Valentine’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and nothing says I love you more than a handmade gift.  Below are some great DIY gifts that won’t break the bank:

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrubdiy gift ideas

  • 2 pureed strawberries
  • 1 TBS of olive oil
  • 1 TBS of vegetable oil
  • 2 TBS granulated white sugar
  • 4 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients and put them in a jar.  You can keep them the jar in the fridge for up to a week.

Exfoliating Lip Gloss

diy gift ideas

  • 2 TBS Crisco Solid Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 TBS Strawberry or Cherry powdered drink mix
  • 1 lip balm container or clean contact case

Heat the Crisco in the microwave for 30 seconds or until it is a liquid.  While it is still hot, mix in the powdered drink mix and pour into the lip balm container.  Let it cool for 10 minutes.

Luxurious Muscle Soak

diy gift ideas

  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/4 cup Sea Salts
  • 5 drops pink food coloring
  • 10 drops of your favorite aromatic essence 

Mix the salts and add the food coloring.  Using a fork, mix lightly so it is evenly colored.  Add in the aromatic essence and store in a pretty jar!

Like these DIY gift ideas?  Check out this video for more ideas.

Which one are you going to try first?!?  I’m making the lip balm!

For more tips and recipes like these, check out the book Bonding over Beauty in bookstores near you!

DIY Christmas Presents: Homemade Crayons

Since Dan has been out of work he’s gotten a lot of projects around our house done.  Mainly the kids bathroom that has been under construction for 7 years.  Yes you read that correctly…7 years.  In fact, my daughter (who’s 5 years old) just found out last year what was on the other side of the door in the hallway upstairs.  I can still remember the look on her face when she realized we had a tub in that room!  So while Dan has been working on that bathroom, Bella has been spending quite a bit of time at my parents house.  While there, she’s been working on special projects for everyone for Christmas.  We didn’t want her to feel left out on Christmas morning, so while she was at the ballet with my mom yesterday, we took Zachary to get some supplies to make Bella a homemade Christmas present.

Zachary decided to make Bella her very own crayons.  He knows how much she likes to color and in his mind, the idea of being allowed to break the crayons, made this the best present ever!  To make your own crayons, here are the things you need:

  • Crayons
  • Silicone molds
  • Super fine glitter

The first thing we did was head to IKEA.  They have all kinds of silicone ice cube trays that we thought would work great as crayon molds.  Zachary picked out hearts, ninja stars, fish, and flowers.  Next we headed to Walmart.  I had crayons at home, but I wanted to get a few extra boxes just in case we needed more.  Once we got home, we started to peel the paper off.  We quickly found that if we took a knife and ran it down the crayon, the paper came off much easier than trying just peel it.  Also, did you know, and this could be total coincidence, but every orange crayon we took the paper off of had extra glue on it, gluing the paper to the crayon.  No other color had that. Weird.

Next came the fun part…breaking the crayons into pieces.  Zachary LOVED this part.  We filled each tray with the broken pieces.  I wanted to make them multi-colored, but Zachary was insisted that we match the colors.  So oranges and reds went together; yellows and greens; purples and blues; etc.  After breaking the pieces, we fit them into the silicone ice cube trays.  If there were any open spaces, I tried to fill them in as best as I could with small pieces of the crayons that I cut with a knife.  We then sprinkled a little bit of glitter into each tray before putting them into the oven.
Make sure to put the silicone ice cube tray on a cookie sheet and place it into a preheated oven set at 300 for about 20 minutes.  You are going to want to rotate the crayons 90 degrees every 5-7 minutes to insure that the crayons completely melt.  Once the time is up, carefully remove from the oven and place the silicone ice cube tray into the refrigerator for about 10 to 15 minutes so they can harden.  When you are finished, carefully pop out of the molds and you are left with super awesome crayons like these:

Aren’t they cute?!?  My favorite are the flowers and the ninja stars (as my son calls them).  I also like the glitter crayons better than the ones we did not add glitter too.  Bella is going to be beside herself!  If you do this, I recommend not doing the fish.  While they are super cute, they were very difficult to get out of the mold.  If you look closely, you’ll see quite a few fish without tails!

Have you made your own crayons before?  If so, what molds did you use?