Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe for Savoring The Last of Summer

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This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! Plus discover 34 more homemade melt and pour soap recipes that you DIY as your next weekend craft project!

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Honeysuckle, A Childhood Favorite.

One of my favorite childhood memories is the smell – and taste! – of fresh honeysuckle. When I was growing up we had huge bushes of honeysuckle and boysenberries that grew alongside our property line. I would always pluck the flowers from those honeysuckle bushes when the blooms turned from white to yellow and suck out the nectar hidden inside. How wonderful it would be if we could simply bottle this amazing, sweet liquid to enjoy year round!

Here in Southwestern Virginia I’m accustomed to seeing Japanese honeysuckles throughout our region. It’s easy to find honeysuckle both in backyards as well as along the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround the valley I reside in. While honeysuckles aren’t currently blooming in my neck of the woods, most honeysuckles will bloom not only in the spring, but also continue to bloom through summer into early fall.

However, you don’t have to wait for spring to come back around to get a taste of honeysuckle as we slip into fall. You can enjoy the sweet scent of honeysuckle year round by making your own homemade honeysuckle soap! My homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is crafted using a detergent free baby buttermilk soap base. Not only is this base gentle on skin, it’s one of the few melt and pour soap bases that I actually like. (Cold process soap is still my all time fave!)

To make this soap a little more interesting than just melting a base then adding color and fragrance, I created scrubby exfoliating embeds to bring in the colors of the honeysuckle leaves and vines. So, this melt and pour soap tutorial takes a little bit longer to make. However, it’s the perfect weekend project to craft with the kids. It also makes a great back to school gift for your child’s teacher.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

30 oz. detergent free baby buttermilk melt & pour soap base
.75 oz. wild honeysuckle fragrance oil
.2 oz. sea kelp powder (natural colorant)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (natural colorant)
1 teaspoon pumice powder
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon walnut shell powder
.1 oz. vitamin E oil, optional

Soap Notes:

I chose to create my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe using natural colorants. However, for brighter colors you can use liquid soap dye instead. Simply start with 1-2 drops of liquid colorant and mix, slowly adding more until you reach the desired color. (It is important to note that using too much of a soap colorant can stain your skin or tub.)

Alternately, you can also tint your honeysuckle soaps using cosmetic mica powders. Or try a combination of natural colorants with a pinch of similarly colored cosmetic micas to boost the natural color without going overboard.

In addition to the soapmaking ingredients called for in my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe, you’ll also need a rectangular silicone soap mold and a digital scale to weigh out the soap base, fragrance and sea kelp powder. You’ll also need heat safe containers for melting and mixing your soap base, along with utensils for stirring. Further, a cutting board to transport your soap is recommended but not required.

If you are a self confessed soapmaking addict, it’s possible you already have many of the materials required for my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe on hand. However, if you haven’t caught the soapmaking bug quite yet, you can easily make substitutions for this project to save money on supplies.

While I love my baker’s math scale for cold process soapmaking and beauty DIY’s, you can simply use a less expensive digital kitchen scale to save money. You can also substitute out the exfoliants in this recipe – the pumice, poppy seeds and walnut shell powder – for scrubby ingredients you already have on hand. Alternately, you can choose just one exfoliating option and triple the quantity called for.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Soapmaking Instructions:

You’ll begin by making what will be the soap embeds for my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe. To do this, start by weighing out 12 oz. of the baby buttermilk melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap base into chunks, then place in a heat safe container. I recommend using a glass Pyrex measuring cup for this.

Heat the soap base in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted. You’ll want to stir your soap base between heatings.

Now weigh out the sea kelp powder and stir into the melted base. Mix well, until all of the powder is evenly distributed throughout the soap.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Now use a measuring spoon to measure out the pumice powder, poppy seeds and walnut shell powder. Stir these ingredients into the melted soap base. Follow with .05 oz. of vitamin E oil and .25 oz. of the wild honeysuckle fragrance oil.

Now allow the soap base to cool somewhat. As the melt and pour soap base used for this project isn’t a suspending soap base, your additives are going to want to sink to the bottom of the soap. Therefore, by cooling the soap until a thin film starts to form on top, then mixing again, you keep them better mixed throughout the soap. (Alternately, you can use a suspension soap base for this step.)

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Place your soap mold onto a small cutting board. Once the soap has cooled down, but not solidified, remix then pour evenly into each of the six cavities of your silicone soap mold.  Spritz the tops of the soap with rubbing alcohol, if desired, to remove any air bubbles.

Now, using the cutting board to transport your soap, place the mold in the refrigerator until the soap has fully solidified.

Once your soap has hardened, remove the soap from the mold. Then cut the soap into square chunks and set aside.

Now weigh out 18 oz. more of the baby buttermilk soap base. Cut into chunks then combine in a heat safe container. Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted.

Weigh out .05 oz. of the vitamin E oil and .5 oz. of the wild honeysuckle fragrance oil. Stir into the melted soap.

Now, using a measuring spoon, measure out the turmeric powder. Mix into the melted soap base until it is thoroughly incorporated and their are no clumps. Set aside.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Add an even amount of the green, exfoliating soap embeds to each of the mold’s cavities. Then, pour the yellow turmeric tinted soap base evenly into each of the mold’s cavities, over the green soap embeds.

Spritz the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol, if needed, to remove any air bubbles. Then transfer your homemade honeysuckle soaps to the refrigerator to cool.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Once the soap has cooled completely and hardened, remove your soaps from the mold. Then wrap your soaps tightly in foodservice film. Your homemade honeysuckle soaps are now ready for personal use or gifting!

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These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Unfortunately, I did not account for the sea mud soap embeds separating into the melted glycerin soap I poured around them in the mold. So essentially, I ended up with soap that, as it was cooling, looked like poop separating in a toilet bowl.

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DIY Sheet Mask for Sensitive Skin for Less Than 10 Cents!

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Make this DIY sheet mask for sensitive skin for under 10 cents! Guest poster Cari from Everything Pretty will teach you what ingredients to use, why she chose them, and where to buy sheet masks to use.

DIY Sheet Mask for Sensitive Skin. Make this DIY sheet mask for sensitive skin for under 10 cents each! Check out this simple holistic beauty recipe to learn what ingredients to use for your DIY sensitive skin sheet masks, why these natural ingredients make a difference and where to buy sheet masks to use for your own budget friendly DIY Sheet Face Masks.

Every day, I wash, tone, use serum, and apply moisturizer to keep my skin healthy. On the weekend, I use a mask to hydrate and moisturize, and mid week I use a clay mask or a microdermabrasion scrub to exfoliate. Lately, I’ve been using sheet masks because they are so easy to make and work well with my skin.

You can’t walk down the beauty aisle in any drug store without seeing a display of sheet masks. They are inspired by the Korean beauty craze that’s becoming popular in the United States and all over the world. Sheet masks are a cotton or muslin sheet of cloth that are cut to fit your face with nose and eye holes cut out of the fabric.

Most masks work by exfoliating your skin or cleaning your pores so they appear smaller. Sheet masks work a little different. They usually have anti-aging products or skin serums for hydration.

DIY Sheet Mask for Sensitive Skin. Make this DIY sheet mask for sensitive skin for under 10 cents each! Check out this simple holistic beauty recipe to learn what ingredients to use for your DIY sensitive skin sheet masks, why these natural ingredients make a difference and where to buy sheet masks to use for your own budget friendly DIY Sheet Face Masks.

DIY Sheet Mask for Sensitive Skin

The liquid in a sheet mask is water based, so it evaporates quickly. Without the fabric sheet, you wouldn’t get as many benefits from the products because they evaporate too quickly. The sheet stops evaporation, so the products can get absorbed deeper into your skin.

Another benefit to using sheet masks is that you can switch them up without a big commitment to one product. Sometimes I need a mask for acne, and other times I need one for hydration. With a sheet mask, you can use a different kind each week without having several bottles on the shelf.

I use a sheet mask about once a week. I’ve seen them as low as $2 per mask, but good ones cost $10 or more. Cheaper masks don’t always work well because they evaporate too quickly even with the sheet of fabric or they use low quality ingredients that just won’t help your skin.

If you use a $10 mask once a week, you’ll spend $40 a month just on masks. I bought a pack of 100 sheet masks for under $10 shipped! At less than 10 cents per mask, it’s a significant savings.

DIY Sheet Mask for Sensitive Skin. Make this DIY sheet mask for sensitive skin for under 10 cents each! Check out this simple holistic beauty recipe to learn what ingredients to use for your DIY sensitive skin sheet masks, why these natural ingredients make a difference and where to buy sheet masks to use for your own budget friendly DIY Sheet Face Masks.

Ingredients Used in This DIY Sheet Mask for Sensitive Skin

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is the base of this DIY sheet mask for sensitive skin. Chamomile is known for being calming, but it also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Chamomile can also cleanse and soothe your skin.

Milk

Raw milk is the best type of milk to use topically because heating milk destroys some of the enzymes that help your skin and changes the fat structure. If you don’t have raw milk, you can use any type of milk or even milk powder.

Raw milk is rich in alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants, calcium, and B vitamins. It’s a wonderful moisturizer for sensitive skin because it won’t irritate your skin.

DIY Sheet Mask for Sensitive Skin. Make this DIY sheet mask for sensitive skin for under 10 cents each! Check out this simple holistic beauty recipe to learn what ingredients to use for your DIY sensitive skin sheet masks, why these natural ingredients make a difference and where to buy sheet masks to use for your own budget friendly DIY Sheet Face Masks.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is has antioxidants to help fight the signs of aging. Oats are a natural way to treat inflammation and reduce itching. They also help moisturize your skin.

Honey

Honey wonderful for most skin types. It’s naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It naturally moisturizes your skin without making it oily, and the enzymes in honey help exfoliate the top layer of skin so it reach deeper in your skin.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is considered one of the most gentle oils for the skin. It’s said to be soothing and can be beneficial even for skin affected by eczema or psoriasis.

DIY Sheet Mask for Sensitive Skin. Make this DIY sheet mask for sensitive skin for under 10 cents each! Check out this simple holistic beauty recipe to learn what ingredients to use for your DIY sensitive skin sheet masks, why these natural ingredients make a difference and where to buy sheet masks to use for your own budget friendly DIY Sheet Face Masks.

Recipe: DIY Sheet Mask For Sensitive Skin

Ingredients:

¼ cup brewed chamomile tea, cooled
¼ cup milk
2 tablespoons rolled oats, ground
2 teaspoons honey
3 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Start by brewing chamomile tea. I used one tea bag in 8 ounces of water and let the tea bag sit in the water until cool so it was more concentrated.

Meanwhile, grind the oats in a food processor or clean coffee mill.

DIY Sheet Mask for Sensitive Skin. Make this DIY sheet mask for sensitive skin for under 10 cents each! Check out this simple holistic beauty recipe to learn what ingredients to use for your DIY sensitive skin sheet masks, why these natural ingredients make a difference and where to buy sheet masks to use for your own budget friendly DIY Sheet Face Masks.

In a shallow bowl, combine the brewed chamomile tea, milk, ground oats, honey, and lavender essential oil. Stir well.

DIY Sheet Mask for Sensitive Skin. Make this DIY sheet mask for sensitive skin for under 10 cents each! Check out this simple holistic beauty recipe to learn what ingredients to use for your DIY sensitive skin sheet masks, why these natural ingredients make a difference and where to buy sheet masks to use for your own budget friendly DIY Sheet Face Masks.

Dip the sheet mask into the mixture and let soak for a minute. Pull the mask out and let drip dry. You want it to be wet but not dripping, so you may have to squeeze out some of the liquid.

Open the mask completely and place on your face. Smooth out any wrinkles so the mask is laying flat on your skin.

Let sit for 30 minutes. Remove the mask and discard. Rinse your face and follow with your favorite moisturizer if desired.

Discard leftover tea and milk solution. You can only use this mask twice a week, but the tea and milk will only last about a day.

Since you will have extra liquid, why not grab a friend and have an at home spa day?

Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, this activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

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Hand Painted Ceramic Vases for a One of a Kind Mother’s Day Gift

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These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique, one of a kind Mother’s Day gift she’ll always treasure!

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

My friend and roommate, Bambi, had several days off last week. Our weather was unseasonably hot for spring last week with highs in the 90s and a pollen count through the roof. So rather than spending time outdoors, we decided to tackle a craft project indoors.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

I still had ceramic craft vases that I bought from the Handmade Modern Collection at Target last year that were still in storage. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we decided to dig these vases out of storage and paint them with ceramic paints. These hand painted ceramic vases make great succulent planters. However, they are also perfect for storing extra craft supplies on your desk.

Decorate this ceramic geometric hanging succulent wall vase with ceramic paints for custom, one of a kind modern home decor and wall accent. These also make great DIY gift ideas! Simply decorate your ceramic geo planter as desired, then gift with a potted or faux succulent.

I’m also pretty crazy about this ceramic geometric hanging succulent wall vase that can be painted as well.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

DIY Hand Painted Ceramic Vases

We painted our vases using Liquitex Glossies, a ceramic paint that bake onto the ceramic, which Bambi still had in craft stash. Unfortunately, this particular paint was discontinued in 2016. A suitable substitute for this type of paint would be the Porcelaine 150 Ceramic Paints.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

Getting started is easy. Once you have your ceramic vase and decide on a design, all you need are the paints and brushes to get started! We used paper plates for paint palettes as I misplaced mine somewhere during the last move. Pint glasses were also filled with water for rinsing off our brushes between colors.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

How you design your hand painted ceramic vases is really up to you. There’s no right or wrong way. I painted my vase with layered blocks of overlapping colors.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!


Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

While Bambi chose to paint lined shapes and large blocks of color for her hand painted ceramic vases. (She painted two vases!) Once we completed the designs on our hand painted ceramic vases, we set the vases aside to cure for 24 hours.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

We then baked our hand painted ceramic vases according to the paint manufacturer’s instructions. Once cool, we removed the ceramic vases from the oven.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

I chose to use a gold calligraphy paint pen to add gold accents to my vase.

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

Learn how to craft these hand painted ceramic vases for a one of a kind Mother's Day gift! These hand painted ceramic vases are incredibly easy to decorate. Simply paint, cure and bake and you have a unique handmade Mother's Day gift she'll always treasure!

And there you have it! It’s really that easy to craft your own hand painted ceramic vases! Whether you give your vases as handmade Mother’s Day gifts or decide to keep them for yourself, you now have a unique and functional vessel that’s perfect for your home!

More to Make and Gift for Mother’s Day

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Keep reading to learn how you can started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

If you enjoyed this creative Mother’s Day craft project, then you may also enjoy making these easy DIY needle felted wine bags for Mom this Mother’s Day. Or try one of these other beautiful DIY Mother’s Day gifts.

Gift this Rifle Paper Co. Fabric Zipper Pouch in black botanical cotton linen fabric from Apple White Handmade for Mother's Day. This handmade Vanilla Escape Organic Skin Care Set from Dab & Dabble makes a lovely gift for Mother's Day! This spring facial care gift set is filled with organic skin care sure to pamper and revive all skin types!

Can’t squeeze in the time to make your own handmade Mother’s Day gift? Shop from this collection of lovely handmade Mother’s Day gifts on Etsy instead. I’m particularly partial to this floral zipper pouch from Apple White Handmade as well as this Vanilla Escape Organic Skin Care Set from Dab & Dabble. (Both pictured above.)

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DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother’s Day

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You don’t have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It’s actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Keep reading to learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that’s perfect for Mother’s Day!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Keep reading to learn how you can started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

While this project is easy enough to complete solo, I highly recommend getting a friend (or friends) involved. Not because this project is difficult to do, but because it’s a great way to beat the last of those winter blues.

This past winter was tough on me. Like many of you, in addition to a small bout of seasonal depression, I was also dealing with my own set of trials and tribulations. This included moving over Christmas weekend into my best friend’s house and ending a marriage that lasted a brief six days shy of six months. While not my best moment, great friends and a terrific holistic therapist helped me through it.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

One of the things that I wasn’t quite up to during this time period was crafting. So while I tried to keep up with sharing new skin care recipes on the blog, there were no DIY craft nights with the ladies through the entire winter season. Those nights are something I have truly missed. So my first DIY night this spring was needle felting for beginners.

My friend, Hillary, actually hosts a local Wine & Art Wednesday. So while I technically attended a course to learn needle felting, it was a lot like a DIY night at home with some of my favorite people. My friend and roommate, Bambi, also accompanied me and we had an absolute blast!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

I’ll admit I was a bit intimidated by needle felting at first. It looked hard, and therefore I mistakenly assumed it would be hard. It wasn’t. By beginning with a DIY needle felted wine bag, it made the process of learning needle felting even easier. As you’re working with a flat, rather than a three dimensional surface, it also takes less time.

Of course, realizing this made me kind of regret giving away that needle felting kit for beginners I’d bought some time back after promising myself to learn new things. (I am now shaking my fist at my own procrastination.)

While playing with sharp objects and drinking wine was probably not the best choice, no one was hurt in the making of this project. So grab a friend or two, split the cost of materials and make your own DIY needle felted wine bags for gift giving.

Getting Started

As Wine & Art Wednesday is only a two hour class it was impossible to learn everything there is to know about needle felting in such a short time frame. Hillary covered just the bare bones basics with us.

However, I found as the night went on, I learned more about what techniques and needles did what simply by using them. So don’t feel like you need to become a book expert on needle felting for beginners prior to getting started. Besides, sometimes it’s a lot more fun to just dive right in.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Tips for Making Your DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag

Here are some basics to needle felting that will make the process of creating your DIY needle felted wine bag more enjoyable.

  • Use a stencil or cookie cutter to easily create shapes.
  • Pull the needle out of the wool in the same direction it went in to avoid breaking your needle.
  • Work around the side of your object to firm up its shape rather then from the top. Insert your needle at an angle to do this, but be sure to pull it back out at the same angle.
  • Occasionally pull your wine bag gently apart to keep the wool from sticking to the  other side or place the foam pad/cushion inside the bag rather than under it.
  • Be sure to check out these 5 common needle felting mistakes before getting started.
  • Once you get the knack of needle felting, purchase a book for more information to hone your needle felting skills.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you don’t like what you have, you can always start over. My philosophy is that a mistake is never a mistake. It’s a learning experience.
  • Use your friends for ideas. Friends are great with helping you execute your vision because they know you so well. You can also help one another out as you learn new tricks of the trade together.

For more great tips on needle felting, be sure to check out these needle felting tips & tricks from Kawaii Felting. Or check out the books Needle Felting From Basics to BearsFast, Fun & Easy Needle Felting and Making More Needle-Felting Magic.

Ready to craft your own DIY needle felted wine bag? Following you’ll find a list of the tools & supplies we used in Hillary’s class along with in progress photos of the needle felted wine bags that Bambi and I made!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag

Tools & Supplies:

Roving Wool in Assorted Colors
Basic Needle Felting Kit
Reusable Burlap Bottle Bags
Metal Cookie Cutters in Assorted Shapes
Your Imagination!

What To Do:

Begin by deciding on a design you’d like to create for your DIY needle felted wine bag. Then choose the colors of roving wool you’d like to use. Don’t be afraid to mix and match and even blend different colors of wool together. Once you’ve decided on your design – the hardest part! – gather the materials and tools you will be using.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

You’ll begin by using a smaller gauge needle to get started on your DIY needle felted wine bag. As you move through this project, you will switch over to a larger gauge needle for detail work and finishing off your pieces. A 36 gauge needle is the most commonly used, however finer wools such as merino wool may require a 38 gauge needle. (You can find a guide to felting needles here.)

Needle Felting - The Penetration Stroke (Because it's funny, dammit!)

Hillary provided us with some informational teaching materials on needle felting, including information on felting needles, during the course. We didn’t really give those more than a cursory glance, however. Hillary gave us the basics and off we went. But we did gain some amusement from them. (I know. I know. Sometimes I have the sense of humor of a twelve year old boy.)

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Once you’re ready to begin, pull apart the roving wool with your hands until it’s fluffy. You can then blend several colors of wool together if you like.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Now place the wine bag on top of foam pad. Follow with the cookie cutter you’ve chosen for your first shape. Then fill the cookie cutter with the color(s) of wool you’ve chosen to use. Use a smaller gauge needle in short, stabbing up and down motions on the wool inside the cookie cutter. Continue until the wool starts to firm up and create a more solid shape.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Once you have the basic shape of the wool down, remove the cookie cutter and use a larger gauge needle on the top of the wool to felt it further. Then use the needle gently along the sides, making sure to pull the needle out the same direction it went in, to further define the edges of your shape.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

You can also add wool in the same manner free hand to create your own unique elements.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

That’s really all there is to it! Keep adding to your design as desired until you’re satisfied with your DIY needle felted wine bag. Then it’s ready for gift giving!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Here’s a look at our finished needle felted wine bags. Bambi made the DIY needle felted wine bag with the flower and leaves and I made the one with the stars and planets.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

We were really excited by how our wine bags turned out and are both looking forward to what was an inspiring and social DIY craft night again soon.

Cactus Needle Felting Kit! This prickly pear cactus needle felting kit from Benzie Design includes all the supplies you need to make your own pretty cactus -- needles, foam, roving, felt flowers, floss + a teeny tiny flower pot. A helpful instruction sheet includes step-by-step instructions that even a beginner can use! Finished plant measures about 4" tall.

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Raspberry Lemonade Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

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This raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap recipe takes just 10 minutes to make, making it quick, easy, and inexpensive craft.

This raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap recipe takes just 10 minutes to make, making it quick, easy, and inexpensive craft. Plus learn about melt and pour soapmaking additives you can use to create your own custom melt and pour soap recipes! #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #meltandpoursoap #diy #crafts #soapcrafting

Rebecca’s soap recipes always amaze me. I love how she adds so many unique ingredients to her bars to make new recipes. She definitely has a talent.

Over a decade ago, I wanted to make handmade soap. My kids were babies, and I didn’t have a lot of room for supplies. I didn’t want to use lye since my kids could interrupt me at any time, so I decided to try making melt and pour soap.

Also called glycerin soap, melt and pour soap is a great alternative to making handmade soap. It’s relatively inexpensive to make and doesn’t take as long to make or cure. You can also add several ingredients to it to make a custom bar of soap.

I’ve used Rebecca’s handmade soap, and it’s amazing for the skin as well as being beautiful. Melt and pour soap is probably better suited to a hand soap because it’s not as moisturizing as traditional soap, but it can be used on the body.

Melt and pour soap gives you a chance to be creative. There are many molds that you can use to make different shapes. You can make animal soaps, flower soaps, or a basic rectangle bar.  You can also add several different additives to make your bar unique.

Melt and Pour Additives

You can add most of the same additives to melt and pour soap that you can to traditional soap, but you can not add anything that has any water. Unlike with traditional soap, you cannot add any fruit or vegetables or fruit powders because they can grow mold.

You can add:

As a general rule, you want to add 1 tablespoon per pound of soap. You can also mix two or more of these additives together for even more combinations, just make sure that you adjust the amount so that you’re adding 1 tablespoon.

Some heavy additives may sink to the bottom. You can buy what is called a suspension base. This helps keep additives suspended evenly throughout the bar.

If you don’t have a suspension base, you can still add things to your soap. I wait until the soap starts to form a scum on the top, quickly add it and stir, and then pour.

Other Ways to Customize Melt and Pour Soap

You can add carrier oils or nut butters to your melt and pour soap, too. Again, you can add 1 tablespoon per pound of soap base. These help the soap be more moisturizing for your skin. I generally add shea butter, but you can also add a liquid carrier oil.

I also use infused oils in my soaps so I can have the benefits of whatever I infused it with without adding it to the soap. I like to infuse oils with chamomile for my eczema, so I will add that for the skin benefits of chamomile and benefits of the oil that I used to infuse it with.

For color, it’s best to use soap colorants. You can use food coloring, but I find that the color fades and will be uneven within a few days of pouring the soap. If you’re making it for yourself, you may not care. If you’re selling it, it’s best to leave it natural or use a proper soap colorant.

You can add the color and stir before you pour for all over color. You can also make designs by adding a drop or two after you pour and using a toothpick to swirl the color.

You can also add mica for some shimmer.

To scent your soap, use either a fragrance oil or an essential oil. You can add 1-1.5 teaspoons per pound of soap. It’s best to start with about half of a teaspoon and add more as needed.  Some scents are very strong and don’t need much added. For this soap, I used half each of a fragrance oil and essential oil.

This raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap recipe takes just 10 minutes to make, making it quick, easy, and inexpensive craft. Plus learn about melt and pour soapmaking additives you can use to create your own custom melt and pour soap recipes! #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #meltandpoursoap #diy #crafts #soapcrafting

Raspberry Lemonade Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

1 pound melt and pour soap base
1/2 teaspoon lemon essential oil
1/2 teaspoon raspberry fragrance oil
1 tablespoon shea butter
Rubbing alcohol (optional)

Directions:

Step #1

To make this raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap recipe, you’ll begin by cutting the soap base into 1 inch cubes.

Step #2

Place the soap cubes in a heat safe container.  I use a Pyrex measuring cup. Microwave on high at 30 second intervals, stirring at each interval, until the soap is completely melted.

Step #3

Add the shea butter and stir until melted. I don’t heat the shea butter in the microwave because it can get grainy when heated. It should melt quickly.

Step #4

Add soap colorant until you get the desired color.

Step #5

Let the soap cool slightly until it is no longer steaming. Adding the essential oil and fragrance oil too soon can cause them to burn off. I generally wait until a scum forms on the top to add them and then stir well.

Step #6

Pour into your mold.

Step #7

Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles. This is optional. If you don’t mind bubbles on the bottom of your soap, you can skip this step.

Step #8

Let the raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap cool completely before you try to remove it from the mold. If the soap doesn’t pop out of the mold, place it in the freezer for 10 minutes and try again. If you leave the soap in for too long, it can sweat. Let it sit on a cooking rack for a few days. If you wrap it too soon, it can sweat.

You can use your raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap immediately after you unmold it. It does last longer if you let it cure for a few days, but you don’t have to wait like you do with traditional soaps.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial for making raspberry lemonade melt and pour soap and learned how to make your own custom bar of melt and pour soap!

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