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Home Maker

Photography by Rinn Garlanger

Feeling crafty? These fun and simple DIY projects are the perfect way to exercise your creative spirit—and give your home an instant update.

 

HOMEMADE OATMEAL SOAP

This oatmeal bar soap smells fresh and clean and will look great in your bathroom or kitchen. Makes about seven bars.

Homemade oatmeal soap


Oatmeal soap and honey diy Plain soap in a bowl Making soap in mold  

Materials

2 pounds shea butter glycerin soap base 1 cup organic rolled oats 2 tablespoons almond oil 2 tablespoons raw honey 1 soap-making loaf mold 1 pot 1 soap cutter or sharp knife

 

Directions

1 Cut the glycerin soap base into small chunks and melt. You can do this in the microwave or in a pot over the stove on low to medium heat.

2 Once the soap base is melted, stir in 1/2 cup of oats, honey, and almond oil until mixed thoroughly. Carefully pour your mixture into the loaf mold.

3 Sprinkle the top of your mold with reserved rolled oats. Let it sit for about four to five hours to harden. (You can also put the mold in the fridge to harden faster.)

4 Once the soap has cooled and hardened, remove soap from the mold.

5 Use a soap cutter or sharp knife to cut the soap into bars.


Soap hardened in mold with oat flakes
Soap molded with oat flakes

Cutting homemade soap  

Gold Leaf Flowerpots

Add some punch to your patio or windowsill. Your plants deserve to be in style too! Makes four flowerpots.Painted pots

Potted plant materials

Plants before potting

Materials

4 flowerpots (can be the same or different sizes) 4 plants (Succulents are great!) Spray paint A roll of washi tape Gold leaf kit (can be found on Amazon.com) Small paint brush Potting soil


Handpainted pots for plants

Directions

1 Spray paint the flowerpots in colors of your choice. (A couple paint coats will do.) Let them dry completely.

2 Apply washi tape to section off the area you’d like to gold leaf. Then apply a thin layer of glue to the area so the gold leaf can stick. Brush on the gold leaf and let it dry, then remove tape. Optional: If your planters will be placed outdoors, spray them with a coat of clear sealant to protect them against the elements.

3 Add a layer of soil and you’re ready for planting! We chose these adorable and hearty succulents for easy maintenance, indoors or out.

Paintbrush flower pot and tape Finished diy flower pots

Pressed Flower Candles

Who doesn’t love a nice candle? Add instant warmth and a hint of soothing lavender to your home with these adorable mason jars. Makes one candle.

Pressed flower candle project

Materials

Mason jar in your choice of size 1 block of 100% beeswax or natural wax of your choice 1 natural wick Pressed flowers or herbs 1 clean, empty can and 1 small saucepan or pot (or use a double boiler) 1 small paintbrush Knife Cutting board Lavender oil

Flower, wax, paintbrush, and jar for project

Melting wax

Directions

1 On a cutting board, use a knife to chop the wax into small chunks that will fit in the empty can.

2 Place chunks of wax into the can, place the can into the pot, and add water to the pot until it is about two inches above the level of the wax. Heat on medium until the wax is completely melted.

3 Dip the paintbrush into the melted wax, brush onto the pressed flowers, and apply flowers to the inside of your jar. Sprinkle lavender oil to coat the inside of your jar as desired. To keep your wick from sinking, gently tie it around a pencil or chopstick and set across the top of your jar. To anchor the wick, dip the metal end of the wick into the melted wax and lower it to the bottom of the jar. The melted wax will adhere the wick to the jar.

4 Use an oven mitt to carefully remove the can from the pot and gently pour the wax into your jar, filling it to about 1/4 inch from the top. Allow the wax to cool completely; trim the wick to about 1/4 inch before burning.


Mason jar with flowers
Poured wax and holding up wick

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