Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

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These easy DIY Christmas ornaments are made from Shrinky Dink paper. Not only do they look great on the tree but they make fun necklaces for kids too!

Create these easy DIY Christmas ornaments using Shrinky Dink Shrinkable Plastic! Not only do they look great on the tree but they also can be used as fun holiday necklaces for the kids!

Easy DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments Kids Can Make!

How to make easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

What you’ll need:

Rough & Ready Shrinky Dinks Shrinkable Plastic
embroidery floss
kraft paper or parchment paper
cookie sheet or baking pan
markers and/or paint pens
colored pencils
hole punch
copy paper, optional
scissors

Instructions:

Begin by drawing out Christmas tree shapes onto a plain sheet of copy paper until you get a design you like. Alternately you can search for Christmas tree clip art online. I drew all of my Christmas tree shapes free hand.

You’ll want your trees to take up anywhere from half to three-quarters of the page.

Now place one sheet of Shrinky Dink plastic on top of your design with the rough side up. Trace the outline of the tree with a marker.

How to Make Shrinky Dink Christmas Tree Ornaments

Now use markers or colored pencils to color in the trees. I used Prismacolor Colored Pencils for their bold pigments and ability to blend easily. If you like you can use gold and silver paint pens to add accents to your trees once they are colored.

How to Make Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

Now use a pair of scissors to cut out the Christmas tree shapes. Punch holes in the top of each tree using a hold punch, then place the shapes rough/colored side up on a baking or cookie sheet on top of either Kraft paper or parchment paper. Place in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 3-3 1/2 minutes or until the trees have completely shrunk.

If your trees start to curl while in the oven, use a spatula to flatten them back out as they shrink.

Now remove your Christmas tree ornaments from the oven and allow to cool. Remove them from the baking sheet then thread embroidery floss through the holes at the top. Use shorter pieces of floss for ornaments or longer pieces of embroidery floss for Christmas necklaces. Alternately you could also use these as gift tags for your homemade Christmas gifts.

These easy DIY Christmas ornaments are made from Shrinky Dink paper. Not only do they look great on the tree but they make fun necklaces for kids too!

Now all that’s left is to enjoy your new creations!

For more easy DIY Christmas ornaments and ideas for your Christmas tree this holiday season, be sure to check out and follow my For the Tree Pinterest board. You can also follow my other Pinterest boards for homemade Christmas gift ideas as well as bath and beauty recipes and more.

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DIY Homemade Holiday Wax Tarts

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Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - DIY Holiday Scented Wax Tarts with Printable Labels

Wax tart warmers are nothing new, but recently Glade introduced their new Wax Melt Electric Warmer putting scented wax tarts back into the mainstream spotlight. The cool thing about Glade’s wax melt warmers is that they plug right into any electrical socket – no flame required! And there’s even an on/off switch. But just because you buy or own a commercial warmer doesn’t mean you have to stick with mass produced wax tarts. In fact, you can make your own and gift with a wax melt warmer like the one from Glade or solo to someone you know who is already in love with wax tart melts and owns a warmer.

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea for Women - DIY Gift Wrapped Holiday Scented Wax Tarts with Printable Labels

These handmade wax tarts are the perfect size to tuck into a stocking, or wrap a bundle of these homemade holiday scented wax tarts in a gift box. You can easily customize these diy wax tarts with any of your favorite holiday scents – color optional! Plus there are free printable labels to add that extra homemade touch!

DIY Homemade Holiday Wax Tart Melts Gift Idea with Printable Labels

Ready to get started on this homemade holiday gift idea? Just follow the simple instructions below!

DIY Holiday Scented Wax Tart Melts

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz.  100% soy wax
.2 oz. fragrance oil (see suggestions below)

Just a few of the holiday fragrance oils you can choose from:

Christmas Tree fragrance oil
Christmas Cookies fragrance oil
Frosted Pine Cones fragrance oil
Christmas Cravings fragrance oil
Christmas Cabernet fragrance oil
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy fragrance oil
Christmas Cabin fragrance oil
Cranberry Relish fragrance oil
Peppermint Fluff fragrance oil
Pumpkin Cheesecake fragrance oil

Supplies:

Crafters Choice™ Break-A-Way Clamshell
digital kitchen scale
kitchen thermometer
microwave or double boiler
glass pyrex measure cup
utensil for stirring
full sheet sticker paper for printable labels

Instructions:

This recipe yields one clam shell of wax tarts.

Start by weighing out the wax, then melting in a double boiler or incrementally in a glass pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Once the wax reaches 185 degrees F – this is the recommended temperature to get the best fragrance from your wax – weigh out and stir in the fragrance oil. (Most of these fragrance oils can also be used to make homemade soaps, perfumes and other bath and body recipes!)

Once the wax has cooled to 110 degrees F, pour into the clam shell and allow to set up at room temperature until it has cooled and hardened completely.

How to Make Homemade Wax Tart Melts for Handmade Holiday Gifts

Now simply label as desired – I use labels from Worldlabel.com as they offer great prices and quality – and gift to your family friends! Choose from a variety of blank colored or black and white labels and write in your own message.

DIY Homemade Christmas Tree Scented Wax Tart Melts

Or pick from color labels that include pre-printed phrases including: Handmade especially for, Homemade Wax Tarts, and Christmas Tree Wax Tarts! Download the Printable Holiday Wax Tart Labels here. (PDF file format. Includes printable instructions on first page.)


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Electric Guitar Candied Orange Soap Recipe

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This homemade candied orange soap recipe contains just a hint of patchouli & is stamped with an electric guitar. It's a great homemade gift idea for men no matter the season or occasion!

Looking for a great homemade holiday gift idea for the guys? Try this fun candied orange scented soap stamped with an electric bass guitar! For this recipe I combined the Crisp and Candied fragrance oil from Nature’s Garden with a bit of dark patchouli essential oil to cut down on the sweetness of the scent. I then stamped my final bars with a hand carved rubber stamp I purchased from Drum Chick Designs for a fun twist. I chose to use an electric four string bass guitar since my boyfriend plays bass. However, the design you choose – if any – is completely up to you.

In addition, I formulated this handmade cold process soap recipe to create hard, long lasting soap bars, be palm free for those who are eco-conscious or unable to source sustainable palm oil, and to nourish dry, winter skin. This recipe is relatively straight forward and will product 10 -12 bars of soap depending on how you cut them. And, this soap batch will fit inside of one my diy wooden loaf soap molds. For a smaller batch, you can re-size the recipe as needed.

Homemade Candied Orange Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7.2 oz. babassu oil
7.2 oz. 76 degree melt point coconut oil
1.8 oz. shea butter
1.8 oz. cocoa butter
10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
1.8 oz. sweet almond oil
5.4 oz. apricot kernel oil

12 fluid oz. distilled water
5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 oz. Crisp & Candied Fragrance Oil
.5 oz. dark patchouli essential oil
1/4 teaspoon yellow iron oxide pigment powder
1/8 teaspoon red iron oxide pigment powder
bronze cosmetic mica powder

Instructions:

You will need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create this soap. Follow all safety guidelines including gloves and goggles. Have vinegar on hold in case of spills or splashes.

Begin by lining your wooden soap mold. (This isn’t necessary if using silicone loaf soap molds.) Next, prepare your lye-water by first measuring out the distilled water in a pitcher or large glass pyrex measuring cup. Then, using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the lye and slowly pour it into the water in a well ventilated area. Stir until dissolved, then set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters and combine in a large, non-aluminum pot. Place on the stove over medium heat until the oils have fully melted then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Once the ingredients have cooled to between 95 and 110 degrees F, you can start making soap! I began by adding the yellow and red iron oxide pigments to the melted soapmaking oils, then mixed thoroughly with a stick blender. Once your color is thoroughly incorporated, slowly pour the lye-water into the oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Now add the fragrance oil and essential oil and blend well, then pour into the prepared soap mold, cover and insulate for 24 hours.

After the insulation period, unmold the soap loaf and immediately cut into bars. Place a small amount of the bronze mica in a small dish or paper plate, then press your rubber stamp in the mica, then into a bar of soap. Repeat with all remaining bars, then set aside in a cool dry location to cure for 3-6 weeks. Wrap and label as desired.

Looking for more great homemade soap recipes for men? Also be sure to try my Ferocious & Fantastic Soap Recipe for Men! It comes with winter and holiday themed printable soap labels and gift tags with illustrations designed by Anna Dance of Hello Pants. You may also enjoy my recipe for my Cherry Bomb Soap – it’s reminiscent of a cherry cigar – and also comes with printable labels. Or try my Mountain Man Detox Soap with printable soap labels.

For other homemade holiday and Christmas gift ideas, be sure to follow my Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas board and DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts board on Pinterest. For simply more homemade soap recipes, follow my DIY Bath and Body board!


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Handmade DIY Eco-Friendly Soy Wax Candles – Great for Favors and Gifts

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Despite the fact that I make handmade soaps for a living, I’ve always been a little intimidated about making candles. Not to mention with the increasing costs for raw materials for soapmaking ingredients and continuously rising shipping prices, I’ve been reluctant to invest in buying wax because of the high shipping costs due to the sheer weight of the product. However, after discovering a little DIY for making handmade soy candles for less than a dollar each (not including the cost of the container) I think I may just give candle making a try.

Ruffled Blog has an excellent diy tutorial for making eco-friendly soy candles on the cheap. While they suggest giving these as wedding favors, you could also make these for your own home use or for gift giving over the holidays or for other special occasions like birthdays or Mother’s Day. This candle making project calls for natural soy wax flakes, cotton wicks, a fragrance oil, and a recycled glass container of your choice. You can buy matching containers on the cheap at the dollar or second hand store if you prefer. But your container won’t cost a dime if you upcycle an existing container you already have such as a mason or jelly jar.

I’m thinking I may make some of these for handmade Christmas gifts this year. What’s your favorite Christmas fragrance for candles?


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