Easy Homemade Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

Easy Homemade Gingerbread Sugar Scrub! The holiday season is here, so we are re-featuring some of our popular sugar scrub recipes! Check out how easy this homemade Gingerbread Sugar Scrub is!

Homemade Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD SUGAR SCRUB

HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD SUGAR SCRUB INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Almond
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp All Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

 

DIRECTIONS FOR HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD SUGAR SCRUB

  • In a medium sized bowl combine all ingredients except the Coconut Oil.
  • Gradually add Coconut Oil (add additional oil if you like your scrub in a very wet consistency).
  • Place Mixture in Jar.
  • Add Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Label to front of Jar and a ribbon if gifting.

 

Save even more – visit your local dollar stores for inexpensive plastic containers! Print our labels above and glue them on the jar. Add a pretty ribbon or other embellishment of your choice! Great gift idea for hostesses, friends, teachers, and more!

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Homemade Heating Pad

Homemade Heating Pad

Winter can bring aches, pains, and headaches but I have a favorite comfort item that is simple to make! It just takes just a minute to prepare for easing tired muscles or pounding heads. I was inspired by this pretty one here on Scratchmommy.com, making mine a bit longer and using flannel to be more comforting in the winter weather! While this easy diy is great to make to keep on hand for yourself, it also makes a thoughtful gift for friends and family. You can use a variety of pretty flannels to make them unique. From the comforting warmth to the soft texture and the relaxing scent of lavender, this Homemade Heating Pad is a winner.

This post is part of our 2016 Homemade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2016 Home Made Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Heating Pad

 

Homemade Heating Pad

For this Homemade Heating Pad / DIY Heating Pack you will need:

6 cups white rice

12″ x 24″ flannel fabric

2 T. dried lavender flowers

8-20 drops lavender essential oil

Directions for the Homemade Heating Pad:

If you have not yet, cut your flannel into a 12″ x 24″ length.

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Fold in half lengthwise, right side to right side, sew up one end, down the length, and halfway across the other end.

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Next, in a large bowl, stir together rice, lavender, and essential oil. Mix it well to distribute the essential oil evenly.

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Pour or funnel rice mixture into flannel tube.

img_2908-1Tuck unsewn part inward, you can either do a hidden stitch inside by hand or just sew all the way across with the machine.

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To use your Homemade Heating Pad:

Heat in microwave for approximately 1 minute. After 1 minute, carefully check to see how warm the pad is. If you want the pad warmer, heat it again in 30 second increments, checking the temperature after every 30 seconds so it doesn’t get too hot. When it is a nice temperature and feels ready to use, gently place it on your neck, back, knee, or wherever you need heat and aromatherapy. Use it for 10 minutes at a time, and then take a 10 minute break before you use it again. Be careful not to fall asleep with it on! 🙂

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If you loved this simple Homemade Heating Pad / DIY Heat Pack, be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

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DIY Gingerbread Candle

DIY Gingerbread Candle

Holiday scented candles are a favorite for burning in your own home, or for gifting to friends and family all season long. This cute little gingerbread candle is a great handmade gift wrapped up in a pretty towel. I found these fun wax granules that give the candle a bit of a different look. I liked them especially for this scent, as they look a bit like gingerbread dough. I was able to find all the items at my local craft store but you can also find them online at Rose Mountain Herbs.

This post is part of our 2016 Homemade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2016 Home Made Christmas Gifts.

DIY Gingerbread Candle - easy homemade candle, great scent

DIY Gingerbread Candle

Ingredients for Homemade DIY Gingerbread Candle:

To make your own gingerbread candle you will need

granulated wax, cream, white, or tan

candle wick

gingerbread candle scent

small mason jar

pretty holiday ribbon

hot glue gun/stick

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Directions for DIY Gingerbread Candle:

Measure and trim wick in your jar if needed so it is just 1/2″ above rim of jar.

img_2870Combine granulated wax and gingerbread candle scent until the desired scent strength is reached. I chose a pretty tan granulated wax so it really imitated the look of gingerbread, isn’t it fun? Stir together well to distribute the scent.

img_2873-0Fill jar to 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the top edge with the wax mixture.

img_2874Attach a pretty ribbon with hot glue, add a gingerbread cookie cutter if desired to make it a double duty gift! For gifting gently place lid back on the the top of your jar and label with a simple handmade tag, trim wick slightly if needed.

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And there you have it, you just made your very own handmade DIY Gingerbread Candle! How cool is that?

If you loved this simple homemade DIY gingerbread candle, be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair

Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair (Pillow Pallet)

Having seen these awesome pillow loungers flying around Pinterest last year I was dying to make my own. I wanted to give them a try because I was sure they would make great Christmas gifts, and I was so happy with the final project. You can stay simple or get as elaborate with your pillow pallet as you like! For some extra pizzazz, use character themed pillowcases, favorite colors, add your kiddo’s name with vinyl, iron on letters, or fabric paint, etc… Even if you only have the most basic of sewing skills and can only sew a straight line this project is a piece of cake!

This Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair (Pillow Pallet) post is part of our 2016 Homemade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2016 Home Made Christmas Gifts.

Kid's Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair Pillow Pallet

Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair (Pillow Pallet)

To create your own Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair (Pillow Pallet) you will need:

4 pillow cases

4 pillows

sewing machine/thread

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Directions:

Lay two pillowcases together, sew  1″ from edge along the longest sides, be sure that the opening is at the same side for both. If you are more comfortable you can pin your pillowcases prior to sewing to save them from slipping around.

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Open your two cases so they look like this….

img_2920-3Repeat with your other two pillowcases, then sew the two sets together, make sure that your seams and openings are all on the same side!

If you wish to personalize with iron on letters or fabric paint this is the point you should do it. Once done -slip pillows inside each of the cases.

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There are so many fun ways your child can use their pillow pallet – folded up as a head rest on the bed, stretched out on the floor for a pallet, or folded over just once for a nap mat.

Folded in half up against the couch for a comfy seat

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If you loved this Kid’s Homemade Pillow Bed / Chair (pillow pallet), be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

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Homemade Burlap Cross

Homemade Burlap Cross!

We’re continuing our home made Christmas gifts and this Homemade Burlap Cross is adorable! It’s the perfect handmade Christmas gift for friends or family! To make it, we used a scrap of wood and burlap, to make this piece that brings in the colors of Christmas.  We think the simplicity is the best feature of this décor piece and hope you enjoy making one for your home. You’ll love how easy it is, and how great it looks in your own home!

This post is part of our 2016 Homemade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2016 Home Made Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Burlap Cross

Homemade Burlap Cross

Materials need for the homemade burlap cross:

5″ wide patterned burlap ribbon

red twine

18″x 5″ scrap board

hot glue gun/sticks

Directions for the Homemade Burlap Cross:

Cut a length of burlap ribbon 6″ longer than your board. Then tie the red string/twine around the center, about 3/4 of the way up, and wrap several times tightly.

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Hot glue one end to the back of the board, pressing it into place with a craft stick or scissor ends. Allow to set completely.

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Pull burlap tightly to the other end of your board and wrap around the end. Then secure to back with glue.

Cut a second piece of burlap, 6″ wider than the board. Then repeat the procedure with red twine/string, this time exactly in the center. Cut excess twine off.

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Glue one end to the back of board. Then allow it to dry and set. Finally, pull taught across board, and glue down.

img_2935-3Gently adjust and fan your burlap cross until the shape is as you want it. You can either lean it against the wall on your mantle or add a saw tooth hanger to the back and hang it on your wall to welcome Christmas.

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And there you have it! You just made your own Homemade Burlap Cross! See how easy that was? We are all about simple home made Christmas gifts! If you loved this simple burlap cross, be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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Homemade Moisturizing Face Wash

Homemade Moisturizing Face Wash!

Winter wind, snow, moisture, the heater, scratchy clothes, and all the downsides of winter can be pretty harsh on the skin, leaving it dry and rough. The delicate skin on your face really takes a beating year round and can always use a little extra help.  While putting together our DIY beauty recipes, I often create this super moisturizing face wash that cleanses, as well as leaves behind softness and dewy skin. This face wash is incredibly simple to make with just 4 ingredients working together to soothe and soften.

This post is part of our 2016 Homemade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2016 Home Made Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Moisturizing Face Wash

 

Homemade Moisturizing Face Wash

Ingredients for Moisturizing Face Wash:

4 T. aloe vera Gel

4 T. mild castile soap

2 tsp. coconut oil, melted.

5 drops Chamomile essential oil

1-2 T. distilled water

you will also need a small squeeze bottle with a dispenser top

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Directions for Homemade Moisturizing Face Wash:

Combine aloe vera gel, distilled water, melted coconut oil, and mild castile soap into a dispenser style bottle. Use a funnel or measuring cup with a pour spout if needed to make it easier to pour into bottle.

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Add chamomile essential oil.

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Shake bottle well to combine all ingredients.

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To use:

Shake well before each use, squirt about a teaspoon on a damp cotton pad and rub gently across face. Rinse well, and pat skin dry. Follow up with a light moisturizer. Use morning and night for best results.

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And there you have it, you just made your very own Face Wash! If you loved this simple Homemade Moisturizing Face Wash, be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

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DIY Glitter Candles

When looking for pretty but frugal holiday gifts for teachers, friends, and neighbors (or to grace your own mantle), you need not look further than the dollar store and your own craft supplies. You can turn simple inexpensive candles into beautiful customized pieces that look great with any décor and actually look like you spent a lot more! You’ll love how easy these Homemade DIY Glitter Candles are!

This post is part of our 2016 Homemade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2016 Home Made Christmas Gifts.

DIY Glitter Candles - Easy Homemade Gift Idea

DIY Glitter Candles

Supplies for DIY Glitter Candles:

Glass jar candles

modge podge/ craft glue

fine glitter

foam brush

painters or washi tape

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Directions for DIY Glitter Candles:

Peel the label off your jar, if you are covering the majority in glitter don’t worry about the adhesive left behind, otherwise you can remove it easily with a bit of rubbing alcohol and a cloth.

img_2881 Wrap jar in washi or painters tape to create a design. You can cover your jar in glitter if you like but I prefer to create a break in the design, leaving some at the top or bottom and even stripes. img_2887Paint the area you wish to glitter with a heavy layer of modge podge or school glue.

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Sprinkle jar completely with glitter, if you do it over a piece of paper it is simple to pick up the excess by folding the paper and pouring the glitter back into the jar.

img_2886Carefully peel tape off jar and allow your glue to dry completely before use.img_2889If you wish to add a little more contrast and design to your candle you can pick up some glittery alpha stickers, apply a little more glue to the back so they stick well and press in place.

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These are a fun project to do with the kids to gift to teachers and grandparents, they turn out very cute with little fuss.

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If you loved this DIY Glitter Candle, be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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Homemade Peppermint Soap

Homemade Peppermint Soap

Look how pretty this homemade peppermint soap is! This gorgeous peppermint homemade soap looks fantastic in the guest bath! Plus, the kids love to bath with it, and it makes a sweet and simple gift during the holidays. Made with just 3 easily gathered materials, this one is very kid friendly (except for handling the hot pot). The finished product is just adorable! While peppermint candy is of course a bit sticky, your soap base and water rinse it right away. You can make your soap in a basic mold or grab a shaped mold to make it even more seasonal. This post is part of our 2016 Homemade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2016 Home Made Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Peppermint Soap - gorgeous and easy to make, with only 3 ingredients

Homemade Peppermint Soap

Ingredients for homemade peppermint soap:

1  lb. glycerin soap base

10-15 drops peppermint essential oil

8-10 peppermint candies

 

You will also need:

a soap mold

sandwich bag

saucepan/wooden spoon

This recipe makes about 6 standard size bars.

 

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Directions:

Place unwrapped peppermints in a sandwich bag. Then press the air out and seal. Next, crush with a rolling pin or wooden mallet. Leave some pieces larger.

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Sprinkle larger pieces into soap mold.

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Chop soap base into 1″x 1″ pieces.

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Place soap base into a saucepan on medium heat and stir often until completely melted.

Remove melted soap base from heat. Stir in peppermint essential oil.

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Pour into your soap mold, allow to set for 5 minutes, then sprinkle the back with the finely crushed pieces of mint.

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Allow to set for 3 to 4 hours to assure firmness then gently pop from mold.

To gift, wrap your soap bars in plain brown paper, wax paper, or other decorative paper by cutting it into strips, wrap around and tape in back. Add a pretty piece of twine for a bow and you are ready to gift it!

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If you loved this simple homemade peppermint soap, be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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