Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

Homemade Dishwater Tablets!

One easy household diy that saves you  a ton of money is Homemade Dishwasher Tablets.  Plus, you’ll be stocking up your kitchen with safe and wonderful smelling cleaner! While the initial investment is a bit more (we spent around 12 dollars for ingredients), you can make dozens upon dozens of tablets! In fact, you can make far more than you would purchase for the same price at the store. Even better, you can customize the smell to your liking, or use the items for other homemade products. You can easily make a batch of these, pop them in a mason jar and add them to a basket with a pretty dish towel and a scrub brush for a lovely gift during the holiday season.

These homemade citrus dishwasher tabs are part of our 2016 Hand Made Christmas Gifts Series!

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

 

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

Ingredients:

½ cup epsom salts

1 cup washing soda

1 cup borax

2 tsp. finely grated lemon or lime peel

¾ cup fresh lemon or lime juice (pick your favorite)

Optional-essential oils

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Directions for Homemade Dishwasher Tablets:

Combine washing soda, borax, grated lemon peel and epsom salt in a large bowl and stir until well mixed. We used some dried orange peel we had on hand from another project, but you could use fresh orange peel like we normally do.

Drop in essential oil to your desired scent strength and mix.

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Add lemon or lime juice and quickly mix together with your hands.

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Use  a 1 T. measuring spoon to scoop up the mixture, press in firmly, and gently flip out into your hand. img_28141Lay on a sheet of waxed paper and allow to dry for several hours. You could also put your dishwasher tablet mixture in a mold, or silicone ice cube. We think candy molds work best and are the easiest to remove your tablets from.

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Place your tablets in a container with a tight fitting lid. They should fit perfectly in a 1 quart mason jar.

To use: Place one tablet in the soap section of your dishwasher. Or, if it doesn’t fit just pop it in the bottom of dishwasher.

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Ant there you have it, super easy DIY dishwasher tablets!

If you love these fabulous homemade dishwasher tablets, be sure to check out other great DIY Homemade Gift ideas in our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series!

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Ladies Homemade Rosewater Shaving Cream

Ladies Homemade Rosewater Shaving Cream!

If you remember the Men’s Shaving Cream from awhile back, you might have wondered “Hey where is my pretty scented and colored shaving cream?” Have no fear, we came up with a similar shaving cream for the ladies that is safely tinted a sweet pink and smells amazing to boot!  If you have been wanting your own wonderfully scented, natural shaving cream you are going to want to read on and grab the recipe below. We even found a way to give it a sweet pink tint safely and naturally, so you really feel like it is just for you. Keep it for yourself and make some to gift for the holidays! Just tuck it into a basket with a couple other bath items it makes a great gift! 

If you love this Ladies Homemade Rosewater Shaving Cream, check out our entire 2016 Hand Made Christmas Gifts Gifts Series!

Ladies Homemade Rosewater Shaving Cream

Ladies Homemade Rosewater Shaving Cream

Ingredients:

1 cup Shea butter

1 T. Coconut oil

2 T. Aloe vera gel

2 tsp. Baking soda

1 tsp. Rose hip oil

2 tsp. rosewater

Hibiscus powder/ beetroot powder (optional, for color only)

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Directions for Ladies Homemade Rosewater Shaving Cream:

If your shea butter is hard, soften shea butter slightly in the microwave. Place shea butter, coconut oil, baking soda, rosehip oil, hibiscus/beet powder, and aloe vera gel in the bowl of your stand mixer. Start with 1 tsp. beet root powder to color and add more until you get the desired shade. img_0077Whip on high until fluffy and well mixed, scraping down sides often to get all ingredients.

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Transfer to pump container for easiest use. You can find a variety of sizes and shapes, including the one pictured at your local craft store in the soap making section. You may find that a funnel helps you get it in the more narrow neck of pump bottles better.

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Add an additional 5-8 drops of lavender or other essential oil if you like to give your homemade shaving cream a more complex scent profile.

And there you have it, your Homemade Ladies Shaving Cream made with Rosewater! Use it for yourself, or give it as a gift! Great Christmas present idea, and inexpensive to make!

This Homemade Ladies Rosewater Shaving Cream post is part of our 2016 Hand Made Christmas Gifts Gifts Series! If you love DIY homemade gifts, be sure to check out our previous 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where we featured great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

Love bath and beauty products? Check out these other great DIY’s!

Homemade Lavender Sugar Scrub Bars

Homemade Peppermint Body Butter

Homemade Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

 

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Homemade Lavender Bath Melts

Moisturizing Homemade Lavender Bath Melts!

It’s time for another great homemade gift idea, and you will love this one!

At the end of a long hard day, what most of us want more than anything is to curl up and relax, and try to get all our worries and stresses out of our mind. A favorite way to do this for many folks is in a steaming hot bath tub. Pop a few scented candles on the counter, fill the tub with really hot water, and toss in something that smells amazing. Don’t you love that too?  🙂

These moisturizing Homemade lavender bath melts are the ideal way to unwind! The scent of lavender relaxes and calms you, helping to get rid of even the worst headaches! Plus, the coconut oil and shea butter help to moisturize and pamper your skin. We added some epsom salts because it is a fantastic way to get some extra magnesium and can also help calm and relax. These feature real lavender flowers, to give them an extra special appearance! A great and inexpensive gift for friends or family with only a few simple ingredients! Better yet, they won’t believe you made them at home! 

This Moisturizing Homemade Lavender Bath Melts post is part of our 2016 Hand Made Christmas Gifts Gifts Series! If you love DIY homemade gifts, be sure to check out our previous 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where we featured great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

Homemade Lavender Bath Melts

Homemade Lavender Bath Melts

Ingredients for Moisturizing Bath Salts:

½ cup shea butter 

1 T coconut oil 

¼ cup

1 T

5-8 lavender essential oil

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You will also need a mold! Silicone molds are the easiest to use and clean. Win-win!

 

Directions for the Homemade Lavender Bath Melts:

Place shea butter and coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk the mixture frequently until completely melted.

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Remove from heat and stir in lavender flowers, essential oil, and epsom salts well.

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Pour quickly into mold and allow  it to set. Expert tip: We’re all about quick and easy! Popping it in the refrigerator helps it to set even quicker.

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When they are completely hardened, place in a container with a tight fitting lid and store in a dry p;ace. We found these cute little jars at Ikea and they were very inexpensive.

To use:

Add 2-3 lavender bath melts to warm running water, enjoy as you feel the stress wash away!

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Want some more inexpensive and homemade holiday gift ideas? Make a gift basket full of Lavender DIY Beauty products for Christmas! Check out some other posts below!

Homemade Lavender Face Wash

Homemade Lavender Bubble Bath

Homemade Lavender Women’s Shaving Cream

If you love these Homemade Lavender Bath Melts, check out our entire 2016 Hand Made Christmas Gifts Gifts Series!

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Coffee Scrub Lotion Bars

One of our hands down favorite DIY beauty items to make are these Coffee Scrub lotion bars. We are all about simple DIY crafts and recipes, and these fit the bill! They smell wonderful especially first thing in the morning when you need a little extra pick me up! Plus, they make a great gift for friends and family, teachers, hairdressers, and even husbands love them. In addition, they are great right after a shower!  Curious how to use these? Here’s a great way! Before getting out of the shower be sure to scrub well, paying special attention to elbows, knees, shoulders, and other dry areas. Then simply rinse away. Give them a little extra pop of scent by adding peppermint, ginger, or hazelnut essential oils.

This post is part of our 2016 Hand Made Christmas Gifts Gifts Series! If you love DIY homemade gifts, be sure to check out our previous 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where we featured great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

 

Coffee Scrub Lotion Bars

Coffee Scrub Lotion Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup shea butter

1 cup beeswax pastilles

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 T. , fresh or used

2 tsp. coffee or img_0110Directions:

Combine shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax in a small saucepan over medium heat.img_0111

Stir frequently until ingredients are melted completely.img_0112

Remove from heat and stir in coffee grounds and extract to combine evenly.

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Pour quickly into mold, some of the coffee will be in the bottom of the pot, just scoop out with a spoon and distribute it among the bar molds.img_0114

Sprinkle with additional coffee then allow bars to sit, undisturbed until they set, I leave mine overnight but a couple hours is plenty of time.img_0115

Remove gently from the mold and place in a dry container in a cool dark place.img_0143

And there you have it, your Coffee Scrub Lotion Bars are complete! These are wonderful gifts! It will look like you’ve spent a ton of time making them or folks may even think you bought them at a store because they look so professional! Give them a try!

If you can’t get enough diy beauty posts try this fun recipe:

Homemade Peppermint Lotion Bars

If you love this DIY gift, be sure to check out our 12 Days of Hand Made Christmas Gifts 2016 series, where you’ll find other great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

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12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts!

12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts!

12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts Series

12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts! It’s that time of year again! You all loved our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where we featured great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts! And now, we’re excited to announce we are sharing our 12 More Days of Handmade Holiday Gifts Series 2016! We’re bringing you 12 more homemade Christmas gifts that you will love! Be sure to bookmark this post, because we will be updating it with the 12 homemade gifts as they are released! Stay tuned for some beautiful and inexpensive gifts that you can make right in your own home!

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Coffee Scrub Lotion Bars

Homemade Peppermint Soap

Homemade Peppermint Soap

lavender-bath-melts

Moisturizing Homemade Lavender Bath Salts

Ladies Homemade Rosewater Shaving Cream

Ladies Homemade Rosewater Shaving Cream

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

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Homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub

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Homemade Moisturizing Face Wash

DIY glitter candles

DIY Glitter Candles

Do you all have an inexpensive holiday present idea that you make? We’d love to hear it, as we’re always looking for new ideas!

12 More Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts

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DIY Cork Coasters

Looking for a quick and simple handmade gift idea? Make these DIY Cork Coasters as simple or as elaborate as you like using paint pens and twine.

DIY Cork Coasters

DIY Cork Coasters make a great gift- they are inexpensive, easy to make, and useful- a winning idea all the way around. They are simple enough that kids can make them and turn it into an even sweeter and more personal gift for family, friends, even teachers.  The texture and color of cork and twine are the perfect, versatile canvas for artwork to go with any home decor. All items can be found at your local craft store (don’t forget those coupons!)

 

 

Supplies Needed:

4 cork  coasters

paint pens

twine

hot glue gun/glue stick

 

Directions:

Sketch out your design ideas on a piece of scrap paper.

If you don’t feel comfortable with artwork do something simple like polka dots, a monogram initial, swirl shapes, or circles, But you can also be as elaborate as handwriting words, quotes, and images that match the recipients decor.

Draw your design on coaster lightly with a pencil or free hand it.

Get paint pen going on paper until it is flowing smoothly and you have the hang of the pressure you need to draw.

Draw design on coaster with paint pen.

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Allow to dry for a couple hours.

Use a thin twine or rope that is roughly the thickness of your cork, apply a generous bead of hot glue around cork 3” at a time and press twine into it until you reach the end, trim and add a bit more hot glue to the end to keep it from unraveling.

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Once your coasters are dry tie them up in a pretty ribbon for gifting.

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Ginger Almond Homemade Body Wash

Homemade Ginger Almond Body Wash with 6 all-natural ingredients! Save money & make your own decadent homemade body wash at home! Great Easy DIY Homemade Christmas gift idea! We made Ginger and Almond Body Wash, but choose your favorite scents or essential oils! Learn how easy this is to make here!

Ginger and almond make an amazing combination in this moisturizing homemade body wash that smells incredible and washes your skin soft and clean.  I love creating my own bath and body products at home- customized scents, safer ingredients, AND they make fantastic gifts for friends and family.  Mom, sis, the mail lady, dog groomer, your child’s teacher… they all love decadent homemade products like this body wash.  While it does not suds up like store bought because it is missing sulfates (an ingredient that is potentially harmful and drying to your skin), it is still rich and moisturizing.

If you love this Homemade Ginger and Almond Body Wash, be sure to check out our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where you’ll find other great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

 

Ginger Almond Homemade Body Wash

Ginger & Almond Body Wash

Ingredients:

1 cup unscented liquid castile

½ cup coconut oil

½ cup almond oil

1 cup water

10-12 drops ginger essential oil

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Directions:

I am also an avid hoarder upcyler, so I keep a lot of my old bottles from body wash, shampoo, etc. to put my new creations in. I have no shame in asking family members to keep them for me either.

Remove the label from your container then remove top.

Use a funnel to pour water, castile soap, almond oil, and coconut oil into bottle.

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Add essential oil directly to bottle opening so you don’t waste what sticks to funnel.

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Swirl gently to combine.

I made a double batch for this large bottle, you can do the same or try a smaller container.

To use:

Squirt directly onto skin or into bath pouf, rub over skin, rinse.

Shake well before every use.

Body wash may leave shower or tub slick, rinse well after with hot water.

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Check out our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where you’ll find other great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

 

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Homemade BBQ Sauce + BBQ Rub Gift Set

Homemade BBQ Sauce + BBQ Rub Gift Set! Sweet Smoky barbecue rub and barbecue sauce! Geat homemade gift for the grillmaster! Delicious taste – try it in your slow cooker or oven too. Check out these favorite recipes right here!

It doesn’t matter if it is the middle of winter, some folks are die-hard grillers and will happily dust the snow off the grill for the taste of Barbeque. But even if the chill does keep you indoors, this BBQ Sauce and BBQ Rub combo are equally comfortable in your slow cooker, oven, or stovetop. They’re perfect for flavoring dishes with the summer taste we all love. Add a basting brush, oven mitts, and other grilling accessories to a basket with your BBQ jars for a thoughtful Christmas gift for anyone who appreciates the flavor. These are all ingredients you probably already have on hand at home, and may not have realized you could combine them to make your own yummy sauce and rub.

*Bear in mind this item is not shelf stable, it has not been actually “canned” and will need to remain refrigerated, even if you are gifting this item. It will keep for 2-3 weeks in refrigeration

 

If you love this Homemade BBQ Rub, be sure to check out our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where you’ll find other great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

 

Homemade BBQ Sauce + BBQ Rub Gift Set

Homemade BBQ Sauce + BBQ Rub Gift Set

BBQ Sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. lime juice

1 1/2 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. paprika

2 tsp. ground mustard

1/2 tsp. black pepper

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to a boil.

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Reduce heat and simmer for one hour.

Allow to cool then  transfer to small mason jar (jelly size).

Replace lid and ring.

*Bear in mind this item is not shelf stable, it has not been actually “canned” and will need to remain refrigerated, even if you are gifting this item. It will keep for 2-3 weeks in refrigeration

 

 

BBQ Rub

Ingredients:

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 T. paprika

2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 T. chili powder

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. dry mustard powder

1/2  tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

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Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, I find a whisk mixes them the best.

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Transfer to a small jar with a tight fitting lid.

This will keep for up to one year in cool, dark place.

 

Place your barbecue sauce and rub in a basket with a hand towel, a basting brush, and tongs for a thoughtful gift for the Barbecue master on your list!

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*Bear in mind this item is not shelf stable, it has not been actually “canned” and will need to remain refrigerated, even if you are gifting this item. It will keep for 2-3 weeks in refrigeration

 

Be sure to check out our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where you’ll find other great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

 

 

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Homemade Citrus Bliss Shampoo

Homemade Citrus Bliss Shampoo! Homemade Citrus Bliss Shampoo with 6 all-natural ingredients! Make your own shampoo with this easy recipe. Great citrus scent to leave your hair smelling clean and fresh! Great DIY gift idea! Check out this simple recipe here!

Homemade bath and body products are not only a very popular item to make, they are wonderful to gift. With the holidays coming up, I personally have been brainstorming DIY products that I could include in baskets for family and friends.  I tried a couple formulations and came up with this Citrus Bliss Homemade Shampoo. It smells heavenly and really brightens up your shower experience with the light fresh scent. Another way I save money and reduce waste is by upcycling bottles to put my gifts in! This particular bottle is from a popular iced coffee drink.  You want to use glass not plastic, because citrus oils eat away at most plastics.

***Be careful when storing and handling glass bottle in the shower. I leave mine just outside on a shelf and pour just as much as I need into my hand when ready to wash.

If you love this Homemade Citrus Bliss Shampoo, be sure to check out our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where you’ll find other great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

 

Homemade Citrus Bliss Shampoo

Citrus Bliss Homemade Shampoo

Ingredients: 

1 cup distilled water

4 T. raw honey

2 tsp. castile soap

3 drops lemon essential oil

3 drops orange essential oil

3 drops rosemary essential oil

Glass bottle with tight fitting lid

***Be careful when storing and handling glass bottle in the shower. I leave mine just outside on a shelf and pour just as much as I need into my hand when ready to wash.

 

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Directions:

Remove label,clean bottle well, drain. If you have a hard time getting the adhesive off your bottle add a drop of lemon oil and a tiny bit of cooking oil, rub it in and let sit for 10 minutes-it should scrub away with a dry rag easily.

Use a funnel to add all ingredients to bottle.

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Replace lid and shake gently to combine well.

***Be careful when storing and handling glass bottle in the shower. I leave mine just outside on a shelf and pour just as much as I need into my hand when ready to wash.

*Shampoo will not suds up like typical store bought because it is missing the sulfates that can be harmful and cause buildup-this may take a little getting used to.

Shake each time before use.

Add a ribbon and a handmade label to identify your gift, put it in a pretty basket with some other handmade items, a magazine, candle, or other bath time luxuries for a thoughtful gift.

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***Be careful when storing and handling glass bottle in the shower. I leave mine just outside on a shelf and pour just as much as I need into my hand when ready to wash.

Check out our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where you’ll find other great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

 

 

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DIY Lego Travel Kit

Easy DIY Homemade Lego Travel Kit makes transporting Legos a breeze! Perfect for road trips! This DIY Lego Travel Box is easy to make! Fun for kids to carry & allows Lego play on the go. Great party or gift idea! You’ll wonder why you never had one of these before! See how simple it is to make here!

When you start making homemade Christmas gifts to share with family and friends don’t forget to include the little ones! Not every gift needs to flash, blink, and need continuous battery changes to be a hit. There are very few children I have ever known who did not love Lego’s-boys or girls. Combine that with families that are often on the go, from dr. visits to eating out to visiting grandma, and you have kids begging for fun activities and parents wanting to reduce “screen time”. Playing with Lego’s is a great option, but they still need convenient little carry cases for them, right? So enter this Easy DIY Lego Kit that makes for fun and portable activities. You can find pencil boxes or other plastic similar containers at Dollar Tree or Walmart! Choose any size that works for you, as long as the top is flat.

If you love this Easy DIY Lego Travel Kit, be sure to check out our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where you’ll find other great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

 

DIY Lego Travel Kit

Supplies Needed for DIY Lego Travel Box:

plastic pencil box

small lego base plate

a handful or two of assorted LEGO’s

E6000 glue

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Directions:

Wipe down case top with rubbing alcohol to remove dirt and oil, allow to dry completely.

Apply E6000 glue all around the underside edge of small base plate.

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Press base firmly onto box lid. Use a cotton swap to wipe away excess glue- and a straight edge razor if necessary.

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Allow to dry overnight.

Fill box with assorted Lego’s, include a mini figure or two for even more fun. This project is great for kids on the go- in the car, at the Dr’s office, or while waiting in restaurants. Grab a large set of Lego’s and divide it up among several children for a frugal an creative gift idea.

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Check out our 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015 series and our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts 2014 series, where you’ll find other great inexpensive DIY Homemade Gifts!

 

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