Homemade Strawberry Lip Balm Recipe

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This homemade strawberry lip balm recipe is quick and easy to make, smells delectable and even adds a touch of pink to your lips!

This homemade strawberry lip balm recipe is quick and easy to make, smells delectable and even adds a touch of pink to your lips! Made using natural ingredients like cocoa butter and coconut oil, this strawberry lip balm recipe also includes a touch of strawberry flavor oil and an optional pink colorant to give lips a sheer to bold color – you choose!

This homemade strawberry lip balm recipe is quick and easy to make, smells delectable and even adds a touch of pink to your lips!

Homemade Strawberry Lip Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


.3 oz. beeswax pastilles
.3 oz. cocoa butter (refined or unrefined for a hint of chocolate)
.25 oz. refined (76° melt point) coconut oil
.25 oz. sweet almond oil
5mL strawberry flavor oil
red orange oil locking mica shimmer, to suit


Using a digital scale weigh out the beeswax pastilles and cocoa butter. Combine in a small glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at 50% power until the ingredients have melted. (Optionally you may also use a double boiler.) Be careful removing the Pyrex from the microwave – use a towel or pot holder – as it will be hot!

Next, weigh out the coconut oil and sweet almond oil into a small 50mL glass or plastic beaker. (These beakers make filling your lip balm tubes so much easier!) Pour the melted cocoa butter and beeswax into the beaker with the coconut oil and sweet almond oil. Mix with a fork or other thin utensil until the coconut oil has melted completely.

Now, using a graduated transfer pipette, measure out 5 mL of strawberry flavor oil and stir into the lip balm mixture.

Finally, if desired, add the mica for color. Add about 1/8 th of a teaspoon for a sheer tint, more for a darker color. Mix thoroughly.

This homemade strawberry lip balm recipe is quick and easy to make, smells delectable and even adds a touch of pink to your lips! Made using natural ingredients like cocoa butter and coconut oil, this strawberry lip balm recipe also includes a touch of strawberry flavor oil and an optional pink colorant to give lips a sheer to bold color - you choose!

Now pour the lip balm mixture evenly into 8 empty lip balm tubes and allow to cool completely. Then cap and label as desired.

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How to Make Handmade Stamps

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How to Make Handmade Stamps - DIY Stamp TutorialI’ve been wanting to try making my own stamps for a while, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I finally got around to it. I think I made it harder than it really was in my head, so I kept putting it off. In the end it wasn’t really difficult, though it did give me a new found appreciation for the artisans that make handmade stamps for a living. I don’t think I’d be able to match their craftsmanship especially on the much smaller stamps, which my hands have a harder time of maneuvering because of the fibro. My son on the other hand dove into trying out a more intricate design.

How to Make Stamps - Stamp Making Book - Making An Impression

In preparation for this project I purchased the book, Making an Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps, by Geninne Zlatkis. Not only was this book rated one of the best craft and hobby books of 2012 by Amazon, but I really loved the designs and projects inside. It also provided some very easy and straight forward instructions to making your own hand carved stamps for the first time. And it has some pretty nice templates that you can use to create your own stamps. I also purchased a Speedball Linoleum Cutter Assortment because I wanted the option of different carving tips and two Speedball 4-Inch-by- 6-Inch Speedy-Carve Carving Blocks which can easily be cut in half and used. However, if you’re not quite sure if stamping is right for you, you can buy a Speedball Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit for right around $10 with free shipping. It includes Includes one sheet of rubber, a wooden handle, one cutter tip, one gouge tip, tracing paper and instructions.

How to make hand carved stampsI was stubborn and chose to not use tracing paper since I wasn’t at the point where I wanted to try lettering. Instead, I drew my design right onto the rubber block. I did take some advice from the book, however, and stamped the top of the rubber block with a colored ink pad so I had a better idea of what I was removing when I cut and what I was leaving behind. The rubber blocks were very easy to cut with the rubber blocks I purchased and the tools so there wasn’t much effort like there is if you’re carving wooden blocks for printmaking.

Hand Carved Stamp DIY - Handmade Flower StampMy son chose to cut his rubber block in half and made two stamps. He etched his first stamp with a flower rather than making deeper cuts into the rubber. This allowed for a more detailed look, but you had to be careful not to press the stamp too hard onto the paper or the image would smear.

Handmade Stamp Making Tutorial

Hand Carved Stamp Making TutorialHe also made a ghost in a doorway stamp. He liked the idea of leaving the edges of the stamp intact rather than removing the rubber around the image.

DIY Hand Carved Stamps - How to Make Homemade StampsI knew I wanted to use my hand carved stamps on surfaces other than just plain paper, so I purchased a Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad in black along with some Glassine Wax Paper Bags which I’ve been using to wrap soaps and purchases from my shop in. The StazOn ink works on virtually every surface without rubbing off making it perfect for waxed paper bags. You just have to be sure to allow the ink to dry thoroughly. I bought the black which was really dark and vivid.

Handmade Soap Packaging - Use a Glassine Bag, Baker's Twine and Hand Carved Custom DIY Stamp

I folded over a 5″ x 7″ glassine bag that I stamped with my hand carved butterfly design to package a bar of soap. Then I wrapped washi tape around the top edges and tied it closed with a bit of Baker’s Twine. The bags can be used in a number of ways and would make really great handmade favor bags for parties and weddings. Or use your own hand stamped bags to wrap your small handmade gifts and soaps in for Mother’s Day or to dress up simple gift tags!

Don’t feel limited by the rubber blocks for making stamps though. You can also use rubber erasers or wine corks to create your own handmade stamps. And definitely don’t feel limited by paper and envelopes! You can also use your freshly carved rubber stamps to decorate your cold process soaps!


DIY Mulling Spices – Homemade Christmas Gift Idea with Printable Labels

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Make your own mulling spices in a jar to give as homemade Christmas gifts to co-workers, friends and family. These also make lovely hostess gifts and favors as you can make up several jars at one time.

DIY Homemade Christmas Gift - Mulling Spices in a Jar with Printable Labels

To get started you’ll need a clean empty spice jar or a small mason jar, paint chip samples or decorative papers, washi tape, bakers twine or ribbon, mulling spice ingredients (below), markers (optional), your printer, scissors and a blank sticker label sheet. For this project I recycled an empty spice jar by removing the labels and then washing off the glue with hot water, dish soap and some steel wool. I also used organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs for my ingredients for this project.

Mulling Spices for Homemade Apple Cider and Scenting Your Home

Mulling Spice Mix Jar Ingredients:

(Makes one jar)

six whole sweet (true) cinnamon sticks (cut to fit inside your jar if applicable)
one teaspoon whole black peppercorns
twelve whole cardamon (anise star) pods
twelve whole allspice
one teaspoon whole cloves

DIY Mulling Spices Jar Mix

Directions: Start by combining all ingredients in your spice jar. If your cinnamon sticks are too tall for the jar, cut to fit and fill the jar with them first. Then add remaining spices to the jar. Cap tightly.

Print and color your mulling spice jar labels

Now print your mulling spice jar labels out onto a blank sticker label sheet. These labels are in black and white so you don’t have to waste color toner. You can leave the labels black and white or color them with permanent non-toxic markers. Cut out labels by cutting just inside the gray line. Set labels aside if you’d like to decorate your jars further. Otherwise, simply label your jars. The labels contain instructions for using the jar of mulling spices to scent one’s home as well as to make spiced cider! (Download mulling spice jar labels here.)

Decorative DIY Mulling Spices Jar Gift Mix - Recipe and Christmas Gift Idea

You can decorate your jar however you like. What I did was cut two paint chips into sizes that would fit the front of the jar. (I happened to have these on hand as I’m painting the bathroom.) However, you could also use decorative scrapbooking papers or colored card stock. I placed the largest paint chip on the front of the jar and then wrapped washi tape over the chip and around the jar. I repeated with a second, smaller sized paint chip and a different patterned washi tape. Once I had finished wrapping the washi tape around the jar, I then applied the instruction label to the back of the jar over the tape where it overlapped on the back side.

DIY Handmade Christmas Gift Idea - Mulling Spices in a Jar

Finally I added some pink and white baker’s twine to the top of the jar. I tied the ends of the twine into knots so they would not unravel, wrapped it around the mouth of the jar several time, then tied it into a bow and double knotted it. Finally place the jar in a small box with several fresh oranges – of which the peels will be used with the spices for cider or a home fragrance – and gift!

DIY Mulling Spices in a Jar - Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - Great as Handmade Hostess Gifts and Favors

Directions for a Home Fragrance: Place spices and rinds from one orange in 8 cups of water on stove top, bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer 3-4 hours.

Directions for Spiced Cider: Bring one Gallon apple cider, two quarts cranberry juice cocktail, rinds from one orange and spices to a boil in a dutch oven. Partially cover and reduce heat to a simmer for a half hour.

For more great Christmas gift ideas, be sure to check out my Handmade Holiday Gift Guides! I also have a collection of DIY Gift Ideas, DIY Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas and DIY Gift Wrap Ideas to keep you covered this holiday season!


DIY Teacher Gift Bag – Washi Tape and Chalkboard Paint Craft Project

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DIY Handmade Chalkboard Paint Teacher Gift Bag Craft Project Idea
Whether you want to send a special treat to your child’s teacher for back to school or at the end of the school year, this easy to craft DIY Chalkboard Paint Teacher Gift Bag is the perfect wrap for your gift. And since the name is written in chalk, your recipient can later gift it forward or re-use it for storage!
Mask off your gift bag with masking tape
For this project I used a 5″x7″ premium cotton muslin bag from State Line Bag Company. To make your own you’ll first need to slip a sheet of plastic or foil inside the bag that is the same dimension as the interior of your bag. Then mask off the outside edges of the bag with masking tape. The open square you leave on the bag will become your chalkboard.
Spray your diy gift bag with Chalkboard Paint
Next, spray the gift bag with chalkboard paint until thoroughly covered. I used Krylon Chalkboard Aerosol Spray Paint for this project.
Remove the tape from the gift bag
Once the paint dries completely, remove the masking tape from the muslin bag.
DIY washi tape gift bag
Now line the edges of the “chalkboard” you created on your bag with strips of Washi tape. For this particular project I used Smash Tape.
DIY Teacher Gift Bag - DIY Chalkboard Paint Project

Next, use chalk to write the name of your child’s teacher or a message on the front of the bag.

DIY Washi Craft Project - DIY Teacher Gift Bag
Now all that’s left to is fill your bag with the intended gift for the recipient! Don’t just limit this gift bag to teachers though! You can change the border up and use this gift bag for party favors and even stocking stuffers!
Do you give your children’s teachers gifts at the beginning or end of each school year? If so, what are some typical items you like to gift?

DIY Wedding Favor Bag Craft Project

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DIY Wedding Favor Gift Bag Craft Project - DIY Wedding Favor Idea
My co-worker is getting married Thanksgiving weekend. So when I received an assorted selection of premium cotton muslin bags from State Line Bag Company one of the first thing I thought of to create with these awesome bags were DIY wedding favors!
DIY Wedding Rice Favor Bag
Decorating the bags to look elegant was easy. I chose to stick with the natural color of the cotton, but if you have certain colors you’re using for your wedding, you can always dye these durable muslin bags with Rit dyein colors that compliment your wedding color scheme. To create these wedding favor bags I used a 2.75″x4″ premium cotton muslin bag from State Line Bag Company, some ribbon and three beads.

DIY Soap Wedding Favor Craft Project

Using a needle and thread, I sewed three glass and wire beads into the front center of the bag. I then took a piece of ribbon, and starting to one side of the beads, I sewed the ribbon around the bag until it met the other side of the beads. Next, I tied the two ends of the ribbon, now on either side of the beads, into a bow. I then placed a stitch in the center of the bow so it would not come undone.

DIY Wedding Favors - Handmade Favor Gift Bag Tutorial

These wedding favor bags are super quick and easy to make, yet they still look stylish and elegant. You could fill these bags with traditional rice for tossing at the bride and groom as they leave the church or you could put a small gift inside such as a 1oz. guest sized bar of handmade soap. You can easily make your own guest sized soap bars by taking one 4-5oz. bar and cutting it in half, then cutting those halves in half lengthwise. These diy favor bags would also be perfect for gifting small jewelry items or for tucking tiny gifts inside for stocking stuffers. If you like this DIY wedding favor idea, also be sure to check out my DIY Soap Wedding Favor Tutorial along with the other DIY Wedding Favor Projects on my blog.

What types of items would you tuck into these tiny, decorative favor bags?