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? 

embracing wellness blog hop #oilyfamilies

Only a few more weeks ’til Easter!

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.

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

Fun idea: sew on a small pocket, add a felt carrot to tuck inside and add your essential oils to that! 

$25 CASH BACK WITH THE PURCHASE OF A PREMIUM STARTER KIT USING THIS REFERRAL LINK: Wellness Inspired Living!

Premium Starter Kit selections Premium Starter Kit selections

EXPIRES 3/30/20 

Ready to take the a step towards creating a healthy home? Wa-hoo! Check out this month’s DIYShowOff Young Living essential promotion here

MORE ESSENTIAL OIL RELATED POSTS:

essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff DIY warm cool aromatherapy snuggle bunnies @diyshowoff #essentialoils Refreshing Berry Smoothie Recipe essential oil and sea salt gift idea @diyshowoff mocha mint smoothie Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff essential oils gift ideas @diyshowoff DIY essential oils sugar scrub recipe @diyshowoff young living at diyshowoff.com Gift Ideas for Oily Friends diyshowoff cinnamon apple crisp recipe Fall Scents for your home with Essential Oils @diyshowoff How to Make lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff wool dryer balls and essential oils @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies refreshing summer time organic lemonade

For more essential oil info and ideas, check out these blog friends:

*My tutorials are the methods, steps and personal experiences that have worked for me (my own story). Proceed with tutorials at your own risk and always test before implementing. Always use proper safety precautions. 

Easter Succulent Garden

Take a moment to gather your thoughts, count your blessings and start the holiday weekend with a grateful heart.
 
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans 5:8
 
Blessings to all this Good Friday.

Remember that one time last year when I made a wire cloche for a succulent terrarium/garden? It’s a miracle! I haven’t managed to kill the plants! I love that succulents are so hardy, nearly fool-proof. Well, for Easter, I’ve done a little re-arranging in my little succulent garden. 

DIY wire succulent garden

{DIY wire cloche for succulent garden}

It’s still alive and thriving but it was looking a bit neglected and sad (okay, so some of the plants didn’t make it) but I took a few minutes to freshen it up for spring, trying to make up for my non-green thumb. I saw something similar somewhere one time but for the life of me, can’t find it now to properly credit that glimpse of inspiration. Here’s what I did: 

Easter succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

  • I added water so the soil was wet. I broke up the compacted soil with a fork then added half of an empty toilet paper roll. I covered it with soil and pebbles then added a rock to the side…just like Jesus’ tomb. 
  • Using twigs from my yard and scrap floral wire, I created 3 little stick crosses and tucked them near the back. 

succulent garden for Easter at diyshowoff.com Easter succulent terrarium at diyshowoff.com Easter succulent garden - diyshowoff.com He is Risen succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

When Easter decorating becomes bunnies, eggs, chicks and candy overload (which I do love too, don’t get me wrong!). However, it’s important to have a sweet reminder of the true reason for celebrating Easter. He is risen! 

Jesus' tomb succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

 He is Risen, indeed. xo 

He is Risen! succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

 Update: Here are links to some more (thanks for sharing, Graziela!)

This post is sponsored by my Young Living business! Check out my essential oils page for more information on how you can get these amazing oils in your hands too along with helpful freebies, a gift from me, and tons of support:

April 2019:

Hello April DIYShowOff welcome bundle 2019

Mismatched Baskets to Matching Spring Collection

Have a bunch of mismatched baskets sitting around? Why not gather them up and create a matching collection just in time for spring organizing or Easter decorating? 

mismatched to cute collection - basket DIY at diyshowoff.com

Materials:

  • baskets (thrift stores or your own stash)
  • spray paint
  • FrogTape® Delicate Surface

I first cleaned up my baskets since they were a bit dusty. Then sprayed each basket with a different color of spray paint around the middle/outside and let dry. 

DIY painted basket collection

After 24 hours, I used FrogTape® Delicate Surface to create (and protect) a stripe around each basket. 

DIY painted basket collection with FrogTape

Use a thumbnail or credit card to activate the patented PaintBlock® Technology, giving the edges of the tape a good seal the best you can with the woven basket texture. 

Next I sprayed each basket inside and out with white spray paint. 

You can remove the tape while paint is wet but I forgot and removed it about four days later without any problem.

removing FrogTape

Now instead of 3 junky baskets, I have a set of 3 cute matching baskets all ready for the Easter Bunny…

DIY spray painted basket collection at diyshowoff.com how to make an easter basket collection at diyshowoff.com spray painted basket collection

FrogTape Blog Squad

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

Crate Easter Baskets/Centerpiece

Adjusting to an empty nest isn’t always easy, especially during the holidays when fun traditions sort of just stop. I miss my nightgown-clad little girls searching for Easter baskets on Easter morning. And so, even though they are grown, until they have families of their own, I’ve decided to continue the tradition of putting together an Easter basket for each of them.

easter-vignette

My girls share my love of chocolate (it’s a girl thing, right?) and eclectic style so this year, I went with a DIY rustic crate-inspired Easter basket.

easter-basket-crates

Materials:

  • Small unfinished crates
  • TransTint dye (dark mission brown)
  • Stamps/ink  
  • Wide burlap ribbon
  • Spanish moss
  • Filler: Lindt chocolates

Tutorial:

I started with staining my crates using a TransTint dye and let dry.

staining-crates-transtint-dye

Next, using stamps and ink, I labeled each of the crates with “farmers market, “recycle” and an established date. “Herbs” would have been cute too.

stamped-crates

Then I lined the sides with burlap ribbon.

burlap-crate-lining

I recycled some brown paper packaging material for the bottom of the crates and topped with Spanish moss.

paper-moss-topper

Garden Markers: I painted two wooden garden markers (Michaels) with chalkboard paint, wrapped the sticks with washi tape and added a bow.

chalkboard-garden-markers

Then filled the baskets with Lindt chocolatates {love those little foil-wrapped chocolate bugs, critters, lambs, chicks and carrots} and other little treasures.

lindt-easter-candy

Rather than hide them this year, I’m using them as a centerpiece.

diy-easter-crate

As always, there’s attending an Easter service at church, hosting Easter dinner and a family Easter egg hunt too. Do you have an Easter tradition to share?

diy-easter-crates-centerpiece

 

*This post was sponsored by Lindt who provided Lindt products and a Michael’s gift card to complete this project. Lindt also partners with Autism Speaks and is donating 10 ¢ for every Lindt Gold Bunny purchased in the US to Autism Speaks. See more about Lindt products at LindtGoldBunny.com.

Spring-Thing-Party

I’m joining the “It’s a Spring Thing” party with Kim at Design Thoughts today. She’s hosting this week’s party and sharing one of her spring cleaning/organizing projects  with her awesome bar makeover…

bar-makeover-design thoughts

Paper Mache Easter Egg craft

A day with freezing rain isn’t my ideal spring day, but it is still officially winter. Spring. In like a lion, right? ::groan::

Fortunately, this dip-dyed {painted} paper mache Easter egg craft is a cheerful easy DIY project which aided in averting my eye from the cold, gloom and sleet outside.

painted-dip-dyed-eggs

I don’t think you really need a tutorial. But, since writing up a “how to” is what I love to do, I’m going to tell you what I did anyway. 😉

painted-dip-dyed-paper-mache-easter-egg-tutorial

Materials:

  • Paper mache eggs
  • FrogTape
  • DecoArt Americana acrylic craft paints

Wrap FrogTape around the paper mache egg to create a faux dipped line. Using my fingernail, I rubbed the edge of the tape to activate the Paint Block Technology to prevent paint from seeping underneath the tape, to create a crisp clean line.

FrogTape-on-paper-mache-easter-egg

Then I simply painted the bottom of my paper mache eggs using different spring-inspired colors:

painted-paper-mache-egg

Pull away/remove FrogTape while paint is still wet. It’s a little tricky! After I was done, I thought: “I should have used a set of tongs or something to get a better grip on my egg.” #hindsight

removing-FrogTape

Allow paint to dry. (I just set mine on the cellophane paper mache egg packaging.)

Decorate!

dip-dyed-painted-paper-mache-easter-eggs

Do you decorate with Easter eggs {faux or real} this time of year?

Spring-Thing-Party

Joining Lana over at Making a House a Home for “It’s a Spring Thing” linky party where she shares her sweet little DIY playhouse for her little guy.

diy-play-house by Making a House a Home

There’s another It’s a Spring Thing link party too! Fun! I’m joining the party by linking up with my best blog girlfriends too.

Spring-Thing-Linky-Party-Button

What are you working on? You’re invited to link up & share!
Joining the party with Amanda too!
Weekend Bloggy Reading

This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience.

 FrogTape Blog Squad

Affiliate links for project materials:

Spring Decorating

Five days until spring officially arrives but who’s counting? This girl! I’ve been ready since January. Not to mention, Easter Sunday is only a little over 2 weeks away too and we’re hosting. So, time to start decorating, starting with the dining room and a little Easter vignette…

chocolate-easter-vignette

easter-buffet

I dusted off my DIY Pottery Barn inspired Happy Easter eggs from two years ago for the occasion and put together a centerpiece…

pottery-barn-knock-off-easter-centerpiece

DIY Pottery Barn inspired decorative Easter eggs tutorial

Pottery-Barn-Happy-Easter-eggs-knock-off

Just reading the message on my DIY spring sign makes me think of spring sunshine.

DIY-spring-sign

and an indoor fairy garden in a miniature greenhouse has me just itching to see green outdoors…

fairy-garden

Okay. It’s my birthday today, so let’s have a party! 🙂 It’s my turn to host the Countdown to Spring party. Last on the list, but that means it’s nearly spring!

countdown to spring

I’ve had so much fun collaborating with My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Sand & Sisal, Domestically Speaking and It’s So Very Cheri. Did you see their spring projects too? Check them out!

countdown-to-spring-collage

Are you decorating for spring or Easter or even St. Patrick’s Day? Let’s see your spring goodies!  Link up your spring décor, mantels, recipes, crafts… you name it… as long as it’s spring related, please share!