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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Glitter Snowflake Soap Recipe with Peppermint Essential Oil

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I had planned this sparkly, glitter snowflake soap recipe to share with you all a bit closer to winter. However, with the realization that many of the Northern states are already enjoying that cloud of white falling from the sky, I decided not to wait. (Nor’easter anyone?)

Sparkly glitter snowflake soap recipe with natural essential oils. Crafted using natural melt and pour soap bases, peppermint essential oil and eco-friendly biodegradable glitter, this easy beginner soap recipe is perfect for natural winter skin care and DIY holiday gifts.

I know that many of my readers on Facebook have requested more melt and pour soap recipes. So I hope this instructional melt and pour soap tutorial helps to deliver just that. Not only is my glitter snowflake soap recipe easy to make, it’s also a joy to use. I mean, there’s GLITTER!

My homemade glitter snowflake soaps make great seasonal gifts throughout the winter holiday season. However, don’t you dare let anyone tell you that the homemade soaps you create are too pretty to use! My BFF gave me that line and I (not) yelled at her to use it anyway. After all, I can always make more.

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Which of course brings me around to a rather unsettling discovery a few years back. When I was shocked to find my “pretty” homemade soaps from ten plus years ago still stored in my parents’ bathroom closet… I know. Don’t get me started. (They don’t do it anymore though thankfully. Not after they tried switching back to commercial bar soap.)

Anyhow, if you’re a fan of glitter, then you’re really going to love my glitter snowflake soap recipe. Scented with peppermint essential oil and filled with shimmering biodegradable glitter, this glitter snowflake soap recipe is a must for your next weekend DIY project!

Ready to get your sparkle on? Then let’s do this!

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Glitter Snowflake Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

7.25 oz. clear natural melt and pour soap base
15.75 oz. white natural melt and pour soap base
.25 oz. peppermint essential oil
fine electric blue bio glitter, to suit
fine white bio glitter, to suit
fine silver bio glitter, to suit (optional)

Materials & Supplies:

6-cavity silicone snowflake mold
4-cup heat safe glass measuring cup like Pyrex
utensils for stirring
digital scale
spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
cutting board, optional

Instructions:

You’ll begin by making the glitter layer of your glitter snowflake soaps first. To do this, start by weighing out 7.25 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap base into chunks and place into a heat safe, glass measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted.

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Remove the melted soap from the microwave using a folded tea towel as the glass may be hot. Now weigh out .1 oz. of the peppermint essential oil and stir into the melted soap base. Next, add your choice of biodegradable glitters in your colors of choice. Have fun with it, but be careful not to go overboard. Too much glitter can make your snowflake soaps feel scratchy!

Now stir well to combine so both the glitter and the peppermint essential oil are evenly distributed throughout the soap base. Allow the melted soap base to cool slightly.

Place your silicone snowflake mold on a cutting board. Then stir the melted soap again.

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Pour the glittery soap base evenly into each of the mold’s six cavities. Then spritz the tops of your soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles. If desired, use the cutting board to carefully transport the mold to the refrigerator to hasten cooling times.

While the first layer of your glitter snowflake soap cools, you can get started on the next step.

Wash and dry the measuring cup you used to melt the clear soap base.

Next, weigh out 15.75 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Cut it into chunks. Then place the soap inside the measuring cup and heat until melted, in 30 second increments, stirring occasionally.

Once melted, weigh out and stir in .15 oz. of the peppermint essential oil.

DIY Glitter Snowflake Soap Recipe with Peppermint Essential Oil for DIY holiday gifts this winter.

Once the first layer of soap has fully hardened, spritz it with rubbing alcohol. Then pour the white peppermint scented soap based into the cavities of your mold on top of the first layer.

Spritz the tops of the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles. Then allow the soap to cool and harden. (Again, you can transfer your soap to the refrigerator to speed up the process.)

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Once your glitter snowflake soaps have hardened, carefully remove them from the mold.

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Then wrap your glitter snowflake soaps tightly in foodservice film for storage or gift giving.

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More DIY Winter Holiday Gift Ideas

If you like my glitter snowflake soap recipe, then you’ll love these other winter DIY holiday gift ideas!

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For more great gift worthy project ideas, check out my DIY Christmas Gift Ideas board on Pinterest.

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DIY Halloween Bat Soap with Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Glitter

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You know how you have a great project idea? Then when the time comes to actually make it, you only just then realize you don’t have that one thing you absolutely need. Well, that’s exactly how my DIY Halloween bat soap was born.

Halloween Soap DIY. Learn how to make this glitter DIY Halloween bat soap for non-candy Halloween gifts using melt and pour soap and biodegradable eco-friendly glitter. A fun and easy homemade soap recipe.

If you recall from my Halloween solid lotion bar recipe, I have this super cute silicone Halloween soap mold. Not only does it have a toothy bat mold, there’s also a witch, two pumpkins and a sweet little sugar skull.

As sugar skulls were trending on Pinterest, I really wanted to make little sugar skull soaps. I was planning to dust the inside of the mold with biodegradable eco-friendly glitter in a collection of bright colors. Then fill it white melt and pour soap. The finishing touch, however, was going to be painting on details with cosmetic mica powders. As it turned out however, I realized as I was gathering all of my materials for my sugar skull soaps, I didn’t have that one crucial supply.

Ordinarily I pretty much have everything I need to create just about anything. Despite scaling back on soap making supplies with each move, I alway have more than enough to throw an impromptu craft party. However, with my divorce finally (FINALLY!) final, I’m in the process of moving in with my boyfriend. Because of that, not everything I need is in his apartment yet. Some of it is still at my friend Bambi’s house.

Halloween Soap DIY. Learn how to make this glitter DIY Halloween bat soap for non-candy Halloween gifts using melt and pour soap and biodegradable eco-friendly glitter. A fun and easy homemade soap recipe.

Rather than take a fifteen minute drive, lose a half hour and as a consequence also lose my motivation in the process, I opted for a DIY Halloween bat soap instead. With glitter. (I mean there’s no time to start sullying someone else’s apartment with glitter than the present, right?

By now you’re probably wondering what the heck I didn’t possibly have on hand for those sugar skull soaps if the glitter was a go.

In the end, my project was derailed by an absent paint brush.

Oddly enough, Greg and I had also just run out of Q-tips. So my back up plan was also a no go.

I’m a little dismayed I likely won’t be able to make my sugar skull soaps in time to blog for Halloween. However, I actually love how my DIY Halloween bat soap turned out. It’s cute. It was fun to make. And now I have a really easy soap making project to share with you!

Halloween Soap DIY. Learn how to make this glitter DIY Halloween bat soap for non-candy Halloween gifts using melt and pour soap and biodegradable eco-friendly glitter. A fun and easy homemade soap recipe.

DIY Halloween Bat Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2.15 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
24 drops (around 2 mL) peppermint essential oil
matte black soap making color bar or black mica
fine cosmetic bio glitter in color(s) of choice

Instructions:

My DIY Halloween bat soap recipe will yield a single bat soap. If you’re interested in making additional soaps for the silicone Halloween soap mold that I used, I did get the approximate amount of melt and pour soap you need for each cavity. Keep in mind that this is by weight. Additionally, as not all soap bases weigh the same amount, weights may vary slightly from base to base.

Amount of melt and pour soap (by weight) needed for each cavity.

  • Bat – 2.15 oz.
  • Skull – 1.65 oz.
  • Middle pumpkin – 2.1 oz.
  • Witch hat – 2.35 oz.
  • Ghost – 1.95 oz.
  • Bottom pumpkin – 2.15 oz.

Halloween Soap DIY. Learn how to make this glitter DIY Halloween bat soap for non-candy Halloween gifts using melt and pour soap and biodegradable eco-friendly glitter. A fun and easy homemade soap recipe.

Getting started.

To recreate my DIY Halloween bat soap, you will need several supplies. These include the following.

Step #1

Using a digital scale, weigh out 2.15 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base for your DIY Halloween bat soap. Cut into chunks with a knife. Then place the soap into a heat safe glass measuring cup.

Step #2

Heat the soap base in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted. Be sure to stir the soap after heating.

Step #3

Once the soap has melted, add a small sliver of the black color black. Stir the soap until the color block has completely melted. (Alternately you may also use a pinch of black mica.) You can add more color as needed. However, keep in mind that overuse of colorants may cause the soap to bleed and can potentially stain skin.

Halloween Soap DIY. Learn how to make this glitter DIY Halloween bat soap for non-candy Halloween gifts using melt and pour soap and biodegradable eco-friendly glitter. A fun and easy homemade soap recipe.

Step #4

Now add your desired amount of fine, cosmetic eco-friendly biodegradable glitter in your color(s) of choice. (For a more subtle sparkle, try this eco-friendly ultra fine biodegradable glitter instead.) Stir to incorporate.

Step #5

Using a plastic transfer pipette or dropper, add the peppermint essential oil to the melted soap base. Mix again.

Step #6

Place your soap mold on top of a cutting board. Once your soap has cooled somewhat and starts to develop a film on top, remix the soap. Then pour the melted soap base for your DIY Halloween bat soap into the bat cavity of the mold. Spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Step #7

Using the cutting board for support, transport the soap mold to the refrigerator. Allow the soap to cool and completely solidify.

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Step #8

Once your DIY Halloween bat soap has hardened, remove it from the mold. Wrap it tightly in foodservice film until ready to use or to give as a handmade Halloween gift.

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More Homemade Melt & Pour Soap Recipes

If you enjoy making my DIY Halloween bat soap, then you may also want to give these other homemade melt and pour soap recipes a try.

Learn how to make these easy winter snowflake soap favors to gift as wedding favors or even teacher gifts. You won't believe how simple they are to make!

Also be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board on Pinterest for more great DIY soapmaking ideas you can make at home.

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Homemade Cleaner Recipes with Essential Oils

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I love essential oils! They’re perfect for all types of uses, not just making bath and body products. I also use essential oils to create my own homemade cleaner recipes with essential oils. However, I don’t always have the time to create my own products. I mean, life can be crazy sometimes, right?

Homemade Cleaner Recipes with Essential Oils. An eco-friendly way to save money and lower your carbon footprint. Plus learn how you can save even more money with the new eco-friendly cleaning options available from Grove Collaborative and grab a special deal just for soap lovers. Homemade cleaning recipes using essential oils. Cleaning products with essential oils. #essentialoils #soap #cleaning #diy #cleaners #grovepartner

Honestly, there are days I feel like I can’t catch up much less get ahead. Add in those weekly shopping trips, meal planning, cleaning – it’s hard to squeeze in some free time. And if you have kids? I don’t know how many of you do it.

Anyhow, for those of us whose lives are always running in overdrive, I wanted to share a really special deal that Grove Collaborative is offering this month. And, of course, share some of my favorite homemade cleaner recipes with essential oils too! First, however, I have to let you in on Grove’s new offer!

New Eco-Friendly Hand Soap with Essential Oils

Grove recently released a new line of their own dish and hand soaps in addition to stylish refillable glass containers for each one. Naturally scented with essential oils, their natural fragrance options include Lavender & Thyme, Lemon, Eucalyptus & Mint and Pomegranate. Not only are these products eco-friendly options to your regular brand, they can also save you a trip to the store!

As someone who’s always trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, I always excited when I find a natural and sustainable product that works as well as its traditional counterparts. I love the new Grove hand soap. Not only is is eco-friendly, it doesn’t dry out my skin like other soaps. I’m also a sucker for reusable glass containers. And the glass soap pumps from Grove? They don’t just look great. They also work incredibly well. I love mine so much, I also bought a set for my BFF who is somehow (shhhh.) a wee bit more type A than I am.

Try Grove’s New Eco-Friendly Hand Soap Free!

For a limited time you can be among the first to try their new hand soap along with a few bonuses! Here’s what new Grove Collaborative Customers get with their first $20 purchase:

  • Free Grove Collaborative Hand Soap Vessel
  • Free Grove Collaborative Hand Soap Pouch
  • Free Grove Collaborative Stoneware Tray
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

(If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive a free set of Grove walnut scrubbers — they’re sustainably made and tackle tough messes on dishes or countertops.)

Grove’s new hand soap pouches are every zero-waster’s dream come true! Instead of buying a single-use plastic soap pump, you just twist off the top, fill up your soap dispenser, and voilà!

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Benefits of Grove’s Hand Soap with Essential Oils

Each pouch of Grove Hand Soap contains approximately three refills. The pouches use 60% less plastic than a traditional soap bottle and cost a lot less to make, fill, and transport. This means you end up saving a lot of money in the long run.

While these soaps are wallet friendly, the scents are decidedly luxurious: Lavender & Thyme, and Lemon Eucalyptus & Mint. Both are formulated with essential oils and aloe vera for extra moisture, and are perfect all-season scents. (For those of you who prefer fragrance free, check out the Free & Clear.)

The set also includes a gorgeous refillable glass hand soap dispenser. Think of it as a “grown up” version of your typical plastic pump bottle. The glass is thick and sturdy, and the brushed metal pump complements any decor.

Along with Grove’s new hand soap and dispenser, this versatile stoneware tray has quickly become one of my favorite items. I’ve purchased a few so I can have one by the kitchen sink and one on my nightstand. It’s perfect for everything from loose sponges to jewelry and glasses.

Grove Collaborative has become my go-to for laundry detergent, toothpaste, vitamins and more because they share my passion for healthy, beautiful household products. They hand-select the best natural products and deliver them (carbon offset) right to your doorstep, on your schedule. I love that their products save me not only money, but that their autoship option also saves me time. This is especially important for those products I just can’t find locally. And I’ve never been surprised by a charge or delivery I didn’t first authorize.

Using Grove is a simple switch that can make a big difference in the health of your home. An added benefit: Once you’ve submitted your first order, you’ll also be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. I have gotten some really get free gifts from Grove. Kitchen and hand towels, reusable zipper bags, a bamboo prep board – all as a VIP member. And there’s a new free gift available every single month!

If you’re like me and trying to reduce your carbon footprint and create a healthy home, I can’t recommend Grove enough. Here’s how to get your free gift and give Grove a try:

Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the free hand soap vessel, hand soap pouch and stoneware tray for free when you sign up! To receive this offer, your order does need to be a minimum of $20.  (I just recently tried their European Dish Cloth Set and was hooked! Just in case you’re looking for more eco-friendly products to try.) Choose the combination of products and scents you love, place your order and then your receive your products in a just a few days!

Natural & Reusable DIY Disinfecting Wipes with Essential Oils via A Life Adjacent. These DIY disinfecting wipes make it easy to keep your home clean without chemicals. They’re easy to make, natural, and reusable — just wash and re-use! These homemade cleaning wipes are made without vinegar, so they’re safe for use even on porous surfaces like marble & granite. Read on to learn how to make your own DIY disinfecting wipes with essential oils.

Homemade Cleaner Recipes with Essential Oils

Ready to save even more by making your own homemade cleaner recipes with essential oils? Give these simple, eco-friendly homemade cleaner recipes with essential oils a try. And don’t forget to add your favorite essential oils to your Grove order!

Natural essential oil home and linen spray recipe. This easy DIY Christmas Room Spray recipe boasts the fresh, deodorizing fragrance of rosemary and fir needle!

Peppermint essential oil foaming soap recipe & decorative winter soap pump tutorial. This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your existing soap pumps. Or make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap with just three simple ingredients! These make great homemade teacher gifts too!

For more ideas for creating your own homemade cleaner recipes with essential oils, be sure to check out this article on the best essential oils for cleaning. You can also learn how to make your own DIY holiday foaming soap pumps to give as quick & easy gifts! Find that tutorial, along with a simple peppermint essential oil foaming soap recipe, here.

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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.

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

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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