Easy No Maintenance DIY Terrarium

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This easy no maintenance DIY terrarium is a snap to make and is terrific for DIY wedding favors or stocking stuffer gifts! Learn how to make your own DIY terrarium now by clicking through to the tutorial at Soap Deli News blog!

This easy no maintenance DIY terrarium is not only a snap to make, but it’s also great for gifting! You can quickly and easily create these faux DIY terrariums in bulk to gift as DIY wedding favors or even as homemade stocking stuffers. And because it’s a faux terrarium you never have to worry about it dying! Keep reading to learn how.

This easy no maintenance DIY terrarium is not only a snap to make, but it's also great for gifting! And because it's a faux DIY terrarium it will never die!Faux DIY Terrarium

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

What you’ll need:

8 dram glass vials with a black phenolic cone lined cap (one for each terrarium)
small rocks, pebbles and/or stone white gravel
preserved chartreuse reindeer moss
craft miniature mushrooms from the floral department or similar
Jim Holtz idea-ology tag labels
tweezers or a pencil
baker’s twine
scissors

This easy no maintenance DIY terrarium is not only a snap to make, but it's also great for gifting! And because it's a faux DIY terrarium it will never die!

What to do:

Begin by twisting the ends of the two mushrooms together and up so they sit the desired height in the glass vial when placed inside.

Place a few small pebbles or stones in the bottom of the vial. Now add the mushrooms to the vial so the center of the stems are surrounded by the first layer of rocks. You can use tweezers to help you to position the mushrooms properly.

Now add some stone white gravel to the vial so it falls around the stems of the mushrooms. Add to desired height.

Next add some sand to the vial to suit.

This easy no maintenance DIY terrarium is a snap to make and is terrific for DIY wedding favors or stocking stuffer gifts! Learn how to make your own DIY terrarium now by clicking through to the tutorial at Soap Deli News blog!

Using your tweezers, add the reindeer moss to the vial. Position it around the mushrooms so the stems are no longer visible and the mushrooms appear to be growing out of the moss.

Finally, screw the lid onto your glass vial and the tag by tying it around the neck of the bottle with baker’s twine. And voilà, you’re done!

Note: You can buy these awesome little vials by the case at SKS Bottle & Packaging to easily make these a more cost effective DIY wedding favor gift or for bulk holiday stocking stuffer gifts. Don’t feel limited by the mushrooms and rocks though! You can customize your DIY terrariums in so many ways. Try using tiny fairies and glitter and stars for girls or any other exciting combination of materials.

You can also make these into magnets by using E6000 to glue a 1/4 x 1/16 neodymium magnet (also known as a rare earth magnet) to the back of each terrarium.

For more fabulous DIY terrarium ideas, be sure to follow my Terrarium Lust board on Pinterest. Or follow my Jonesing for Crafts Pinterest Board for more craft project ideas.

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Easy Marimo Moss Ball DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

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Learn how to make your own easy Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium! These tiny aquariums make a great home for tiny Japanese Marimo moss balls! Not only is each DIY light bulb aquarium super cute, but they are perfectly sized to sit at your desk to keep you company!

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

Customize your Marimo moss ball DIY light bulb aquarium to suit your personal style or make several for homemade gifts for friends and family!

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 D. Dillon

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 resin cabochons

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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or follow me on Blog Lovin’.

Santa’s Lump of Coal Soap Recipe

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Create your own DIY Santa's lump of coal soap with this easy homemade soap recipe to gift as a homemade gag stocking stuffer gift this Christmas.

Looking for a fun DIY gag gift for Christmas? Give this tutorial for Santa’s lump of coal soap recipe a try! It’s made with real charCOAL and combines both clear and white melt and pour soap bases for natural color changes that you don’t have to work hard to achieve. I also added a touch of 24K gold mica to mine for extra flair, however this is completely optional.

Learn how to make this DIY Christmas gag gift for Santa's lump of coal soap! This easy homemade soap recipe and tutorial is fun and easy to make and sure to please.

Santa’s Lump of Coal Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3.4 oz. white/opaque melt and pour soap base
4.2 oz. clear/transparent melt and
2 teaspoons activated charcoal powder
pinch or two of 24K gold sparkle mica or similar, optional
.22 oz. fragrance oil of choice, optional

Instructions:

For my Santa’s lump of coal soap recipe I used the same Tovolo King Silicone Ice Cube Tray I used for my DIY penguin Christmas ornaments. You can fill the cavities for this recipe to the top, half way or even 3/4 of the way depending on the size you want to use. Each cavity will hold approximately 3.8 oz. of melt and pour soap base. Therefore this recipe will completely fill two cavities in your mold.

Using a digital scale, weigh out your white and clear soap bases in the weights indicated in two separate glass Pyrex measuring cups. These will melt quickly in the microwave so watch them carefully to avoid overheating the soap to boiling.

Using a teaspoon measure, measure out one teaspoon of activated charcoal for each container of soap. Whisk into the soap using a fork. Now weigh out and add the fragrance oil you’re using if desired. You can use up to .12 oz. of fragrance oil for the 4.2 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base and up to .1 oz. of fragrance oil by weight for the white melt and pour soap base.

Whisk again to fully incorporate.

Make this Santa's Lump of Coal Soap Recipe as an easy and fun DIY gag gift for Christmas!

You’re now ready to pour the soap. Pour the containers of soap into the molds alternately which soap you are pouring. So if you want four lump of coal soaps, you would pour part of the charcoal colored clear melt and pour soap base into four of the mold cavities. Follow with some of the charcoal colored white melt and pour soap based immediately on top of the soap you just poured. Repeat until you’ve poured all of the soap base.

Now scrape any remaining melt and pour soap base that has started to solidify and stuck to the sides of your Pyrex measuring cups using a fork. Drop these scrapings into the soap you’ve poured. If desired add a tiny pinch of gold or silver mica to each soap filled cavity to suit. Alternately you could also add a pinch of fine jet black, gold or silver glitter. Allow the soap to cool and solidify.

Learn how to make this DIY Christmas gag gift for Santa's lump of coal soap! This easy homemade soap recipe and tutorial is fun and easy to make and sure to please.

Once your soaps have solidified unmold from the ice cube tray. Now using a potato peeler carve the squared off edges around the soap as desired. And there you go!

If desired you can also take your shavings and place them in a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave for a few seconds then mold the slightly sticky, but not completely melted, soap shavings into oval shapes for more lumps of coal soap!

Now package the soaps as desired and then tuck them inside the recipients’ stockings on Christmas Eve.

It is important to note that these soaps can stain washcloths and other fabrics.

For more of my homemade soap recipes be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here. You can also follow my boards on Pinterest to discover some of my favorite homemade soap recipes, beauty DIY’s and holiday craft projects from around the web. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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.

Men’s Homemade Tobacco Caramel & Whiskey Soap Recipe

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DIY Men's Homemade Tobacco Caramel and Whiskey Soap Recipe made using real whiskey!

I’ve had a homemade whiskey soap recipe on my to do list for quite some time but it took me a while to decided how to execute it. In the end I settled on using real whiskey in a hand milled soap recipe rather than attempting mixing lye with a high percentage of alcohol for safety reasons. Combined with a tobacco caramel fragrance oil, this men’s whiskey soap recipe creates a very masculine scented homemade soap. The scent reminds me of a grandfather’s aftershave and definitely of bygone days. It’s also perfectly suited for any gentleman with dry or maturing skin.

This hand milled whiskey soap recipe is quite simple to create and is ready almost immediately making it a wonderful homemade gift idea for Christmas and Father’s Day. (Yes, I’m always thinking ahead.) In fact I’ll be gifting some of these to my own dad. Here’s the recipe.

DIY Whiskey and Tobacco Caramel Hand Milled Soap Recipe for Men

Hand Milled Caramel Tobacco & Whiskey Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

24 oz. unscented cold process soap, grated
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. walnut oil
2.25 oz. whiskey
.85 oz. Tobacco Caramel fragrance oil
.25 oz. pumpkin seed oil
1 Tablespoon marshmallow root powder
1 Tablespoon bronze mica powder, or less if starting with white soap (optional)

Instructions:

I used my own unscented goat milk soap for the cold process soap that is called for in this recipe. If you’d like to use the same soap as I did you can find that homemade goat milk soap recipe here. I also used the same basic round silicone soap mold that I’ve used for many of my other recipes. However you can use your own existing molds. The final recipe yields approximately six 5 oz. bars.

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the grated soap, shea butter, cocoa butter and whiskey. Combine in a large pot over low heat on the stove. Mix occasionally until all ingredients are melted together then allow to “simmer” a bit longer to burn off all of the alcohol from the whiskey.

Now weigh out the walnut and pumpkin seed oils and stir into the mixture.

Next, use measuring spoons to measure out the marshmallow root powder and bronze mica. Stir into the soap until completely incorporated.

Finally, weigh out the fragrance and stir into the melted soap. Remove from heat and quickly spoon the soap into all of the mold cavities and set aside to cool.

Once the soaps have hardened gently remove them from the mold and allow to air dry for a few days so they may harden a bit further, then wrap – I wrapped mine in plastic food service film – and label as desired.

Printable Mountain Range Soap Label

If you like this homemade men’s soap recipe, be sure to try my other homemade soap recipes designed just for men: Seriously Sexy Hand Milled Soap Recipe, Hand Milled Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Soap RecipeGame on Soap Recipe for Men, Men’s Ferocious & Fantastic Soap Recipe with Printable Labels, Natural Mountain Man Detox Soap Recipe with Printable Labels, Deodorizing Cedarwood & Baking Soda Soap Recipe, Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Soap Recipe and Patchouli Granola Crunch Soap Recipe.

For even more homemade soap recipes and other diy skin care products for men that you can make yourself, be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body and Father’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest boards. To keep up with all of my new posts and recipes you can follow Soap Deli News via Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.