DIY Favorites to Make and Bake

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I’m busy in the kitchen and hard at work coming up with some great new soap, bath and beauty recipes to share with you. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few of my newest favorite diy craft projects and bath and body recipes I’ve discovered online in pursuit of all that’s crafty.

DIY Favorites to Make and Bake - Photo Tin, Cactus Cupcakes, and Faux Hot Process Soap1. DIY Personalized Magnets & Tins via Martha Stewart
2. DIY House Plant Cupcakes via Alana Jones-Mann
3. DIY Faux Hot Process Soap Loaf via How Do I Make Soap

Creative DIY Soap Projects - How to Felt Soap, Make a Lavender Mint Olive Oil Infusion for Your Cold Process Soap Recipes, and Craft a DIY Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser for Your Liquid Soaps1. DIY Felt Covered Soap via Sugar & Cloth
2. DIY Lavender Mint Infused Olive Oil via Delightfully Tacky
3. DIY Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser via Pretty Handy Girl

And while you’re busy exploring, don’t forget to check out my latest crafty post on how to create DIY DIY Homemade Face Creams! These quick and easy face creams can be prepared in about a half hour or less, are made with skin soothing white tea extract and come with free printable product labels! Plus through September 15th, 2013 you can enter to win this face cream along with five other fabulous handmade bath and beauty products valued at over $50! Enter here and pin it to win it!

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser & Liquid Soap Refills That Save Money!

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Looking for a reusable soap dispenser so you can stop wasting money on small bottles that you can’t refill? Then look no further than She Knows Living and learn how to make this DIY mason jar soap dispenser! Plus save money with your own DIY liquid soap refills!

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Projects

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

She Knows Living serves up a simple, photo tutorial for crafting your own DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser. All you need is an empty mason jar, a pump dispenser – either new or recycled from an old soap pump, some paint for a decorative rim, and a nail and hammer to make your hole!

While this particular tutorial doesn’t instruct you to do this, you can use a hot glue gun to permanently adhere the pump to the lid of the mason jar. Personalize your DIY mason jar soap dispenser by decorating the rim with your choice of paint color(s) to match your decor whether it’s being used in the kitchen or bathroom. (Alternately you can also now buy mason jar pump dispensers.)

Now that you have a new DIY mason jar soap dispenser, it’s time to fill it up with soap! You can either fill it with your favorite liquid soap or scent an unscented liquid Castile soap (available from Mountain Rose Herbs here) with a bit of your favorite fragrance oil or essential oil.

Make Your Own Frugal Liquid Soap Refills

Or make your own liquid soap from leftover soap slivers you’ve saved from the kitchen or bath! Simply grate 8oz. of handmade soap (or about two 4oz. sized bars of handmade soap) and add to a pot filled with a gallon of distilled water.

Place the pot on the stove and add two Tablespoons of liquid vegetable glycerin to the finely grated soap shavings and the distilled water. Heat over medium/high heat and stir until your soap dissolves.

Once your soap mixture dissolves, remove it from the heat and let stand for 10-12 hours.

After your soap has completely cooled, beat with a hand mixer to mix thoroughly. If your soap is too thick, you can mix in a small amount of distilled water at this point until your soap is the consistency you desire. If it’s too thin – as this can happen depending on the recipe of the soap you choose to use – simply reheat the mixture and add in more grated soap.

Once your liquid soap is complete, stir in a small amount of fragrance oil or essential oil and use a funnel to pour the soap into containers of your choice. (Organic vegetable glycerin and organic essential oils are available from Mountain Rose Herbs.)

How to Make Homemade Dish Soap

Looking for a dish soap rather than a hand soap? Simply pour 1/2 of distilled water into your soap dispenser followed by 2 cups of liquid Castile soap. Then mix in 1/2 teaspoon of lemon essential oil, cap your dispenser and gently shake to mix the ingredients.

Here’s a Handy Tip!

Have bar soap you need to keep dry but haven’t quite found that perfect soap dish? Use a sponge! Just place your favorite bar of handmade soap on a dry sponge by the sink to help keep it dry!

Creating new from old. How to re-style dull accessories into something new.

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This lovely, handmade Vintage Ball Mason Jar Soap Dispenser (left) created by Whippoorwheel would make a great addition to your  rustic kitchen or bath. But you don’t have to buy one to own one of these beauties. Heather Bullard provides full DIY instructions on her blog for creating your own Mason Jar Soap Dispenser by combining an old mason jar, used pump soap bottle, two part epoxy and few tools. Click here for the full tutorial.
Looking for other great ways to re-use and re-style old or vintage pieces just lying around your home? Dress up a dull vase using Japanese Washi Tape or recreate boring dinnerware with Porcelain Paint Pens. I also love the idea of  re-purposing baby food jars into a Magnetic Spice Rack!