Easy Marimo Moss Ball DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

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These easy DIY light bulb aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls and are super cute as homemade Christmas gifts!

These easy Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls and are super cute as homemade Christmas gifts!

These easy DIY light bulb aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls and are super cute as homemade Christmas gifts!

Marimo Moss Ball DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

What you’ll need for each aquarium:

glass light bulb shaped bottle with screw on cap
small aquarium or floral rocks and/or pebbles
small glass floral beads, jewelry beads and/or small small resin cabochons
small Japanese Marimo moss ball

What you do:

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

I found my regular sized light bulb bottles at A.C.Moore for $1.49 each for the large ones and a dollar each for the small ones. They all seemed to have minor imperfections, however, these “disappear” for the most part once you add the water. I could not find anything similar at JoAnne’s or Michael’s which are the other two craft stores in my city. You can purchase these online, however, for a little bit more if you can’t find these locally.

The rocks, pebbles and beads should be an easy find at any craft store. I bought the ice cream shaped resin cabochons I used in these aquariums from DelishBeads on etsy. (She’s based in the USA so if you’re making these as homemade Christmas gifts they’ll get to you much faster than buying from a shop overseas.) Keep in mind that the hole for these light bulb shaped bottles is very small when buying objects to use in your aquariums. I also used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirrored Stars.

In addition you may be able to find Japanese marimo moss balls at your local pet store. If not you can purchase these online as well. You can find these on Amazon with prime shipping. They are also available from various Etsy shops. I bought mine from Hinterland Trading on Etsy as they are located in the same state as me. Mine were larger, 1 1/4″ in diameter, which is way too large for the holes on the light bulb bottles. However, all you need to do is gently squeeze the water out of the moss ball, cut in half then in half again, then gently roll into a ball in your hand. And then you’ll have four new moss balls that you can use.

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

To make your DIY light bulb aquarium begin by adding rocks or beads to the glass light bulb shaped bottle. You can use a funnel for smaller beads or rocks to help make this easier. Next add your stars or cabochons to suit.

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

Finally, follow with a Marimo moss ball and tap or distilled water then screw on the lid.

How to make an easy Japanese Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium.

Repeat for each aquarium you want to make.

These easy Japanese moss ball DIY light bulb aquariums make wonderful last minute homemade gifts!

To care for your moss ball simply empty the water from the aquarium and replace with fresh water every 1-2 weeks and keep out of direct sunlight. For more information on how to care for as well as revive ailing Marimo moss balls visit Aquaradise blog. They offer some really helpful information for beginners.

For more fun and easy DIY projects as well as other homemade Christmas gifts you can craft, homemade soap recipes and DIY bath and body recipes be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also find me on G+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or follow me on Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr.


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Easy Melt and Pour Polar Bear Soap Tutorial

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Easy Melt and Pour Polar Bear Soap Tutorial - These make fun homemade Christmas gifts and DIY stocking stuffers!

This super cute homemade polar bear soap is easy to craft and makes a fun homemade Christmas gift. You can make these easy melt and pour soaps one at a time or double the recipe to make multiples for gift giving. Scent is optional plus the kids can join in on this soapmaking project.

Easy Melt and Pour Polar Bear Soap Tutorial - These make fun homemade Christmas gifts and DIY stocking stuffers!

Easy Melt & Pour Polar Bear Soap

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3.9 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
1.1 oz. white melt and pour soap base
5 drops blue liquid soap color
pearl/white mica, optional

Supplies & Tools:

plastic toy polar bear (mine is from this Arctic plastic toy set)
Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Mold
spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale
microwave
knife
fork

Instructions:

This yields one polar bear soap.

Begin by weighing out 2.25 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base of your choice. (I used an Aloe Vera & Olive Oil Melt and Pour Soap Base.) Use a knife to cube the soap then combine in a glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat in the microwave just until melted.

Carefully remove from the microwave – the glass will likely be hot! – and add three drops of the liquid blue soap color. Stir with fork then pour into one cavity of your mold.

Spritz the top of the soap with alcohol to remove any air bubbles then allow to solidify at room temperature.

Weigh out approximately 1.1 oz. of the white melt and pour soap and cut into small cubes. Arrange as desired on top of the solidified blue soap.

Now weigh out 1.65 oz. more of the clear melt and pour soap base. Cube and heat in the microwave until melted. Add two drops of blue soap color and a pinch of white mica if desired. Stir.

Spritz the top of the soap in the mold then slowly pour the soap onto and around the white soap chunks to suit. Place the polar bear on top of the white soap chunks with his feet in the blue soap you just poured.

Now spritz the top of the soap once again with alcohol to remove any air bubbles. Allow the soap to harden completely then carefully remove from the mold.

Wrap your homemade polar bear soap as desired for homemade Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers.

Want your polar bear soaps scented? Simply add a skin safe fragrance oil to your bases at up to 3% of the weight or around .5% for essential oils.

Also be sure to use this same mold to make easy melt and pour loofah soaps with my tutorial here. Or try my melt and pour soap crystals project here.

For more homemade Christmas gift ideas like this one be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.


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Eco-Friendly Artterro DIY Collage Jewelry Craft Kit Giveaway

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Eco-Friendly Arrtterro Collage Jewelry Craft Kit Giveaway

Hooray for Earth Day! Celebrate Earth Day with Artterro who relaunched their line of eco-friendly art kits today! Now packaged in 100% recycled cardboard, Artterro’s art kit packaging features not only bright and colorful project ideas printed using green, soy based inks, but also a sturdy outer box that can be reused for other projects like a mailbox, birdhouse or even a special treasure box while the inner tray is perfect for reusing as a frame for finished art. Further, the bead bags used for packaging are also now biodegradable. Plus customers will find even more beautiful, completely natural materials in each kit like natural beads, felt, copper wire and even soy-based foam pad.

Eco-friendly Natural Artterro Art Kits for Kids

Here’s a peek inside Artterro’s Collage Jewelry Kit that I received featuring wooden pendants, beads and a bangle bracelet that you can embellish and decoupage with a wide variety of papers and beads included within this kit. The kit also includes cotton cord, jewelry findings for necklaces and earrings, two brushes, glaze and instructions.

DIY Decoupage Jewelry and Bangle Bracelet

For this project, Hunter, from down the street came over to lend some of her creativity. Her favorite project was the bangle bracelet.

How to Make Decoupage Collage Jewelry

For this project she used a brush to “paint” on Artterro’s gloss glaze onto the wooden bangle, applying decorative tissue papers onto the glaze and then painting over them.

DIY Decoupage Collage Bracelet for Kids

She repeated this all the way around the wooden bangle bracelet until it was completely covered, then allowed it to dry.

How to Make DIY Collage Decoupage Jewelry

She applied the same method to the pendants she turned into necklaces. She also glued bead onto some of these as well.

Artterro's Eco-Friendly Kids Collage Jewelry Art Kit

DIY Decoupage Collage Jewelry Kit from Artterro

Here Hunter is decoupaging the beads for earrings.

DIY Collage Jewelry and Craft Kit Giveaway

Interested in trying Artterro’s Eco-Friendly Collage Jewelry Art Kit for you and your family? Simply enter via Rafflecopter below through May 8th, 2014. One winner will receive a DIY Collage Jewelry Kit valued at $29 suitable for ages 8 and up.

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Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial – DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soap for Kids

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How to Make Goldfish Soaps in a Bag - DIY Melt and Pour Soapmaking Tutorial

This melt and pour soap tutorial for making your own DIY goldfish in a bag soap not only makes a super cute gift for kids but is also perfect for DIY party favors. While they look easy to make, these soaps are actually a bit tricky to perfect. I recommend buying more materials than you think you’ll need and be prepared to exercise a bit of patience. It took me more than a few tries to get these adorable fish in a bag soaps just right.

Ready for the challenge? First a few tips.

Stick with a clear suspension soap base over a traditional melt and pour soap base for less frustration and fish that stay put without having to pour the soap in layers. I tried both and the suspension soap base made this soapmaking project much much easier.

Don’t overheat your soap! If it’s too hot your bag could leak and getting that fish to stay where you want him will take longer. You also need to keep your suspension soap base below 160°F to keep it at its peak performance.

Use clear cello bags NOT candymaking bags. The plastic is very different and the candy treat bags will melt under the heat of the liquified soap base.

Make sure you have clean hands before you handle the cello bags. The tiniest bit of soap residue on your fingers means residue on the cello bag.

Allow yourself plenty of time to make these. If you try to rush it and it doesn’t work out the first few goes, the frustration of a deadline will only make this project harder and it’s probably going to raise your blood pressure. I worked on this for several days to get it just right and had to switch my soap base and my bags.

While you may be tempted, don’t spray the top of this soap once it’s in the bag to knock off any air bubbles on the top. The alcohol will leave an unsightly residue on the bag. Besides, fish like to make bubbles!

Make these one at a time. If you try to make more than one at a time – at least starting out – you’re going to get overwhelmed with the details of pouring the soap without getting drips on the sides of the bag or fish that end up upside down. Plus, you really want the lowest temps possible for the soap base so making them one at a time is ideal.

Here’s how you make them.

DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soap

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

5.5 oz. clear melt and pour suspension soap base
.15 oz. Abalone & Sea fragrance oil

Tools and Supplies:

vinyl goldfish
2.5″ x 2″ x 6″ crystal clear cello bags
Pyrex measuring cup
microwave or double boiler
baker’s twine or ribbon
plastic transfer pipette
utensil for stirring
digital scale

Instructions:

This recipe yields one DIY goldfish in a bag soap.

How to Make Melt and Pour Goldfish in a Bag Soaps

Begin by weighing out the suspension soap base. Cut it into small chunks – so it melts more quickly at a lower temperature – and heat at 50% power in the microwave until almost completely melted through. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.) Watch the soap carefully so it doesn’t overheat. If it starts to bubble, remove it immediately from the heat source to avoid overheating.

Now weigh out the fragrance oil using the plastic transfer pipette to add the fragrance directly to the soap base. The pipette will keep you from accidentally adding too much fragrance and keep the fragrance from sliding down the side of the jar. Stir well.

DIY Melt and Pour Soapmaking Tutorial - Handmade Goldfish in a Bag Soaps for Party Favors and Kids' Gifts

Allow the soap to cool slightly, until a think layer of soap starts to solidify on top of the soap. Mix the soap again then slowly pour the soap into a bag. Be careful to pour the soap directly into the center of the bag so it doesn’t hit the sides going down. You may want to stop partially through the process to readjust the bag. If you don’t have a steady hand, place the bag in a dish that will hold the bag and still keep it slightly upright.

DIY Party Favors for Kids - Goldfish in a Bag Soapmaking Tutorial

Place your goldfish in the bag and use a pipette or chop stick to press the fish in the desired position against the very front of the bag. Leave the pipette in the bag to hold the fish in place until the fish stays in place upon removing the pipette.

For a wider based bag, leave the soap to cool with the bag open, then tie closed once the soap has solidified completely. Otherwise, gently gather the top of the bag while the soap is still soft and tie off with baker’s twine or ribbon. This will move the soap up the bag and create a slightly narrower base. I did mine both ways and it’s really just personal preference.

Fun DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soaps - Great for DIY Party Favors

Mix it up. For “colored” water, add a pinch of superfine emerald green or Caribbean blue glitter when you add the fragrance. You can also substitute the fragrance oil for another of your choice, but be sure it has 0% vanilla and is clear, not yellow.

To use this DIY goldfish in a bag soap, simply peel off the plastic and scrub away!

For more fun homemade projects you can craft for kids, be sure to check out my Pinterest board, DIY for Wee Ones. You can also find more homemade melt and pour soap recipes and projects on my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board. Or visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen for a listing of all my DIY soap recipes. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin‘,  Facebook,  Twitter,  Tumblr,  Google +  and Instagram!


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