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Free Printable Valentines for Kids (And Kids At Heart!)

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The cutest free printable valentines for kids (and kids at heart!) for Valentine’s Day. Get ready for Valentine’s Day with this adorable collection of free printable valentines featuring woodland creatures and magical delights for all ages. Read on to discover a number of printable valentines that you can download and print for free — both for kids and a few for adults as well!

Free printable valentines for kids. The cutest free printable valentines for kids (and kids at heart!) for Valentine's Day. Get ready for Valentine's Day with this adorable collection of free printable valentines featuring woodland creatures and magical delights for all ages. These Valentine's day cards feature adorable woodland creatures like foxes, racoons, badgers, bears, owls and porcupines. As well as fun designs with sweet treats, crystals balls and magic love potions.

Free Printable Valentines for Kids

Created using clip art images from DigitalArtsi, my original Valentine’s day card designs are simply too cute to pass up. However, if you aren’t dead set on these free printable valentines, you can simply purchase clipart to make your own! (They’re super affordable, and there are just SO many cute clipart elements to choose from.)

There are five sets of free printable valentines for kids to choose from, all have different versions of my own designs with nine Valentine’s day cards per page. These Valentine’s day cards feature adorable woodland creatures like foxes, racoons, badgers, bears, owls and porcupines. As well as fun designs with sweet treats, crystals balls and magic love potions.

Free printable valentines for kids. The cutest free printable valentines for kids (and kids at heart!) for Valentine's Day. Get ready for Valentine's Day with this adorable collection of free printable valentines featuring woodland creatures and magical delights for all ages. These Valentine's day cards feature adorable woodland creatures like foxes, racoons, badgers, bears, owls and porcupines. As well as fun designs with sweet treats, crystals balls and magic love potions.

These Valentine’s day card include the following quotes:

  • You make life bearable, Valentine.
  • You’re my magic potion, Valentine.
  • I’m wild about you, Valentine.
  • You’ll owlways be my friend, Valentine.
  • You steal my heart, Valentine.
  • You put a spell on me, Valentine.
  • You’re magical, Valentine.

Ready to make someone’s day with a cute valentine? Choose your favorite printable valentines for kids below. Simply download the Valentine’s day designs of your choice and print onto standard 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock. Then use a paper cutter or scissors to cut out the cards to hand deliver to your favorite little valentines. 

You're so sweet printable valentines for kids. Free printable valentines cards for your sweet little valentine on Valentine's Day.

Download here.

Free printable valentines cards for kids classrooms. Super cute woodland creature Valentine's Day cards to download, print and gift. Perfect for kids classrooms, these free printable valentines for kids feature woodland creatures like a fox, bear, racoon, badger, owl and porcupine with adorable valentine sayings.

Download here.

Magical valentines day cards. Print, cut and gift these fun valentines day cards for kids. A super cute idea for parents to gift to kids as well as classroom valentines day cards with designs like a magic love potion bottle, heart shaped potpourri and a starry crystal ball.

Download here.

You're so sweet valentine. You're magical valentine. Cute valentine card sayings for kids on printable cards featuring love potions, sweet cakes, valentine treats, cute racoons, crystal balls and heart shaped valentine potpourri.

Download here.

Valentine's day cards for kids. Printable valentines for kids classrooms featuring woodland creatures. A fox, racoon, bear, owl, badger and porcupine. Cute valentines day cards for kids with adorable valentine quotes.

Download here.

Create custom scented DIY mini perfumes to go along with these You're Scent-sational! printable Valentines cards for your besties this Valentine's Day!

More Free Valentine’s Day Cards

Looking for Valentine’s Day gift ideas? You can explore my DIY Valentine’s day gifts here. Or check out these handmade Valentine’s day gift ideas via my curated collection on Etsy. You can discover more DIY ideas for Valentine’s day on my Pinterest board.

Also, don’t forget to follow Soap Deli News on social media for more great DIY ideas for Valentine’s day and beyond. You can find me on facebooktwitter and instagram. Or sign up to receive an email whenever I share a new post!

Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe To Naturally Exfoliate & Hydrate Skin

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If you have dull or dry skin, give it a boost with this homemade whipped sugar scrub recipe. Made with natural skin care ingredients, this DIY whipped sugar scrub naturally exfoliates and hydrates skin. So you get soft, beautiful glowing skin with a more youthful appearance. Say goodbye to tight, dry, itchy or even flaky skin today by adding this easy, homemade beauty recipe to your natural skin care routine!

Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe To Naturally Exfoliate & Hydrate Skin. If you have dull or dry skin, give it a boost with this homemade whipped sugar scrub recipe. Made with natural skin care ingredients, this DIY whipped sugar scrub naturally exfoliates and hydrates skin. So you get soft, beautiful glowing skin with a more youthful appearance. Say goodbye to tight, dry, itchy or even flaky skin today by adding this easy, homemade beauty recipe to your natural skin care routine!

I was recently discussing skin care with a fellow friend in Ohio. Her skin barrier really struggles through the winter months despite taking measures to hydrate dry skin, such as using gentle soap formulated for dry skin and running a humidifier. As a result, her eczema recently flared back up.

She’s tried SOOOO many over the counter skin care products without much luck. So I suggested she give this recipe for an emulsified whipped sugar scrub a try. As a fellow maker, not only did she love this winter skin care recipe, it actually helped her skin look and feel healthier! My eczema relief balm then assisted further by locking in moisture and soothing her itchy, eczema prone skin. 

DIY whipped sugar scrub. How to make a homemade whipped sugar scrub for your skin care routine for natural beauty. Get glowing skin with this lush hydrated whipped sugar scrub recipe that can be scented with essential oils or an all natural fragrance oil for a relaxing bath experience. Perfect for a bath time treat, this DIY whipped sugar scrub recipe is emulsified so it's non-greasy. Moisturize, hydrate and exfoliate skin as part of your daily natural skin care routine for soft beautiful skin.

Formulating a Hydrating Whipped Sugar Scrub for Natural Winter Skin Care

Whether you’re looking for a homemade gifts for her or simply a nourishing way to care for your own skin, this whipped sugar scrub recipe is a treat! While I developed this recipe for my own winter skin care routine, it’s a delight year round for anyone looking for smoother, hydrated skin! The third in my series of self care recipes — the previous two being my skin conditioning whipped body butter recipe and my chocolate mint lip scrub recipe — this whipped sugar scrub recipe offers exceptional dry skin relief. You’re simply going to love its ability to soothe your tight, dry or itchy skin!

My whipped sugar scrub recipe is emulsified so it doesn’t feel oily like straight carrier oil and sugar type body scrubs. Formulated with ingredients that won’t clog pores or cause acne, this whipped sugar scrub recipe is made with skin conditioning shea and cocoa butters, along with jojoba and hemp seed oil.

Moisturizing whipped sugar scrub recipe for natural dry skin relief. Make this DIY whipped sugar scrub for your dry skin care routine for natural beauty. Get glowing skin with this lush hydrated whipped sugar scrub recipe. A relaxing bath experience, this homemade whipped sugar scrub recipe is the perfect bath time treat. This DIY whipped sugar scrub recipe is the best way to moisturize, hydrate and exfoliate skin as part of your daily natural skin care routine for soft beautiful skin.

Hemp seed oil, which is naturally rich in fatty acids, is considered to be one of the most nutritional oils available. It has a number of both nutritional and cosmetic uses, and contains all the essential amino acids necessary for health and wellness. As such, hemp seed oil is one of my favorite carrier oils for dry skin care. It works wonders at soothing the symptoms of dry skin and offering eczema relief. Therefore, it is also a key ingredient in many of my other dry skin care recipes such as my dry skin body oil recipe.

Ready to add a lush whipped sugar scrub to your natural skin care routine? You can learn how to make my emulsified whipped sugar scrub recipe below.

DIY whipped sugar scrub. How to make a homemade whipped sugar scrub for your skin care routine for natural beauty. Get glowing skin with this lush hydrated whipped sugar scrub recipe that can be scented with essential oils or an all natural fragrance oil for a relaxing bath experience. Perfect for a bath time treat, this DIY whipped sugar scrub recipe is emulsified so it's non-greasy. Moisturize, hydrate and exfoliate skin as part of your daily natural skin care routine for soft beautiful skin.

Emulsified Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

3 oz. refined shea butter
3 oz. raw cocoa butter
1 oz. hemp seed oil
.5 oz. jojoba oil
.5 oz. vegetable based emulsifying wax
.25 oz. all natural fragrance oil or .15 oz. essential oil, of choice
13.5 oz. granulated white sugar

Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe Notes:

As the contents product may come in contact with water during use, a broad spectrum preservative is highly recommended. If you choose not to use a preservative, you should remove the desired amount from the container for use, prior to entering the shower or bath.

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients for my whipped sugar scrub recipe. If you make, or plan to make, a lot of natural skin care products, I recommend this baker’s math scale for durability.

Using a digital scale, weigh out the shea butter, cocoa butter and emulsifying wax. Combine the ingredients in a double boiler, then gently heat until melted.

Once the butters and wax have melted, remove from heat.

Then weigh out the jojoba and hemp seed oils. Stir the oils into the melted butter and wax mixture.

If using a preservative, weigh out the amount indicated by the manufacturer. Stir into the ingredients once the whipped sugar scrub base is at or below the recommended temperature.

Then follow with the fragrance oil or essential oil of your choice.

DIY whipped sugar scrub. How to make a homemade whipped sugar scrub for your skin care routine for natural beauty. Get glowing skin with this lush hydrated whipped sugar scrub recipe that can be scented with essential oils or an all natural fragrance oil for a relaxing bath experience. Perfect for a bath time treat, this DIY whipped sugar scrub recipe is emulsified so it's non-greasy. Moisturize, hydrate and exfoliate skin as part of your daily natural skin care routine for soft beautiful skin.

Next, weigh out the sugar and combine in a large glass bowl with the liquid ingredients. Mix well to combine.

Allow to cool slightly before whipping with a hand blender, stand mixer or whisk.

Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe To Naturally Exfoliate & Moisturize Dry Skin. If you have dull or dry skin, give it a boost with this homemade whipped sugar scrub recipe. Made with natural skin care ingredients, this DIY whipped sugar scrub naturally exfoliates and hydrates skin. So you get soft, beautiful glowing skin with a more youthful appearance. Say goodbye to tight, dry, itchy or even flaky skin today by adding this easy, natural dry skin remedy to your daily skin care routine!

Now pour or spoon the whipped sugar scrub into a 20 oz. jar. I used a 20 oz. square glass jar with a clasp lid that I purchased from the Dollar Tree. (These are such a great price! I mean, it’s hard to beat a dollar, right?)

If desired, you can tie a ribbon around your container into a bow for homemade gifts. I used floral garden ombre sheer ribbon from the Dollar Tree for this step.

Yield: 1 - 20oz. jar

Natural Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe

Natural Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe

Make this natural whipped sugar scrub recipe for dry skin relief. This homemade sugar scrub recipe is emulsified so it's not greasy like traditional scrubs. Formulated with naturally exfoliating sugar and hydrating skin care ingredients, this DIY whipped body butter is the perfect bath time treat to hydrate and exfoliate skin as part of your daily natural skin care routine for soft, beautiful skin.

Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 3 oz. refined shea butter
  • 3 oz. raw cocoa butter
  • 1 oz. hemp seed oil
  • .5 oz. jojoba oil
  • .5 oz. vegetable based emulsifying wax
  • .25 oz. all natural fragrance oil or .15 oz. essential oil, of choice
  • 13.5 oz. granulated white sugar

Tools

  • digital scale
  • large glass bowl
  • hand mixer
  • spatula
  • 20 oz. glass jar
  • ribbon

Instructions

  1. Weigh out the shea butter, cocoa butter and emulsifying wax. Combine the ingredients in a double boiler. Heat until melted.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat.
  3. Weigh out the jojoba and hemp seed oils. Stir the oils into the melted butter and wax mixture.
  4. Follow with the fragrance oil or essential oil of your choice.
  5. Weigh out the sugar and combine in a large glass bowl with the liquid ingredients. Mix well to combine.
  6. Allow to cool slightly. Then whip with a hand blender, stand mixer or whisk.
  7. Pour or spoon the whipped sugar scrub into a 20 oz. glass jar. Then decorate with ribbon, if desired.

Notes

As the contents product may come in contact with water during use, a broad spectrum preservative is highly recommended. If you choose not to use a preservative, you should remove the desired amount from the container for use, prior to entering the shower or bath. Add the preservative per manufacturer guidelines at recommend usage rate and appropriate temperature.

More Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipes

If you love my emulsified whipped sugar scrub recipe as much as I do, then you’ll also love some of these other whipped sugar scrub recipes:

Also be sure to try my skin softening, emulsified sugar scrub recipe for dry hands.

Moisturizing whipped sugar scrub recipe for natural dry skin relief. Make this DIY whipped sugar scrub for your dry skin care routine for natural beauty. Get glowing skin with this lush hydrated whipped sugar scrub recipe. A relaxing bath experience, this homemade whipped sugar scrub recipe is the perfect bath time treat. This DIY whipped sugar scrub recipe is the best way to moisturize, hydrate and exfoliate skin as part of your daily natural skin care routine for soft beautiful skin.

Don’t have time to make my emulsified whipped sugar scrub right now? Then be sure to pin this winter skin care recipe to Pinterest for later.

Also make sure you download my free printable self care journal. It’s perfectly sized for your Happy Planner and it even comes with printable skin care recipe cards so you can keep track of your own natural skin care recipes for healthy looking, glowing skin!

For more great winter skin care recipes, be sure to check out my Pinterest board, Winter Skin Care Recipes for Natural Beauty. You can also find Soap Deli News on social media for more great DIY ideas. Follow me now via facebooktwitter and instagram. Or sign up to receive an email whenever I share a new post!

DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him with Printable Valentines (for Men Who Love to Cook)

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Coming up with DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him can be hard. This easy food inspired gift, however, is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other. Or give these spice mixes as homemade gifts for friends who love to cook. Simply fill food safe test tubes with organic spice blends, then attach the free printable valentines for a quick and easy gift! It’s a fun way to let that special guy in your life know that he really spices things up!

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Him with Printable Valentines (for Men Who Love to Cook) Coming up with DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him can be hard. This easy food inspired gift, however, is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other. Or give these spice mixes as homemade gifts for friends who love to cook. A fun way to let that special guy in your life know that he really spices things up!

Crafting the Perfect DIY Valentine’s Day Gift for Him

This DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea for him was created with cooking in mind. I used three organic spice blends from Mountain Rose Herbs for this project, each chosen for foods that men love to cook like grilled steaks, tacos and even dill pickles for sandwiches and burgers. These deliciously handcrafted organic spice blends are always made with the freshest and most flavorful organic spices from around the world. They are certified organic as well as kosher certified.

Organic spice blends for your favorite recipes. These organic spice blends from Mountain Rose Herbs for this project, each chosen for foods that men love to cook like grilled steaks, tacos and even dill pickles for sandwiches and burgers. These deliciously handcrafted organic spice blends are always made with the freshest and most flavorful organic spices from around the world. They are certified organic as well as kosher certified. Use them to prepare your favorite homemade dishes for dinner.

Organic Spice Blends (with Men in Mind)

For my foodie inspired, DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him, I used the following organic spice blends:

Mountain Rose Herbs Grilling Herbs

The grilling herbs spice blend packs a punch with its bold flavor and penetrating aroma which holds itself well against high heat and direct flame. It’s a popular all purpose flavor enhancer for any food dish you typically grill or barbeque where most seasoning will burn off or dissipate.

DIY Valentine's Day gifts for friends and foodies with free printable Valentines Day gift tags for easy homemade gifts. The perfect DIY Valentine's Day gift for anyone who loves to cook. This easy food inspired gift is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day - and spice things up. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or friends with three organic spice mixes curated for everyday use and special occasions. #printablevalentines #valentinesgifts #diy

Mountain Rose Herbs Mexican Seasoning

The Mexican seasoning blend from Mountain Rose Herbs is a fiesta for your taste buds! This organic blend of spices is truly an invigorating addition to Mexican dishes including tacos, grilled meats and sauces.

Mountain Rose Herbs Pickling Spice

Perfect for quick refrigerator pickles, this sweet and savory pickling spice blend is a must have for homemade picklers! It’s made with over ten cut spices, whole berries and seeds that are perfectly combined to complement any refrigerator or canned pickled fruit or vegetable recipe.

Organic spice blends for your favorite recipes. These organic spice blends from Mountain Rose Herbs for this project, each chosen for foods that men love to cook like grilled steaks, tacos and even dill pickles for sandwiches and burgers. These deliciously handcrafted organic spice blends are always made with the freshest and most flavorful organic spices from around the world. They are certified organic as well as kosher certified. Use them to prepare your favorite homemade dishes for dinner.

All of these organic spice and seasoning blends are available in spice bottles as well as in bulk. Both 8 oz. and 1 lb. refills are available. So it’s easy to create up to three sets of spice mixes for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him using one of each of the spice jars. You can also make multiple gifts to sell or to gift as party or wedding favors by purchasing these spice blends in bulk.

Don’t forget to buy extras, however. You’ll definitely want to have these spices on hand for your own delicious recipes as well!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Him with Free Printable Valentines. The perfect DIY Valentine's Day gift for men who love to cook. This easy food inspired gift is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day - and spice things up. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other with three organic spice mixes curated with men in mind. A fun way to let that special guy in your life know that he really spices things up! #valentinesgifts #valentines

Spice Mix DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts with Printable Valentines

Now that you’ve got the skinny on the amazing spices I used for these DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him, it’s time to pull your gift together. Any man — or woman — that loves to cook will get a kick out of this homemade Valentine’s Day gift.

Materials for making spice mix valentines day gifts

Tools & Materials:

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own homemade gifts with free printable Valentines gift tags.

  • Mountain Rose Herbs organic spice blends
  • Food safe plastic spice tubes
  • Cardstock
  • Bakers twine or ribbon
  • Free printable “You Spice Up My Life” Valentines
  • Gift bags, optional
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Printer

I got my spice tubes from SKS Bottle & Packaging. However, you can find similar food safe spice tubes on Amazon here. Be sure to only use spice tubes/test tubes that are approved for food use. Not all craft test tubes are food safe.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Him. A Valentine's DIY with Printable Valentines. Coming up with DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him can be hard. This easy food inspired gift, however, is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other. Or give these spice mixes as homemade gifts for friends who love to cook. A fun way to let that special guy in your life know that he really spices things up! #valentines

Instructions:

Fill the plastic spices tubes with the organic spice blends of your choice. You can use a small funnel to make this process easier. Once filled, screw on the caps.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Him. DIY Valentines with Free Printable Valentines for Boyfriend. The perfect DIY Valentine's Day gift for men who love to cook. This easy food inspired gift is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day - and spice things up. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other with three organic spice mixes curated with men in mind. A fun way to let that special guy in your life know that he really spices things up!

Now print about the “You Spice Up My Life!” free printable valentines onto cardstock. (You can download these printable gift tags here.)

Valentine's Day Gifts for Him. DIY Valentines with Free Printable Valentines for Boyfriend. The perfect DIY Valentine's Day gift for men who love to cook. This easy food inspired gift is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day - and spice things up. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other with three organic spice mixes curated with men in mind. A fun way to let that special guy in your life know that he really spices things up!

Use scissors to cut out the printable valentines you’d like to use. Then, use a hole punch to punch a hole in the end of each gift tag.

Free printable Valentines Day cards for him. You spice up my life printable Valentines and DIY Valentine's Day gift ideas for him. The perfect DIY Valentine's Day gift for men who love to cook. This easy food inspired gift is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day - and spice things up. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other with three organic spice mixes curated with men in mind. #printablevalentines #valentinesdaygifts #diy

Finally use baker’s twine to add your gift tags to a gift bag with three sets of organic spice blends.

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Him with Printable Valentines (for Men Who Love to Cook) Coming up with DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him can be hard. This easy food inspired gift, however, is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other. Or give these spice mixes as homemade gifts for friends who love to cook. A fun way to let that special guy in your life know that he really spices things up!

Or tie a different gift tag individually onto each vial to gift as single, smaller Valentine’s Day gifts for him.

Free printable Valentines Day cards for him. You spice up my life printable Valentines and DIY Valentine's Day gift ideas for him. The perfect DIY Valentine's Day gift for men who love to cook. This easy food inspired gift is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day - and spice things up. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other with three organic spice mixes curated with men in mind. #printablevalentines #valentinesdaygifts #diy

I hope you love my idea for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for men who love to cook. It’s such a fun way to spice things up by encouraging you both to cook together! If you choose not to use the three organic spice mixes curated with men in mind, you can also substitute them with your own favorite organic spice blends. The free printable valentines work great with just about any seasoning combination. So be sure to pin this project and the free printable valentines to Pinterest for later.

More DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

Need more ideas for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts? Check out these other fun DIY ideas!

I also have free printable Valentine’s Day gift wrap!

You can discover more DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him on my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Pinterest board. And don’t forget to follow Soap Deli News on social media for more great DIY ideas. You can find me on facebooktwitter and instagram. Or sign up to receive an email whenever I share a new post!

Creative Ways to Upcycle Dishes with Lead Paint for DIY Home Decor

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Believe it or not, decorative dishware produced as late as 2004 has been found to contain lead paint. While no longer deemed safe for eating, you don’t have to toss your favorite vintage dishes. Instead try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint to create unique, DIY home decor!

Creative Ways to Upcycle Dishes with Decorative Lead Paint for DIY Home Decor on a Budget. Don't toss your vintage dishes with decorative lead paint. Try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes instead to create unique, DIY home decor and garden art! While no longer deemed safe for eating, you don't have to toss your favorite vintage dishes. Instead try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint to create unique, DIY home decor!

Your Dishes May Not Be Food Safe!

I think most families have some Corelle dishes in their cupboards. They are a popular plate and dish brand thanks to their durability and trendy designs. Today, people covet the old styles, scouring flea markets and thrift stores to complete their collections.

I bought two sets of Corelle dishes years ago because I was sick of chipped or broken plates. Corelle plates are virtually indestructible, so they last for many, many years.

A word of warning though, if they do break, they shatter! You’ll be finding glass shards on the floor and in the next room for weeks.

Your beloved Corelle dishes may bring back fond memories of sitting around the dinner table with family and friends, but they may also be slowly deteriorating your body due to lead paint exposure.

Tamara Rubin, Lead Safe Mama, recently tested several vintage Corelle pieces and found lead paint in the decorative designs.

They are vintage, so it doesn’t apply to you, right? No, for these purposes vintage is anything before 2005. That’s only 15 years ago. Considering the durability of the plates and bowls, it’s definitely possible that your dishes are older than 2005.

In her article, Tamara shows screenshots of conversations with Corelle. Corelle states that lead paint was common in glazes and decorative designs before the 1990s. Corelle has not used lead paint for decorative designs since the “mid 2000s”. They recommend using any pieces made before 2005 to be used as decoration only.

Plain white plates are testing okay. The lead is found in the paint that was used for the design on plates. 

Creative Ways to Upcycle Dishes with Decorative Lead Paint for DIY Home Decor on a Budget. Don't toss your vintage dishes with decorative lead paint. Try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes instead to create unique, DIY home decor and garden art! While no longer deemed safe for eating, you don't have to toss your favorite vintage dishes. Instead try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint to create unique, DIY home decor!

Creative Ways to Upcycle Dishes With Lead Paint

No one wants to just throw away their plates, but you can’t use them to eat off of. So what can you do with them?

There are a lot of ways to upcycle dishes and plates. You can use them in a number of ways to decorate your home both inside and outside. Following are some creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint.

Unique upcycled wall art ideas. The Elephant wall art decor from Sabotage900 illustrates a unique ways to upcycle vintage plates with decorative lead paint into whimsical DIY home decor.

Painted Elephant Wall Art via Sabotage900

Creative Way to Upcycle Dishes for Wall Decor

Hang Them on The Wall

If your plates have a decorative design, you can hang them on the wall. Many people hang them in their dining room or kitchen because, well, that’s where plates are used most often.

Don’t be limited to just food related rooms. Use a grouping of plates above the bed for a whimsical and fun grouping that won’t cost you anything.

Paint Plates for Unique DIY Art

If you don’t like the design of your plates, paint them! Painting plates is easy to do. Since you won’t be washing them, you can use acrylic paint or enamel and not have to worry about the paint being food safe or washable. You could even prime them and spray paint them if you want to completely change the color and design.

You can use a stencil or paint them freehand. This is a great way to get custom decor that matches the colors in your home.

Upcycling ideas for mismatched plates or vintage plates with decorative lead paint. This wall art idea from Sabotage900 on Etsy features an illustrated deer for fun & quirky, unique home decor using repurposed dishes.

This wall art idea from Sabotage900 features an illustrated deer for fun & quirky, unique home decor using repurposed dishes.

Upcycled wall decor ideas using thrift store finds. Creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint. Paint your vintage dishes for unique DIY wall decor like this octopus wall art from Homebody UA on Etsy.

I also really love this idea for Painted Plate Octopus Wall Art from Homebody UA for using groupings of painted plates to create unique, painted plate wall art for your home.

decorative hand painted plates with patterns

Or, you can paint a decorative pattern or a mandala design on your vintage plates as another way to upcycle your dishes.

Decorative plate with evergreen sprigs and berries for home decor

Decorate Without Painting

If you’re not artistic or don’t want to paint them, you can change the look of old plates with some greenery or flowers. Simply use hot glue to attach sprigs of flowers or greens and maybe a bow or some other decoration and hang the plate on the wall.

Decoupage Plates

If you don’t want to paint, decoupage your plates. Use patterned scrapbook paper to die cut or hand cut cute shapes. Animals and flowers are always popular.

You can also use fabric to decoupage plates. Either cut a shape or cover the entire plate with fabric like you would with the scrapbook paper.

Use Mod Podge to glue the paper to the plate. You can also use Mod Podge as a sealer to easier cleaning.

Chalkboard Sign

If your plate has a decorative edge, it might make cute chalkboard sign. Use chalk paint to paint the center and leave the pretty edge. Then hang on the wall or use a plate stand to display. You can change the sign easily for different holidays or use it for inspirational quotes.

This chalkboard style plate from Ranch Life Gifts illustrates a creative way to use chalk paint to upcycles your dishes with lead plate that are no longer food safe. Plus discover more creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint that are no longer food safe.

This chalkboard style plate from Ranch Life Gifts illustrates a cute way to use chalk paint to upcycle your dishes with lead plate that are no longer food safe. You can also use this same concept to create an upcycled plate, chalkboard countdown calendar for Christmas.

Creative ways to decorate your home with vintage dishes with decorative lead paint that are no longer food safe.

Upcycle Dishes to Use As a Backdrop

For more creative ways to upcycle dishes, use plates to decorate your mantel or on a desk or buffet table. Set a larger plate on a stand and then add candlesticks, vases, and other items in the same color scheme.

This is an easy and inexpensive way to decorate. Shop your own home for objects that would look cute grouped together.

Make Creative Centerpieces with Upcycled Dishes

Larger dinner plates or serving trays with lead paint can’t be used for food, but they can still be used as centerpiece. Add potpourri or flowers to make a cute centerpiece.

Change your centerpiece with the seasons by using pine cones, Easter eggs, or dried berries for Christmas.

Make Unique DIY Garden & Yard Art You can use plates, bowls, and cups in your yard, flower beds, or on your patio. For bowls, paint them red and add some white polka dots to create a cute mushroom for the yard like this example of vintage dish mushroom from Blue Cottage Creation.

Make Unique DIY Garden & Yard Art

You can use plates, bowls, and cups in your yard, flower beds, or on your patio. For bowls, paint them red and add some white polka dots to create a cute mushroom for the yard like this example of vintage dish mushrooms from Blue Cottage Creation.

You can also attach a coffee cup to the center of a dinner plate to make a flower. Attach to a stake and place in your yard or flower beds for whimsical flowers.

This upcycled plate flower from Tambrey the Repurposer is a great example of one of the many ways to upcycle dishes for garden art.

This upcycled plate flower from Tambrey the Repurposer is a great example of one of the many ways to upcycle dishes for garden art.

Upcycled bird bath from vintage dishes from Mscenna on Etsy

You can even make an upcycled vintage dish bird bath, like this example from MsCenna.

Upcycled vintage teacup bird feeder idea from GoGoGarden

Or craft a fun teacup bird feeder, similar to this upcycled teacup bird feeder from GoGo Garden, for another cute way to upcycle vintage dishes.

Craft a Tiered Stand for Organizing or Decor

If you have three plates that match or coordinate in varying sizes, you can create a tiered stand. Use the biggest plate on the bottom and add an upside down wine glass or even a piece of wood or a glass shot glass or short vase as a spacer. Then add the middle sized plate and another spacer and then the smallest plate.

E6000 is the best glue to use for glass. Don’t use this tiered stand for candy, but you can use it for flowers or other decorations and knick knacks.

Cute Way to Upcycle Dishes Into Planters

Upcycle bowls, tea cups or mugs as planters. I’m hesitant to plant in something that I know has lead paint, so I’d use a liner to hold the dirt and plant and set that inside the cup or bowl.

mosaic upcycled, teacup succulent wall planter from Peace by Piece Co.

For more way to upcycle dishes as planters, I really like this idea for a mosaic upcycled, teacup succulent wall planter from Peace by Piece Co. As well as this upcycled teacup, mosaic herb planter by Charming Deco Boutique.

Upcycle Dishes for Unique Home Lighting

While repurposed teacup candles are one of the more popular ways to upcycle dishes, this use is unfortunately not recommended other than for decorative purposes. As teacups aren’t designed to be reheated over and over again, like mason jars are, they can potentially explode while burning. 

However, you can upcycle your dishes to use as lamp bases and pendant lighting!

Upcycled teacup lamp from DAUSnGLO on etsy

I just love this idea for an upcycled teacup lamp from DAUSnGLO.

Creative Ways to Upcycle Dishes with Decorative Lead Paint for DIY Home Decor on a Budget. Don't toss your vintage dishes with decorative lead paint. Try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes instead to create unique, DIY home decor and garden art! While no longer deemed safe for eating, you don't have to toss your favorite vintage dishes. Instead try one of these creative ways to upcycle dishes with lead paint to create unique, DIY home decor!

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils for a Non-Toxic Clean

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils for a Non-Toxic Clean. Discover how to make a simple DIY all purpose cleaner with essential oils. It's a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home that can also save you money. An easy recipe for a green friendly cleaner, this easy, 4-ingredient DIY all purpose cleaner is a simple way to add essential oils to your natural cleaning routine for a healthy, chemical free home. Plus discover six more non-toxic cleaning recipes you make using essential oils.

Should I Switch to Natural Non-Toxic Cleaners with Essential Oils?

Wondering if you should make the switch to natural cleaners or your cleaning routine? The answer, in short, is yes!

While spring cleaning is the buzzword as winter dissipates and warm weather sneaks back in, cleaning is unfortunately a year long (not just seasonal) task. There are so many products marketed for those of us obsessed with killing germs, sanitizing surfaces and removing dirt, it can be hard to know which products to choose. Especially when many of those cleaners contain scary, and sometimes evenly potentially toxic, ingredients. And unfortunately, many of them aren’t very eco-friendly either. They contain ingredients like bleach, which harms not just the environment and its ecosystems, but can also cause skin and respiratory distress in both humans and pets.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils for a Non-Toxic Clean. Discover how to make a simple DIY all purpose cleaner with essential oils. It's a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home that can also save you money. An easy recipe for a green friendly cleaner, this easy, 4-ingredient DIY all purpose cleaner is a simple way to add essential oils to your natural cleaning routine for a healthy, chemical free home. Plus discover six more non-toxic cleaning recipes you make using essential oils.

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils for a Non-Toxic Clean. Discover how to make a simple DIY all purpose cleaner with essential oils. It's a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home that can also save you money. An easy recipe for a green friendly cleaner, this easy, 4-ingredient DIY all purpose cleaner is a simple way to add essential oils to your natural cleaning routine for a healthy, chemical free home. Plus six more non-toxic homemade cleaner recipes you make using essential oils.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner with Essential Oils

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons distilled water
2 Tablespoons vinegar
13 drops lemon essential oil
7 drops tea tree essential oil

Instructions for making a DIY all purpose cleaner:

You’ll need a 2 oz. spray bottle (included in the Simply Earth starter box) to make this DIY all purpose cleaner. If you have a larger spray bottle you’d like to use, simply double the recipe as needed for the size bottle you’d like to use.

To make this non-toxic cleaner, simply combine all the ingredients in the spray bottle. Then, shake the spray bottle for 30 seconds to mix the ingredients.

How to use your non-toxic DIY all purpose cleaner:

To use your DIY all purpose cleaner with essential oil, shake before use. Then spray the cleaner onto surfaces and wipe clean with a microfiber towel. This all purpose spray not only loosens dirt and grime, it also disinfects surfaces.

As vinegar is abrasive, you do not want to use this DIY all purpose cleaner on porous surfaces such as granite. Otherwise you may damage the stone. If you’d like to use this recipe on granite, you can substitute the vinegar with unscented liquid Castile soap.

Omit or substitute the tea tree oil if you have pets, as tea tree oil is toxic to both cats in dogs at low levels.

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More Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes

If you like this recipe for making a non-toxic DIY all purpose cleaner, then you may also want to try these other non-toxic cleaning recipes.

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