Showing posts with label crafty gifts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crafty gifts. Show all posts

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Teacher gift ideas like cute printables to go with flowers, sticky note holders and bath bombs

If you are looking for easy, DIY gift ideas for teachers, you are in the right place!

If you have friends who are teachers you probably know: they have no shortage of mugs.

With the popularity of reusable plastic straw cups, most of them have started growing quite a collection of those as well.

So what's an appreciative family to do?

Most of us agree that we want to give our teachers something they will both like and actually use. 

Here are 21+ ideas for DIY teacher gifts that they are sure to love. There's a big variety here including things that are inexpensive, upcycled, personalized and more.

I'm sure you'll find the perfect DIY teacher gift idea for Christmas, the first day back to school, the end of school or just because!
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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Outdoor Jenga

If you have ever wanted to make a giant Jenga style yard game, you're in the right place!

This jumbo Jenga project had been on my list for two years - since my husband and I played it at an outdoor bar and decided we needed a giant Jenga yard game set for our house, too. 

But you know how life goes: first we forgot about it.

Then when we remembered we were like, "Oh yeah, let's make that giant jenga game soon!" 

And then "soon" turned into another year. 

Whoops! It's finally done, though. 

Giant jenga (or as some might call it life size jenga) is the perfect yard game to play outside at BBQs, picnics or family get togethers! 

It's a great beginner woodworking project and it's super affordable, too (less than 10!). It also makes a great gift for outdoor, BBQ and tail gating enthusiasts.
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Monday, July 1, 2019

Kids Play Tent Project

When my first blog was in its infancy, one of my most popular projects was a DIY kids play tent. 

That project and those (terrible) photos are long gone now but I still love a good play tent!

When I was sent a review copy of Upcycling Outdoors by Max McMurdo, I saw his take on a play tent using pallet wood and fell in love with it.

I invited Max to come teach you guys how he made his awesome DIY pallet project into kids glamping tent!

Check out Max's tutorial below and then be sure to pick up a copy of his book, Upcycling Outdoors. You can find it at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Easy DIY pallet project

Carissa

Upcycling isn’t just for adults – in fact being creative with junk really brings out the child in me!

When I was growing up I’m pretty sure I spent my entire school holidays building dens.

The joy of this design is that you can create a magical space in your garden or a den for the kids using just two identical pallets, some fabric or a bed sheet, a hammer, and nails.

The joy of using pallets the same size is that the wood is already the right length so you don’t even need to cut anything!

That means you can get the kids involved.

What could be better than helping your children create their own teepee out of reclaimed materials and then watching them make it their own, enjoying the great outdoors with their friends.

Of course, if you’re a big kid like me you might consider creating a larger, adult-sized teepee using more than two pallets and a couple of bed sheets.

To add a real magical sense of fairytale glamour, dress it up with lots of scatter cushions, some soft throws and a string of battery operated lights.
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Mermaid inspired DIY bath bombs

These delightful mermaid-inspired bath fizzy sprinkles are easier to make than a bath bomb but just as fun to use!

Instead of having to make sure your moisture balance is just right for packing the bath bombs into molds, the fizzy bath sprinkles get the same bath-time effect but with less work and a larger margin of error.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

AvoBath Inspired Lush Bath Bomb recipe - make it with or without soap coloring to make your homemade bath bombs your desired color

Lush is highly regarded as the makers of some of the best bath bomb recipes. This recipe will teach you how to make bath bombs with avocado and essential oils just like the AvoBath bath bombs at Lush!

The official Lush bath bomb recipe is a little different (and of course top secret!). We do know that they use avocado and extra virgin olive oil along with bergamot and lemongrass scent.

These homemade bath bombs use avacado along with coconut oil and essential oils that still capture the same scent profile as the Lush AvoBath recipe. 

Rumor has it that the real Lush bath bomb recipe uses rosewood essential oil. Even at my favorite provider of essential oils for bath bombs, it's really expensive!

To make our DIY Lush bath bomb recipe more affordable, we use the Love essential oil blend.  It still uses bergamot and other yummy citrus oils. We also add in lemongrass oil for that fresh, avo bath scent.

I start with lower amounts of essential oils in my DIY bath bombs so that they are safe for everybody. If you love a really strong scent to your homemade bath bombs and you know you don't have sensitive skin, go ahead and add more! Sniff and adjust as you go!

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Friday, April 12, 2019

How to grow wheat berry grass to have living easter basket grass

We started a tradition of growing our own Easter basket grass from wheat berries about six years ago. I hate plastic Easter grass and needed an eco-friendly alternative. We had been using shredded green paper but this real Easter grass (AKA wheatgrass) is super easy to grow in about seven days. The best part? When you are done with Easter, the wheatgrass is edible! 

To eat the wheatgrass, blend it into smoothie, run it through your juicer or feed it to your pet rabbit or chickens! Growing wheatgrass is really easy and makes your Easter baskets look extra fancy. Plus there's no waste, so it's an eco-friendly win all around!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

How to make an envelope for a card from a cereal box

Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft! If you want to learn how to make an envelope from materials you already have at home, I'm your girl!

This fun tutorial will teach you how to fold an envelope from an empty food box. Your kids and tweens will love learning the secret of envelope making from trash!

This DIY envelope is perfect for brightening someone's day by sending snail mail...or a fabulous custom Valentine card!

Or Mother's Day!

Or Christmas!

OR what about Earth Day? How fitting! I think we should all start sending Earth Day cards made from recycled materials. Who's with me?

You can learn how to make an envelope that's just the right size for a card with any paper board (or lightweight cardboard) food box.

Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, you name it - the inside of a paper board food box is perfect for decorating and doodling on.
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Monday, December 24, 2018

Bath bomb recipe with activated charcoal

So you want to learn how to make black bath bombs? Want to make your bath water black? I've got you!

Last year, black bath bombs blew up on Instagram (check out black bath bombs on Instagram here).

For the most part, black bath bombs are made black by their use of activated charcoal rather than black dye or soap coloring.

Activated charcoal has been used in traditional health care settings as something you take internally (you swallow it!) to help poisoning or overdose for basically forever (learn more about medical use of activated charcoal here).


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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Cake Mix Bath Bombs with essential oils and sprinkles

Bath bombs make a wonderful Christmas gift! Luckily, learning how to make bath bombs at home isn't hard!

This Christmas bath bomb recipe features some yummy smelling essential oils. It might just end up becoming your favorite bath bomb recipe yet!

These DIY bath bombs smell like a vanilla cake topped with candy canes! Of course, you can use whichever essential oils you prefer for your homemade bath bombs but I especially love how these smell together!


You could even make this a family project. Make some bath bombs with your kids for winter break. They make lovely gifts and will make you kids look forward to bath time!

Tell the Lush bath bomb recipes to move over - this yummy cake mix inspired bath bomb recipe is the bomb!
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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Teacup succulent planter that looks like a swan - swan craft

A partridge in a pear tree? Four calling birds? Seven swans-a-swimming?

Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to give all the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas?

Today I am partnering with PNC to bring you this post and the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® to help you find out!

This year, PNC is also partnering with bloggers to bring you modern takes on the classic 12 Days of Christmas gifts.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Goose applique on a blanket with a ruffle - easy farmhouse style upcycled blanket project

Have you ever wondered what the true cost of all the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas would be?

Today I am partnering with PNC to bring you this post and the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® to help you find out!

This year, PNC is also partnering with bloggers to bring you modern takes on the classic 12 Days of Christmas gifts.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Best gift ideas for creative tweens & teens

Have you been racking your brain trying to find tween gift ideas?

Your daughter, friend or niece is the creative type. She sews, doodles, makes friendship bracelets, knits, crochets, adores washi tape and glitter - or maybe she just aspires to those things. 

If you know a creative girl in her tweens or early teens, she will love all of these gift ideas!

Whether you need a crafty birthday gift idea or something to put under the Christmas tree, all of these creative gift ideas will have her making and creating instead of getting sucked into screen time.

Whatever her favorite crafting medium is, here are the best gift ideas that every crafty teen or tween is sure to love!

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(Need a gift for someone else? From four year old boys to dads, I've got a gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for anyone! 
Click here to see all the Creative Green Living gift guides)
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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Bubblegum scented DIY bath bomb recipe inspired by Lush
Looking for a Lush inspired bath bomb recipe that's perfect for your kids? 

You're in the right place!

Learning how to make bath bombs isn't hard to do and the results are magical! Let me show you how to make a fun bath fizzy that smells great and is perfect for gift giving.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Easy bath bomb recipe - the best basic bath bomb recipe to learn how to make bath bombs for kids

Are your kids obsessed with bath bombs? I can teach you how to make bath bombs for kids!

This easy bath bomb recipe features simple ingredients and teaches you how to put toys inside bath bombs as well! Fun!

Some DIY bath bomb recipes include essential oils that aren't kid safe. This super simple DIY bath bomb recipe is the perfect plain, basic bath bomb.

If you are comfortable using essential oils on your kids, you can try a soothing kid-safe oil like this Organic Lavender Essential Oil from Rocky Mountain Oils, which is a kid safe oil that promotes relaxation.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Adorable kawaii unicorn craft project - turn an empty jar into a rainbow unicorn. It's the perfect unicorn gift for your friend obsessed with unicorn stuff!
If you love rainbow unicorns, you will LOVE this adorable kawaii unicorn craft!

Hi Creative Green Living friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a super fun kawaii unicorn craft with you. Rainbow unicorns are the most magical creatures. So, of course when looking for inspiration for my latest recycled craft, I went in a kawaii unicorn direction.

Inspired by the magical rainbow unicorn, and this unicorn mason jar succulent planter takes the prize for "most coveted" of unicorn crafts. It would make the perfect gift for your friend obsessed with unicorn stuff. 

Hosting a unicorn party? Make a bunch of these rainbow unicorn mason jar planters and use them as party decorations. They double as the perfect unicorn party favor!

This project is easy to make in an afternoon and a fun craft for tweens and teens. Absolutely adorable, and when you see how simple it is, you'll be kawaii unicorn crazy, too!

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

DIY Glass Water Bottle - how to upcycle a Voss water glass bottle into something beautiful

I had no idea when I first wrote about the recycled glass water bottle project I made as a gift for my sister in 2013, that it would be so popular!

To date, more than 265,000 people have come to my website to read this tutorial! WOW!
I'm thrilled that so many of you have loved my DIY water bottle project.

This tutorial will allow you to transform an empty Voss Water glass bottle into a beautiful work of art. I will teach you how to take a glass water bottle that would otherwise be discarded and upgrade it into a beautiful, etched glass water bottle that can be used over and over and over again!

This etched glass water bottle makes a great gift. My DIY water bottle project is also infinitely customizable to make it just right for your recipient.
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Friday, June 1, 2018

How to make a DIY doctor play set for kids

So your kid wants a doctor play set. Whether its for Christmas or their birthday, who wouldn't love their own kids doctor kit with real working tools? 

I made this toy doctor kit for my son for Christmas six years ago now and we somehow miraculously still have most of the pieces. That's one of the great things about making your own doctor play set -- real stuff is durable and will be able to last long enough to be handed down.
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

How to make green tea bath bombs with essential oils - even better than Lush
If you've been near a Lush store, you have probably figured out that bath bombs are all the rage.

These giant fizzing balls release ingredients that feel nice on your skin and can have other therapeutic properties. 

This particular bath bomb recipe features green tea along with lemongrass and lavender essential oils. These three ingredients together are great for helping you relax achy muscles especially if you have had a hard day gardening or working out. Just draw a hot bath, add your bath bomb and relax.
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Monday, April 30, 2018

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How to make bath bombs - even better than Lush bath bombs

If you are looking for the best bath bomb recipes, you are in the right place! 

If you are addicted to Lush bath bombs, why not save some money and learn how to make bath bombs at home? Most of these bath bomb recipes make multiple bath bombs, so keep some for yourself and give some as gifts! 

Bath bombs make an easy DIY gift idea that everyone loves!

Who wouldn't love a little bath fizzy that you can drop in your bath tub to make bubbles, soothe your skin and make you smell good? 
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Monday, April 2, 2018

How to make a body scrub at home - ideas for homemade sugar scrubs, salt scrubs and coffee scrubs  #creativegreenliving #giftideas


Have you been wanting to learn how to make sugar scrub? It's so easy to make a great homemade sugar scrub with ingredients you already have in your cabinet. 

Making your own scrubs also lets you avoid the sketchy ingredients in some store bought body care products (parabens and phthalates and synthetic fragrances, oh my!).

Try making your own DIY sugar scrub, salt scrub or coffee scrub with this collection of homemade recipes. Or try all three! 

Body scrubs are super easy to make and make great gifts. I've collected more than 20 tried-and-true body scrub recipes from my favorite bloggers to share with you here - including my own peppermint sugar scrub recipe that went viral last Christmas!

If you are looking for high quality essential oils to use in your scrubs, be sure to check out Rocky Mountain Oils - their oils are high quality, reasonably priced and you always get free shipping (even if you just buy one bottle!). 

I also love that they release the GCMS test results for every batch of oil they produce - this is something that DoTerra and YoungLiving consider proprietary information!

But now what you came here for!
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