Holiday Stocking Stuffer Ideas – Unique Gifts You Can Craft

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It’s hard to believe that Saturday is the first day of October. Not only that but it’s bringing some much cooler temps along with it! We’re dropping from the high 70s into the low 50s for a Saturday high. So of course it has me dying to pull out my fall wardrobe and get a head start on shopping for the holidays. If you’re the crafty sort like me, I’m sure you’ve already started thinking – or maybe even making – things for your fellow friends and family for gifts and stocking stuffers. Should you still be hunting for ideas for unique stocking stuffers you can craft, here are two of my latest favorites I’ve run across.
Moustache Keychain Tutorial from Katrinshine
Mustaches have been a huge trend for several long years now and I’m not sure it’s a trend that plans to die anytime soon. So perhaps we can bag the mustache trend as more of a tradition – a sort of theme for the hipster that refuses to ever die. If you’re a die hard mustache fan, or know someone else who is, this Mustache Keychain is the perfect gift for his or her Christmas stocking! The project is inexpensive and rather simple if you can manage a basic machine stitch and the step by step tutorial can be found over at Katrinshine Blog.
How to Make a Wallet Out of an Old Cowboy Boot from Poppytalk
Men like to hold on to things they love. Underwear. T-shirts. Regardless of how raggedy it becomes or how many holes it touts, it’s still perfect to them. That’s why it’s up to us women to save them. Don’t let your man be like my man and hang on to his sad, dying Family Guy Velcro wallet with the huge hole in the bottom any longer. Craft him a new one for his Christmas stocking and force him to retire the old wallet once he realizes the pure genius of the new one you’ve just gifted him with. This gorgeous leather wallet (pictured above) is constructed from an old, recycled cowboy boot. (Think thrift store and your crafty nature will reward your own wallet and not just your man.) This handmade cowboy boot wallet tutorial created by Jepson LeatherGoods can be found over at Poppytalk Blog.
Looking for crafty stocking stuffer ideas specifically for her? Be sure to check out the Bath & Body Stocking Stuffer Round Up on Soap Deli News Blog for tutorials on making holiday candles in travel tins, lip balms, candy cane sugar scrub, handmade soaps, bath bombs, and a locket filled with solid perfume.

How to Make Soap (In Pictures!)

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Recently I decided I’d share my soapmaking process with you. I’ve had a written tutorial up for some time, but there have never been any photos to go with it. So Sunday I made several batches of a Red Currant scented shea butter soap and had my mom take photos!
Now you can get a up close and personal view of what it’s like to make soap! I’ve posted the entire album on the facebook fan page for Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can view the album here. I hope you enjoy seeing the process of making the actual soap. Of course after making the soap, there’s the umolding, the cutting, the curing, the wrapping, and finally the labeling. But that’s a whole other album!

How to Make Handmade Cold Process Soaps

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Handmade soap is gentler on skin because it’s made with natural ingredients, not synthetic ingredients found in most commercial soaps whose sole purpose is to create a foam or lather. Because of this many individuals who can’t use commercial soap, and have turned to using only handmade soaps.

I first got into soapmaking because I was buying handmade soaps on a regular basis to satisfy my finicky skin. I soon discovered that soapmaking is quite addictive. Though it has grown more costly over the years since I first started making soap, if you don’t mind making soap in bulk, you’ll find it’s worth the expense for the sake of your skin. Plus, you can save money by using your handmade soaps to create your own laundry detergent.

How to Make Handmade Cold Process Soap

Making soap with lye can be a little scary at first. I know it took me over a year to get up the nerve to try my first batch of cold process soap. But once you get the hang of it you’ll wonder why you ever worried in the first place!

Because it’s been such a long time – over two years – since I posted my Cold Process Soapmaking Tutorial and Handmade Soap Recipes I thought I’d share them with you again in one collective post. Don’t stop here though. Remember, research is the key to not only making soap properly, but to creating your own custom recipes as well.

And, if you’re looking for a great place to buy organic soapmaking oils and ingredients, I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs.

Getting started.

Cold Process Soap Recipes.

How to Make Handmade Cold Process Soap

Not quite ready to take the cold process soapmaking plunge but still want to make soap? I also have a small collection of handmilled soap recipes and melt and pour soap recipes you can try.

Handmade Natural Rosemary Mint Soap

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I have two new soaps curing. I made these last week. Both are Rosemary Mint. However, one is just a plain jane bar scented with rosemary mint fragrance and sprinkled with rosemary leaves. The other is a special, very limited edition shampoo and body bar created for my friend Leah. It’s scented with rosemary mint but then also has natural rosemary, peppermint and tea tree oils added. It’s my regular olive oil and shea butter recipe but with unscented, luxury goat milk soap balls added for extra love.
The shampoo and body bar is awesome if you are prone to acne or suffer from seborrheic dermatitis. I used essential oils known to help aid in the relief of these problems.

Rosemary essential oil is used often for aching muscles, arthritis, dandruff, hair care, and poor circulation. While tea tree oil is great for acne, oily skin and even athlete’s foot and cold sores. It’s touted as being anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Peppermint essential oil is often used forĀ  skin irritation and itchiness as well as dermatitis and acne. So the three make a great combination for scalp and skin care. Look for these soaps at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen in about three weeks.

In the meantime, you can craft a new soap dish while you’re waiting. Fiskars has a simple diy tutorial for making jewelry dishes, but with a hole or two in the bottom of the dish, and maybe some feet, you can convert these fun polymer clay dishes into a home for your favorite soaps.

A special limited edition Bayberry Shea Butter Soap.

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Yesterday my niece, Maddie, and I made a batch of Bayberry scented glycerin soap with orange, hot toddy scented cold process soap balls inside. Maddie is in kindergarten.
Here Maddie is mixing the all natural, glycerin soap base as it melts. She also stirred in the bayberry fragrance.
Maddie is carefully adding the orange soap balls to the poured soap.
I help pull Maddie’s hair back as she places the orange soap balls so her hair doesn’t get in the soap.

The completed soap after I unmolded it and cut it into bars.

This limited edition handmade, Glycerin Bayberry Shea Butter Soap is the perfect scent for the Christmas holiday! The decorative yellow and orange soap is scented with a blend of bayberry, lavender, fir needle, clove and camphor melded into a balsam base. Bayberry is a unisex scent making it suitable for both men and women. It is strongly scented so you are left with a light fragrance on your skin afterward. This soap rinses cleanly away and is all natural except for the fragrance. Made from an all natural, glycerin shea butter soap base, this soap contains orange balls of cold process, shea butter Hot Toddy Soap.