DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season

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Bring a little extra light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It’s a great way to add a little more self care to your life!

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed throughout the fall and winter holiday season. On top of the pressures of work and parenting, there are holiday activities to contend with. Not to mention all those holiday family obligations that we sometimes wish we didn’t have. Like you, there are days I just need a break. For the rest of the year, I’ve promised myself I will do just that.

As I tend to isolate myself more during cold weather months, part of my plan for self care is to get out of the house and socialize more. To help me find activities I know that I’ll enjoy, I’ve been keeping a steady eye on upcoming Facebook events. For events I’m interested in, I mark as “interested” so I get a reminder via Facebook a few days before. However, for events I’m kind of crazy about, they get put on my paper wall calendar. (Yes. Yes. I have one of those.) This way my favorite events won’t slip my mind.

While my final decision for Halloween activities is still up in the air, I have committed myself to several activities for October. Events like an art exhibition opening at a local gallery, music at a local restaurant, a monthly Wine & Art Wednesday, and another monthly event pegged Rooftop Riot for my BFF’s birthday.

Of course, since my boyfriend Greg goes to most of these things with me, I’m having to schedule around football. Luckily, most live bands play at restaurants with televisions. (So he can’t cop out. Bwahahaha.) He’s been a real sport about trying new things though. It can be hard to put yourself out there if you don’t a sidekick. So he keeps me honest so I don’t bail to binge on Netflix instead.

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

Last month Greg tagged along for Wine & Art Wednesday. It’s run by my friend, Hillary, so it’s a great opportunity not just to see my friends, but to meet new people AND get crafty. I took along some wine from my new Winc shipment (the 2016 L’Atelier du Sud Red Blend and 2017 Finke’s Sparkling White Blend, both of which were amazing!) and we spent the evening crafting our own DIY suncatchers.

While suncatchers seem like they might be seasonally specific, I think that this craft project is great for anytime of the year. This would be a great project for winter to help you overcome seasonal depression and allow a little more light into your life. Plus it’s the perfect chance to create imaginative snowflakes or winter themed flamingos for your windows!

There are several things that I really love about this DIY suncatcher craft project. One, you repurpose old or scratched CD’s for this project, so it’s not going to cost a lot of money. Two, you don’t need to be an artist to make these suncatchers. You can easily trace your favorite designs onto the cd’s. Or, you can freehand an abstract idea. And three, this DIY suncatcher craft project is amazingly therapeutic. I’d had a terrible week leading up to making these suncatchers. However, by the time Wine & Art Wednesday was over, I was in great spirits.

Ready to give this DIY suncatcher craft project a try? Following is an easy tutorial and photos from my Wednesday night to walk you through the process!

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project Tutorial

Supplies & Materials:

Blank CDs
Tape
Scissors
Permanent Markers or Paint Pens
Suncatcher Paint
Fishing Line
Colorful Beads, optional

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project Instructions:

You’ll begin by removing the painted layer from your CD.

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To do this, simply place a piece of tape over the painted side of the CD with one end hanging off the edge of the CD. Lift the edge of the tape by the outer edge of the CD slightly. Then take a pair of scissors and scratch off a small amount of the coating under the outer edge of the tape.

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

Press the tape back down over the scratch you made. Then pull the tape away from the outer edge of the CD. That painted layer or coating will pull right off! (I never would have believed it was THIS easy!) Repeat as needed until all of the coating has been removed and you’re left with only the clear CD plastic.

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra a light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

Next, use a permanent marker or paint marker to draw your design onto the CD. You can either trace a design onto the CD by placing an image or mandala pattern under the CD or you can draw your own design.

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra a light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra a light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

Once you’ve drawn the outline for your DIY suncatcher craft project design, you can either use suncatcher paints or permanent markers to color in the design.

DIY Suncatcher Craft Project for Every Season. Bring a little extra a light and some smiles into your life, regardless of the time of year, with this easy and fun DIY suncatcher craft project! It's a great way to add a little more self care to your life! #suncatcher #diy #crafts #selfcare #artherapy

Allow your suncatcher to dry completely, then tie a length of fishing line through the hole in the CD so it can be displayed.

 

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You can also add beads to the fishing line both above and/or below the CD for an extra decorative touch. It’s that easy!

If you enjoyed my DIY suncatcher craft project, then be sure to check out some of my other craft project ideas on Soap Deli News. You can also follow my DIY Craft Projects board on Pinterest. Alternately, you can also shop for all inclusive DIY craft kits for one stop shopping.

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Best DIY Craft Kits for Adults to Try This Fall

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Take the time out to do something special for yourself this fall by learning a new craft. This collection of DIY craft kits for adults is just what you need to get started!

Take the time out to do something special for yourself this fall by learning a new craft. This collection of DIY craft kits for adults is just what you need to get started!

Fall is by far my favorite season. Not only do I love the crisp, cooler weather that fall brings, I’m also stoked that I can finally wear something other than shorts and a t-shirt. And while the fall temperatures justify that wonderful wardrobe flip, the cooler air is also perfect for hiking and fall festivals. I love that I can go places and do things and not end up a sweat soaked puddle on the sidewalk.

While I’m not as fond of the shorter days, they do offer the perfect opportunity to stay indoors and get my craft on. It’s also the perfect chance to get my feet wet with a new craft project outside of my area of expertise.

8 DIY Craft Kits for Adults to Try This Fall. Take the time out to do something special for yourself this fall by learning a new craft. This collection of DIY craft kits for adults is just what you need to get started!

My friend, Hillary, who is an artist, supplies ample opportunities to do just that. She recently revived her event nights, Wine & Art Wednesdays. I’ve learned needle felting as well as monoprinting in her previous classes that I attended. While my friend, Bambi, learned various encaustic painting techniques.

This fall she’ll be offering classes on Wednesday nights to learn how to paint sun catcher mandalas, craft felted pumpkins and design winter terrariums. While her expanded Saturday courses include learning how to make needle felted wall hangings and photo transfer painting. So I’m super excited to learn some new arts and crafts techniques that I may not have otherwise tried on my own.

8 DIY Craft Kits for Adults to Try This Fall. Take the time out to do something special for yourself this fall by learning a new craft. This collection of DIY craft kits for adults is just what you need to get started!

If there’s a lack of opportunities to learn new crafts in your area, you still have options. Creativebug offers over 1,000 arts and crafts classes that you can access online from the comfort of your home.

Their online video courses make it easy to learn how to sew, paint, bake, crochet and pretty much any other craft or hobby you’re ready to tackle. With new classes introduced on a daily basis, you’ll never run out of ideas for weekend projects. And, in addition to the video tutorials from Creativebug, they also offer downloadable patterns, templates and recipes.

Take the time out to do something special for yourself this fall by learning a new craft. This collection of DIY craft kits for adults is just what you need to get started!

I’m really excited about some of the projects Creativebug offers for the upcoming holiday season. You can learn how to make Halloween crafts, discover creative ways to wrap your holiday gifts and even get started on your handmade Christmas gifts.

Another great way to learn a new skill is through an all inclusive DIY craft kit. Like Creativebug’s online classes, these DIY craft kits for adults allow you to work at your own pace when your schedule opens up some free time. So whether you’re crafting on a lunch break or crocheting at midnight, you can always sneak in some self care craftiness.

Best DIY Craft Kits for Adults to Try This Fall. Take the time out to do something special for yourself this fall by learning a new craft. This collection of DIY craft kits for adults is just what you need to get started!

DIY Craft Kits for Adults To Try This Fall

Following are eight of my top picks for creative DIY craft kits for adults to try this fall!

8 DIY Craft Kits for Adults to Try This Fall! This fall embroidery kit comes with all the materials you need to embroider a 4″ hoop, fall inspired wall art. Choose from four different fall leaf designs including Acorn & Leaves, Japanese Maple Leaves, Chestnut Leaf and a Canadian Maple Leaf.

Fall Leaf Embroidery Kit via mlmxoxo

This fall embroidery kit comes with all the materials you need to embroider a 4″ hoop, fall inspired wall art. Choose from four different fall leaf designs including Acorn & Leaves, Japanese Maple Leaves, Chestnut Leaf and a Canadian Maple Leaf. Or check out some of Mary Louise’s other modern embroidery DIY craft kits for adults for more great options.

8 DIY Craft Kits for Adults to Try This Fall! This fall leaves needle felting kit is perfect for beginners! Design to produce six decorative fall leaves based on real leaf types, this DIY craft kit helps your create the perfect addition to your seasonal fall decor.

Fall Leaves Needle Felting Kit via Felted Sky Studio

This fall leaves needle felting kit is perfect for beginners! Designed to produce six decorative fall leaves based on real leaf types, this DIY craft kit helps your create the perfect addition to your seasonal fall decor.

Best DIY Craft Kits for Adults This Fall. DIY Rubber Stamp Making Kit. It's both easy and fun to create your own custom stamps with this DIY kit. Inside you'll find all the materials you need, along with a step-by-step picture tutorial, to guide you through the process of creating custom hand carved stamps. Why not make leaf shaped stamps for fall projects? Or try a "made especially for you" stamp for your handmade holiday gifts.

DIY Rubber Stamp Making Kit via Milamade Shop

It’s both easy and fun to create your own custom stamps with this DIY kit. Inside you’ll find all the materials you need, along with a step-by-step picture tutorial, to guide you through the process of creating custom hand carved stamps. Why not make leaf shaped stamps for fall projects? Or try a “made especially for you” stamp for your handmade holiday gifts.

Best Fall DIY Craft Kits for Adults. DIY Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin. This mason jar pumpkin craft kit makes the perfect fall decor in any rustic autumn setting! It's easy to create and it also looks great a decorative fall centerpiece for your home.

DIY Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin via Seventh & Lark

This mason jar pumpkin craft kit makes the perfect fall decor in any rustic autumn setting! It’s easy to make and it makes a great decorative fall centerpiece for your home.

8 Best DIY Adult Craft Kits for Fall. Small DIY Farmers Market Sign Craft Kit. Build the perfect fall decor for your home with this adult DIY craft kit. This beautiful DIY farmers market sign celebrates the best parts of fall and will look wonderful in your kitchen this season.

DIY Farmers Market Sign Kit via Houseful of Handmade

Build the perfect fall decor for your home with this adult DIY craft kit. This beautiful DIY farmers market sign celebrates the best parts of fall and will look wonderful in your kitchen this season.

Best DIY Craft Kits for Adults This Fall. Rustic Wooden Pumpkins DIY Kit. Craft your own rustic fall decor with this DIY rustic pumpkin craft kit. It contains everything you need to decorate your home for fall without having to make a trip to the craft store!

Rustic Wooden Pumpkins DIY Kit via Four Daughter Boutique

Craft your own rustic fall decor with this DIY rustic pumpkin craft kit. It contains everything you need to decorate your home for fall without having to make a trip to the craft store!

Favorite DIY Fall Craft Kits for Adults. DIY MandalaRock Painting Kit. Painting rocks is not only fun, it's also therapeutic. I love painting rocks to help my mind wind down from a hectic day. This best selling art kit is perfect for adults looking for a simple craft project. It even comes with the rocks themselves to save you trouble of hunting them down yourself.

DIY Mandala Rock Painting Kit via Art Rock Colorado

Painting rocks is not only fun, it’s also therapeutic. I love painting rocks to help my mind wind down from a hectic day. This best selling art kit is perfect for adults looking for a simple craft project. It even comes with the rocks themselves to save you trouble of hunting them down yourself.

Accessorize your home this fall with some color! This DIY owl wreath kit comes with everything you need to create and embroider your own fall wreath. This wreath features three colorful owls perched on oak tree branches among the acorns and leaves that have turned from their summer green to the familiar orange, tan and yellow of the fall season.

Bucilla Owl Felt Fall Wreath Kit via FTH International

Accessorize your home this fall with some color! This DIY owl wreath kit comes with everything you need to create and embroider your own fall wreath. This wreath features three colorful owls perched on oak tree branches among the acorns and leaves that have turned from their summer green to the familiar orange, tan and yellow of the fall season.

If you enjoyed this collection of DIY craft kits for adults to try this fall, then be sure to check out my curated collection of my other favorite DIY craft kits and project ideas here.

Want more great DIY fall project ideas? Then follow Soap Deli News blog on G+PinterestFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’ and Instagram. Additionally, you can also subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future weekly updates, DIY projects and recipes.

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DIY Soy Candlemaking Kit for Teens & Tweens

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How to Make a DIY Soy Candle Making Kit to Gift to Teens and Tweens - Includes Printable Labels and Instruction Sheet

Still trying to find a homemade Christmas gift idea for those tough to shop for teens and tweens? If you have a young DIY-er in the family she’ll love this simple to assemble – and craft! – DIY Soy Candlemaking Kit! Keep reading to learn how to assemble your own.

How to Make a DIY Soy Candlemaking Kit

DIY Soy Candlemaking Kit

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What you’ll need:

10 oz. of natural soy wax
1 oz. candle fragrance oil
two 8 oz. deep round tins with lids
2 large wooden wicks with bases
candy thermometer
printable candle safety & blank labels {download pdf file}
printable diy soy candle instruction sheet {download pdf file}
full size blank white sticker sheet(s)
three 5″ x 7″ clear poly zipper bags or equivalent
box to put it all in

What you do:

Using a digital kitchen scale weigh out 10 oz. of natural soy wax. Split the wax in half and put 5 oz. in one zipper bag and 5 oz. in another. If you like you can draw labels for the bags of wax onto blank sticker paper and adhere to each bag.

Next, if desired label the candle fragrance oil with a hand drawn label as well. I used a Jammin’ Rock Candy fragrance oil for my kit. It’s a really great scent for kids and I specifically chose this one for my niece. However, you can use any age appropriate fragrance – Snickerdoodle Latte maybe? – or your recipients favorite scent. I’m personally in love with Moonlight Pomegranate.

Print out the sticker candle safety labels and blank round labels for decorating the lid of the tin onto a full page sticker sheet.

Now print out the diy soy candlemaking kit instruction sheet onto a regular piece of paper.

Cut the sticker labels down to fit inside a third zipper poly bag. Place the stickers in the bag along with the two wooden wicks and bases.

Finished DIY Soy Candle Making Kit for Kids

DIY Soy Candlemaking Kit for Kids You Can Make Yourself

Now place the bags of wax, the two tins, the fragrance oil, the sticker labels and wicks, a candy thermometer and the instruction sheet into a small box.

How to Make a DIY Craft Kit for Kids - Easy Soy Candlemaking Kit

The finished kit will create two eight ounce candle tins.

Wrap and gift.

For more creative diy homemade gift ideas and projects, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest!

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Artterro DIY Craft Kit Giveaway

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Artterro DIY Creativity Craft Kit for Kids

Have kids that love to craft? Encourage their creativity while also being eco-conscious with Artterro’s line of eco craft kits. Arterro sells a wide range of award winning craft kits that are perfect for kids and families. Not only do their craft kits encourage creativity, but they are also dedicated to sustainability and community, and are made in the USA. From DIY art dolls to wool felt bugs, Artterro offers craft kits for everyone and makes a thoughtful gift idea for holidays and birthdays!

DIY Art Journal Kits from Artterro

Now through December 15th, 2013, Artterro is offer Soap Deli News readers 20% off everything available from Artterro’s line. Simply enter coupon code: SOAP20 at checkout to save on your holiday gift giving when you shop online with Artterro!

Artterro DIY Craft Kit Giveaway

USA residents can also enter to win a Creativity Kit and an Art Journal Kit (pictured above) from Artterro through November 30th, 2013! Enter now (via Rafflecopter below) and gift a little creativity this holiday season. Also be sure to swing by Artterro’s blog, Spark, for creative handmade inspiration!

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DIY Cranberry Lip Scrub and Body Butter Recipe

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DIY Beauty - How to Make Homemade Lip Scrub and Body Butter using anti-oxidant rich cranberry butter plus a DIY Kit Giveway

If you’ve been dying to make your own homemade lip balms for a while, but haven’t yet taken the plunge, now’s your chance! Wholesale Supplies Plus, one of my favorite bath and beauty suppliers for many years, has a wonderfully easy Cranberry Lip Scrub and Body Butter Craft Kit! It comes with everything you need to make ten fabulous homemade cranberry lip scrubs and five jars of cranberry body butter. I was lucky enough to get to try out this simple to execute kit for myself and found the steps to be easy to follow even for novice crafters. And for right around $37 (includes shipping) this kit is an affordable way to enjoy an afternoon craft night with your family, make favors for an upcoming event or even craft your own products to sell.

I was especially excited to try Wholesale Supplies Plus’ cranberry body butter that comes with this kit as to contains not only a blend of some of my favorite ingredients – shea butter and jojoba oil, but it also contains Cranberry Fruit which is packed with anti-oxidants. However, as the cranberry body butter – and the resulting products this kit creates – are unscented, I added a few extras to make it a little more fun. You can feel free to customize your lip scrubs and butters with your favorite scents and flavors or leave the rich and luxurious cranberry butter fragrance free to accommodate those who may have allergies.

To make your own cranberry lip scrubs and body butters, follow the instructions below or visit Wholesale Supplies Plus’ Lotion and Skin Care Library for the original version of the recipe.

DIY Pistachio Macaron Body Butter Recipe and Flavored Lip Scrub

DIY Flavored Lip Scrub and Scented Body Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lb. Crafter’s Choice™ Cranberry Butter Blend
1.5 oz. white cane sugar
4 ml flavor oil of choice (optional)
.3 oz. fragrance oil of choice (optional)

(Or buy the kit here.)

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital kitchen scale for this project, a microwave, ten oval lip balm tubes, 5-6 3 oz. low profile jars with lids, a few plastic droppers, spoons for mixing and a beaker or glass pyrex measuring cup.

How to Make a Natural Cranberry Lip Scrub - Simple Beauty DIY

I really love the little beaker that comes with this kit as it makes pouring lip balms super easy and mess free. To get started, weigh out 1.25 oz. of the cranberry body butter into the beaker, then melt in the microwave. It took about 50 seconds for my batch to melt. Once it melts, measure out three Tablespoons (approximately 1.5 oz.) of white cane sugar and stir into the melted butter. If you want to use a flavor oil for your lip scrub like I did, use a plastic pipette or dropper to measure out up to 4 ml of flavor oil and stir into the mixture. I used 2 ml of a chocolate flavor oil and 2 ml of a strawberry flavor oil to make a chocolate strawberry lip scrub! Alternately if you prefer a lip balm rather than a scrub, simply omit the sugar.

This plastic beaker makes pouring lip balms a snap!

Allow the mixture to set for several minutes and thicken slightly then stir again to distribute the sugar evenly through the melted butter. Then slowly pour the mixture into each of your lip balm tubes. To prevent air bubbles, lightly tap each lip balm tube lightly halfway through then fill each tube with the remaining mixture.

Homemade Lip Balm Recipe - DIY Chocolate Strawberry Lip Scrub

Once your lip balms have completely cooled, simply cap and label. For gifts I thought these looked super cute decorated with washi tape and little labels that I made in Open Office. (Download a variety of printable labels for this project here.) To use, gently rub the scrub over lips to help remove dead skin cells, then rinse with warm water and follow with your favorite lip balm. (If you added a flavor oil try not to eat it!)

DIY Homemade Cranberry Body Butter Recipe

To make your body butters place the remaining cranberry butter into a large glass pyrex measuring cup or bowl and melt in the microwave until almost fully melted. Remove, then stir to complete the process. (This will help to prevent the cranberry fruit from settling to the bottom.) I wanted to scent my body butter, so I also stirred in .3 oz. (by weight) of Pistachio Macaron Fragrance Oil.

Handmade Bath And Beauty Projects and Recipes - Homemade Strawberry Chocolate Lip Scrub and Pistachio Macaron Body Butter

Once you’ve mixed in your fragrance, if desired, pour into your low profile jars. (The kit recommended filling five jars evenly with product, however, I found I had enough to actually fill six.) Allow to cool, then screw on the lid and label. Again, washi tape is a simple and easy choice for decorating your jars! (Download printable labels for this project here.)

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