DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak and Cuticle Cream

This strengthening and moisturizing nail soak does double duty as a cuticle cream. Place the jar in hot water, allowing it to melt and it makes a wonderful nail soak once or twice a week. Allow it to chill and firm up and you can easily swipe a little bit out to massage onto your cuticles. Either way it is great for your nails and cuticles, and makes for a nice little spa treatment at home.  Make it in a pretty jar, tie on a pretty ribbon, add a couple nail files and it makes a lovely holiday gift for anyone from family to friends, neighbors to teachers.

DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak Cuticle Cream

Ingredients for DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak and Cuticle Cream:

2 T.

2 tsp.

1 tsp.

10 drops

DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak

Melt coconut oil in the microwave in 20 second increments, add to jar.

DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak and Cuticle Cream

Stir in honey until combined.

DIY Strengthening Lavender Nail Soak Instructions

Add lavender essential oil.

Stir well to ensure that all ingredients are well combined. To store your nail soak/cream place in a  container with a tight fitting lid out of direct light.

To use as a nail soak, warm gently in the microwave until it is liquid-30 seconds should about do it. Soak nails for 10 minutes, wash hands as usual to remove excess oil.  Repeat 1 to 2 times per week.

DIY Lavender Nail Soak

To use as a nail and cuticle cream allow your mixture to solidify-I pop mine in the fridge when I want to use it that way.  Rub gently into nails, allow to sit for 10 minutes, wipe away excess. I do this nearly daily to moisturize and strengthen my nails.

DIY Lavender Nail Cuticle Cream

Check out another favorite beauty DIY: DIY Mineral Powder Foundation

Be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

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Parsley and Peppermint Grain Free Dog Treats

Dogs, just like their human counterparts, can suffer from gluten intolerance, or wheat allergies. It often leaves them itchy or with an upset stomach. If your vet has diagnosed your pup with it, then you are probably searching for foods and treats that give you all the good things your dog needs without the grains. These Parsley and Peppermint Grain Free Dog Treats are made with coconut flour as the base and help give Fido a winning fresh “smile”. This simple homemade recipe is not quite as hard as most dog treats of this sort. They have the consistency of an over baked human cookie and are a bit more crumbly. We made these in the shape of a candy cane for Christmas gifts, but you can make them in any shape you want.

Parsley and Peppermint Grain Free Dog Treats

Parsley and Peppermint Grain Free Dog Treats

Ingredients for Parsley and Peppermint Grain Free Dog Treats:

1 1/2 cup

1/2 cup

2 T.

2 eggs

1/2 cup fresh parsley

1/2 tsp. baking soda

water

Parsley and Peppermint Grain Free Dog Treats Directions

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Finely chop parsley, or you can toss it in a little food processor and puree it if you want a finer texture, more pureed parsley will give your treats a more overall green look.

How to Make Grain Free Dog Treats

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until everything is well combined.

Your mixture will be crumbly and dry, add water a little at a time, stirring well until it has a thicker dough-y texture.

Grab a scoop of mixture and for it into the shape of a candy cane on baking pan.

Baked Grain Free Dog Treats

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until tops begin to turn golden brown.

Allow to cool completely before removing them from the pan and storing in a container with a tight fitting lid.

Easy Grain Free Dog Treats

 

This article is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

If you loved this simple DIY homemade gift idea, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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Tea Bag Christmas Tree Craft

If you are looking for an adorable (and useful) homemade Christmas gift look no further! This adorable Hot Tea Bag Christmas Tree Craft is great as a hostess gift, for teachers, neighbors, and others you want to show a little appreciation to during the holidays but don’t quite know what to give. It only takes about 20 minutes to put together and uses a few craft supplies. It can be personalized, made into any color (and flavor) that you wish, and can be created in many sizes! If this sounds like the craft you have been looking for, read on to find out how we did it. We were inspired to create our tea tree by the sweet tea tree at .

This article is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

Tea Bag Christmas Tree Craft

Tea Bag Christmas Tree Craft

Here is what you need for your Tea Bag Christmas Tree Craft:
Colored tea bags
Styrofoam cone, your choice of size
Hot glue
Craft foam
Toothpick

Tea Bag Christmas Tree Craft supplies

Directions for Tea Bag Christmas Tree Craft:
Remove plastic from cone form.
Start at the bottom of your tree with a layer of one color tea bags, so that the bottom of the bag just rests on the surface. Run a bead of hot glue across the top of the bag on the back, position and hold into place until glue is cool.


Repeat all the way around the first layer, overlapping each bag over the last enough to cover your form well.

Tea Bag Christmas Tree
You can make your tree all green with one or more green colored tea bags or alternate with red like we did here. Start your next row so that the bottom third of your tea bag covers the first row. Continue to the top.

For the star I simply cut a star out of yellow craft foam, hot glued it to a toothpick and pressed it down into the top.

Tea Bag Christmas Tree Craft Directions

This was a really simple and fun craft to make that turned out cute!

Tea Bag Christmas Tree Craft Example

This article is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

If you loved this simple DIY homemade tea bag Christmas craft, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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Apple Cider Mulling Spice Sachets

As soon as cooler weather is even a whisper I am pulling out cozy clothes, blankets, and reaching for all my favorite fall flavors.  One fantastic flavor, especially for holiday get togethers with family and friends is hot mulled apple cider. Not only does it warm you up from the inside out and set the mood for fall and winter weather but it makes your home smell amazingly welcoming!  Be ready when guests drop by, you need a quick hostess gift, or want something unique to give to friends and family with my Apple Cider Mulling Spice Sachets. Your favorites spices combined together in an easy to use and toss sachet that gives a pot of apple cider delicious flavor. In a cute little pouch with a pretty ribbon they are irresistible! I like to gift a half dozen or so in a pretty mug that can be used to sip on your mulled cider with.

Apple Cider Mulling Spice Sachets

Apple Cider Mulling Spices

For each Apple Cider Mulling Spice Sachet you will need:

1

3

3

You will also need…

or

or

Directions:

Break cinnamon sticks in half, then soak in vanilla extract for 5 minutes while you prepare the other items.

Cut tulle into pieces about 5″x 5″.

Tap excess liquid off cinnamon sticks and lay both halves in the center of your tulle, add cloves and allspice.

Draw up the corners and secure your bag with a ribbon or a piece of twine, cut off excess.

To make Mulled Hot Apple Cider- Toss a sachet into a pot with 3 cups of apple cider, add 3-4 orange slices and simmer on low for about 15 minutes.

Remove the bag and throw it away.

Serve your mulled apple cider warm with a fresh cinnamon stick for garnish!

This article is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

If you loved this simple DIY homemade gift idea, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

 

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Rose and Chamomile Clay Face Mask

You don’t have to let winter winds, stress, and the busyness of the holiday season wear on your skin, especially on your face. Treat yourself to a DIY Rose & Chamomile Clay Face Mask that draws out impurities, soothes irritated skin, and improves the overall appearance.  I love using bentonite clay as a base for my face masks because some folks believe it binds to toxins as it draws them out of your skin and leaves it softer, soothes. This can allow more oxygen into your skin because it removes excess hydrogen. Rosewater is a wonderful anti inflammatory that also helps remove dirt and oil from your skin, while chamomile adds another anti inflammatory ingredient and antioxidants.

This article is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

Rose and Chamomile Clay Face Mask

 

Rose and Chamomile Clay Face Mask

Ingredients for Rose and Chamomile Clay Face Mask:

3 tsp.

2 tsp.

1 tsp.

1 tsp.

5 drops

Water

Directions:

In a small microwave safe dish heat coconut 15 seconds at a time until melted. This ingredient adds more than just moisture to your mask. It soothes skin and gives it an anti aging boost.

Stir in rosewater, bentonite clay, and chamomile essential oil. Mixture will be very thick.

Add water, just a little at a time until you have a paste that is loose, similar to toothpaste in texture.

Use your fingers or a soft wide paint brush to rub the mask over a clean damp face.

Allow mask to dry completely, about 20 minutes.

Rinse well, the pat face dry.

Make a fresh mask each time or make several batches and store in a pretty little jar for twice a week facials at home. Besides helping you recover from the craziness of the holidays this mask would make a lovely gift for a friend, teacher, or well deserving family member to enjoy.

And there you have it, homemade Rose Clay Face Mask! If you loved this simple DIY gift idea, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

 

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DIY Mineral Powder Foundation

If you, like me, don’t wear makeup often, or just leave the house with a swish of powder and a smear of lip gloss, you probably don’t have a counter filled with makeup. Maybe you buy a bottle of store bought stuff every few years for special occasions, or maybe you do use it everyday. But maybe you are just tired of smearing and dusting stuff on your face that clogs your pores and allows chemicals you can’t even pronounce to absorb into your skin. The best solution for this is of course to make your own~ DIY Mineral Powder Foundation is crazy easy to make and is mostly created from pantry ingredients. It is also simple to adjust the tone to your skin and the time of year, or just leave it light for a translucent finishing powder to even out your skin. This pairs nicely with our Homemade Charcoal Body Bar recipe!

This article is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

DIY Mineral Powder Foundation

DIY Mineral Powder Foundation

 

You will need:

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Directions for DIY Mineral Powder Foundation: 

Start with cornstarch, how much you use will depend on how much powder foundation you want to make to start. This will be your base and make up most of the powder volume so use it as your basic measurement. 1/2 a cup is good for your first batch.

Mix in the bentonite clay and a couple drops of lavender essential oil  2 drops for every 1 cup is great) until  well combined.

Slowly add cocoa powder, cinnamon, or nutmeg a little at a time. Test often on the back of your hand (this is similar in color and texture to your face).  If you add too much simply add a bit more arrowroot powder to lighten (this is why its a great idea to start with 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of arrowroot). I like to use a whisk to blend everything.

Be sure to write down how much you use of each ingredient as you go, so you can make the perfect blend easily every time from your own formula!

Do you have a friend or family member who loves makeup? Treat them to a pretty jar of this DIY Mineral Powder Foundation for Christmas to add to their vanity, they may never go back to store bought!

And there you have it, homemade DIY Mineral Powder Foundation! If you loved this simple DIY Mineral Powder Foundation, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

 

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Homemade Charcoal Body Bar

The detoxifying power of activated charcoal combined with a creamy hydrating soap base work to make your skin healthy and glowing.  This Handmade Charcoal Body Soap Bar recipe is a simple base and can be customized with your favorite essential oils to make a detox charcoal body bar that is luxurious and effective for men or women. You can go as soft as lavender or go bold and use something like clove, mint, or cedar wood essential oil  to give it a rich profile. Make some for yourself but they are also great for holiday gifts, wrap a stack in bow or fill up a jar with them.

This article is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Charcoal Body Bar

Homemade Charcoal Body Bar

 

You will need:

essential oil

 

You will also need: 

a small pan

Cut your pour and melt soap base into smaller chunks and place in a small pan. It’s a good idea to purchase a pan just for DIY recipes instead of sharing the one you use for your food. I like to use goats milk soap base because it is ultra moisturizing, contains alpha hydroxy acids, vitamins and minerals. However, you can use plain clear glycerin soap base if you prefer.

Melt over medium heat, stirring frequently until soap is completely liquid.

Remove from heat and carefully stir in argan oil, essential oil, and activated charcoal powder. The powder is very fine and easily spreads throughout the air, so be sure to go slowly and not breathe in any powder.

Quickly pour into desired mold and allow to cool for several hours before carefully removing from the mold. Store in a dry cool place to keep charcoal soap bars in good shape.

How many bars of soap you make will depend on the size of your molds. Start off with a small batch, like this recipe. Then perfect your favorite scent combinations and then increase your amounts.

There you have it! Homemade Charcoal Body Bar, simple and sweet! If you loved this simple DIY Charcoal Body bar, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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Homemade Green Tea and Honey Body Wash

Most of the beauty products we buy at the the store contain a long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce and probably wouldn’t want to put on you body if you knew a little more about them. Lots of folks believe ingredients like surfactants and artificial scents/coloring can be harsh and drying on your skin. Crafting your own products at home is the perfect way to be sure that every ingredient is safe and tailor made to your skin’s needs. This DIY Homemade Green Tea & Honey Body Wash makes a great holiday gift on its own or as part of a bath basket. If you want to make a homemade gift basket, just include a loofah, Easy Fizzy Bath bombs, and a DIY Glitter Candle to gift a little of the spa experience. I love how this version foams up and leaves a silky moisturized feeling on your skin, without drying it out.

This post is part of our 2017 Handmade Christmas gifts series! Be sure to check out the rest of the gifts here: 2017 Handmade Christmas Gifts.

Homemade Green Tea and Honey Body Wash

Homemade Green Tea & Honey Body Wash

Ingredients for Homemade Green Tea and Honey Body Wash:

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup honey

 

You will also need:

small pan

Directions for Homemade Green Tea and Honey Body Wash:

Heat water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Drop in tea bags and remove from heat, allow to cool completely.

Transfer tea water to whatever container you are using, add castille soap (I used almond scent), honey, and almond oil. Gently swirl to mix ingredients well, use a funnel to make it easier to get in in the bottle. For my bottle, I used a hand soap bottle that I saved and rinsed out. I like using a pump for shower items; it just makes it so easy to dispense! Start saving up those empty soap containers for body wash Christmas gifts.

Now, if you like, you can add a little additional scent to your body wash- Lavender, mint, chamomile, orange, and bergamot will all work beautifully to compliment the green tea and honey.

If you loved this simple DIY Body Wash gift, be sure to check out other great DIY Handmade Gift ideas in our 12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2016 series; our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series, and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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