DIY Chocolate Candy Wedding Party Favor Gifts 

DIY Chocolate Candy Wedding Party Favor Gifts 

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Isn’t it funny where inspiration comes from? At times, it’s somewhere completely random or even unknown. I’m thinking the inspiration for these DIY chocolate candy wedding party favor gifts may have been handmade soaps or even those beautiful yogurt bowls I’ve seen on Instagram. To be honest, I’m not sure – I’ve done some searching and haven’t stumbled across anything similar. 

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I made these up as a hostess party gift/favor and got drafted to make up some bridal shower favors. So here’s my DIY tutorial for beautiful chocolate/candy melts. They are so easy! Some affiliate links included.

Supplies I used:  DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea

Total Time: Approximately 30 min. 

Serves: This silicone mold is a large size (3×3 inch). Two bags of melts makes 6. 

What I did:

I transferred candy melts to quart sized baggy (I used two: light cocoa and white) and melted according to package instructions – either in the microwave or in a double boiler. My experience: I carefully set both bags (unzipped) into the microwave on ‘defrost’ for 50 seconds then checked and repeated and re-checked until melted. Instructions warn against overheating and I didn’t have any issue. 

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*Melted candy will be hot. Please use caution!

I set my silicone mold on a small cookie sheet (a tray or something that gives the mold support to be moved and that will fit into your freezer works). 

Once my candy was melted, I added 2-4 drops of Peppermint Vitality essential oil to the melted white candy, zipped the bag and kneaded the baggy to mix. I didn’t do it with both colors, just one. 

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Then I snipped off a bottom corner of the baggy (very small snip!) with scissors and piped the candy into the silicone mold and repeated with the other color. I filled each silicone space with half and half of each candy into each square. 

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Next I gently shook/shimmied the mold to level the melted candy. 

Using the skewer, while candy was still melted, I swirled the colors to create a beautiful unique design where the colors meet. 

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I am in LOVE with how each square is a unique and one of a kind design! I think this was my favorite step! I started out with just more of a zig zag but then discovered that the more swirly, the better.   DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's

Then quickly decorated with icing roses, sprinkles, colored sugar, edible decorations, etc. 

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I placed the tray/silicone mold in freezer to set the candy. It didn’t seem to take long at all…probably about 15-20 minutes if that. Sometime I let it sit overnight if I got busy. 

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Then I removed them from freezer and carefully popped the bars out of silicone mold. 

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I placed them into a bag and secured with a personalized label. 

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Beautiful! I love that each design is unique, don’t you? They’re so pretty, so professional and designer-looking but so easy to create! I can’t wait to make more! 

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So.many.photos! lol But I’m just so happy with how pretty they are! DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's

This batch was a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” theme. 

DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's I whipped up 60-70 of these for a bridal shower but since you can personalize them with any candy melts (so many colors!) and any deco ratings (so many colors and shapes and ideas!), they’d work for not only bridal showers but for Mother’s Day, baby showers, wedding favors, party favors, hostess and teacher gifts, prizes, etc. I made a few every evening over a couple of weeks’ time. I gave a few out as essential oil infused door prizes and at Easter to my family too. I even had my grandson helping me decorate a few!

DIY chocolate candy melts bridal wedding shower party favor gifts tutorial @diyshowoff essential oil infused gift idea breakfast at tiffany's Warning – not only are they a beautiful sweet treat, they’re so addicting to create! Here is the very first batch that started my madness (without the swirl technique)…

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Need more info on essential oils for dietary use? Read more about why I choose Young Living HERE. xo

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Easter DIY Ideas

Easter DIY Project Ideas:

Happy Spring, DIY friends! I feel renewed! The longer days and the bright sunshine just fill my soul with happiness! I’m so ready to put winter behind me, how about you? It’s the perfect day to take a walk down memory lane at some DIYShowOff Easter inspiration: 

Easter Egg Hunt Mantel

Spring Easter egg hunt mantel @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers #makeitwithmichaels #ad

essential oil snuggle bunnies hot/cold pack

Snuggle Bunnies Tutorial - DIY warm/cool/aromatherapy with essential oils) rice packs @diyshowoff

Easter succulent garden

He is Risen! succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

easy t-shirt Easter basket liner

DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff

floral Easter basket arrangement

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

succulent eggs

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

dip-dyed inspired Easter egg painted-dip-dyed-eggs

PB Inspired Decorative Eggs

pottery-barn-inspired-easter-eggs

(Wood) Chocolate Bar Decorative Accent

faux wooden chocolate bar sign, DIY, Easter decor

Pop over to see more spring DIY inspiration

Spring DIY ideas @diyshowoff

or visit That DIY Party for more ideas from favorite bloggers (you’re invited to link up yours!)!

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That DIY Party time!

That DIY Party:

It’s That DIY Party time! You know what that means! Showing off your hard work and creativity. Checking out the links below towards the end of the week, visiting bloggers and pinning ideas for future reference. 

DIYShowOff weekly recap:

THIS diffuser is the bomb! 3-5-10 hour settings, pretty color lights and a candle flicker setting. And 11 oils. Time to take some of that tax refund. Replace the toxic air fresheners and waxes with essential oil scents with health benefits. Breathe in wellness! 

Get them ———-> HERE! 

essential oils @diyshowoff #1836762 at youngliving.com

Young Living has a new Savvy Minerals makeup line! It’s my birthday month and my wish is for less chemicals in our homes. Snag this sweet birthday deal!!!

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Demo day! Are you following the #helloredreno series? There’s progress in the full bathroom makeover!

awesome vintage bathroom makeover @diyshowoff #helloredreno #shawstyleboard

Spring fever! I am SO ready and sharing a round up! 

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

Party time: 

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Decorating for Spring

Hello March! Welcome! I’m so ready for Spring decorating!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Spring! Finally! I’m so in love with the longer days, the sunshine and warmer temps. It’s motivation for Spring cleaning and decluttering, refreshing and creativity! Isn’t it? Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at some past DIYShowOff Spring decorating projects: 

Spring floral centerpiece – I love fresh flowers but a new silk/faux arrangement lasts longer! Bonus: Zero maintenance.

spring floral centerpiece inspiration

Spring succulents arrangement – succulents in robins’ eggs…what cuties! 

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Decorate your Rain Boots  – personalize with vinyl! 

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Spring entertaining – it’s almost time for outdoor gatherings! My dog is already asking for me to move her cushion to the sunlight streaming through the French doors. lol! I can’t wait to be out on the patio.

spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores

Spring mantel – this past mantelscape had so much charm, didn’t it? It’s been a while since I’ve decorated my mantel for Spring but I’m working on one for this year. Check back with me next week. I have an extra mantel to play around! So fun! 

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Spring bloom pillow cover – freshen up the guest room with some spring accents!

spring pillow cover diyshowoff.com

Create a pretty Spring floral arrangement, add some French accents for a SpringTime in Paris vignette. I’ve never been. This is as close as I’m getting for a while. 

SpringTime in Paris  

decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

Spring branch centerpiece – this is about the EASIEST DIY ever! Grab a twig or branch from the yard and give it a coat of spray paint. Add a mini-nest and some eggs. Cheap! Cheap!

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

Spring centerpiece – add a twist. I love this artichoke nestled in there. 

spring floral arrangement @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

How are you freshening up your home for Spring?

 

Project Diary Entry #3 Color Passive Paint

There’s more progress on the studio and the #helloredreno series. I need to get you caught up. I am a big lover of the power of paint. It’s such a game changer and a budget friendly one at that! There are so many possibilities. Dark and moody, fun and colorful, light and airy, neutral and soothing. Do you gravitate towards specific colors?

library/meeting room before…

library before

So this room. Oy. The color. Yikes. A bit on the aggressive side if you ask me. lol 

blue room

Blue is one of my favorite colors but this shade is just so very…smurf-y. It’s just not my style. blue wall

Perhaps that’s why this color called “Passive”, a pretty and neutral shade of gray from {HGTV} Sherwin Williams jumped out at me. I have painted walls in bright shades in the past and I’m a fan of accent walls, but for the most part, I prefer a neutral wall shade. 

Sherwin Williams Passive Paint Color

Because I like to decorate and redecorate so often. I’ve learned that I prefer a neutral back drop so that as my style changes or evolves, I can easily swap out decor and color schemes to fit my fickle choices. HGTV Home Sherwin Williams Passive

It’s gonna take two coats to cover all of the blue but I’m already feeling soothed! 

paint in progress wall paint

I even put up a few accessories previous owners left behind and what was in my car to help get an idea. Final thoughts? It’s definitely the right color for me. What a difference, right? 

paint after

So pretty! Ugh, this last photo shows just how much work there is to do! I spy a lot of caulking in my near future. And book donating! Stay tuned for a design board and more progress. Follow #helloredreno

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Show Off your DIY

It’s that DIY Party time!

Show off your DIY!

DIYShowOff weekly recap: 

Last year at this time, I was experiencing a bit of spring fever.

Spring Centerpiece

I’m feeling much the same way this year! Enough cold. Enough with the snow. Bring on spring and warmer temps, even rain! But please! No more snow! Although… snow flurries? No worries! This guy IS pretty cute! 

snow day

Party time: 

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Project Diary Entry #2 – Efficiency Apartment

Hello DIY friends! Happy hump day! Half way through the week! Remember last week when I shared the main floor of the #helloredreno series? Today, I’m sharing the rest of the building. It’s the staircase and upstairs area which now consists of a landing, two bedrooms and a full bathroom. 

DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff I’m not really interested in having a full time tenant and landlord responsibilities so my plan is to turn the two bedrooms upstairs into a one bedroom airbnb type rental or efficiency apartment space with a living space and kitchenette.

The stair case…go ahead, drool over it’s beautiful walnut railing, spindles and banister. I do! I love the split staircase, the curves and original charm, don’t you?

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The landing…this will be the entry way into what will be an efficiency apartment. All of the stuff was left by previous owner. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Sometimes. I’m the proud new owner of like four vacuum cleaners. lol 

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Bedroom 1 will become the living room area / kitchenette…

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Bedroom 2 will remain a bedroom…

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And the bathroom before was quite odd. They framed in the pedestal sink and claw foot tub. What the……? And as you can see, first up is some roof repair. 

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Peek after some bathroom demo…more on that next week. 

rustic bathroom makeover

…so lots of renovation to be completed upstairs to turn the 2 bedrooms and bathroom into a 1 bedroom efficiency. 

As I mentioned, the building has so much historical charm! It’s just so adorable. AND It’s about one block from our town’s Main Street. The bus stop is literally steps away. There are breweries, the YMCA, shops, restaurants, salons, florists, candy/coffee shop, holiday parades and festivals within walking distance. So fun!

If renovation from blah to ahhhhh is your thing, subscribe and be reminded of updates as the renovations progress! I’ll share before and after photos, projects underway and updates, plans and design boards, sources and links as they relate as well as fun events going on in and around the downtown area. I’ll be using a specific hashtag on social media to keep things all neat and tidy and organized. 

I welcome your thoughts and ideas! And as always, thanks for your encouragement and support and for sharing in my joy and vision! 

Follow the #helloredreno series:

Project Diary Entry #1 

Project Diary Entry #2 

 

Project Diary Entry #1 – Hello Red Reno!

Project Diary Entry #1 – Hello Red Reno! 

A couple of months ago I shared that I’m the proud new owner of this charming property…

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I love it. Just looking at that cute exterior makes my heart beat faster. I still can’t believe it’s all mine! 

I decided that rather than post JUST before pictures and hold off for the after until all projects were complete, that I’d begin posting more here at DIYShowOff more often –  sharing a series of updates in real time, as projects are started or in progress, ideas and plans and thoughts. This post serves as the introduction to the series. #1 – the before as I walked in the door the first time as the new owner. 

So join me on this tour of the first floor. The before photos:

The entry way…

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It’s going to get a little cleaning up. The original pine hardwood floors stay. Isn’t that walnut banister and railing gorgeous? Oh! And lucky me, that’s wallpaper. Several layers. Topped with paint. Lovely. lol I’ll share more about the plan for each individual space in the near future. But can you see the potential?   DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

The building is functional but outdated. From what I can tell, the building was built sometime in the late 1890s. For the past 45 years, it served as an attorney’s office. And when I met him? We had so much in common. I could sense HIS sense of pride in the place and his love for it’s character and we just seemed to be on the same frequency right from the start. Ever experience that? I believe that even played a part in his accepting my offer. 

This first room was his law library/waiting area…

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This next room, his office:

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You know that barn wood on the walls is going to stay. I LOVE it! DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

A restroom…(original 1890s kitchen area) 

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and a back entryway (other half of the original 1890s kitchen area/back door/hobbit door to the front entry/staircase)…

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Now the first floor will be a Connect & Create, Makery + Meeting Space … I’m still pondering the official name. For now I refer to it as “the studio”. It’s small but zoned to accommodate 49 but I feel like that’d be way too sardine-packed tight. For real. That must include the upstairs as well be cause I’ve had nearly 20 people on the first floor and it was jam-packed. For the future, I will limit gatherings to intimate meetings and parties of up to 15-20 people. 

The building has so much historical charm. It’s about one block from our town’s Main Street. The bus stop is literally steps away. There are breweries, the YMCA, shops, restaurants, salons, florists, candy/coffee shop, holiday parades and festivals within walking distance. So fun! If renovation from blah to ahhhhh is your thing, stay tuned!

So subscribe and be reminded of updates as the renovations progress! I’ll share before and after photos, projects underway and updates, plans and design boards, sources and links as they relate as well as fun events going on in and around the downtown area. I’ll be using a specific hashtag on social media to keep things all neat and tidy and organized. 

#helloredreno

I welcome your thoughts and ideas! And as always, thanks for your encouragement and support and for sharing in my joy and vision! Watch for #helloredreno !

Friday Favorites

Every year, every day is a blessing and I’m so grateful! And while I’m going to share some of my favorite products and things from 2017, of course my most favorite things aren’t material things at all. The “things” that top my list are Jesus, my favorite little guy, being a grandma, LIFE, family, wellness, love, friendships, happiness. I count my blessings every single day that all is well with my soul, my life and my loved ones. 

That being said, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Amazon Prime purchases from 2017. I’m not a big spender. I’m a cart filler and dreamer. When it comes to checking out, I linger and hold off and edit my shopping cart. haha! But I do pull the trigger on occasion. Let’s get started…

amazon prime favorite things

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Home

The wall mounted coat rack serves another purpose in our dining room for storage and balancing the wall decor. 

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(dining room decor sources)

We’re on a mission to chemical free living so another baby step towards an environmentally friendly kitchen with this cute composting bin

compost bin

I’m often asked about these striped curtains

Beautiful Floorté plank flooring classico antico @diyshowoff #shawstyleboard

EVERYONE needs this book by our sweet blog buddy, Carrie Higgins. Goals for 2018 include organization for less mess, less stress. Several of these DIY Organizational Hacks are on my to-do list!

DIY Organizational Hacks

In an effort to make the task of laundry a little easier, I’m loving this fold-up laundry cart and ditching the toxic dryer sheets for some wool dryer balls

folding laundry cart wool dryer balls

and this cute glass container for a DIY laundry boost

DIY essential oil infused laundry fabric softener tutorial

(get the Thieves laundry detergent here)

Fashion…

I had a few conferences and some traveling this year so I had to set aside the “work uniform” of yoga pants and tshirts! Here are some of my favorite fashion pieces that will carry over to 2018 faves…

sandals plaid poncho

rose gold vine earrings love arrow necklace

 

diyshowoff bohemian dress pink asymmetric knit poncho

Travel buddies…comfortable walking sandals and RFID blocking sleeves for credit card protection

comfortable walking sandals RFID blocking sleeves

Grandma’s little guy might be a little spoiled. These were my favorite purchases. His too! 

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Lots of baby girls this year. Gift ideas: 

Baby shower #1:

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Baby shower gift #2: 

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I usually add in a bottle of Gentle Baby essential oil and this book…

Gentle Babies

Baby shower gift for the racer car driver’s princess: 

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For work…

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What about you? Do you love shopping via your Amazon Prime account? Share a favorite purchase with us in the comments. I love getting new ideas! 

DIYShowOff 2017 Recap

2017 Recap

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Hello, friends! I’m joining my fellow bloggers in recapping favorite projects from 2017! For me, it was a light year when it comes to projects but that’s about to change! One of the most exciting things about 2017 is this…

I’m the proud owner of a new studio space!

1890s building // workshop

before photos

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I’m not sure what I’ve gotten myself into but 2018 will bring more before and after photos and room makeovers! Subscribe to be notified of updates and follow along on social media. Check out the before photos. Do you see the potential? I love it’s character and can’t wait to dive in!

Home Sweet Home

My favorite project from this past year was joining forces with a talented group of blog friends in the Color Lover’s Series and freshening up the dining room. What a fun partnership! 

Color Lovers Room Makeover

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I loved reconstructing and repurposing an old bird bath we found hidden in the weeds on our property. It’s now

a fountain of flowers

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

…or it was until winter hit western PA. So I’ll be doing some planting again in a few months. What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

…and then there was a before and after room makeoverFloorté, enhanced luxury vinyl plank floor by Shaw is a luxury line locking durable, waterproof flooring option and I am in LOVE!

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It’s actually a play room now! This grandma’s house is beginning to look like a daycare center! So, it’s nice to have a spot to keep toys out of the way. I’ll get some new photos so you can see the update. It’s such a great space to play with the light from the windows and the warm durable Shaw flooring. And if I can commit, I’d love to perhaps bring in some more permanent storage solutions in 2018. Perhaps some cabinets or cupboards. Or more open shelving like the DIY pipe shelving in the pantry?  Beautiful Floorté plank flooring classico antico @diyshowoff #shawstyleboard

and I might have dropped the ball sharing a Christmas home tour but I did participate in hosting a festive fall home tour

Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff

Craft Time

This past year seemed to be more craft-related than home improvement as evidenced by my highlights. I love the opportunity to get creative every chance I get and enjoy sharing my projects with you!

flower crown reindeer

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

skeleton couture DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff

Halloween dreamcatcher

Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

fall decorating with non traditional colors & fall decor

Fall Home Tour Shaw Floors diyshowoff

doily + hula hoop = BIG beautiful dreamcatcher 

DIY fall dreamcatcher wreath tutorial @diyshowoff

summer gift fun swim tote
DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Easter egg hunt themed mantel

Spring Easter egg hunt mantel @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers #makeitwithmichaels #ad

etching glass

DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff DIY Dremel maker kit engraving glass @diyshowoff

spring centerpiece

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

All Things Essential Oils

I also shared my passion for essential oils + DIY with a few homemade/handmade ideas…

gemstone essential oil infused roll on

diy handmade essential oil roll on

water beads + essential oils // air freshener DIY essential oil infused air freshener gift idea

DIY laundry boost

DIY essential oil infused laundry fabric softener tutorial

happy unicorn roll on // make & take

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Spring into Young Living essential oils @diyshowoff Grab a premium starter kit at youngliving using enroller/sponsor #1836762 and receive an awesome welcome bundle! Embrace wellness!

summer cook out with essential oils // raspberry lime fro-yo pops summer cookout raspberry lime essential oil infused popsicle recipe

And if you’re looking for something to motivate making healthier choices in the new year, I invite you to join me! When another blog buddy shared her essential oil with me, it raised an awareness and sparked a wellness journey … it took me by surprise but I’m SO grateful AND healthier because of it. I love when my sharing empowers others to make healthier choices too. 

If there’s one thing I really want you to read, it’s this! Because I’m super passionate about raising awareness for living a healthy lifestyle:

A healthier me!

roeshel @diyshowoff

Precious blog memories… 

…take a look at favorite DIY projects from years past! 

2016 DIYShowOff recap 2015 DIY project recap @diyshowoff

 

my favorite DIY year

DIY recap

2013 DIYShowOff Recap

2012 – so many fun projects including an APARTMENT before/after!

 

(Those last two! haha! Blogging, the early years. lol)

Looking for more inspiration from the best of the best? Visit our friend Rhoda at Southern Hospitality

DIY Essential Oil Gemstone Infused Roll-on

Fluff up the couch cushions, put your feet up (are those holiday socks?!) and grab your hot cocoa (peppermint-spiked, right?), we’re going to show you {at least} EIGHT GREAT handmade holiday gift ideas! There’s a blog hop (THIS is it!) then a fun online holiday event with giveaways! You don’t want to miss it! So many gift ideas, you’ll gather a collection to nearly fill the unlimited file space in your Pinterest folder. Okay, maybe a little less than that. Still – TONS of inspiration coming your way! 

handmade holiday ideas

And I’m sharing an essential oil AND gemstone infused roller bottle recipe I call “Comfort & Joy”…because ’tis the season! Hey, if we’re to pull off “merry & bright”, we’re gonna need a little “comfort & joy” to make it happen. Am I right? 

Dedication:

I feel like I might have stolen this idea from my daughter. I’m pretty sure we were talking and she mentioned it and then I ran with it. So thank you, Evangeline, for being so gracious and for being the creative inspiration behind what I’m about to show off and claim as mine, or at least my version, for my handmade holiday project below.  

Handmade Gift Idea: DIY Essential Oil Gemstone Infused Roll-on

diy handmade essential oil gem infused roll on holiday gift idea

Supplies:

(Head’s up! Full disclosure: I’ve included some affiliate links! Shop ’til you drop! ::wink::wink:: but seriously, if you’re just hanging out waiting for the right time…get.oils.NOW! Today. They’ve changed my life and I think they’ll do the same for you!)

diy essential oil gem stone infused roll supplies

 

Okay, back to the topic at hand. Supplies: 

  • roller bottles (similar ones here
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil (Did I mention that quality matters? Not a Young Living member? WHAT?! We need to talk! Get the kit & membership and join our awesome community of oily bloggers and friends HERE! You need oils and we need you in our community and know what? I’ll hook you up with some sweet holiday surprises because Santa told me you were good this year!)) 
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Carrier oil (liquid coconut oil or try Young Living V6…choose something clear. You’ll want to be able to see the gemstones!) 
  • amethyst and rainbow fluorite chips (check for them at my most favorite shop in the whole entire world: The Lunar Fae)

Get busy: 

It’s pretty self-explanatory but here we go! Pictures and everything! After all, I take my responsibility as DIY blogger seriously! 

Step #1: I added the gemstone chips to the roller bottle. diy essential oil gemstone roll on

Step #2: Then dripped 10 drops of Ylang Ylang + 10 drops of lavender + 1 drop of peppermint into the bottle. Think happy thoughts and good intentions! Positive vibes and lots of love! diy essential oil gem stone recipe

Essence:

Comfort & Joy blend…

  • Amethyst = calming
  • Rainbow fluorite = harmony
  • Ylang Ylang = relaxing & romantic
  • Lavender = mood booster & relaxing
  • Peppermint = positivity & peace

Note: Choose your own oils and create a blend personal to you. Remember some oils have color like amber, yellow or blue. Same with carrier oils. Normally I would have chosen to pair the florals with something citrus-y but I didn’t want to take away from seeing the gemstones, so I altered my recipe and chose what I felt worked nicely. 

Step #3: Next I topped it off with carrier oil. diy essential oil and gem stones

Step #4: And popped in the roller ball, screwed on the lid and decorated with decorative tape and a label. Ta-da! All done!

diy handmade essential oil roll on

It’s a BEAUTIFUL personal handmade gift!

Because – friends don’t let friends wear synthetic fragrances!

BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU!

handmade gemstone infused roll on recipe

What a beautiful gift idea for friends and family (if I don’t say so myself) and a super sweet stocking stuffer! I’d be stoked to get it and your friends will too! It smells SO pretty! Uh…so comforting. So joyful! 

diy essential oil gem infused roll on

You’ll have to let me know if you try it and what you think! 

Shake and apply topically by rolling on to wrists, behind ears, neck…wherever you desire! But avoid eyes. And inside of ears. And mouth. I don’t recommend that. Probably not very tasty.

Smell pretty & enjoy!

Or give! Make one for you and one for a friend. Give the gift of essential oils and handmade pretties, not carcinogenic synthetic uglies! 

Be inspired:

Visit these lovely, oily blog friends and their handmade gift ideas:

handmade gift ideas @diyshowoff

Scented Gift Tag Printables by One Project Closer

Mulling Spices Gift by Shaken Together

Melt-in-your-Mouth Butter Mints by Unskinny Boppy

Scented Sachet Ornaments by Here Comes the Sun

Gemstone Infused Roll-on by DIY Showoff – you are here!

Infinity Diffuser Bracelet by Practically Functional

Leather Tassel Keychain Diffuser by Making Lemonade

Easy DIY Holiday Candles by Eat Sleep Be

What a bunch of crazy amazing creatives! I love those girls! Don’t forget to join us. Be joyfully oily! (More info HERE.)

You’re invited:

Then BE SURE to join us at the Handmade Holiday event Dec. 6th at 9 p.m. EST (or catch it later at your convenience) on Facebook by clicking “going” here—> A HANDMADE HOLIDAY event

handmadeholiday

Holiday That DIY Party

Happy December, friends! I love that you’ve popped over to check things out today. It’s the

Holiday That DIY Party time

Holiday DIY party

DIYShowOff weekly recap: 

Quick & Easy DIY Gift Idea

Gather up the supplies for creating a handmade decor gift! A flower crown and monogram or personalization make these distress reindeer plaques from Michaels Stores the perfect DIY gift!

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Progress on the studio! I’ve been painting, getting measurements AND the full bathroom demo is complete! Remember this big eyesore of a bathroom… DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

…out with the trash! But now take a look at that rustic beauty!  rustic bathroom makeover

You’re invited: Don’t miss the Handmade Holiday blog hop and event coming this week!

handmadeholiday

Party time: 

Let’s get this party started! 

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DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Beautiful Reindeer Decor

Do you love handmade gifts as much as I do? You’re going to want to grab these supplies and whip up this beautiful reindeer decor. It’s the perfect hostess gift, teacher gift or personalize it for secret Santa gift exchange.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Personalized Reindeer Decor

All supplies are available at Michaels! I received a gift card for this project’s supplies. 

Materials I gathered up:

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

  • distressed reindeer plaque
  • holiday florals – check out the aisle filled with festive picks with pinecones, birds, glittery accents, etc.!
  • MORE embellishments – I used a laser cut wooden “Believe” and a painted metal monogram ornament. I didn’t end up using the shatterproof ornaments shown.
  • hot glue/gun 

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Easy peasy tutorial:

Create a flower crown for your reindeer using the holiday florals. Snip with wire cutters as needed. DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Carefully secure florals with hot glue.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Personalize with custom colors, embellishments, a letter – get creative, make it pretty and festive! Attach with hot glue.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

The finished product:

There you go! A beautiful semi-handmade decorative accent! This is going to be one of those quick crafty projects where you’ll want one for a friend then one for yourself! Or better yet, a better gift is getting together with friends and making one together! 

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Michaels is your one stop gift shop this holiday season! From DIY gift ideas to our favorite kids gifts, they have everything you need to MAKE the season merry!

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

That DIY Party time

Hi friends! How was your Thanksgiving? Filled with lots of family fun and pumpkin pie? I’m so thankful for YOU and your visits, comments and support!

And now it’s time for full speed ahead towards Christmas over here! It’s my favorite time of the year! Let’s get this party started. It’s time for 

THAT DIY PARTY 

Holiday DIY party

DIYShowOff weekly recap:

I’m the proud new owner of this…

DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

Take the “before” tour from when I walked in the door for the first time HERE.

Am I crazy? Stay tuned for lots of DIY, remodeling, before and after room makeovers! So exciting! 

Party time: 

Holiday DIY party

1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/.

2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only and YOUR IMAGES ONLY. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only. Please do not link giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project.

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4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to or leaving a comment to let me know what you think about my DIY too! Feedback makes my day! Thank you so much for your support!

5. If you’re viewing in mobile, you may need to click over/convert to “desktop view” to see the links.

6. Limit three links per week per blogger per party, please. Thank you!