Beautiful DIY Gift Wrap Ideas for the Holidays and Last Minute Gift Ideas

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 I love this DIY gift wrap idea with cut out mistletoe via the Swedish blog, At Home with Helena.

Need ideas for wrapping the perfect gifts for Christmas tomorrow? Try out this DIY gift wrap idea with cut out mistletoe via the Swedish blog, At Home with Helena here. Then discover even more beautiful DIY gift wrap ideas on my Pretty Packaging board on Pinterest here. Or check out my Printables board for seasonal printable gift wrap and gift tags.

This pastel deer themed Christmas printable gift wrap from Craftberry Bush is one of my all time favorites!

This pastel deer themed Christmas printable gift wrap from Craftberry Bush is one of my all time favorites! (Repin it here.)

This homemade coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil is inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom, my coffee scrub recipe contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin. Plus there are free printable labels for gifting!

Still need a few last minute gift ideass? Homemade body scrubs and lip balms are super quick to make and always a treat for the recipient! My friend, Bambi, and I made twelve of my coffee body scrubs – recipe here – in under an hour. From start to finish each batch took us about five minutes to weigh, mix and package!

We put ours in 8 oz.Black PET PCR Jars with Black Smooth Lined Caps from SKS Bottle & Packaging with simple strip of washi tape across the lid. (Bambi and I LOVE the washi tapes at Cute Tape! You can also visit Cute Tape for both gift packaging ideas as well DIY projects!)

Learn how to make your own homemade rose sugar scrub and homemade hibiscus salt scrub with two easy to create body scrub recipes from Soap Deli News blog!

Other scrubs you might love include my homemade hibiscus salt scrub recipe and my homemade rose sugar scrub recipe. Both of these projects include super simple labeling ideas that you can create yourself!

This sea salt face and body scrub recipe is loosely inspired by Lush's Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. Made using fine dead sea salt, this emulsified sea salt face and body scrub recipe has a creamy texture and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ingredients like mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and lanolin help to condition and protect skin while dead sea salt lends its natural healing properties.

My sea salt face and body scrub recipe is also very popular and is is loosely inspired by Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. It even comes with free printable labels for your finished scrubs making gifting even easier!

My recipe for homemade cranberry body butter makes a great homemade Christmas gift! It’s non-greasy and smells simply delectable.

My recipe for homemade cranberry body butter is also very popular this time of the year. It’s non-greasy and smells simply delectable. If you prefer not to use a fragrance oil or don’t have a suitable one on hand, my lavender version of this recipe contains a few more ingredients, but uses lavender essential oil, and is one of my top pinned recipes of all time.

For all of my homemade recipes and DIY projects that include free printable labels, visit Soap Deli News blog here. For more DIY Christmas gift ideas, you can discover 50 of my favorite DIY holiday gifts here. Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards for thousands of projects. My unique DIY Christmas gifts board and my DIY stocking stuffers board are both great resources this time of year.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!


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DIY Christmas Dog Treats

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Treat your furry best friend this Christmas with these DIY Christmas dog treats!

Remind your pup how much you love him this holiday season – as if he doesn’t already know – with these DIY Christmas dog treats! Made with peanut butter, banana and brown rice flour, these fun Christmas dog treats are colored with beet powder for that holiday red! You can find the recipe to make these Christmas dog treats over at Sprinkle Bakes blog here. (Or, search for dog treat cookie cutter ideas here.)

Remind your dog how much you love him this Christmas with these homemade Christmas dog treats! Plus learn how to make your own homemade dog Christmas cookies with a recipe via Sprinkle Bakes!

No time to make your own? Shop from some these amazing DIY Christmas dog treats on Etsy: Mini 8-Piece Dog Treat Assortment from Dog Park Publishing / Grain Free Organic Star Wars Inspired Dog Treats from Pawbaby Biscuits / Pup Truffles Dog Treats from Linda’s Bowwow Biscuits / Winter Wonderland Christmas Dog Treats from Bobby + Bambi’s Gourmet Dog Bakery.

For even more homemade Christmas dog treats as well as gift ideas for dog lovers be sure to check out all of my pet related favorites on Etsy here. You can also follow my For the Dogs board on Pinterest for more pet related products, recipes and DIY’s.

50 Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Need gift ideas for your human companions? Then check out this blog post with 50 unique DIY Christmas gift ideas you can make for friends and family! Or for more homemade holiday gift ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Christmas gift boards on Pinterest.

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Scented DIY Soy and Beeswax Candles with Printable Lables

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Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Learn how to make this chocolate and espresso scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

Chocolate & Espresso Scented Soy and Beeswax Candles

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6 oz. soy wax
5.5 oz. natural filtered  white beeswax
.75 oz. espresso fragrance oil
.35 oz. chocolate fragrance oil

Tools & Materials:

2 – 7.75 oz. frosted candle jars
medium wood wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

This recipe yields two soy and beeswax candles. I used two frosted 7.75 oz. candle jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging for this project.

I specifically used the espresso fragrance oil I purchased from Brambleberry and the chocolate fragrance oil that I purchased from Wholesale Supplies Plus, however, you can experiment with similar fragrance oils from other reputable suppliers.

To make your chocolate and espresso scented soy and beeswax candles, you’ll first need to weigh out and melt the wax. Use a digital scale to weigh out both the beeswax and the soy wax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut four wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the frosted candle jar when placed inside. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into the metal anchors using two wicks for each anchor so they are doubled up. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the fragrance oils and stir it into the melted wax.

Now carefully pour the wax evenly into each of the frosted candle jars and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool. It’s also possible to warp your candle jar. Mixing and pouring the wax too hot can also reduce the scent throw your candles will have.)

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

If desired, you can label your candle jar with my free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Learn how to make this vanilla verbena and peppermint scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

Vanilla Verbena & Peppermint Scented Soy and Beeswax Candles

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6 oz. soy wax
5.5 oz. natural filtered  white beeswax
.6 oz. vanilla verbena fragrance oil
.5 oz. peppermint essential oil

Tools & Materials:

2 – 7.75 oz. frosted candle jars
medium wood wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

This recipe yields two soy and beeswax candles. I used two frosted 7.75 oz. candle jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging for this project.

I specifically used the vanilla verbena fragrance oil that I purchased from Wholesale Supplies Plus, however, you can experiment with similar fragrance oils from other reputable suppliers. For a stronger vanilla verbena scent, reduce the amount of peppermint essential oil and increase the amount of fragrance oil by the amount peppermint essential oil you reduced.

To make your vanilla verbena and peppermint scented soy and beeswax candles, you’ll first need to weigh out and melt the wax. Use a digital scale to weigh out both the beeswax and the soy wax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut four wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the frosted candle jar when placed inside. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into the metal anchors using two wicks for each anchor so they are doubled up. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the fragrance oils and stir it into the melted wax.

Now carefully pour the wax evenly into each of the frosted candle jars and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool. It’s also possible to warp your candle jar. Mixing and pouring the wax too hot can also reduce the scent throw your candles will have.)

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

If desired, you can label your candle jar with my free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

You can also make a natural deodorizing beeswax candle scented with eucalyptus and tea tree. That candle recipe can be found on Soap Deli News blog here. I’ve included three label options on the printable label PDF for these size jars. The PDF contains labels for the chocolate & espresso candles and vanilla verbena & peppermint soy and beeswax candles, as well as smaller labels for the deodorizing beeswax candles that fit the smaller 7.75 oz. sized frosted candle jars.

Learn how to make this chocolate and espresso scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

To make the smaller sized eucalyptus & tea tree beeswax candles simply reduce the amount of beeswax to 11 oz., the eucalyptus essential oil to .55 oz. and the tea tree oil to .45 oz. Alternately you can use the same recipe for the soy and beeswax candles listed above with .55 oz. of eucalyptus essential oil and .45 oz. of tea tree oil.

This odor neutralizing candle DIY will teach you how to create your own beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. These odor neutralizing candles are relatively easy to make and they really do work!

If you like my recipes for making scented soy and beeswax candles, then you may also like my Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY here. This odor neutralizing candle recipe makes beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. They are made using an odor neutralizing fragrance oil.

You can also find recipes for making a matching lemon verbena scented soy candle and body butter gift set here.


For more homemade holiday gift ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Christmas gift boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram for more great ideas. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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How to Make A Natural Deodorizing Beeswax Candle

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Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? My natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Natural Deodorizing Beeswax Candle Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

13.75 oz. beeswax
.8 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
.5 oz. tea tree oil

Tools & Materials:

1 12 oz. glass candle jar
large wood candle wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

I used an upcycled 12 oz. candle jar for my tea tree and eucalyptus scented deodorizing beeswax candle. If you don’t have a 12 oz. glass jar, SKS Bottle & Packaging has some really pretty 12.25 oz. glass jars here that would also work beautifully. If you’re using their 12.25 oz. glass jars, you can increase the amount of beeswax to 14 oz.

I used filtered white beeswax pastilles for my homemade candle recipes. However, you can also use traditional unfiltered yellow beeswax.

To make your natural deodorizing beeswax candle you’ll begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut two wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the glass candle jar when placed inside with the metal anchors on. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into two metal anchors using one wick for each anchor. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the essential oil and stir it into the melted wax. If necessary, gently heat the wax again.

Now carefully pour the wax into your glass candle jar and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool.)

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Label your candle jar with the free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

odor-neutralizing-candle-tutorial

If you like my natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe, then you may also like my Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY here. This odor neutralizing candle recipe makes beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. They are made using an odor neutralizing fragrance oil.

You can also find recipes for making a matching lemon verbena scented soy candle and body butter gift set here.


For more homemade holiday gift ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Christmas gift boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on  G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram for more great ideas. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can't make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade. This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you're also helping out the artist and their families as well!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Giving handmade gifts adds special meaning to your holiday gift exchange experience. But not everyone has the time to make their gifts. Even if you can’t make your own gifts, you can give the gift of handmade.

This handmade holiday gift guide offers a little something for everyone this holiday season. Not only will your recipient appreciate the extra thought, but you’re also helping out an artisan and their families as well! Keep reading to discover handmade gifts for soap lovers, gifts for DIY-ers, gifts for guys, gifts for kids and more!

Handmade Gifts for Soap Lovers

Handmade Soap Gifts for the Holidays Perfect for Soap Lovers

Handmade Gingerbread Soap from Boston CreationsFrosted Birch and Juniper Bath Gift Set from Sweet Clementine Soaps / Christmas Soap Gift Set from Orange Blossom Soap Company / Lump of Coal Soap from Northern Dlights

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Soap Gifts

Handmade Pumpkin Chai Soap from SoapwonderfulSecret Santa Christmas Parcel from Sweet Cecily’s / Gingerbread Body Butter from Nature’s Skin Nutrition / Holiday Soaps and Lip Butters Gift Set from Beth and Olivia’s Market

Handmade Gifts for DIY-ers

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Prosecco & Peach DIY Lip Balm Kit from Sweet Cecily’s / DIY Zombie Moss Terrarium Kit from Moss Love Terrariums / Crystals Embroidery Pattern from Sarah K. Benning / DIY Whipped Body Butter Kit from DarNaturals

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for DIY-ers

Organic Kombucha Brewing Kit from The Kombucha Shop / Organic Nut Free Whipped Body Butter Kit from ElixourOriginal Dairy Free Mozerella & Ricotta Cheese Kit from Urban Cheesecraft / DIY Natural Soy Candle Kit from Holistic Studio

Handmade Gifts for Guys

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade Gifts for Guys

Brewery in a Box Beer Making Kit from Urban Brew Shop / Rock Candle Oil Lamp from Handmade Rock Art / Handmade Novelty Bacon Soap from Epic Soap Company / Skull Coffee Pour Over Filter Set from Nicole Pangas Ceramics

Handmade Holiday Gifts for Guys

Spiced Chile Hot Chocolate Mix from Whimsy and Spice / Oak Wood iPhone Valet from Paybacks A Beach / Hand Stitched Mens Guitar Wallet from Fullmoonn / DIY Cocktail Bitters Kit from High Desert Botanicals

Handmade Gifts for Kids

Handmade Holiday GIft Guide: Gifts for Kids

Superhero Soap from Love Lee Soaps / Crochet Raccoon Toy from Ami Ami Gocco / Squirrel Coin Purse from KaselottiNatural History Coloring Book from Awreon Illustrations

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Trio Set of Lip Glaze Tins from Feeling Smitten / Personalized Pony Pin Badge from Bonbi Forest / Soapsquatch Big Foot Soap from Leeloo Soap / Ice Cream Parlor Bath Bomb from Boom Shaka Bomb

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide and Etsy Favorites

Want even more handmade holiday gift ideas? Shop from among my other Etsy favoritesGift Ideas for GuysGift Ideas for DIY-ersGift Ideas for Pet OwnersUnique Handmade GiftsGift Ideas for HerHousewarming GiftsGift Ideas for KidsGift Ideas for Little GirlsGift Ideas for SweetheartsGift Ideas for Coffee + Chocolate LoversGift Ideas for Unicorn LoversPumpkin Spice Gift IdeasGift Ideas for Pin Lovers and Gift Ideas for Co-Workers! (Or see them all here.)

You can also find more handmade gift ideas from Etsy’s Editors’ Picks Handmade Holiday Gift Guide here.

Want to make your own handmade holiday gifts? Check out my collection of 50 unique DIY Christmas gifts you can make for friends and family here.

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