Homemade Gift Ideas, Part Deux

Welcome to the Craft Post! I have some exciting new projects to share with you! Part One can be found HERE

All of these ingredients & supplies can be easily found at a craft store, at a health food store, or online.

photo 4Snow Globe
Supplies:
– Jar with a lid or a Snow Globe Kit (I got my snow globe at Michael’s Craft Store for $8)
– Focal Piece (measure so you can make sure it will fit in your jar/snow globe kit)
– Distilled Water (tap water may contain contaminants that can discolor the focal piece)
– Epoxy Glue
– Diamond Dust, Glitter, and/or Faux Snowflakes

*Directions: They recommend sanding the bottom of the focal piece and the base, but it’s not necessary. Also, the epoxy has a strong smell so make sure you’re in a well ventilated room.

Start by adding epoxy to both the base and the bottom of your focal piece. Press together and hold for a few seconds. Wait until the pieces are fully bonded together. I waited 24 hours, but it actually only takes about 5 to 10 minutes. Fill the globe almost to the top, but not all the way, with distilled water. Add your Snowflakes, Diamond Dust, and/or Glitter. Slide your focal piece into the globe (and you can add more epoxy to the edges to prevent leaking. Tightly screw on the base. And that’s it! You can add embellishments to the base or just leave it as it.

photo 1Salt/Sugar Scrub
*You will need 4 oz of oil per Cup of Salt*
Supplies:
– Fine Ground Sea Salt (or Sugar)
– Almond Oil (or other kind of carrier oil: I used Avocado, Coconut Oil, and Macadamia Oil)
– Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil (5 to 15 drops)
– Containers (I prefer plastic since most people use this kind of product in the shower. I got mine at FruendContainer.com for about 59 cents a piece)

– Opt. Grapeseed Extract (as a perservative)
– Opt. Mica Powder (crushed mineral safe for cosmetic use)
– Opt. Herbs like Lavender or Mint (for scent & color)

*Directions: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into container. Secure lid. I used a blend of Lavender & Green Tea that was really nice. And also, Gardenia, and then a third batch of Lavender, Neroli, & Lime. *Note that some separation of oil is going to happen, just a little bit. You can add a note for them to lightly stir it before using. Or you can pour some of it out.*

*I used 7 cups of salt. That made roughly 42 ounces of bath salts. Which was 8 – 4oz containers and 1 – 7oz container, with about 3 to 4 oz leftover.*

Lotion
Supplies:
*vary according to preference*

*This recipe makes 1 – 16oz bottle of lotion*

– Plastic Bottle with Lotion Pump
– (0.5 oz) Emulsifying Wax (I have made lotion without this, but it turns out so much better with it)
– (5 oz) (choose as few or as many as you like): Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Avocado Butter, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter (great for a chocolate smell)
– (1 oz) Vegetable Glycerin
– (1 oz) JoJoba Oil
– (8 oz)Aloe Vera Gel (in loo of water)
– (about 15 -25 drops – depending on how strong you want it to be) Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil

– Opt. A few drops of E oil or Grapeseed Extract (to extend the shelf life)
– Opt. Mica (for color)

– Container to Heat the Ingredients in (Do NOT use plastic) I got a stove top pot from Hobby Lobby.

*Directions: Add the Emulsifying Wax, Oils, and Butters to a microwave safe or stove top safe container. Melt the ingredients together. Do NOT bring to a boil. Add the Glycerin & Aloe Vera. Blend together. (I recommend a whisk) Remove from heat. Add the fragrance oils. Blend some more. Pour into containers. Secure Lids. Shake every fifteen minutes until it’s cool. I put mine the freezer for two hours after this to help it solidify faster. Then you’re done. This takes a little more babysitting, but it’s worth it!

Body Spray
Supplies:
– Distilled Water/Spring Water
– Essential Oil/Fragrance Oil
– Spray Bottle/Atomizer

*Directions: This is super easy. Put 10 to 15 drops of fragrance into a container. Add Distilled Water. Shake and Spray.

Perfume
*This takes a little bit more time. Before putting the mixing in the final container, you place it in a dark bottle and shake it a few times a day for 2 weeks to “age” the product. This will make the scent stronger and last longer.*

Supplies:
– Dark Tinted Glass Bottle or Atomizer (Hobby Lobby has a ton of Atomizers)
– Distilled/Spring Water (1 tbsp per oz of alcohol)*this is about half an ounce*
– 2 ounces of pure grain alcohol (like vodka or ) or jojoba oil (for an oil based perfume)
– Essential Oils/Fragrance Oil (25 to 30 drops) Works great in a blend of complimentary oils. ^_^

*Directions: Mix ingredients together in a dark container. Shake gently and store in a cool dry place for 2 weeks. Chill for a few hours. Then empty contents into the bottle or atomizer of your choice. (Opt. The alcohol will extract the scent from the oil. There may be undissolved particles floating around in your mixture. This is normal and harmless, but you can use a coffee filter to get rid of the undissolved components. Chill briefly between filtering until all traces are removed.)

HTC Thunderbolt Phone Pix & Flix 291T-Shirts & Other Clothing
Supplies:
– Inkjet Printer
– An Iron
– A Design
– T-Shirt Transfers (Avery makes some great ones)
– Piece of Clothing or Blank Canvas Tote Bag

*Directions: Create the design on your computer (find a logo you like or a picture or a some lettering) *keep in mind, you will want to flip the design so that when you iron it on, it isn’t backwards*, Print the design, Place the design face down on the clothing, Iron On (use whatever setting is best for the clothing), and Voila, you’re done. ^_^

And don’t forget, if you’re handy in the kitchen, you can always bake a dish or dessert for someone.

This goes for people handy with a paintbrush as well. You can make a decorative mask or painting for them. ^_^

Final Note: Avery makes some Sticker Project Paper #3383. You can make labels whatever size you wish and stick them to your bottled gifts. They make white & transparent. I can’t say they’re water-proof, but they hold up well and will look pretty good on your projects.

9 Responses to Homemade Gift Ideas, Part Deux

  1. The snow globe idea is fab!
    And that lotion contains some essential ingredients… aloe vera has multiple benefits…
    Smart ideas for gifts, and it becomes extra special because it has a personal feel!

    • Isn’t the snow globe just awesome!
      That was my third lotion recipe. I was thrilled to finally find something that wasn’t too greasy and that I could also put in a bottle with a pump.
      Thanks for stopping by! ^_^

Hi! ^_^