having my Young Living essential oils on hand means we have something on hand every day for things that come up. I only use and recommend Young Living essential oils. I love the Seed to Seal Guarantee of this world leading essential oil company with a 20 year history. Love them! YOU NEED THESE! How do you get your hands on them? Get more details and an amazing deal HERE!

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Reach out with questions any time! Creating a beautiful home begins with making a safe environment. 

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

Outdoor Bistro Set Before and After

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to spruce up outdoor seating areas. The oil rubbed bronze of this bistro set matched everything nicely but it’s just so brown and tired. 

Before:

DIYShowOff Bistro Set Makeover before

Originally it was a $15 yard sale score, ivory and rusty. 

Wayyyyy before…

bistro set before @diyshowoff

Here it is better staged in our grape arbor/gazebo recycled brick patio/pathway reveal, but it gets lost…

recycled brick patio @diyshowoff

 

Here’s what I did:

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

Remove the glass top. A little sanding of the rusty spots, a good wipe down (Yes! That’s Young Living Thieves household cleaner)…

Thieves cleaner

and one can of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X in navy (don’t forget your mask)!, a day of dry time….

RustOleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2x

…then re-insert glass, top with a couple of homemade cushions and I’m loving the new pop of color.

After:

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

Much happier, isn’t it? Do you have some tired old boring outdoor furniture ready for a re-freshening? 

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. 

DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff

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.

DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff DIY {club foot} brace cover tutorial @diyshowoff

 

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.

gold metallic iron on vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters gold metallic iron on vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

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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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.

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

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

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

I labeled the bins using a chalkboard marker.

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

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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

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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

 

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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! 

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

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

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Striped Gallery Wall

A little cabin fever with sub-zero temps had me looking at areas of our home to “clean” up which lead to painting a striped gallery wall. Strange how my brain works but once I cleared the bookcases (so much dust!), that inspired the idea to dress up the entire area. 

What I used: 

  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • paint – I used leftover paint from our laundry room. Color is Valspar Mineral Ash. Existing wall color is Benjamin Moore Smoky Taupe. 

What I did:

I cleaned the wall above our build in bookcases. I marked where the framed prints hang on the wall then using the level, marked light pencil lines horizontally. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then I applied the FrogTape.

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

I used my thumbnail to secure the edges of the FrogTape to the wall in order to get nice crisp paint lines. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then simply painted the wall two coats. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

While the second coat was still wet, I removed the FrogTape and let the paint dry. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then hung up my prints and restyled the bookcases. Paint is such an easy way to create a new look, add some interest and to freshen up the space.

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Now to come up with some seating for this area. Stay tuned!

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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.

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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That DIY Party

Hi DIY friends! Did you remember to turn your clocks ahead 1 hour? I do love my sleep but I didn’t miss that hour. I’m looking forward to longer days! More time for DIY. It’s That DIY Party time!

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DIYShowOff weekly recap:

It’s still snowing here but there’s a little Springtime in Paris in the family room…

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and an awesome TRIP TO PARIS contest and it’s so easy to enter to win!

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What’s your favorite current trend? I’m loving gold!

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and a #proud grandma moment…he’s 13 weeks old and doing well with his shoes and bar. There was a shortage of smiles once the camera came out but an abundant supply of cuteness! He’s always smiling, laughing, cooing, talking. He loves that 1 hour of feet freedom every day. Look how improved his once completely turned in feet are doing!

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That DIY Party time:

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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.

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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. 

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. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

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. 

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

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)!

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

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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. 

embracing wellness blog hop #oilyfamilies

*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  

Let’s get YOU started! Join the Oily Families team by simply visit Young Living HERE (using member#1836762 as sponsor & enroller), choose the wholesale membership to save 24% (no obligations) and choose the Premium Starter Kit. It’s the best way to start your essential oils experience and a great deal! Embrace wellness! What are you waiting for? Today’s the day! We’d love to have you join our team. Orders placed today (2/12/15) using member #1836762 will also receive handmade essential oil lotion bar as a thank you. 

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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:

Valentine's Day mason jars Happy Crafters

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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Easiest {no sew} Small Dog Snood {infinity scarf} Tutorial!

Have a small dog? This is the easiest {no sew} small dog snood {or infinity scarf} tutorial! 

DIY (no sew) small dog snood infinity scarf in less than 1 minute! @diyshowoff

Our Italian Greyhound, Rosie, has very little body fat and very short fur. Needless to say, she’s not a happy to be walking in a winter wonderland type girl (she’s so much like me). Even if it’s summer time, she’s burrowed under her blankets on the couch in the a/c. So you can imagine winter time = sweaters, pajamas, coats.

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

While I was doing some online shopping, I came across something called a “snood”.

Snood: (/snuːd/, rhymes with ‘food‘, not ‘wood‘) is historically a type of European female headgear, or in modern times a tubular neck scarf. In the most common form, the headgear resembles a close-fitting hood worn over the back of the head.

I’ve seen dog snoods for sale but my DIY-eye saw the opportunity for a super easy tutorial where I could choose the patterns and colors for a lot less than $12+ each and not have to wait for (or pay for) delivery.

Ready to make one? 

Small Dog Snood Tutorial

1. Shop your closet or thrift shop for a stretchy long-sleeved knit shirt or thermal shirt (this type works best as it won’t unravel or need hemmed).

2. Make sure the cuff area stretches enough to go over your dog’s head comfortably. It should be loose fitting but not so loose it’s hanging. Loose but snug. Got that? Italian Greyhounds have VERY small heads so this is perfect for Rosie. 

3. Then simply cut the sleeve off near the armpit area/where the shirt meets the shoulder. Cut your snood shorter if desired. 3/4 length sleeves work too! 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Ta-da! The easiest DIY no-sew dog snood ever! 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

If using a sweater, you may have to hem the larger cut side of the sleeve to prevent un-raveling. 

I paid 1.50 for size large shirts from the thrift shop. That’s $3.00 for 4 snoods! Or FREE if you end up cutting up shirts from your own closet. Well, maybe minus the money you’ll need to replace your wardrobe if you go crazy. 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

I snoodle her by putting her head through the larger part of the snood first (the side I cut), letting it naturally bunch around her neck/collar area. If it’s too bulky, remove and cut the sleeve shorter. The smaller cuff area rests closest to her ears and top of her head, the larger part of the sleeve sits at her shoulders. 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Rosie mostly wears them as infinity scarves over her collar but when it’s cold, I pull it up over her ears for her outdoor potty breaks. Awe, baby! Or is that granny? Too cute either way! 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

And for those concerned about safety, Rosie only wears her snood under adult supervision.

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Please supervise your snood-wearing pooch.

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Note: Rosie is a 10 lb. senior dog with a tiny skull. If your dog is larger, try sewing a larger version using a stretchy fabric and by looking at the shape of a shirtsleeve and the size of your dog. You don’t have to be a professional seamstress, just a few simple stitches. Results may vary. :) 

Update: And just like that, that quick, one DIYShowOff reader has already raided her closet and a few minutes later, her sweet chihauhaus are cozy and warm! This is Phoebe & Sable. They love to snuggle. Aren’t they cute?! Thanks for sharing, Mary-Louise! xo 

DIY small dog snood/infinity scarf tutorial (no sew) @diyshowoff

Share your photos and show off your snoodled pups by emailing them to thediyshowoff at gmail dot com. 

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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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DIY Color Block Painted Door Makeover

Remember when I finished the combined nursery / guest room  makeover a few months ago…

combined nursery/guest room @diyshowoff  

I had a few finishing touches left to share. One of them was taking this plain door that leads to the guest bathroom…

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

and giving it a fun look. Paint is such an easy way to make a fun and bold statement, add a pop of color and definitely a touch of “wow” to the room…

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used:

  • plain white door
  • sample of Valspar paint (color: rushing stream, finish: satin)
  • paintbrush
  • FrogTape
  • yard stick and pencil

What I did:

1. I gave the door a good scrub. Amazing how unnoticeable the dust is on those recessed panels. Who knew?

2. Using my yard stick, I found the center point of the door horizontally. Then made marks for where I’d like each “chevron” point to be. I didn’t really space them out exact. From the top, the first section is 14 inches down. 

3. Using FrogTape, I created a “v” shape. I eye-balled the angle. 

4. I repeated the “v” shape. A lot of my spacing and angle had to do with the panels, not exact measurements. 

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

5. I used my thumbnail (a credit/gift card would also work) to burnish the edges of the tape. 

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

6. I painted one coat and let it dry. Then brushed on a second coat. 

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7. While the paint was still wet, I removed the FrogTape. Try pulling away from the paint, as shown:

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

 

Before:

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

After: I am in love with the large scale bold design. It’s so unexpected and fun. 

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

 

and just that small project makes a big statement, doesn’t it? 

 

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

 

I love how it kicks the guest room/nursery room decor up a notch. 

{before} Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

{after} chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

See the entire nursery/guest room reveal here. See this project and more in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas digital magazine. 

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

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…

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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.

Toilet Paper Holder Shelf and Bathroom Accessories

Lowe’s Creative Ideas Monthly Challenge: For as long as we’ve lived here (going on 8 years), the guest bathroom’s toilet paper rested in a basket on the floor. Not ideal. So, rather than just secure a pretty oil rubbed bronze holder to the wall, I attached it to a piece of stained scrap wood to create a shelf for decorative accessories like a small plant, air freshener, vase of flowers, extra t.p. or even just cell phone accident prevention, if you know what I mean. 

DIY Toilet Paper Holder with Shelf tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used:

What I did:

1. Cut, sand and clean a piece of scrap wood. 

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

2. Stain wood shelf by applying stain. Then wipe away with a clean rag.  I use RustOleum Ultimate Wood Stain since it dries in about an hour.

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

3. Seal wood. I did two coats. 

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

4. Attach the toilet paper holder to the under side of the shelf. Allowing room for toilet paper to roll (not be tight agains the wall when installed).

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

Optional: Have inspector approve your work.

Lalka (ragdoll) at diyshowoff

5. Attach corner brackets on one side where shelf will rest against the wall.

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

6. Decide placement (keeping everyone’s size in mind – not too far of a reach but not so close that it’s in the way of someone’s knees or thighs) and using a level (there’s one in my iPhone’s compass), secure shelf to the wall with screws (use wall anchors if needed). 

DIY shelf toilet paper holder at diyshowoff

7. Add a roll of toilet paper. 

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Other bathroom updates: 

Pedestal sink means no storage. Storage cubes with linen milk crates/bins for organizing towels and bath products…

bathroom storage shelves {It’s been nearly SIX years and the painted floor is still in good shape!} bathroom storage cube and bins

 

A towel ring for hand towels… towel bar bathroom updates

Just a few finishing but helpful/functional accessories make a big difference!

Bathroom Updates @diyshowoff

DIY Toilet Paper Holder with Shelf tutorial @diyshowoff

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.