DIY Engraved Glass Vase

It’s almost wedding season and DIY/handmade gifts are so special, aren’t they?

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

Do you love personalized/engraved gifts as much as I do? Well, we’re big Dremel fans (gotta love tool that doesn’t intimidate AND we actually have a “Dremel workshop” in our basement…that’s a post for a different day). I recently had the opportunity to try the Dremel Maker Kit which comes with 3 awesome tools: an engraver, a torch (wood burning/soldering) and the much loved rotary tool!

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

Anyway, today I’m going to share a little about the engraver. I have a bridal shower to attend next month so I wanted to practice personalizing glass. 

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

What I used: 

  • glass jug/vase (mine had a nice flat side)
  • Dremel engraving tool (affiliate link
  • tape, Sharpie, water, paper towel
  • I made up this ‘stencil’ – right click image below, save image/upload into a word document, resize to fit your project and print. 

bloom graphic

What I did:

Print and cut out a design. Now, you can go all landscape scenery with trees or mountains or a portrait if you’re a pro but I went with the word “BLOOM” (font is ‘typewriter’) and a dragonfly silhouette (Picmonkey) –  something easy for a beginner. 

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

I taped it to the inside of my vase and traced the pattern with a Sharpie, then removed the paper stencil.

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Then…put on your safety goggles and engrave away! It’d probably be helpful to secure your vase to the table with a clamp but I didn’t have any problem holding it in place with one hand and engraving with the other. I started with the lowest setting but traced over my design after kicking it up a few notches to #4. 

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Wipe away dust and Sharpie with water and paper towel. 

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Ta-da!

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I LOVE the end result, don’t you? It’s so cute! Now I’m ready to engrave.all.the.things! Look out! 

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

Psst. You’re going to want to play with the entire set. We did a little wood burning…(hold that torch vertical!) 

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and some soldering…

Dremel soldering

so stay tuned to more Dremel-creativity in the near future! 

Join me for a Dremel Facebook chat/Q&A and interview THIS Friday, March 31th at noon EST.

*This post is sponsored by Dremel. Images, opinions, tutorial and Dremel-love are all my own. 

Personalized Clip Board Gift

Most parties are behind us but I wanted to share this easy DIY hostess gift. Make up a custom and personalized clipboard using these supplies:

easy DIY clipboard gift idea @diyshowoff

• clipboard
FrogTape®
• craft paint and paint brush
• large monogram stickers

I created a simple design using FrogTape. I did a simple diagonal. Get creative!

easy DIY clipboard gift idea @diyshowoff

I burnished the edges of FrogTape where tape will meet paint using a credit card (or my thumbnail) to activate the Paintblock® Technology for crisp clean lines.  easy DIY clipboard gift idea @diyshowoff

Next I applied two coats of paint to the clipboard on the bottom side of the tape.

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While the second coat of paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape.

easy DIY clipboard gift idea @diyshowoff  

Then I let the paint dry.

Once paint is dry, add fun monogram stickers to personalize. easy DIY clipboard gift idea @diyshowoff  

Attach a gift card/greeting card for a birthday or a calendar or agenda for a new year’s eve party hostess gift. Make one for yourself to keep important papers organized or search online for free printables to fit the occasion or theme.  easy DIY clipboard gift idea @diyshowoff

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

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Essential Oil Lotion Hearts

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. *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! 
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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