Creative Self Care Ideas To Kickstart Your Spring

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Spring is a season of renewal. A fresh start. What better way to usher in spring than with self care? This collection of creative self care ideas are the perfect way to get your mindset where it needs to be. (And to finally tackle those New Years goals you may have fallen behind on!)

Creative self care ideas to kickstart your spring! Spring is a season of renewal. A fresh start. What better way to usher in spring than with self care? This collection of creative ways to practice self care are the perfect way to get your mindset where it needs to be. (And to finally tackle those New Years goals you may have fallen behind on!) Plus how to make a decorative DIY spring mason jar for your seasonal spring decor.

By now you’re probably familiar with the term, self care. And maybe, like many of us who have busy lives, you’ve probably pushed yourself too hard to get things done, take care of your family and bring home a paycheck. Pushing self care off to the side once again. However, as we find ourselves emerging from those winter blues that left us unengaged, overwhelmed and completely exhausted, spring provides the perfect opportunity to turn things around by practicing a number of self care ideas.

Keep reading for creative self care ideas to kickstart your spring! Plus learn how to make a decorative DIY spring mason jar to decorate your own or use for spring inspired gifts or wedding favors.

Creative self care ideas to kickstart your spring! Spring is a season of renewal. A fresh start. What better way to usher in spring than with self care? This collection of creative ways to practice self care are the perfect way to get your mindset where it needs to be. (And to finally tackle those New Years goals you may have fallen behind on!) Plus how to make a decorative DIY spring mason jar for your seasonal spring decor.

Creative Self Care Ideas for Spring

1. Visit the craft store. (This is probably one of my most favorite self care ideas of all time.) The bright colors and fun new project ideas – not to mention the walk! – are a sure fire way to bring a smile to your face. (Just avoid the floral aisle if you have allergies like I do!) I made this super cute, decorative DIY spring mason jar after a recent visit to A.C. Moore. (Keep reading to learn how to make your own!)

2. Organize your makeup – and throw out the old! Not only does the task of getting rid of old makeup save your skin from potential bacteria that can cause breakouts or worse, the act itself is grounding and therefore therapeutic. Plus it gives you the opportunity to shop for those perfect eyeshadow palettes for the new season.

Upcycle your old makeup for use in art projects, then get creative with a new look for spring. Or learn how to make your own scented unicorn eyeshadow palette!

3. Subscribe to a beauty box for a fun (and useful!) surprise every month. When all you get in the mail is bills, it can make checking your mailbox rather dreary. Treat yourself instead with your favorite beauty and skin care brands by subscribing to a monthly beauty box! For smaller budgets I love my Allure and ipsy beauty box subscriptions! However, when I have the extra money, I am all about the green friendly Love Goodly beauty box that comes every other month!

I love that sometimes I get beauty products that inspire me to be adventurous. Sometimes it’s fun to pretend we’re eight years old again, playing with mommy’s makeup box.

Creative self care ideas to kickstart your spring. Learn a new craft! Stop playing Candy Crush Friends and get away from the television! Learning a new hobby is not only a better use of your time, it also gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Plus you can get some great new ideas for handmade gifts throughout in the year. I love CreativeBug for learning new crafts. You can learn how to make a macrame plant hanger for spring, learn how to sew your own lingerie, learn how to draw & paint with ink or get started with meditative art journaling!

4. Learn a new craft! Stop playing Candy Crush Friends and get away from the television! Learning a new hobby is not only a better use of your time, it also gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Plus you can get some great new ideas for handmade gifts throughout in the year.

I love CreativeBug for learning new crafts. You can learn how to make a macrame plant hanger for spring, learn how to sew your own lingerie, learn how to draw & paint with ink or get started with meditative art journaling! Also be sure to check out Pop Shop America’s Craft In Style subscriptions boxes for monthly all-in-one craft kits. Or browse my fun collection of DIY craft kits for adults.

5. Make a homemade face mask. Not only will this improve the look and feel of your skin, but it’s a luxurious way to take a ten minute time out and do absolutely nothing at all. Choose from one of my many homemade face mask recipes. Or pick your favorite go to!

6. Read a book or magazine. Reading is one of the things that’s hardest for me to take time for. However, it’s something I really do enjoy. So take that hour and spend it reading that book you’ve had sitting on your shelf forever. Read a magazine or brush up on your favorite blogs.

Tip: Take all your favorite books with you on the go to indulge in waiting rooms or at the park with a kindle paperwhite! While paper is my passion, kindle saves my hands from cramping due to fibro. It’s a great accessory for arthritis sufferers too! The new kindle paperwhite is thinner, lighter AND waterproof – so it’s perfect poolside throughout summer.

7. Start planning your garden. Here in Southwestern Virginia we remain under a frost risk well into April. If you’re further north, that means you also have a wait before you can actually plant your veggies in the ground. That doesn’t mean you can’t plan your garden now! Decide which veggies or flowers you want to grow and draw up a mock garden bed. You can even start your seeds indoors to get a head start! Buy a garden planner to get started. Or shop for your favorite gardening supplies!

8. Dance your heart out. It doesn’t matter if you do it in your living room while watching YouTube, in the kitchen while you’re cooking or in a club to your favorite live band. Just dance! Not only will it help you sneak in a bit of cardio time, it’ll also boost those happy endorphins that will further energize you and bring a smile to your face!

Now that you’ve read my favorite creative self care ideas, I’d love to hear some of yours. So be sure to share your favorite self care ideas in the comments. Also be sure to check out my super easy tutorial below for crafting your own mini decorative spring mason jar! It’s just another fun self care idea to try to kickstart your spring!

Decorate your home for spring with this easy decorative DIY spring mason jar. These cute little mason jars are the perfect place to stash trinkets. Or use them as pretty gift wrapping for your homemade bath salts or Easter treats this spring. Simple seasonal spring decorations that you can create in just 10 minutes! Plus 8 creative self care ideas to kickstart your spring! #springdecor #easter #masonjarcrafts #selfcare #favors

Mini Decorative DIY Spring Mason Jar

This mini decorative DIY spring mason jar is so simple to make. In 10-minutes or less you can create a decorative mini mason jar that’s perfect for decorating your small spaces. You can also use these cute little mason jars for storage to stash trinkets like jewelry and rings. Or utilize them as pretty canisters for your homemade bath salts or Easter treats this spring. While I used mini hinged jars for this DIY home decor project, you can recreate this DIY idea on storage or mason jars of any size!

Ready to get started?

This mini decorative DIY spring mason jar is so simple to make. In 10-minutes or less you can create a decorative mini mason jar that's perfect for decorating your small spaces. You can also use these cute little mason jars for storage to stash trinkets like jewelry and rings. Or use them as pretty gift wrapping for your homemade bath salts or Easter treats this spring. While I used mini hinged jars for this DIY home decor project, you can recreate this DIY idea on storage or mason jars of any size!

First choose your jar. Then choose a small feathered bird to fit the size of the mason jar you’ve chosen. Now pick a collection of paper flowers or 3D stickers that work well with the colors you’ve chosen elsewhere. I used Little Birdie flowers and Little Birdie mini succulents. You’ll also need a strong glue that adheres to the surface of your jar. I used E6000 – my typical go to for bonding everything to everything else.

Mini Decorative DIY Spring Mason Jar. This mini decorative DIY spring mason jar is so simple to make. In 10-minutes or less you can create a decorative mini mason jar that's perfect for decorating your small spaces. You can also use these cute little mason jars for storage to stash trinkets like jewelry and rings. Or use them as pretty gift wrapping for your homemade bath salts or Easter treats this spring.

For the next step, you’ll begin by gluing the flowers onto the lid of your storage or mason jar. (I also glued a mini succulent to the inner bottom of my jar.)

Mini Decorative DIY Spring Mason Jar. This mini decorative DIY spring mason jar is so simple to make. In 10-minutes or less you can create a decorative mini mason jar that's perfect for decorating your small spaces. You can also use these cute little mason jars for storage to stash trinkets like jewelry and rings. Or use them as pretty gift wrapping for your homemade bath salts or Easter treats this spring. Recreate this DIY idea on storage or mason jars of any size!

Continue working by gluing more flowers in layers onto the lid of your jar. You’ll want to leave a small space in the center for your bird to nest.

This mini decorative DIY spring mason jar is so simple to make. In 10-minutes or less you can create a decorative mini mason jar that's perfect for decorating your small spaces. You can also use these cute little mason jars for storage to stash trinkets like jewelry and rings. Or use them as pretty gift wrapping for your homemade bath salts or Easter treats this spring. While I used mini hinged jars for this DIY home decor project, you can recreate this DIY you can easily use mason jars of any size.

Finally, glue the bird onto the lid of the jar. Once you’re sure the bird is firmly glued down, set the jar aside to allow the glue to dry and cure. (E6000 requires 48-72 hours to cure.)

Once the glue on your mason jar has cured, your decorative spring mason jar is ready to use!

Creative ways to practice self care to kickstart your spring! Spring is a season of renewal. A fresh start. What better way to usher in spring than with self care? This collection of creative ways to practice self care are the perfect way to get your mindset where it needs to be. (And to finally tackle those New Years goals you may have fallen behind on!)

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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

Ingredients:

.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

Instructions:

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?