DIY Cactus Ring Holder to Brighten Up Your Space

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Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out!

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

You’ll be using the same fun cactus silicone mold for this project that I used to create my DIY cactus soaps with eco-friendly biodegradable glitter.

I hope you have as much fun with this project as I did! I think this cactus ring holder would not only make a cute home decor accent piece in your own home, but it’s also perfect for gift giving!

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

DIY Cactus Ring Holder

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

What You’ll Need:

Darice 7 oz. Glass Craft Jar (1095-98) with Metal Lid
Blush Cactus Silicone Mold
White Original Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
Krylon Clear Sealer or similar
craft paints
craft paint brushes

What to Do:

Begin by kneading the polymer clay until it’s soft and pliable. Then press the clay into one of the cavities of your cactus silicone mold.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Clean any excess from the top of the clay in the mold.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Then carefully remove the polymer clay from the mold cavity. If you have trouble removing the clay cactus, set the clay aside for a bit to allow it to firm back up a bit before trying to remove it from the mold.

Now, using additional clay, cover the top of the metal lid to your jar. Try to keep the clay on top of the jar lid about the same thickness as your clay cactus.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Once covered, scoop out a small hole in the center of the clay on the jar lid that the base of your clay cactus will fit into. Place the clay cactus into the hole on top of the lid and use your fingers or a utensil to move the clay to hold the cactus in place. The clay covering the jar lid and the cactus on top should become one piece.

Leaving the clay attached to the jar lid, bake the lid and clay together in a 275°F oven for about 30 minutes on a baking sheet. Then remove the cactus lid from the oven and allow it to cool.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Once the cactus lid has cooled, use craft paints to paint the cactus and base as desired.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

When the paint on your cactus dries, spray it with a clear acrylic sealer to protect it.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Now all that’s left is to fill the inside of your jar with rings or knick knacks and screw on the lid! You can also place additional rings on the arms of cactus! And that’s it!

I hope you enjoyed my project for making a DIY cactus ring holder. I know it’s not soap, but it does give you another fun use for your silicone molds!

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

If you enjoyed my DIY cactus ring holder project, I hope you’ll also check out my DIY cactus soaps! This fun soapmaking tutorial will walk you through creating your own colorful, glittery cactus soaps using a melt and pour soap base!

Handmade Cactus Ring Dish from Chiko Craft!

Want a cactus ring holder to spice up your space but don’t have time to make your own? You can shop for handmade cactus ring holders on Etsy here! I’m kind of sweet on this super cute cacti ring dish from Chicko Craft. But there are so many great ones to choose from!

For more DIY projects like this one, be sure to check out my Jonesing for Crafts Pinterest board. Or simply follow all of my Pinterest boards here.

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Pokemon Inspired Bath and Body Video Tutorials

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Whether you're a Pokemon Go fan are have Pokemon Go fans at home, these Pokemon inspired video tutorials for making your own Pokemon Pokeball Soaps and Pokemon Pokeball Bath Bombs mean more fun for the entire family.

Whether you’re a Pokemon Go fan are have Pokemon Go fans at home, these Pokemon inspired video tutorials for making your own Pokemon Pokeball Soaps and Pokemon Pokeball Bath Bombs mean more fun for the entire family.

Pokemon Inspired Bath & Body Video Tutorials

These DIY Pokeball Pokemon inspired soaps are sure to make bath time more fun the kids. Watch this video tutorial from Describe in One Word DIY’s to learn how it’s done. Then for more melt and pour soap recipes, visit Soap Deli News blog here.

Even if you don’t have Pokemon fever you may still get a kick from this DIY Pokemon inspired Bath Bomb tutorial. Make taking a break from Pokemon Go almost as much fun as playing with this video tutorial from SofiaStyled. Then be sure to check out more homemade bath bomb recipes from Soap Deli News blog here.

And, while not Pokemon inspired, you may also like this video tutorial from Describe in One Word DIY’s for making your own DIY Chocolate Bath Bombs.

If you are also a Star Wars fan by chance, then be sure to check out my Star Wars inspired bath and body recipes here. You’ll find several bath and body recipes for making your own natural baking soda free spray on and stick deodorants with fun printable labels as well recipes for melt and pour soap and jelly soap!

Of course, to make all of wonderful bath and body products, it will require you to put down your phone and stop playing Pokemon Go for at least an hour or so to give you time to prep, create and clean up. Of course, you can also always hold out for a rainy day.

For even more ideas and bath and body recipes, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’Tumblr, FacebookTwitterG+ and Instagram.


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4th of July Nail Art

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4th of July Nail Art Inspiration - Click through now for three great DIY 4th of July Nail Art Ideas!

4th of July Nail Art Inspiration and a Free Gift Offer

If you’re looking for red, white and blue 4th of July nail art inspiration, then you’ll want to consider one of these super-cute nail looks from Julep. You can get all of the nail polishes used in these looks for FREE in the Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift if you join Julep’s beauty box subscription program. Or, if you’re already a subscriber, then use code LETSGET20 to save 20% on any Julep polish or beauty purchase that you make.

To create the easy patriotic 4th of July nail dots (pictured above) first create your base with two coats of the red crème polish, Myriam. Once those coats have dried, use a toothpick or a dotting tool to make dots with the white polish, Brigette. Once your white dots have dried completely, then add additional dots with the peacock blue nail polish from Julep, Paulina. Don’t forget to complete your look with a top coat to extend the life of your new 4th of July nail art look!

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If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, then try creating stars and stripes nails. Begin by painting all of your nails with two coats of the red polish, Myriam. Allow to dry completely. Then, on your accent nails, use scotch tape as a guide to paint even stripes of the white polish, Brigette. Once these lines have dried, use a toothpick to draw blue stars on your accent nails with the blue polish, Paulina.

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If you’re a master at nail polish and have steady hands, then you may want to try these red, white and blue wave nails for your 4th of July nail art look. Begin by painting half of your nail with Myriam, your red polish, then add on a scalloped edge. Allow to dry, then apply the white scalloped paint layer with Brigette. Once that layer has dried, complete the look with a third scalloped layer of Paulina (blue). Optionally, you can also add a touch a sparkle on top of the blue with Kirby. Be sure to finish your completed 4th of July nail art look with a top coat to make your mani last and shine!

Free Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift from Julep when you join their monthly beauty box program.

Right now Julep is running a special offer to receive all of the polishes featured in the above nail polish tutes, along with three fantastic beauty products, in their free Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift! Simply enter promo code: FIREWORKS to get your free gift when you pay for your first month of Julep ($24.99).

Get $100+ of beauty surprises in the June Mystery Box for just $24.99! The Pool Party Mystery Box features a fabulous "Makeup the Rules" cosmetic bag (ideal for bringing your sunscreen & lip gloss to the pool or beach), plus SIX other mystery beauty or nail products - just $24.99 for $100+ worth of products.

Alternately, through 6/15/16 at 11:59 PM PT, or while supplies last, you can get $100+ of beauty surprises in the June Mystery Box for just $24.99! The Pool Party Mystery Box features a fabulous “Makeup the Rules” cosmetic bag (ideal for bringing your sunscreen & lip gloss to the pool or beach), plus SIX other mystery beauty or nail products – just $24.99 for $100+ worth of products.

But hurry! You’ll want to buy your Pool Party Mystery Box in the next few days, because there are a limited number available, and when they’re gone, they’re gone! Julep is only offering their Mystery Boxes a few times a year now, so the next Mystery Box will not be available until August or September. (Please note that every Pool Party Mystery Box will include the “Makeup the Rules” BRIKA Bag, however other products vary. The purchase of multiple Pool Party Mystery Boxes may result in nail polish or beauty product overlap. This offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer or discount (e.g Maven 20% discount). Also, no exchanges or returns are possible on Mystery Box or individual items. Estimated full retail value is at least $100. Taxes vary by location.)

You can discover more amazing beauty products by following my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest. Or learn how to make your own natural skin care products by following my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board.


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Homemade Winter Body Balm Recipe

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This homemade winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help promote healing for damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The end product of this winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persistent skin conditions.

This homemade winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help promote healing for damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The end product of this winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persistent skin conditions.

It’s also appreciated by anyone who washes their hands continuously throughout the day such as hair dressers, crafters and teachers who work with children. Check out my homemade winter body balm recipe below to learn how to make it. You’ll also find a tutorial for creating your own homemade labels after the recipe.

This homemade winter body balm recipe contains ingredients that work together to help promote healing for damaged skin while also locking in much needed moisture. The end product of this winter body balm recipe makes wonderful homemade gifts for anyone who suffers from persistent skin conditions.

Homemade Winter Body Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. beeswax
.5 oz. traditional emulsifying wax
1 oz. mango butter
1 oz. coconut oil (76° melt point)
.5 oz. lanolin
.5 oz. 100% neem oil
.5 oz. carrier oil (liquid at room temp)
2 mL (approx. 40 drops) rosewood natural essential oil blend

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the waxes and mango butter in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Then heat in the microwave at 50% power until the waxes and butter have melted completely. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)

Next, weigh out the coconut oil and lanolin. Stir into the melted wax and butter mixture until these ingredients have liquified completely. (If you are allergic to coconut oil you may substitute the coconut oil with shea butter.)

Now weigh out the neem oil – learn more about neem oil here – and your carrier oil and mix into your previously melted ingredients. (I used my homemade chamomile infused olive oil as my carrier oil. A calendula infused carrier would be equally nice. However, it’s not necessary to use an infused oil. you can simply use any carrier oil you prefer as long as it’s liquid at room temperature. Good options include hemp seed oil, olive oil, rosehip seed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, sweet almond oil or avocado oil.)

Finally, using a graduated transfer pipette, measure out the rosewood essential oil blend and stir into the winter body balm recipe ingredients. Stir to combine thoroughly. (Pure rosewood essential oil is terribly expensive as rosewood is endangered. A rosewood essential oil blend – which is a combination of essential oils that are blended to smell like rosewood – makes a nice alternative and will completely cover the smell of the neem oil without being overpowering. Alternately, you can use any other skin safe essential oil of your choice.)

Now simply pour your completed healing winter body balm into containers of your choice and allow the product to fully solidify before placing the lid onto your container.

I chose to use eco-friendly 1/2 ounce brown paperboard jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging as my winter body balm containers. (This winter body balm recipe will yield ten .5 oz. jars.) Alternately you can also use any other container(s) of choice. A 4 oz. Ball jelly mason jar from the grocery store – like the ones I used for my homemade cranberry body butter recipe – also works great for this particular product.

This winter body balm recipe yields 5 oz. of product. To determine how many containers you’ll need based on your container choice, simply divide 5 by the number of ounces your containers hold.

Create labels for your natural skin care products.

To create the labels for my winter body balm containers, I purchased Winter Snowflake Clipart from Lilmade Design on Etsy. (She offers several lovely variations of snowflake designs that you can choose from that work perfectly for the lids of round containers including her Nordic Snowflake Clipart and Snowflake Galore Clipart.)

I used OpenOffice to create my labels using the clipart from Lilmade Design. I use OpenOffice as it’s a free open source program similar to Word. However, you can also use Microsoft Word if that option is available to you.

How to create custom labels for your healing winter body balm recipe.

To create your own sheet of custom labels begin by creating a new text document in OpenOffice. Now format your page with three columns by clicking on Format > Columns.

As I was using 1/2 ounce jars with a diameter of just over 1.25″ I increased the spacing to 1.60″ which made the width of my column the size I needed (1.24″) to fit onto my lids. Now hit OK. (Adjust this as necessary based on the diameter of your own container lids.)

How to create custom labels.

Next you’ll simply import your image(s) by clicking on Insert > Picture > From File. Choose the image you’d like to use and click OK.

Creating custom labels.

Your image will appear on the page in the size needed without you having to rescale the image size. With the image selected – you’ll see the green boxes around the image – hit COMMAND C (on Mac) or CTRL C (on Windows) to copy the image.  Now click just below the image and hit the enter bar. Then hit hit COMMAND V (on Mac) or CTRL V (on Windows) to paste the image again below the first one. Repeat this until you have the number of images needed for your containers.

Finally, print out your page of labels you just created onto a full label sheet -I get mine for a great bulk price from World Label – then cut them out and adhere to the lids of your containers. (You can find other easy to follow instructions for creating your own custom labels on my tutorials for making homemade chocolate body butterscustom wedding soap favors and DIY mix tape soap favors.)

This homemade chamomile balm recipe is divine. Scented with cocoa, ginger and espresso and packaged in eco-friendly paperboard jars, these make great gifts!

If you like my healing winter body balm recipe, then you may also enjoy my homemade chamomile balm recipe.

Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest to discover more of my own homemade bath, body and beauty recipes you can make for your family or as homemade gifts as well as some of my favorite beauty recipes from around the web. You can also find and follow me via Blog Lovin’ and TumblrFacebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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New Natural Beauty Recipe Book from Shannon Buck

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DIY natural beauty book - 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty

Just released is the new natural beauty recipe book, 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beautyby Shannon Buck!

This new 4 1/2 star rated natural beauty book will teach you all that you need to know to make your own organic natural beauty products. Learn how to create homemade lotions and potions at home using natural and holistic ingredients like herbs and flowers. You’ll also be instructed on the properties of conditioning carrier oils and naturally moisturizing butters as well as aromatic floral extracts. Many of these natural beauty recipes are perfect for your overall health and include curative herbal extracts and therapeutic essential oils. This natural beauty book contains clear step by step photographs and instructions as well as expert tips and easy to follow natural beauty recipes.

You can buy 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty now in paperback here. Or save by purchasing the kindle version of this natural beauty book here. (Don’t own a kindle? Download the free kindle app. Or purchase the all new kindle paperwhite.)

If you like 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty by Shannon Buck, then also be sure to check out the collection of similar books by author, Rosemary Gladstar. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, a #1 best seller with a 5 star review, is among one of her many prized favorites. You may also enjoy Fifi M. Maacaron’s book, Natural Beauty Alchemy: Make Your Own Organic Cleansers, Creams, Serums, Shampoos, Balms, and More, in addition to Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman’s book, The Home Apothecary: Cold Spring Apothecary’s Cookbook of Hand-Crafted Remedies & Recipes for the Hair, Skin, Body, and Home.

To discover even more natural beauty recipes be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’ or Tumblr as well as FacebookTwitter, G+ and Instagram for more great beauty book recommendations and natural skin care and homemade soap recipes.


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