Homemade Laundry Stain Remover Recipe for Laundry Stains & Delicates

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No one wants to deal with dirty laundry – and especially not laundry stains. This homemade laundry stain remover recipe is a great way to tackle your tough laundry chores. Keep reading to learn how to make a natural laundry soap that makes stains vanish. Plus it’s perfect for handwashing your favorite delicates!

Homemade Laundry Stain Remover for Laundry Stains & Hand Washing Delicates. No one wants to deal with dirty laundry - and especially not laundry stains. This homemade laundry stain remover recipe is a great way to tackle your tough laundry chores. Learn how to make a natural laundry soap that makes stains vanish. Plus it's perfect for handwashing your favorite delicates! Best natural laundry soap recipe and stain removal stick DIY.

Let’s Tackle Your Tough Laundry Stains!

Around five years ago I was inspired to create a homemade laundry stain remover recipe – soap style! Inspired by The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar, my own version of this natural laundry soap recipe was suitable for both stains and hand washing those delicate laundry items. However, now that some time has passed, and I’m no longer using palm oil in my homemade soap recipes, I thought a revised version of my homemade laundry stain remover recipe was in order.

Like The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar, my laundry bar soap recipe does contain borax. (I mean there’s a reason it’s included in all those powdered laundry detergent recipes. It gets stains out.) However, my new version of this recipe is made using only one soapmaking oil – coconut oil – for its highly cleansing properties. It’s then combined with borax and natural lemon essential oil, for a simple homemade laundry stain remover recipe that not only eliminates stains but is also great for handwashing or laundering when you travel.

Homemade Laundry Stain Remover for Laundry Stains & Hand Washing Delicates. No one wants to deal with dirty laundry - and especially not laundry stains. This homemade laundry stain remover recipe is a great way to tackle your tough laundry chores. Learn how to make a natural laundry soap that makes stains vanish. Plus it's perfect for handwashing your favorite delicates! Best natural laundry soap recipe and stain removal stick DIY.

As my homemade laundry stain remover recipe does contain borax, I recommend wearing gloves when using this product to avoid skin irritation. Additionally, I also ever so slightly superfatted this laundry stain soap bar. I did this in order to account for any errors that are possible when weighing out the ingredients. This will ensure that there is no unsaponified lye that may be left in this soap otherwise. (However, if you’re extremely confident in your scale’s accuracy, you can make this natural laundry stain remover recipe with 0% superfat or 2.2 oz. sodium hydroxide.)

Finally, I also scaled this recipe back from the original version. Because honestly, unless you work in a laundry mat there’s not way you’re using 3 lb. of homemade laundry soap anytime soon.

Homemade Laundry Stain Remover for Laundry Stains & Hand Washing Delicates. No one wants to deal with dirty laundry - and especially not laundry stains. This homemade laundry stain remover recipe is a great way to tackle your tough laundry chores. Learn how to make a natural laundry soap that makes stains vanish. Plus it's perfect for handwashing your favorite delicates! Best natural laundry soap recipe and stain removal stick DIY.

Homemade Laundry Stain Remover Recipe

Ingredients:

12 oz. refined coconut oil (100%)

2.18 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye (1% superfat)
4 fl. oz. distilled water (33% of oil weight)

.25 oz. borax powder (sodium borate)
.15 oz. lemon essential oil

Getting Started:

I recommend you use a silicone soap mold with cavities for this recipe. My homemade laundry stain remover recipe creates an incredibly hard bar of soap. Therefore it’s likely that cutting the soap into bars will be a challenge is you use a loaf mold. (Square silicone ice cube tray molds would be perfect for this.) In addition, you will need a digital scale in order to weigh out the ingredients. (This digital bakers math scale is perfect for soapmaking.)

You can easily source 20 Mule Team Borax for this homemade laundry stain remover recipe in most grocery and big box stores. It can be found in the laundry aisle. However, you can also purchase Milliard borax powder online. This brand of borax is made from anhydrous pure powdered sodium borate with no additives or preservatives.

To make this natural laundry soap recipe, refer to my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. I recommended you take all safety precautions when working with sodium hydroxide (lye) to avoid accidental burns or unwanted chemical reactions. It’s important to be 100% sure that none of your containers or utensils are made from aluminum.

Instructions:

Measure out the distilled water in a heat safe container. Then, using a digital scale weigh out the sodium hydroxide (lye) into a separate container. Carefully pour the sodium hydroxide into the water in a well ventilated area. Then stir to combine, mixing until all of the lye has dissolved.

While the lye/water cools, weigh out the coconut oil called for in my homemade laundry stain remover recipe. Gently heat until melted, then set aside.

In the meantime, weigh out the borax and essential oil into two separate containers.

Wait for both the lye/water and the coconut oil to cool down to around 90°-95°F. (Additionally they should also be within 10°F with one another.) Now mix the lye/water into the melted coconut oil using an immersion blender.

Once the soap batter for this natural laundry soap recipe reaches a light trace, stir in the borax and lemon essential oil. (If you have sensitive skin, you may omit the essential oil. Or use another citrus based essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice.) Mix thoroughly until the borax and essential oil are fully incorporated. Once you reach a medium trace, pour the soap into your mold of choice.

Lightly cover the soap with parchment paper if desired, then set aside. You may unmold your natural laundry soap the next day. Allow the soap you crafted using my homemade laundry stain remover recipe to cure prior to use, approximately three weeks. However, as these homemade soap bars are not being used on skin, you can technically use your natural laundry soap after several days have passed. This will ensure all the lye is gone, having fully saponified all of the coconut oil, leaving no lye behind.

Alternate Version:

If you’re not quite ready to make cold process soap, there is an alternate version of my homemade laundry stain remover recipe. You make a natural laundry soap recipe for stains and delicates by simple rebatching ready made bars of 100% coconut oil laundry or all purpose soap.

To do this, grate 16 oz. (by weight) of 100% coconut oil laundry soap.  Place into a medium saucepan or pot on the stove. Next, dissolve .25 oz. or borax (by weight) in 6 fl. oz. of water. Combine the water and borax mixture with the grated soap. Heat the ingredients at medium-low until the grated soap melts. Then add .15 oz. of the lemon essential oil. Stir to combine, then pour into molds and allow to harden. Unmold and use as you would the cold process soap version of my homemade laundry stain remover recipe.

Homemade Laundry Stain Remover for Laundry Stains & Hand Washing Delicates. No one wants to deal with dirty laundry - and especially not laundry stains. This homemade laundry stain remover recipe is a great way to tackle your tough laundry chores. Learn how to make a natural laundry soap that makes stains vanish. Plus it's perfect for handwashing your favorite delicates! Best natural laundry soap recipe and stain removal stick DIY.

How to Use Your Homemade Laundry Stain Remover:

To use simply your natural laundry soap bar, simply dampen the bar of soap and/or fabric and rub onto soiled or stained spots prior to washing. For deep set in stains allow to set several hours to overnight.

More Homemade Cleaning Recipes

If you’re looking for more simple ways to clean your home, then try one of these homemade cleaning recipes. Other Soap Deli News readers love my 3-Ingredient vinegar free all purpose cleaner recipe. Or give this no scrub deep shower cleaner recipe with essential oils oils a try for a clean shower with almost zero effort. Alternately, for tough household odors try my deodorizing room spray recipe with essential oils as well as this natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe.

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Simple Essential Oil Recipes for Home, Health & Beauty

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Creating simple essential oil recipes for your home, health and beauty is easier than think. And it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Keep reading to discover how you can get started making your own products at an affordable price with no special equipment to buy!

Simple essential oil recipe for home, health and beauty. Creating simple essential oil recipes for your home, health and beauty is easier than think. And it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Discover how you can get started making your own products at an affordable price with no special equipment to buy! An easy affordable way to start your own, budget friendly essential oil collection with new essential oil recipes each month! #essentialoils

There’s a universal truth about soapmaking. And it’s not really one we’re aware of until we actually devote ourselves to becoming soapmakers head on. It’s not a cheap hobby. In fact, getting started can require a pretty hefty investment. Throw in beauty and skin care recipes and you accidentally blew your entire grocery budget for the month. Even those DIY kits from soapmaking suppliers can run on the high side. I’ve seen a few that were over $100. And they only make a single recipe. Add essential oils to the mix and it can get expensive AF pretty quickly.

So why can’t there be an affordable way to explore multiple arenas of making simple essential oil recipes for home, health and beauty?

There is. It’s called Simply Earth.

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What is Simply Earth?

Simply Earth is exactly what its name implies. Simple, plant based ingredients for crafting simple essential oil recipes for home, health and beauty. A monthly essential oil subscription box, Simply Earth provides you with everything you need to make simple essential oil recipes when you join. From the packaging and containers – like roller balls and lip balm tubes – to ingredients and recipe cards. There are even stickers for your finished products!

If I were ever to do an unboxing video, Simply Earth would be the box I’d start with. My lack of patience for such things aside, the monthly essential oil boxes from Simply Earth are, well, simply stunning. Beautifully packaged for both presentation and care, Simply Earth is everything one can hope for in a DIY essential oil box. In fact, the very first time I learned about Simply Earth, I knew I had to get one for myself!

And here we are.

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What makes Simply Earth so amazing?

I received the January box from Simply Earth and can’t say enough great things about it. What makes it so amazing? Well, I’ll tell you.

1. It saves space.

If you’ve ever purchased materials in bulk for a project you know how much space they can take up. Living in a tiny *almost* studio sized apartment, I understand how important it is to save on space. So if you end up with a massive amount of containers and ingredients for a project you only plan to make once, it’s a challenge to find room for the leftover supplies. With Simply Earth you get all the materials you need in a SINGLE box for multiple recipes. There are still ingredients like essential oils, carrier oils and even beeswax leftover to use in future essential oil recipes. However, they aren’t going to take up three shelves in your cabinet.

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2. You save money.

As previously mentioned, getting started with essential oils as well making natural home, health and beauty recipes can be costly. With Simply Earth, your up front costs are minimal. And with each new monthly essential oil box, you can make multiple new projects. All for an affordable price that fits most budgets. So creating your own simple essential oil recipes is fun, affordable and easy. It also makes it easy to grow your essential oil collection over time. Plus, all of the essential oils from Simply Earth have been tested and proven pure. So you know you’re getting a quality product.

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3. You don’t need to buy any special equipment.

Most of my own natural beauty and skin care recipes require you purchase a digital scale for weighing out ingredients. Or you may need a special mold. However, if you aren’t a serious soapmaker, or just want a basic introduction to new ingredients, Simply Earth gives you just that. Everything you need to get started with no special equipment to buy. Plus there are six, brand new simple essential oil recipes to make each month.

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4. It makes learning accessible.

Most of us have busy lives. And while we love learning new things, sometimes starting a new hobby or project can seem overwhelming – as well as time consuming. The essential oil boxes from Simply Earth introduce you to new essential oils slowly over time. So it’s easy to build on your knowledge and learn about the health and beauty benefits of essential oils. Plus, each of the simple essential oil recipes found in Simply Earth boxes can be made in around ten minutes or less. This allows you to take time out for self care while also creating something new that fits perfectly into your healthy lifestyle.

5. There are lots of recipes to get you started.

Want to make something new? Simply visit the Simply Earth website for a wide range of simple essential oil recipes for home, health and beauty. The Simply Earth blog offers simple essential oil recipes on how to make bath bombs, essential oil diffuser blends, body butter, sugar scrubs, face masks, candles, cold support chest rubs, natural germ cleaners, essential oil fruit & veggie wash – even essential oil jewelry diffusers!

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6. Simply Earth boxes are fun for everyone.

Not only is Simply Earth fun for you, it’s also fun for the family. Their products are suitable for most ages including tweens and up. So you can enjoy learning about new essential oils as a family. Or, explore your new essential oil box from Simply Earth with friends or coworkers. (These boxes make great gifts too!)

7. They donate to charity.

Finally, Simply earth donates 13% of their profits to organizations that work to end human trafficking.

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Inside my Simply Earth essential oil box.

I received Simply Earth’s January essential oil box for my very first box along with a free big bonus box. Inside were the ingredients and essential oils to make the following products (along with recipe cards.)

  • Confidence Diffuser Blend
  • Skin Renewal Sugar Scrub
  • Relaxing Textured Massage Bars
  • Lip Rejuvenating Lip Balms
  • Skin Healing Booster Roll On
  • Calming and Uplifting Body Butter

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The ingredients included coconut oil and fractionated (liquid) coconut oil, sweet almond oil, tapioca pearls, cosmetic beeswax and a silicone soap mold. I also received multiple, empty essential oil bottles with droppers, glass amber bottles with metal roller balls, an amber glass jar and lip balm containers. Additionally, my box also included the following essential oils:

  • Ravensara Essential Oil
  • Bergamot Essential Oil
  • Farewell Scars Essential Oil Blend
  • Myrrh Essential Oil

My favorite essential oil recipe for January from Simply Earth is the relaxing textured massage bar with tapioca pearls. While my favorite essential oil this month is the Farewell Scars essential oil blend. (I love that information about the benefits of each essential oil or essential oil blend can be found on the back of the recipe cards!)

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Get your essential oil box from Simply Earth!

I can’t wait to receive next month’s essential oil box from Simply Earth! The theme for February is natural makeup. Not only will this box contain six simple essential oil recipes for natural makeup, it will also include the following essential oils and blends: Beauty Within, Geranium, Coffee and Copaiba. Plus there are bonus items like eye makeup containers and natural colorants!

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If you’re excited as I was when I first learned about Simply Earth, then make sure you start your monthly subscription! Not only will you receive a free bonus box, you’ll also get a gift card $20 off your next order when you use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE If a monthly box doesn’t fit your budget, no worries. You can opt in to receive a quarterly essential oils box with six simple essential oil recipes instead. Or, it’s easy to skip a box or cancel your subscription for any reason! Get started now!

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Alcohol Ink Ornaments DIY (Video Tutorial for the Holidays)

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Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they’re also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Alcohol ink ornaments are so beautiful. So I assumed they would be a challenge to make. I was SO wrong. Truth be told, you can actually make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments from start to finish in just 10-minutes or less. So if you block out just an hour or two over the weekend, you can create a dozen of your own unique alcohol ink ornaments for your Christmas tree or winter holiday wreath.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Not only will these handmade ornaments make your Christmas tree pop, they are also perfect to give as last minute holiday gifts. Simply customize them with the year or a family name using a paint pen for an easy keepsake ornament that can be treasured for years to come.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

My friend Hillary locally teaches a once monthly class dubbed Wine & Art Wednesdays. She’s been teaching these classes for some time now. Her latest class, however, was the most popular ever!

For this class she taught a sold out crowd how to make alcohol ink ornaments. Hillary was kind enough to allow me to video the process for my readers so you can also join in the fun! Keep reading for written instructions on how to make DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Then be sure to watch Hillary’s video tutorial (from her class) on how to make alcohol ink ornaments at the end of this post.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

How to Make DIY Alcohol Ink Ornaments

Supplies & Materials:

Alcohol Ink, In Colors of Choice
Clear Glass Ball Ornaments
Compressed Air Duster
Ribbon, Beads & Hooks, optional

Tips & Tricks:

You do need non-porous ornaments for this project. That means no plastic. Therefore, clear glass ornaments, like those found in craft stores, are perfect for making alcohol ink ornaments.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

If desired, you may want to create color cheat sheets for your alcohol inks. Simply add a drop of each of your colors to a strip a paper. Then label the colors used. This helps you know exactly what the colors are going to look like out of the bottle as so many colors appear much darker while bottled.

Additionally, it’s important to know that unlike paint, alcohol inks do not blend with one another. So mixing two colors together inside of your ornament will actually cause the colors to push away from one another rather than combine.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Also keep in mind that less is more. You really only need a small amount of alcohol ink to coat the inside of your alcohol ink ornaments. However, there is a fix should disaster strike.

One of Hillary’s students ended with a small pool of ink in her ornament once she’d achieved a design she liked. To remove the excess ink, she thinly rolled up a small section from a paper towel. She then dipped the paper towel into the ornament to soak up and remove the excess ink from the bottom of her ornament.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Instructions:

Cover your workspace with a plastic tablecloth or paper to protect your work surface. If desired, you may also want to wear gloves and a craft apron to prevent staining clothing and skin. If desired, do as we did and pour yourself a glass of wine. And grab a friend too! They always make everything more fun.

Once you’ve gathered all your materials, you’ll begin by simply diving in! Take a sip of wine, cock a grin at your BFF, then ready your gun – er, compressed air. (Just don’t shake the can!)

Remove the top from a glass ornament. Now add a small amount of alcohol ink to the inside of your ornament. Using the compressed air, you’ll then spray air into the ornament in short bursts. You can direct where the ink goes by simply aiming the air in different directions.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Now add your second color and repeat the process. (Keep in mind, however, that the ink for alcohol ink ornaments dries very quickly.) Continue adding ink and air until you get the look you’re after. As there really are no rules, feel free to experiment your heart out!

Discover design ideas for your DIY alcohol ink ornaments here.

Place your finished alcohol ink ornaments back inside the carton they came in, or in another safe location, so they don’t accidentally roll off the table and break. (Wait.. did I suggest drinking wine and playing with glass at the same time? Whatever. You’re a grown ass woman. You’ll be fine.)

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Once your DIY alcohol ornaments have dried completely, reinsert the tops. You can then add hooks to your ornaments and decorate them with beads or ribbon as desired.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Now, without further ado, Hillary’s awesome (and unedited) video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments! (I love this woman!)

To learn more about Hillary and her work you can find her on Facebook and via her website. Or, if you’re local or plan to visit the Roanoke Valley, you can find a schedule of events at the Aurora Artisans Studio & Frameshop here.

For more winter holiday ideas & crafts, be sure to check out this Pinterest board. Or discover more holiday DIY’s on the blog here. Also, don’t forget. If you’ve made a project from a tutorial or recipe on Soap Deli News, I want to see it! Simply tag your photos with #soapdelishowoff on instagram.

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Handmade Holiday Gifts & Ideas (Your Etsy Gift Guide for the Holiday Season)

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If you need ideas for handmade holiday gifts, then you’re to love this year’s Etsy gift guide! Not only is there something for everyone on your list, but I’ve also met and/or purchased from quite a few of these amazing crafters. So you can shop with confidence with any one of these creative small business owners.

Handmade holiday gifts & ideas. Your Etsy gift guide for the holiday season. If you need ideas for handmade holiday gifts, then you're to love this year's Etsy gift guide! Not only is there something for everyone on your list, but I've also met and/or purchased from quite a few of these amazing crafters. So you can shop with confidence with any one of these creative small business owners.

I love buying handmade. Every since I discovered (and went a little crazy) buying prints from The Black Apple (ie. Emily Winfield Martin) on Etsy in the way way back I was hooked. It wasn’t long until I was selling art prints of my own (surprise!) followed by soap later on. In the midst of this, I also bought tons of jewelry and soap from other artisans.

I even bought handknit merino wool socks from an Etsy seller in Canada to keep my toes warm when I started selling my own soaps at my local farmers market. This in turn led to an entire new world of handmade artisans for me to fall in love with. So keeping with that theme of creating and buying handmade, here are some of my favorite handmade holiday gifts of the season – all from Etsy, of course.

Handmade holiday gifts & ideas. Your Etsy gift guide for the holiday season. If you need ideas for handmade holiday gifts, then you're to love this year's Etsy gift guide! Not only is there something for everyone on your list, but I've also met and/or purchased from quite a few of these amazing crafters. So you can shop with confidence with any one of these creative small business owners.

Handmade Holiday Gifts

One of my favorite handmade holiday gifts to give – and receive! – is pottery. Not only is it beautiful, it’s also functional. Making it the perfect handmade gift for anyone on your holiday gift list. I feel incredibly fortunate to live in an area abundant in talented potters. Many of whom pass their gift forward either through teaching or internships. I recently met a new potter who I fell in love with on sight. (Well, her pottery. Although she is remarkable as well.)

Shop IMC Clay for your handmade holiday gifts. One of my favorite handmade holiday gifts to give - and receive! - is pottery. Not only is it beautiful, it's also functional. Making the perfect handmade gift for anyone on your holiday gift list. I feel incredibly fortunate to live in an area abundant in talented potters. Many of whom pass their gift forward either through teaching or an internship. I recently met a new potter who I fell in love with on sight. (Well, her pottery. Although she is lovely as well.)

I met Ingrid Chase earlier this month at our city’s biannual RIOT Rooster – a yearly indie craft fair. Not only is Ingrid local to my hometown, she’s also an art teacher. Her online shop, IMC Clay, is filled with unique, one-of-a-kind mugs, succulent planters, vases, ring dishes and even earrings! So there’s something for everyone on your list.

I’m especially fond of the texture and hand sculpted elements that Ingrid adds to each of her pieces. It not only makes her work unique (and recognizable) but it also makes each piece she produces its own little work of art.

Shop IMC Clay for your handmade holiday gifts. One of my favorite handmade holiday gifts to give - and receive! - is pottery. Not only is it beautiful, it's also functional. Making the perfect handmade gift for anyone on your holiday gift list. I feel incredibly fortunate to live in an area abundant in talented potters. Many of whom pass their gift forward either through teaching or an internship. I recently met a new potter who I fell in love with on sight. (Well, her pottery. Although she is lovely as well.)

My dear friend, Bambi, and I both purchased items from Ingrid this month, though selfishly as a treat for ourselves. Bambi bought a pair of one-of-a-kind (reversible!) earrings while I purchased what is my new favorite coffee mug. You can shop with Ingrid for your handmade holiday gifts (and self indulgences) on Etsy here.

Bright Life Skincare. Handmade natural beauty and artisan skin care products. These natural skin care products are perfect for handmade holiday gifts & ideas. A lovely addition to any seasonal gift baskets as a handmade gift for her. Or try her natural sore muscle rub as a handmade holiday gift for him!

Bright Life Skincare is another wonderful local artisan that I had the pleasure of shopping with during RIOT Rooster. Izzy Donahue sells a variety of natural skin care products in her Etsy shop. Her products include bath soaks, lip balms, sugar scrubs, muscle rubs and facial serums. While many of Izzy’s products are well suited for stocking stuffers, they also are perfect for creating a handmade holiday gift basket. For a holiday themed gift, consider gifting her peppermint foot soak.

Handmade body butter from Unbound Elements for handmade holiday gifts this winter. Try not to eat yourself after using this one, we DARE you! Unbound Lemon Biscotti Body Butter smells like the pure deliciousness of your grandmas fresh baked lemon cookies straight out of the oven. Light, sweet, tart and rich at the same time, this Body Butter will leave your skin (and nose) in pure ecstasy!

I also purchased two lip scrub and lip balm duos from Unbound Elements at the same event to give as handmade holiday gifts this winter. Also local to the area, Lyndsey Dickerson is a talented artisan who crafts not only natural beauty products, but amazing jewelry as well. Her beard wax and mens fragrances make great handmade holiday gifts and ideas for him. While her hot chocolate lip balm is perfect for the kids’ stockings.

Show off your unique style with one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry from Unbound Elements. These beautiful rings, earrings and necklaces will always be in fashion and they make great handmade holiday gifts for her.

For handmade holiday gifts for her, I’m fond of Lyndsey’s coffee body scrub and butters. However, I also love her one-of-a-kind rings, earrings and necklaces.

Essential oil gift box for unique holiday gifts. This adorable wooden gift box from Unbound Elements includes a set of two essential oil blends of your choice, one diffuser necklace, description cards and two aromatherapy inhalers. 

Or consider this lovely essential oil gift box. This adorable wooden gift box includes a set of two essential oil blends of your choice, one diffuser necklace, description cards and two aromatherapy inhalers.

This stunning handcrafted heart shaped ring jewelry box from Splintered Thought is perfect for handmade holidays gifts and a unique way to propose prior to a wedding engagement.

Lyndsey’s other half, Stuart Harrison, also has an Etsy shop called Splintered Thought. He handcrafts heart-shaped wooden jewelry boxes that are perfect for anyone planning to pop the question over the holidays.

Handcrafted unicorn stacking rings from Magpie Metalworks. Who doesn't want a unicorn ring!? This 3 ring set is completely handmade of sterling silver. If you love fantasy then these rings are for you! Makes a unique Christmas stocking stuffer for a teenage daughter.

Or, if you have a teenage daughter, consider these handcrafted unicorn fantasy stacking rings. These can be purchased as a group or individually depending on your budget.

Handmade sterling silver skull ring from Magpie Metalworks. A unique Christmas stocking stuffer idea for him. This is one of the coolest rings! I use a shot plate made by another maker to form the skull and solder it to a half round hammered band. I then add a rich patina to the ring before polishing to give it a darker look and feel. It's chunky, rustic, and awesome!

I also love this more masculine skull ring for the guys. All of these rings are made by another local artisan, Piper Lane of Magpiper Metalworks. While she did not attend RIOT Rooster this year, I did meet her there the year prior. In addition to rings, Piper also sells earrings, bracelets and pendants.

Contemporary hand embroidery. DIY cactus embroidery kit from Hoops and Expectations. Handmade holiday gifts for fellow friends and crafters.

I recently made a purchase from Hoops and Expectations for a birthday gift for my dear friend, Bambi. After staying with her during my separation, I learned some pretty nifty things about her that I didn’t know before. As it turns out she is completely kick ass at embroidery. She has a small trunk that she keeps on display in home. One night, we opened up that trunk, and I got to see inside. The trunk was filled with the most beautifully embroidered pillows. I expected her to tell me they were machine made, as the designs were so detailed and completely perfect. But no. Bambi had made them all herself!

While these days Bambi makes and sells her own seed bead jewelry, she used to sell embroidered pillows when she lived in Wisconsin. So knowing her love of David Bowie and her desire to find the time to embroider again, I bought her an awesome David Bowie embroidery kit for her birthday. However, if David Bowie isn’t your thing – or your friend’s – Hoops and Expectations sells other complete DIY embroidery kits for your fellow crafters. In her shop you find all kinds of fun kits from cacti to the Grinch! In fact, I’m thinking of trying out one of these amazing kits for myself in the New Year. You can browse all of the designs offered by Hoops and Expectations in her Etsy shop here.

Flower metal trivet hot plate. If you're looking for houseware related handmade holiday gifts, then be sure to check out Highland Ridge Rustics. Located in Tennessee, this shop offers hand cut metal Christmas tree ornaments, wall hooks, signs and other home decor and even products to organize your life. I bought a mail organizer from them around two years ago and absolutely loved it! However, lately I've been eyeing the line of handmade trivets they offer. These come in other shapes, including one the shape of Texas, and make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook or entertain.

If you’re looking for houseware related handmade holiday gifts, then be sure to check out Highland Ridge Rustics. Located in Tennessee, this shop offers hand cut metal Christmas tree ornaments, wall hooks, signs and other home decor and even products to organize your life. I bought a mail organizer from them around two years ago and absolutely loved it! However, lately I’ve been eyeing the line of handmade trivets they offer. These come in other shapes, including one the shape of Texas, and make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook or entertain.

Handmade artisan soap gifts. Christmas themed holiday soaps for handmade holiday gifts and stocking stuffer ideas this winter.

And, of course, no soapmakers handmade holiday gift guide would be complete without soap! So here are a few of my favorite handmade artisan soaps of the season! Clockwise: Two-Pack of Holiday Soaps from Savory and Rose, Snow Covered Fir Tree Soap from The Village Soapsmith, The Night Before Christmas Soap from Owl Natural Soaps and Snowflake Christmas Soap from The Charming Frog. For more handmade holiday soap gifts, be sure to check out my full curated collection of artisan soaps on Etsy here.

Handmade holiday gifts & ideas. Your Etsy gift guide for the holiday season. If you need ideas for handmade holiday gifts, then you're to love this year's Etsy gift guide! Not only is there something for everyone on your list, but I've also met and/or purchased from quite a few of these amazing crafters. #handmadegifts #giftguide #etsy #handmadeisbetter

More Handmade Holiday Gifts & Ideas

Didn’t quite find what you were looking for? Try one of these other Etsy gift guides for handmade holiday gifts.

Also be sure to check out this collection of pretty ways to wrap your gifts this holiday season!

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Easy Ways to Wrap Gifts (And Holiday Gift Ideas They’ll Love!)

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With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn easy ways to wrap gifts – even at the last minute – so you look like you had it together all along!

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

I remember as I got older, that my mother always seemed to be pressed for time during the holiday season. First she was rushing to wrap gifts – all on Christmas Eve. She’d close the door to her bedroom and lay her old pattern cutting board across her bed. The rustle of paper and the sound of Fiskars sliding across rolls of wrapping paper would go on half the night.

Then there was the time her Christmas tree didn’t make it until the night before the big day. If you’ve ever tried decorating a tree AND wrapping gifts all in one evening, then you know how insane it is. She was up until 4am on Christmas morning rushing to get everything ready.

In contrast, I used to start shopping for gifts in July and be finished by the first of November. I enjoyed not having to rush. I still like decorating the tree (though I abhor taking it down!) and decorating Christmas cookies with friends.

These days, however, I prefer making homemade gifts for friends and family (unless I’m buying handmade.) I usually get started right about this time of year, especially if I’m making soap. And, believe it or not, gift wrapping is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. Though I do realize not everyone feels the same way.

To be honest, my family HATES the way I wrap gifts. It’s not because of the flourish. Rather, it has more to do with the tape.

Inevitably, I always run out of Scotch tape halfway through wrapping gifts. There can be no free sides of wrapping paper. Rather every edge of paper must be taped down. So there’s not any chance my gift recipients being able to slip a finger underneath the wrapping paper to tear it open. (This easy gift wrapping hack terrifies me! It only uses ONE piece of tape.)

When I run out of regular tape, I dig through my craft supplies and put that last roll of shipping tape to good use. This is especially helpful for keeping boxes completely sealed along every seam pre-paper as well.

When I finally finish off that roll shipping tape, then I’m sure I can find duct tape somewhere. After all, crafting does have its perks.

My family, however, has finally stopped joking about how I should invest in a tape company. Still, I think it’s just more fun that it takes a full five minutes to unwrap every single gift. It’s all about building suspense.

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit

Shopping for gifts and finding creative ways to wrap said gifts isn’t the only stressful part of the holiday season. Before the holidays hit, there’s always extra cleaning that needs to be done in anticipation of guests.

Grove Collaborative recently introduced Mrs. Meyer’s new holiday scents in Peppermint, Iowa Pine, and Orange Clove. Greg wanted to try the orange clove scent this time around, so I bought their holiday dish soap, hand soap and multi-purpose spray. I also got the new red Grove cleaning caddy which makes it easy to transport all my cleaning supplies from room to room. What’s really cool, is if you aren’t already a Grove customer, you can get all the same products (in your scent of choice while supplies last) for free! Plus they’ll even throw in a set of Grove walnut scrubber sponges.

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

How to Make A Simple Gift Basket

If you already have a cleaning caddy, then you can use the free red cleaning caddy as a holiday gift basket for someone special in your life! I filled my cleaning caddy with handmade gifts, then covered it with a decorative tea towel. A little bit of wire ribbon then gave it the perfect decorative touch. I wasn’t even disappointed that I didn’t get use any tape! (Learn how to tie the perfect ribbon gift bow here.)

Easy ways to wrap gifts and holiday gift ideas they'll love! With the holiday season right around the corner, what better way to make that time less stressful than to plan ahead? Save time by preparing now and working on your holiday gifts in stages. Plus learn pretty ways to wrap gifts - even at the last minute - so you look like you had it together all along!

You do have to spend $20 to get your free gift. However, it’s the perfect opportunity to purchase Lovebug Colds Suck Immunity Daily Probiotic to help you stay healthy this holiday season. I also love the Grove Collaborative amber room spray bottle. Simply fill the container with water then add up to 40 drops of your favorite essential oil! (Take advantage of this special offer now before time runs out!)

Not sure what to put inside your gift basket? You can gift a homemade loaf of challah bread, rustic sweet limpa bread or a pound cake with a set of beautiful botanical recipe cards and a jar of homemade preserves. You could also include a container of winter chai spiced cocoa mix or a sweet chile citrus spiced hand poured candle. I also love this orange cardamom spiced sugar scrub!

More Easy Ways to Wrap Gifts

If gift baskets aren’t the direction you want to take for your homemade holiday gifts, then consider one of these other easy ways to wrap gifts for Christmas.

Easy ways to wrap gifts. Mason jars are a simple and eco-friendly way to package your gifts for the holidays. Whether you fill them with a homemade body scrub or handmade hard candies, they are easy to decorate with just a bit of ribbon or a custom canning jar label.

Mason jars are an easy way to wrap gifts.

Mason jars are a simple and eco-friendly way to package your gifts for the holidays. Whether you fill them with a homemade body scrub, herbal bath teacranberry body butter (pictured) or handmade hard candies, they are easy to decorate with just a bit of ribbon or a custom canning jar label.

Easy simple ways to wrap gifts for the holidays. These simple coconut oil peppermint sugar scrubs from SARCraftGifts illustrate how easy it is to decorate your mason jar crafts for seasonal winter gifts.

These peppermint sugar scrubs from SARCraftGifts illustrate how easy it is to decorate your mason jar gifts for holiday gift giving. They’re decorated with a simple strand of bakers twine and a handwritten tag.

Easy ways to wrap gifts this holiday season. Mason jars are a simple and eco-friendly way to package your gifts for the holidays. Whether you fill them with a homemade body scrub or handmade hard candies, they are easy to decorate with just a bit of ribbon or a custom canning jar label.

You can also make your own aloe vera bath melts to package in tall mason jars with a simple coordinating ribbon.

Easy ways to wrap gifts for the holidays. If you want to really make your mason jar gifts shine, you can add a seasonally inspired snow globe to the top of your jar! This holiday mason gift jar from cornchip HANDMADE features a handmade winter diorama on the lid. All you have to do is include your gift inside!

If you want to really make your mason jar gifts shine, you can add a seasonally inspired snow globe to the top of your jar! This holiday mason gift jar from cornchip HANDMADE features a handmade winter diorama on the lid. All you have to do is include your gift inside! (Or learn how to make your own mason jar lid snowglobe.)

Easy ways to wrap gifts for DIY holiday gifts using printable labels and food or mason storage jars. You can easily add printable labels to food jars or wine bottles with this stylish collection of customizable holiday gift labels from Lia Griffith.

Another easy way to create a decorative gift worthy mason jar is with etching! You can learn how to make an easy DIY starry etched mason jar here. Or easily add printable labels to food jars or wine bottles with this stylish collection of customizable holiday gift labels from Lia Griffith.

(For even more DIY mason jar gift ideas, be sure to check out more gift ideas on my holiday gifts Pinterest board.)

Try a decorative gift box for a fun twist on gift wrap.

That’s not all however. You can buy decorative gift boxes that require nothing more than a ribbon or a bow. But did you know you can also print gift boxes if you don’t have time to hit the store? Printable gift boxes are some of my favorite ways to easily wrap those last minute gifts when you’re running behind. Or if someone extra was added to your guest list at the last minute.

Following are some of my favorite ways to wrap gifts using printable gift boxes.  You will need tape for these creative ways to wrap gifts. However, if you’re a die hard tape fan like I am, you’ll at least find it easy to curb your addiction with these gift wrap gems.

Hedgehog printable gift boxes or favor boxes. An easy way to wrap gifts for the holiday season. These super cute printable hedgehog treat boxes from Little Luxuries Loft are great for jewelry and other tiny gifts like stocking stuffers. You can also use them for your holiday advent calendar.

These super cute printable hedgehog treat boxes from Little Luxuries Loft are great for jewelry and other tiny gifts like stocking stuffers. You can also use them for your holiday advent calendar. In addition Little Luxuries Loft also offers printable little Christmas elves as well as winter foxes for a non-holiday winter theme.

DIY Christmas decor and printable holiday gift box in one! A unique way to wrap your DIY Christmas gifts for friends and family. This DIY winter gingerbread sleigh holiday gift box from Wa Womb Printables functions not just as a unique way to wrap gifts, it also makes conversation worthy holiday home decor.

This DIY winter gingerbread sleigh holiday gift box from Wa Womb Printables functions not just as a unique way to wrap gifts, it also makes conversation worthy holiday home decor.

Eco-friendly ways to wrap Christmas gifts for the winter holiday season. These DIY gingerbread gift boxes  from The House That Lars Built are an easy way to wrap larger sized gifts. And they're eco-friendly! All you need are a few upcycled boxes, a hot glue gun and a white paint pen and you're set! Learn how to make your own via the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.

While these DIY gingerbread gift boxes from The House That Lars Built are an easy way to wrap larger sized gifts. And they’re eco-friendly! All you need are a few upcycled boxes, a hot glue gun and a white paint pen and you’re set! Find the tutorial to make your own at The House That Lars Built. Or try this large printable holiday cat gift box on for size. Alternately, you can also paint old cookie tins for another eco-friendly, reusable gift box idea.

Easy ways to wrap gifts for the holidays with handmade gift toppers for your homemade Christmas gifts. Lia Griffith has a video tutorial that shows you not only how to create unique and beautiful gift toppers, it's also filled with easy gift wrapping tips and tricks. I love how easy her videos make it to explore new ways to wrap gifts without feeling intimidated to try something new!

Get creative with bold wrapping paper & easy gift toppers.

Lia Griffith also has tons of really lovely ways to wrap gifts using her printable wrapping paper as well as DIY gift ideas for him and her. There’s an even a video tutorial that shows you not only how to create unique and beautiful gift toppers, it’s also filled with easy gift wrapping tips and tricks. I love how easy her video makes it to explore new ways to wrap gifts without feeling intimidated about trying something new! Also be sure to check her great DIY ideas for unique gift tags and gift card envelopes.

Holiday dachshund wrapping paper from Rose and Willow. A cute way to wrap your handmade Christmas gifts. Plus lots of great ways to wrap gifts for the festive winter holiday season!

I’d love to hear your favorite ways to wrap gifts for the holiday season! So be sure to share your ideas in the comments. You can also share photos of your gift wrapped presents with me on instagram by using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff when you post. For even more great ways to wrap gifts so you look like a pro, be sure to check out my Pretty Packaging Pinterest board as well of my collection of gift wrap favorites on Etsy, which includes this adorable dachshund gift wrap from Rose and Willow.

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