DIY Baby Name Canvas

I started out with going to Michaels and bought some ribbon, letters and a canvas. I even added flowers that were sewn together (can be bought from Easy or DIY).

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Painted the canvas with its first color of paint, let dry. Then colored the edges with paint.

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To curl the polyester ribbons, I wrapped the ribbons on my wooden spoon (alai can use dowel rods). “Baked” the spoons at 200 degrees for 20 mins. Allow to completely cool. Then unwrap.

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I used a hot glue gun and glued everything into the canvas.

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Homemade Bath Bombs

So with Christmas coming around the corner I had the great idea of making bath bombs for my friends. Most of them have kids and lead stressful lives. So what better way to wind down than with a bath and something to make it feel nice. Of course I found this idea through Pinterest.

Ingredients:

2 c baking soda

1 c citric acid

2 ts essential oil

2 ts body oil

1/2 ts colorant (optional)

spray bottle of witch hazel/water

1/2 c Epsom salts

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Mix dry ingredients together, first, in a bowl. Then in a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients (except the witch hazel/water).

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Combine the mixtures together, mixing everything together really nicely.

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Then use your spray bottle of witch hazel/ water, and spray the mixture (5-6 sprays should do it). But make sure to use your other hand to mix it together or it will start reacting. And the way you know you have enough sprays is the mixture can stick together when mashed in your hand. Do not put too much spray in or else you will have a mixture that will double in size and will not come out correctly.

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Then quickly pack mixture into a mold, and allow to dry. You can make use of any type of mold: metal, silicon  a ball. If you go the route I did, just allow it to dry in the mold.

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FAQs:

1. Make sure the essential oil lids stay with the correct container to keep smells from mixing. Also if you do not have body oil, you can make use of 2 ts of essential oil and 2 ts of olive oil.

2. If you decide to use colorant, buy the liquid type not the gel kind.

3. Using witch hazel against water, there is truly no difference.

4. You can buy everything at a Whole Foods, King Soopers (local grocery store with a natural foods area), or Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers.

Homemade Wreathe (or is it wreath)

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So I did another Pinterest idea, for Christmas. My family and I went Christmas tree hunting in the mountains right after Thanksgiving, with friends from church. It was amazing and fun!! Such a beautiful area! Also we found the perfect tree for our little apartment. But we had extra branches, that we brought home so I decided to make my own wreathe. *Please excuse any grammatical errors of the wreathe vs wreath*

Items Needed:

Branches, hot glue gun, glue for the glue gun, clips, newspaper, ornaments, ribbon and a hanger for the wreathe.

First, get the hot glue gun and allow it to heat up before using. Of course lay out newspaper so that you can keep the mess in one area. Lay out the branches that you will be using, then create a circle with them, this is important so you can actually see what it is you are going for in the making. Allow the branches to create the wreath for you, because if you just make the branches do what you want, the wreath will not work out. And the wreathe will fall apart. I made a circle on my newspaper so I could keep track of the shape. With one branch at a time hot glue them together, and use the clips to hold it together until dried. It will dry within 5 mins, if not a little longer. Do this with the whole wreath. Allow it to dry all the way before decorating or hanging. Then once dry, hang it up or decor it first, then hang it.

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