Lavender, Brown Sugar, & Coconut Oil Body Scrub

Hi everyone! I’ve decided to make a new body scrub, and I did it a bit differently then the last body scrub I posted about. As with all body scrubs, this one is super easy and can be done in only three steps!

The differences with this body scrub is the addition of almond oil and a mixture of calming essential oils. In this post I will show you how to make this body scrub, all the ingredients you will need, and where you can find the ingredients.

I just recently started using almond oil for my skin and have found that it works amazing at healing my dry skin. The essential oils I used also make this scrub smell so good and make it a great addition to any relaxing shower or bath. I hope you guys like it!

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What you will need:

  • 2 Cups of White / Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp of Almond Oil
  • 1 Tbsp of Vitamin E Oil
  • 10-15 Drops Each of Lavender, Rosemary, & Frankincense Essential Oils

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This recipe makes about 16 oz of body scrub. At the end of this post, I have included links where you can find each of the ingredients listed above.

I like my scrubs really oily because I have such bad dry skin, but if you like them less oily, you can change the recipe to 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of coconut oil instead*.

Step 1: Melt the coconut oil so that it becomes liquified.

Step 2: Next, add the almond oil and essential oils to the coconut oil and stir until combined.

Step 3: Add the oil mixture to two cups of brown or white sugar. I chose brown sugar for this recipe. Mix the oil and sugar until combined.

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So easy, the sugar scrub is finished! Now all that’s left is to put it in a container of your choice. I hope you guys like this scrub! Below I will show you where you can get all the ingredients for this scrub.


I’ve always used C&H brown sugar. If your in need of some brown sugar, this brand can be found on Amazon in packs of two here ($12.84).

The Spectrum coconut oil has been in some of my previous posts. I’ve been using it for awhile now and love using it for all sorts of things, it can be purchased here ($7.58).

The almond oil I use is from the Aura Cacia brand, and also has Vitamin E in it as well. I still like to add some more to my scrubs to make them really hydrating. It can be purchased here ($4.19).

Sadly, I don’t think you can find the TopCare vitamin E oil online, but there is another brand on Amazon that is fairly inexpensive. I honestly want to give it a try once I run out of the TopCare oil. It can be found here ($11.99).

The essential oils I used for this mask come in a set on Amazon. I received them as a gift for Christmas and love all the different kinds it comes with! It includes tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, frankincense, lemongrass, lemon, rosemary, orange, and peppermint essential oils. The set can be purchased here ($24.99).

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Heart Cutout Ornaments

Finals are over and winter break is finally here! I’ve been meaning to make a new post sooner but was so busy with school that I haven’t gotten around to writing one until now.

So, this is the last DIY ornament idea I will post about this holiday season! I got these wooden heart cutouts at the beginning of the season, but couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with them. I played around with different ideas and really liked how these ones turned out.

These heart ornaments are super easy, and mostly consist of gluing on little embellishments here and there. Below I will give step-by-step instructions of how I made them, everything I used to make them, and where you can buy the supplies.

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What you will need:

  • Wooden Heart Cutouts
  • Present Embellishments 
  • Snowflake Confetti
  • Pencil/Ballpoint Tool 
  • Crafting Tweezers (optional)
  • Clear Glue/Adhesive
  • Paint Brush 
  • Glitter
  • String

(At the bottom of this post I have included descriptions on each item needed and where you can buy each item.)

Step 1: To do the glitter border, I mixed together Mod Podge and gold glitter. (A glitter glue pen would be much easier. I definitely need to get some! If you do have a glitter pen, you can skip this step.) Begin with about a dime sized dab of glue. I use an old bottle cap  that I use to mix paints. Add a good amount of glitter to the glue and mix it together. It might look weird while its wet, but as long as you have a clear drying glue, it will look fine when it’s dry.

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Step 2: Now to draw the glitter border. I wish I had a ball point tool for this part, but I just used the tip of a mechanical pencil and it worked great! Start out with a rough sketch of the border, using the tip of the pencil or tool as an applicator, then wait for it to dry. Mod Podge dries pretty quickly, and you can easily tell because it will be clear.

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Step 3: Now that the border is dry, you can add a second coat to make the glitter really stand out, and fix any spots that you might’ve left out or messed up. The photo below is with two coats once it’s dried.

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Step 4: Now for the snowflakes in the background. I used snowflakes from a pack of Christmas-themed confetti. Just add some glue to the back of the snowflakes, and stick them on. Tweezers help out a lot with these steps that involve little embellishments. Also, you can play around here with what you have to see what you like and what looks good. There are many different options you could go with!

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Step 5: Gluing on the little presents is similar to the snowflakes. Because the presents are a bit thicker than the snowflakes, I add a pretty generous amount of glue to the back to make sure they won’t fall off.

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Step 6: Once the present is dry, I add two thin layers of Mod Podge over the whole thing to keep it sealed and safe from becoming damaged. This will help seal the glitter, snowflakes, and present so they are secure. Just make sure to let it dry between layers.

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Step 7: All that’s left is to add string! I chose to do a thin twine to make them look a little rustic. The hearts I used already had holes cut into them to make this step much easier. Like all my ornaments, I tie the string into a little bow, and add adhesive to the knot of the bow to keep it from coming undone.

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Now your ornament is finished! There are so many different options with these little hearts. It’s fun to play around and see what you like! Below is a photo of mine once finished. I also have descriptions of the supplies needed and where you can get them.

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Where you can find the supplies:

The wooden heart cutouts are good for so many different ornament ideas. I wanted to do actual wood slices, but figured these would cheaper. Amazon has them in packs of 50, and they can be purchased here ($6.99).

The present embellishments are perfect for all sorts of crafts. I only wish they included more in a pack, but they are pretty detailed, so it’s understandable. They come in packs of six, and can be purchased here ($5.48).

The snowflakes I used came from a pack of Christmas confetti. It also includes reindeer, santas, stars, and trees. The pack can be purchased on Amazon here ($11.99).

I finally got my hands on some Mod Podge glue, and realized how long it’s been since I’ve used it! It works great for these ornaments, and can be purchased here ($4.47).

The glitter I used has been in previous posts. It’s definitely my favorite and is so shiny! It can be purchased here ($7.80).

As I said before, the crafting tweezers are totally optional, they just help out a lot when you’re working with really little things. The ones I have come in a pack of four different tweezers, and can be purchased here ($5.49).

If you don’t have a paint brush or string at home already, here are links to some similar ones on Amazon. A thin twine similar to the one I used can be purchased in packs of two rolls here ($7.49). I use a cheap Crayola brush that comes in hand for a lot of things. The brush can be purchased here ($5.08).

I’m sure everyone has an old mechanical pencil lying around, but some sort of dotting tool would be helpful as well. Unfortunately using a brush for the glitter border doesn’t work too well because it holds onto all the glitter and mainly lays down glue. The dotting tools I’m talking about can be purchased in a set of five different sizes here ($6.99). I’m definitely going to be getting those soon, and I love that they come in different colors. 😋

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Thanks for checking out my last ornament idea! My apologies for it being a bit last minute. Wishing you all a good weekend and a happy holiday! 🎄

 

 

 

 


Burlap Flower Ornaments

Don’t know if you guys have realized but making ornaments is one of my favorite things to do before the holidays! I also got a bunch of new crafting supplies from Amazon and am so excited! These little flower embellishments worked out great for some natural-looking floral ornaments.

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Below I will give you step-by-step instructions of how to make the ornaments with photos and where to get the supplies to make them. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases of the following products linked below.)

What you will need:

  • Flower Embellishments
  • Crafting Tweezers (optional)
  • Glue/Adhesive
  • Foam Balls
  • Ball-head Pin
  • Paint Brush
  • String

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These flower embellishments are from Amazon and they include two different sizes of the two colors. They are in packs of 50 and can be found online here ($3.99).

I just got these tweezers from Amazon and was so excited to use them for this. They make it easier to glue on objects and not get glue on your fingers, but they are totally optional! They come in a set of four different types of tweezers, and can be found on Amazon here ($5.49).

The glue I use is the same from my last ornament posts. It is called Golden Gel Mediums Heavy Gel Gloss, washes off with soap and warm water, and dries clear. It can be found on Amazon here ($12.76).

I used smooth foam balls because I feel they’re easier for gluing on objects and don’t show through gaps as much. You can get them on Amazon in packs of 12 here ($4.90).

Only one ball-head pin is needed to attach the string to the ornament. I used white ones that can be found on Amazon in packs of 250 here ($6.48).

The string I used was just some thin white string I’ve had laying around. Hemp string would also look great with these ornaments. The paint brush I used was just some cheap plastic brush that I’ve also had laying around.


Step 1: Cut off about 6-8 inches of string, attach the string to the pin, and dip the pin into the adhesive so that it stays sturdily attached when you insert it into the foam ball.

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Step 2: Begin by using the paint brush to apply a good-sized amount of glue to the back of the flowers. Make sure to spread the glue to the edges of the flower petals. I like to hold the flower down with the crafting tweezers, but it’s totally optional if you don’t mind getting glue on your fingers.

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Step 3: Then begin attaching the flowers to the foam ball. *Some flowers will have to overlap in order to leave out any gaps. I try to add extra glue to the overlapping flowers to keep the ornament sturdy.

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Step 4: Once all your flowers are glued on, all that’s left is to tie off the string. I suggested 6-8″ to give enough room to tie it off. I usually do a bow, but you could also do a regular knot. Make sure to add a little adhesive to the knot so that the string doesn’t come loose when you hang it.

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Twine Tabletop Trees

I have been seeing these little trees all over the place, and was dying to get some to add to my holiday decor. The only thing is they seem quite expensive in stores, and I’ve seen tons of DIYs on Pinterest, which gave me lots of inspiration for these twine-wrapped tabletop trees. Below I will show you how to make these trees and everything you will need to make them.

They’re actually much easier to make than I expected. I saw some that used cardboard or a cone-shaped piece of foam, but all I had on hand were paper bags. I was thinking a rolled up paper bag might be strong enough to hold the string, and I was right! The string actually makes the whole tree a lot stronger and sturdier when it’s all glued on, almost seems like there’s no way its just a paper bag on the inside!

I added the little red and white buttons to make it seem like ornaments on the trees, but they look just as good without them! Currently thinking of doing a third one without any buttons to mix it up. Also, I think a little star topper would have looked great, but unfortunately I didn’t have any.

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What you’ll need:

  • Paper Bag
  • Thick String/Twine
  • Buttons (optional)
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue

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Most likely you probably already have a paper bagscissors, and tape on hand. For gluing on objects, I just use an old plastic paint brush that I’ve had laying around.

For these trees, I used a thick natural twine. You can find something similar on Amazon here ($5.79). Another type of thick string or twine would look great as well.

I got a pack of different holiday-themed buttons from Amazon. I used the snowflake and flower buttons from it, but it comes with a few other shapes and colors as well. You can find the holiday-themed variety pack of buttons on Amazon here ($8.99)

The glue I used is the same from my last few posts. It is called Golden Gel Mediums Heavy Gel Gloss, and works great at holding down the string. You can get it on Amazon here ($12.89).

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Step 1: Start by gently pulling off the handle and cutting out the large side of the paper bag. Then begin tightly rolling the piece of the paper bag with one end pointed, like a cone. The photo below shows what I mean.

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Step 2: Once the whole piece is rolled, tape down the edges to hold it together while you glue on the string.

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Step 3: Now cut the large bottom end of the cone to make it straight so that it can stand up. I’ve noticed using smaller scissors helps a lot with this part.

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Step 4: Now we can start gluing on the twine. Add a good-sized amount of glue to the very top of the cone to get started.

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Step 5: Start wrapping the twine around the paper cone at the top, you may have to overlap the twine at the top to get it to hold while the glue is drying.

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Continue wrapping the twine around the cone, adding glue as you go before you wrap. Try not to wrap it too tightly, or it will start to warp and add ridges towards the end of the paper cone.

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Step 6: Once you get to the end, cut off the twine. You’ll have to overlap it a little in order to keep the bottom even, so add some glue underneath the end, push it down onto the glue, and add some more glue on top to keep it sealed.

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Step 7: (optional) Now you can start adding any embellishments if you wish. I added these cute snowflake and flower buttons to make it look like ornaments on the tree. I thought it looked just as good without them too. It’s all personal preference! I just wish I had a little star I could add on top as a little tree-topper.

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I’m so happy with how these turned out, and very glad I didn’t end up buying any in stores when I can make them myself so easily. Hope you guys like them as well!

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DIY Letter Ornaments

So, I’m starting to realize I have a crafting obsession with rhinestones. 😳  They’re just so much fun! In this post I’m going to show you how to make these cute little letter ornaments. They’re a fun way to add personalization to ornaments, which makes them great gifts for your friends and family as well!

Unfortunately, I had already made these ones last year, so I won’t be able to show you photos of each step, but I will let you know everything you need to make these ornaments and give you step-by-step instructions.

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What you will need:

  • Wood Letters
  • Glue/Adhesive
  • Paint Brush 
  • Rhinestones
  • Glitter
  • String

All of these items can be found on Amazon, and I have included links to each below. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases of the following products.)

I have had these wood letters for ages and can’t remember where I got them from, but you can find similar ones like on Amazon like these ones here ($8.99).

The adhesive I used is the same I used in my last blog post. It is called Golden Gel Mediums Heavy Gel Gloss, and you can find it on Amazon here ($12.89).

The rhinestones I used were also from my last post, and you can buy large packs of them on Amazon here ($15.57).

I used gold glitter for mine that can be found on Amazon here ($10.99), but other colors would look great too.

The string I used was just some regular white string. Other thin types of string would work as well, such as thin hemp string.

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Step 1: Cover the letter with adhesive using the paint brush. You can just add it to the front of the ornament if you don’t mind a plain back of the ornament.

Step 2: Dust the ornament with glitter while the adhesive is still wet, then shake off any excess.

Step 3: Glue on the rhinestones with a good sized dab of glue for each.

Step 4: Once the adhesive is dry, tie on the string. With these I did what is called a “Lark’s Head” knot (as I was told by Google 😉), so that the ornaments hang straight forward instead of going to the side.

Step 5: Now all that’s left is to tie off the string! As with the ornaments in my last post, *make sure you put adhesive on the knot when you tie off the string so that it doesn’t come loose while hanging in the tree.

These ornaments are probably the easiest I’ve ever made! Hope you like them 🤗

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Rhinestone Ornaments

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Now that it’s time to take down the fall decorations and start getting ready for Christmas, I thought I’d do a post on these bow and rhinestone ornaments. Making ornaments is one of my favorite crafts to do during the holidays, and they also make great gifts. I’ve noticed people really appreciate when you take the time to make them things by hand yourself. It shows you put some time and care into the gift.

These rhinestone ornaments are super cute, easy to make, and could be a great stocking stuffer or small gift for anybody you know! Below I will show you how to make these ornaments in just five easy steps, the items you will need to make them, and where you can get the items.IMG_2048.jpg

What you need:

  • Foam Balls
  • Rhinestones
  • Small Bows (optional)
  • Glue/Adhesive
  • Paint Brush
  • Sewing Pins
  • String

The items that I used can all be purchased on amazon. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases of the products that are linked below.)

For my ornaments I used smooth foam balls that can be purchased in packs of 12 on Amazon here ($6.11). Using smooth styrofoam balls instead of the rough ones helps when you’re gluing on objects like the rhinestones.

Any rhinestones would do really, I used a mixture of clear and green from two variety sets of rhinestones. The clear rhinestones come in a pack of various sizes that can be purchased on Amazon here ($14.61). Unfortunately, I could only find the green rhinestones at Michaels, they can be purchased here ($9.99). Amazon does have them in a variety of other colors though, they can be purchased here ($9.99).

The little white bows I used can be purchased on Amazon here ($7.79). These are totally optional, but I feel they add a nice touch.

For the adhesive, I used Golden Gel Mediums Heavy Gel Gloss that I got for an art class I took awhile back. It can be purchased on Amazon here ($12.89). I imagine Mod Podge would work similarly, but I didn’t have any when I started these ornaments.

For these ornaments I used two different types of pins. The first type that I used are white ball head pins that can be purchased on Amazon in packs of 250 here ($6.48). I use them to pin on the string that will be used to hang the ornament. The second type are regular silver pins to pin on the bows. They can also be purchased on Amazon in packs of 750 here ($6.40).

Really any string will do. I used some white string that I had lying around, but have also used thin hemp string that looked great with more natural-looking ornaments that I made in the past.

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Step 1: Cut off about 6-8″ of string, put the string on the ball head pin and dip the end of the pin in the adhesive. The adhesive helps the pin hold the weight of the ornament and remain inside the ball when you hang it on the tree.

Step 2: Insert the pin into the foam ball.

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Step 3: Glue on the rhinestones. This is the easy part, and here you can decide how you want your colors spread out. To glue the rhinestones, I put a little dab of glue down with the paint brush, then push the rhinestone on top of the glue. Eventually you’ll have the whole foam ball covered. I try to let the rhinestones dry for a couple hours before adding the bows, but you can probably do it now if you’re careful.

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Step 4: {Optional} Insert a small silver pin into your bow. I try to shove them in behind one of the flaps of the bow so that you don’t see the head of the pin. There’s a photo below to explain what I mean. Then insert them wherever you’d like! I put four bows on mine.

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Step 5: Now all thats left is to tie off the string of the ornament! The reason why I suggested at least 6-8″ of string is to save you enough room to easily make a bow or knot to tie off the string. I typically do a bow, then add the adhesive to the knot of the bow to ensure the bow can’t come untied.

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Pretty easy and straightforward! I think the most useful tips are knowing the spots that could use adhesive in order to make a strong and sturdy ornament, like the adhesive on the bow above. There are so many ideas for making your own ornaments, I’m sure I will be posting more in the future! Happy holidays! 🎊

 

Gelatin Hair Mask with Coconut Oil and Vitamin E Oil

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Yesterday was a lazy day for me and I decided to make myself a hair mask. It’s been awhile since I’ve made one, but my hair definitely needed it, its been so dry and brittle. When I’m not trying out store-bought hair masks I like to make my own, it’s super easy to do!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp of Gelatin
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
  • 1 Pump of the Vitamin E Oil 
  • 1 Tsp of Conditioner
  • A Few Drops of Essential Oils (these are quite strong so I only did one drop of each)

First, microwave the water for 60 seconds. Then add the gelatin to the hot water and stir until it has dissolved.

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Next, add the coconut oil, vitamin E oil and conditioner. Mix it until all of it has combined. Lastly, mix in your essential oils if desired. Be careful not to put it on your hair if it’s still too hot, you may have to wait for the mixture to cool before you add it to your hair.

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You can always use the little Knox gelatin packets, but I use this beef gelatin from Vital Proteins. It can be purchased on Amazon here ($33.98). Your hair, skin, and nails are largely made up of collagen, so adding it to your hair may give it the boost it needs.

Coconut oil and vitamin E oil are also both great for the hair and skin. I usually find both at the grocery store. I also like to add a little essential oil (also found at the grocery store). For my mask I used patchouli and cinnamon for a nice fall scent. If you guys know of a better line of oils than the ones I use feel free to let me know! I’m still in the process of figuring what the good brands are. 😅

I also like to add a little conditioner to help the gelatin wash out easier in the shower. Acure’s shampoo and conditioner is my favorite right now. As per usual I get it at my grocery store, but you can also get the set of shampoo and conditioner it Amazon here ($25.99). There’s a few different kinds, but the Argan Oil & Pumpkin is my favorite and it smells amazing!

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Here’s a picture of my hair before and after using the mask. It’s even been a day later and my hair is still so soft and shiny! This mask also does a great job at taming my frizz, which is a definite plus. Hope you like it! ☺️

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DIY Metallic Painted Pinecones

With several pine trees in my backyard I seem to have a constant supply of pinecones, which make great decorative accents! There are also so many crafting possibilities with pinecones. Later on I’d like to try making some Christmas ornaments with pinecones, but for now we’ll stick to them as accents.

For the longest time I’ve had this metallic silver acrylic paint that I’ve never used. I also had a bag filled with pinecones, so I decided to try painting some with the acrylic paint to see how it looked. Honestly, using some spray paint would probably be a lot quicker but this way I could do it inside without making a mess, and I thought I might as well try out this paint that’s been sitting around. Either way, the pinecones turned out great! I currently have them as a vase filler in my guest bathroom.

The exact paint that I used can be purchased from Amazon here. {As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases of this product.}

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Painting them was super easy. First, I rinsed off some that had a lot of dirt left on the pinecones from being outside. A little bit of dirt won’t hurt either, I feel like it makes them look a bit more rustic. *Just a reminder that pinecones absorb water and will tighten up, so you’ll have to let them dry for a day or so if you rinse them. Next I started painting!IMG_1224.jpg

Working top to bottom, I used a smaller brush to get into the little crevices easier. Also make sure to paint all the undersides.

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Once dry they look much more metallic-like and shiny. Some metallic gold paint would have looked great too! I’m thinking I’ll do some red for Christmas. I tried to paint most of them and leave some natural to give some contrast. So quick and easy, I’m happy with how they turned out!

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How-to: Make Your Own Photo Wall

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Photo walls are becoming incredibly popular for home decor. Who wouldn’t want all their favorite photos displayed for all to see?!

When I was shopping for instant cameras, I noticed kits selling for $15+ that included everything needed to hang your photos on your wall (which was typically just string and clothespins). To be honest, I almost bought one of these kits, but then realized how easy it would be to make myself with things I already have at home!

All you need is:

  • Your beloved photos
  • String 
  • Pushpins
  • Clothespins/Paperclips

Clothespins would probably work better, but sadly all I had were paperclips, which work just fine (just not as secure). I’ve also noticed people using little light strings instead of regular strings, which looks fantastic, but I just decided to go with what I already have.

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Step 1: Measure out the size you want your photo wall to be and how spaced out you want each row. For instance, my rows are spaced out 7 inches from each other and are 36 inches (3 feet) long each. Make marks where you want each pin.

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Step 2: Now cut your string to the length you measured and marked on the wall, but MAKE SURE you add an inch or two for slack and enough string to tie a knot around the pin with.

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Step 3: Tie your strings to the pins, and make sure to tie them tight so it cannot become loose! You may have to double knot, especially if you’re using a thick string like I am.

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Step 4: Hang up your photos with your clips or clothespins! Your photo wall is complete, for now! As you take more pictures, you can always add more rows.

I haven’t taken many photos myself, and hope to add more rows soon.

DIY Sugar Scrub

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Body scrubs sold in stores can get a little spendy nowadays, especially considering how easy they are to make yourself!

This body scrub is definitely an essential during the dry winter months, and you already probably have all of the ingredients for it right at home.

Below are the steps and ingredients I use to make my own body scrub.

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The type of sugar you use all depends on how coarse you want your body scrub to be. I chose brown sugar for this body scrub, which is coarser than white sugar. Salt can also be used, which tends to be the most coarse.

Whenever I can, I try to reuse old jars. I chose an old jelly jar that I found lying around, but almost any container will do. Once you have a container, fill it with the sugar/salt of your choice.

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I like to use coconut and vitamin E oil in my scrubs. Coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing, and vitamin E oil has many skin-nourishing benefits. I also like to add 5-7 drops of essential oil to add a nice scent. I chose a citrus oil.

Because a scrub is so easy to make, measuring portions isn’t really necessary. As long as it will fit into your container of choice, then the portions are really up to you. To make things super simple, I measured out the oils to 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil.

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Now that you have all your ingredients, add the oils to the sugar/salt.

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Then, mix together the scrub until the sugar absorbs all the oil. You may have to add more sugar/salt until it becomes consistent.

Now you have made your own body scrub! How easy was that?!