DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! (A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages)

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Since having learned that making or playing with homemade slime containing borax can possibly cause chemical burns, you may be looking for another option for your kids’ crafts. Preferably one that’s borax free. My DIY pumpkin spice soap is the perfect solution for seasonal fun for both kids and grown ups alike!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

I first tried out a version of this moldable soap recipe on a girls’ night and we had a blast! And because you can make these DIY pumpkin spice soaps as simple or as detailed as you like, they are suitable for elementary school kids and up. (However, you may want to prepare the moldable soap base prior to handling for younger children rather than involve them in the full soapmaking process.)

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Here’s a photo of my friend, Cathy, with the pumpkin soap she made on our DIY night that inspired my own DIY pumpkin spice soap project. As you can see, there’s really no right or wrong way to make these pumpkin spice soaps. It’s all about having fun!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Not only is this fall soapmaking project easy to craft, but it’s also relatively inexpensive to get started.  In addition, because you can execute this soapmaking project in a half hour or less, it’s also perfect for gifts for that last minute event invite.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

4 oz. Stephenson Crystal Hemp Melt & Pour Soap Base
1.1 oz. liquid vegetable glycerin
.25 oz. cornstarch
.1 oz pumpkin pie spice fragrance oil
orange color bar or liquid orange soap colorant, optional
skin safe cosmetic mica powders in colors of choice
isopropyl alcohol

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out 4 oz. of the hemp melt & pour soap base and cut into chunks. Place the soap chunks in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or bowl, then heat in the microwave in 20-30 increments until melted. Add color to suit, if desired, and mix well.

Next, weigh out the cornstarch and glycerin and stir into the melted soap base. Follow with the fragrance oil, weighing out the necessary amount first.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Whisk the soap base with a fork until all of the cornstarch has dissolved and the soap starts to thicken. Once the soap has cooled and can be molded without sticking to your hands, it’s ready to use!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Working on a covered surface or parchment paper, shape the soap into a pumpkin with your hands the same way you would clay. You can use a butter knife to help add details around the pumpkin. Once you have a pumpkin shape you like, you can paint your pumpkin!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Simply mix a small amount of mica with isopropyl alcohol in a dish to desired consistency to create your soap paints. I used green, gold and copper micas to paint my DIY pumpkin spice soap.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

I mixed the copper mica with alcohol first at a thinner consistency to push the paint into the grooves I made around the pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Once I had mixed the color I simply used a small paint brush to paint the lines around my pumpkin shaped soap.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

I then used a gold mica and alcohol to fill in the areas between those I painted copper. Finally, I mixed up green mica and isopropyl alcohol and used that color to paint the stem.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Once you’ve painted your pumpkin spice soap, allow it to dry fully before handling. Then package and label as desired for personal use or gifting!

Once used, the mica will wash off, leaving behind an orange shaped pumpkin soap that smells like pumpkin spice!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for seasonal holiday parties, not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter! Plus it's vegan friendly!

If you like my DIY pumpkin spice soap then you may also enjoy my recipes for creating my golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter, my cardamom & pumpkin spice solid coffee scrub, my pumpkin spice pie soap, my pumpkin spice room spray and my apple & pumpkin spice lotion.

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Bath Bomb Recipe

Alternately you may also want to try your hand at my DIY pumpkin shaped bath bombs or my cold process pumpkin soap recipe. Also be sure to check out my guest post at The Nourished Life blog here to learn how to make a natural pumpkin spice roll-on perfume!

If you make my moldable DIY pumpkin spice soap, or any of my other homemade soap and skin care recipes, I’d love to see your finished products! So be sure to share photos of your creations using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram.

Homemade Fall Soaps for the Perfect Morning Pick Me Up!

Don’t have time to create your own homemade pumpkin spice soaps for fall? Then be sure to check out my amazing collection of homemade soaps for fall that you buy ready made from other amazing artisan soapmakers!

For more homemade soap recipes be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking and my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.


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DIY Glitter Perfume for Your Inner Rockstar

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True glitter fans continue to discover glitter EVERYWHERE – even after an OCD house cleaning. If you’re a fan of glitter (and you totally know what I mean!) then you simply cannot pass up this tutorial for making your own awesome DIY glitter perfume!

DIY Glitter Perfume! True glitter fans continue to discover glitter EVERYWHERE - even after an OCD house cleaning. If you're a fan of glitter (and you totally know what I mean!) then you simply cannot pass up this tutorial for making your own awesome DIY glitter perfume!

My DIY glitter perfume is not only easy to make, but you can customize it with your favorite fragrance. Whether it’s a dupe of that to-die-for name brand perfume you can’t always afford or a seasonal blend of pumpkin spice, this project is for you. All you need is jojoba or fractionated coconut oil, eco-friendly biodegradable glitter and a fragrance oil of your choice.

DIY Glitter Perfume for Your Inner Rockstar! True glitter fans continue to discover glitter EVERYWHERE - even after an OCD house cleaning. If you're a fan of glitter (and you totally know what I mean!) then you simply cannot pass up this tutorial for making your own awesome DIY glitter perfume!

Once you’ve made your first DIY glitter perfume I guarantee you won’t be able to stop there. Because you can craft these fun fragrances in under five minutes it’s a snap to whip up extras of these darling glittering perfumes for holiday gifts for friends, family and co-workers. There’s nothing quite like glitter to sprinkle on the fun!

Once you’ve made your own DIY glitter perfume, be sure to share a photo of your creation(s) using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram so I can see what you came up with! And don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of this post sharing your favorite glitter mishap!

DIY Glitter Perfume for Your Inner Rockstar! True glitter fans continue to discover glitter EVERYWHERE - even after an OCD house cleaning. If you're a fan of glitter (and you totally know what I mean!) then you simply cannot pass up this tutorial for making your own awesome DIY glitter perfume!

DIY Glitter Perfume

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

3-4 scoops bio glitter in color(s) of choice
6 grams clear jojoba oil (or fractionated coconut oil)
1 gram skin safe fragrance oil* of choice

Instructions:

It’s important to note that different fragrance oils have different usage guidelines based on maximum safe skin exposure. Some fragrances, such as pumpkin spice, are only safe for skin when used at 3.3% of the recipe for perfumes. Others, like jackfruit & kiwi, are safe up to 43.8% of your perfume recipe.

The amount called for in the perfume recipe above assumes that the fragrance oil you’ve chosen is safe at up to a 14.2% usage rate* for perfume. (I’ll give you some recipes for using other fragrance oils further down as well as tell you how to figure out how much fragrance you need for fragrances oils with a lower skin safe usage rate.)

For accuracy you will need a digital scale to weigh the jojoba oil and fragrance oil. You will also need a 10 mL glass roll on bottle for each DIY glitter perfume you plan to make. I obtained my bottles in bulk from SKS Bottle & Packaging.

Begin by adding three to four .15cc scoops of glitter to an empty 10 mL bottle.

Then place the bottle on the scale. Tare and set the unit to grams. Using a graduated plastic transfer pipette, add 6 grams of jojoba oil to the bottle. Then tare your scale again, and using a fresh pipette, add 1 gram of fragrance oil. This should fill up your bottle.

Now snap the housing and stainless steel roller ball onto the bottle and screw on the cap. Shake well to mix.

To use, simply roll onto wrists, behind ears and other pulse points as desired. And don’t forget to shake the bottle whenever you like for a fun snow globe effect!

DIY Glitter Perfume! True glitter fans continue to discover glitter EVERYWHERE - even after an OCD house cleaning. If you're a fan of glitter (and you totally know what I mean!) then you simply cannot pass up this tutorial for making your own awesome DIY glitter perfume!

If desired you can also decorate our perfume bottles with washi tape and stickers like I did.

Some of my favorite fragrance oils that can be used according to the recipe above are jackfruit & kiwi, citrus blossoms & heliotrope and cyclamen & citron.

Want to use a different fragrance oil?

You should be able to find out from your supplier what the recommended usage rate is for the fragrance oil you’ve chosen. Once you have that amount, multiply the amount of jojoba oil by that percentage to figure out how much fragrance to use. For example, if the maximum skin safe usage rate for perfume is 8.5% you would multiply 6 grams by .085. This gives you .51 grams. So you would adjust the fragrance oil in the recipe to .5 grams or less.

If your scale isn’t sensitive enough to weigh out a half of a gram, then you can make two perfumes at once. Simply fill each bottle with the desired amount of glitter, then mix double the amount of jojoba oil (6 grams) and double the amount of fragrance oil (1 gram) in a small beaker. Then carefully fill each bottle with equal parts of your perfume mixture using either the beaker spout (assuming your hand is steadier than mine!) or a pipette.

Want to make pumpkin spice perfume? Pumpkin spice fragrance oil has a much lower skin safe usage rate for perfume. It’s only 3.3%. So I recommend making six of these at once. You’ll need 36 grams of jojoba oil and 1 gram of pumpkin spice fragrance oil. (I used gold bio glitter for my pumpkin spice DIY glitter perfume.) Combine in a beaker, mix well, then evenly distribute between the six bottles. (Alternately you can also buy pre-made pumpkin spice perfume!)

To create a candy crush DIY glitter perfume, I used unicorn bio glitter, 18 grams of jojoba oil and 2 grams of candy crush fragrance oil to make three roll on perfume bottles. See how that works? Easy peasy! (You can also use a percentage calculator if you need more help.)

DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This party perfect, golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! This homemade body butter is a must have for seasonal holiday parties. Not only does it smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also moisturizes skin and makes it pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

If you enjoyed my recipe for making DIY glitter perfume, then you may like my other glittertastic skin care recipes including this recipe for making glitter pumpkin spice body butter. A must have for seasonal holiday parties, my pumpkin spice body butter moisturizes, scents skin and adds a bit of glitter glitz to your look! You can find my glitter pumpkin body butter recipe here. Or check out my entire collection of homemade glitter skin care recipes on Soap Deli News here.

For more homemade skin care recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on all of your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Alternately, you can also sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Pumpkin Spice Body Butter Recipe

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This golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for seasonal holiday parties, not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone’s favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This party perfect, golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! This homemade body butter is a must have for seasonal holiday parties. Not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

Plus, this fun sparkly pumpkin spice body butter is a vegan friendly moisturizer so everyone can join in on the fun. Keep reading to learn how to create this party perfect body butter below!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for seasonal holiday parties, not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter! Plus it's vegan friendly!

Glitter Pumpkin Spice Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

1.25 oz. refined shea butter
1.5 oz. kokum butter
.25 oz. candelilla wax
1 oz. pumpkin seed oil
.3 oz. kaolin (white cosmetic) clay
.4 oz. biodegradable gold glitter
.05 oz. pumpkin spice fragrance oil
1/2 mL vitamin E oil (optional)

Instructions:

You’ll need a digital scale to make my pumpkin spice body butter recipe as you’ll be weighing out all of the necessary ingredients with the exception of the vitamin E oil.

If you are planning to make more homemade bath and body recipes in the future, I highly recommend purchasing a Baker’s Math scale. Weighing ingredients is not only more accurate than using liquid measurements, but it also allows you to easily re-size a recipe by a percentage and figure the correct percentage of essential oils, fragrance oils and preservatives that you would need when changing a recipe or developing your own.

Begin by weighing out the shea butter, kokum butter and candelilla wax. Combine in a double boiler and heat over medium to medium-low heat until melted. Alternately, you can also combine your ingredients in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or a glass scientific beaker and heat in a microwave until melted at 40% power. (I’ve found that glass beakers come in super handy especially when making cream eyeshadows and lip balms!)

Once melted, remove from heat. Then weigh out the pumpkin seed oil and stir into the melted butters and wax. Follow with the fragrance oil and kaolin clay, weighing each ingredient first, then mixing into the body butter. Using a plastic graduated transfer pipette, measure out 1/2 mL (or about 10 drops) of the vitamin E oil and mix in.

Finally, weigh out the glitter. (I used eco-friendly biodegradable glitter from The Sparkle Party.) Use .4 oz. of glitter for a bold look or half the amount for a more subtle appearance. (Alternately, if glitter isn’t your thing, you can simply omit it entirely.) Whisk the glitter into the body butter mixture with a fork until well combined.

As the body butter starts to thicken, remix, then spoon into an eco-friendly 4 oz. brown paperboard jar with a lid. (You can find these recyclable, renewable and biodegradable brown paperboard containers at SKS Bottle & Packaging in a variety of sizes.)

Vegan Friendly DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for seasonal holiday parties, not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

Once your pumpkin spice body butter fully solidifies, cap and label your container as desired for personal use or gifting. Washi tape and scrapbooking/planner stickers are a simple and easy way to add a bit of pizazz to your jars.

If you want to recreate my pumpkin spice body butter recipe to sell, you’ll need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your product. You’ll find that the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you’ll also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your products. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your products.

Unicorn Glitter Butter! This magical unicorn glitter butter recipe is perfect for parties and summer festivals! Scented with a sweet candy crush fragrance oil, this lavender colored unicorn glitter butter leaves a lovely layer of iridescent sparkly glitter on skin wherever it's applied!

If you like my golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe, then you may also like my recipe for making a fun, kid-approved unicorn glitter butter! Scented with a sweet candy crush fragrance oil, this lavender colored unicorn glitter butter leaves a lovely layer of iridescent sparkly glitter on skin wherever it’s applied! You can find my unicorn glitter butter recipe here.

Orange Mint Body Butter Recipe

If you prefer glitter on special occasions only, then some of my other homemade body butter recipes may be of interest to you. You can browse my full collection of homemade body butter recipes at Soap Deli News blog here. Also be sure to check out my new body butter recipe for making an orange mint body butter at The Nourished Life blog.

For more homemade skin care recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on all of your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Alternately, you can also sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

In addition, if you’re on instagram I’d love to see photos of your work! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff when you post so I don’t miss any of your amazing creations!


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DIY Gelli Printing – Monoprinting Without a Press (A Tutorial)

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Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

My friend, Hillary Hardison, recently ventured into self-employment as a full time artist. In addition to creating her artwork, which includes a mix of encaustic paintings and mixed media collages, Hillary is also teaching art classes. DIY Gelli Printing was the first class she taught as the owner of Hardison Art LLC.

Hillary not only offers Saturday art workshops which enable you to learn a new skill but she also hosts Wine and Art Wednesdays on the second Wednesday of every month. (You can register for upcoming classes here.)

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

Hillary’s first Wine and Art Wednesday was this past Wednesday. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this event in which she taught DIY gelli printing. Everyone had an absolute blast. Not only was the process of learning how to create gelli prints an informative and rewarding experience, but Hillary’s bright and positive personality made this class a complete gem.

What is DIY Gelli Printing?

Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Made using mineral oil and a hypoallergenic polymer material, this vegan monoprinting gelli plate is both vegan and latex free. As it’s not made using gelatin, which was the traditional method, there’s no shelf life so you are able to use your gelli plate over and over again.

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

As I enjoyed Hillary’s class on DIY gelli printing so much, I thought it’d be fun to share the process with you all as well. Following is my step-by-step tutorial on DIY gelli printing using the Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate.

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

DIY Gelli Printing with Hillary!

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Materials & Tools:

Golden Fluid Acrylics or similar
Gelli Arts® gel printing plate or a starter kit
non-shiny papers

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

texture tools (such as stamps, leaves, bubble wrap etc.)
spray bottle with water (optional)
stencils
brayer

Instructions:

Begin by gathering all of your materials, then cover your work surface to protect it from paint.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Apply a few drops of acrylic paint to your gelli plate.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Then use a brayer to smooth the paint out across the surface of the entire plate.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Press paper (or fabric) firmly onto the gelli plate with the paint side up.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Then remove the paper. You’ve now created the background for your first gelli print!

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

For the next step I used a stencil. Once again add a few drops of paint to the gelli plate, then spread the paint over the surface using a brayer.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Place the stencil on top of the gelli plate with the paint side up.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Now press the paper you just printed, image side down, firmly on top of the gelli plate and stencil. (The paint dries quickly so there’s not a lot of waiting.)

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Remove the paper from the gelli plate. You’ve now successfully created a second layer to your print.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Your gelli plate will retain the portion of the stencil not printed.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

So you can also press a fresh piece of paper on top of the remaining paint on the gelli plate to create a ghost image.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Continue creating your print by repeating the previous steps with different stencils and materials. Alternately, you can also roll paint onto a stamp to add to your work.

DIY Gelli Printing! Add some pop to your home decor with this fresh and fun DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into!

Or try adding additional details by painting free hand using a paint brush.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Here’s a shot of me with my first ever gelli print! These are so quick and easy to create that I made several different prints.

Explore DIY Gelli Printing with this awesome art tutorial that's fun for the whole family! This art project also is great for make and take events and gifting! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate is made out of a gel, it’s extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with giving you so many great options to explore.

Here is an example of some other gelli prints that Hillary made, including the one she is holding, to demonstrate the process.

Another fun thing to try with your gelli plate is to apply rubber combs, stamps and brushes to the painted gelli plate to remove paint before printing. You can also use a spray bottle with water to spray the paint loaded gelli plate prior to printing for a neat effect.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

Once you’ve finished making your prints, clean the gelli plate with hand sanitizer and a paper towel. Then place the gelli printing plate between two sheets of copy paper for storage.

You can use the DIY gelli printing method to make handmade cards, gift wrap, fabric patches and pretty much anything else you dream up!

My friend, Hillary Hardison, recently ventured into self-employment as a full time artist. In addition to creating her artwork, which includes a mix of encaustic paintings and mixed media collages, Hillary is also teaching art classes. DIY Gelli Printing was the first class she taught as the owner of Hardison Art LLC.

If you’d like to join in on the fun at Hillary’s next Wine and Art Wednesday, you can pre-register for the class here. The next Wine and Art Wednesday is October 11th, 2017 at 6:30pm. It’s a two hour event that is held in the basement classroom of the Aurora Studio Center in downtown Roanoke, VA. Hillary will be teaching everyone to make their own beaded wine charms at the next class! (This is a make and take event.)

Alternately, you can also sign up for her Intro to Encaustic Painting Workshop that is being held on September 23rd, 2017 at 1pm.

These easy DIY coasters are a great project for a DIY Girls Only Craft Night! Not only will you get in some awesome adult time making your own functional and fabulous custom DIY coasters that your husband will never remember to use!

If you liked this DIY gelli printing project, then you may also enjoy my tutorial for making DIY Coasters. Made using blank letterpress coasters, this DIY instructs you on how to make fun and functional coasters for your home and to give as gifts.

For more fun art projects and tutorials, be sure to follow my Art Class Pinterest board. You can also follow me on your favorite social media platforms including PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Alternately, you can also sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

And don’t forget to share photos of the gelli prints you’ve made with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram! I’d love to see the prints that you come up with!


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Chocolate Mint Lip Balm Recipe for Fabulous Fall Lips!

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Are you ready for fall? My new DIY chocolate mint lip balm is the perfect beauty accessory to help you make the transition from summer to fall! There’s no need to worry about dry air or chapped lips with this fantastic lip balm in your pocket! Made using all natural ingredients, this chocolate mint lip balm will help to protect and moisturize lips all season long.

Chocolate Mint Lip Balm DIY! My new chocolate mint lip balm DIY is the perfect beauty accessory to help you make the transition from summer to fall! There's no need to worry about dry air or chapped lips with this fantastic lip balm in your pocket! Made using all natural ingredients, this chocolate mint lip balm will help to protect and moisturize lips all season long.

Made using unrefined cocoa butter for it’s natural chocolate fragrance, my chocolate mint lip balm also contains shea butter, beeswax and sweet almond oil for a luxurious moisturizing balm. The addition of either cocoa absolute or cocoa powder along with peppermint essential oil then gives this natural lip balm its delicious chocolate mint scent. (If you prefer a vegan lip balm, simply replace the beeswax in the recipe with half the amount of candelilla or carnauba wax.)

Discover my chocolate mint lip balm DIY for yourself by visiting my guest post for this project at The Nourished Life blog here. (Or explore more of my lip balm recipes on Soap Deli News here.)

This homemade chocolate orange body butter recipe is made with real cocoa powder as well as skin nourishing shea and cocoa butters. Not only does it smells great but it's also non-greasy! Pair it with my matching chocolate orange body scrub recipe for a fantastic homemade gift set perfect for bath and body lovers!

Once you’ve made my chocolate mint lip balm, you may also want to consider making my homemade chocolate orange body butter. Also formulated using real cocoa powder, my chocolate orange body butter recipe also contains skin nourishing shea and cocoa butters. And, not only does it smell great, but its luxe non-greasy formula also helps to protect skin from the elements as well as repeated hand washings!

You can find my recipe for making my homemade chocolate orange body body as well as a matching sugar scrub at Soap Deli News blog here.

For more great recipes like these as well my other bath, body, soap and beauty recipes, be sure to follow me on your favorite social media platforms! You can find me on PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Alternately, you can also sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

And don’t forget to share your photos of the finished products you’ve made with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with!


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