DIY

Our Wedding Card Box

DIY Card Box

When I started thinking about our wedding reception must-haves (like the centerpieces, guestbooks and of course the card box), I realized that I’m incredibly picky. As far as a card box was concerned, I couldn’t find anything that I was happy with – not that there aren’t plenty of lovely ones out there, they just weren’t my style. So, I decided I wanted to DIY one, preferably from an old wooden box or crate, so that I could continue to use it beyond it’s card-holding duties at the wedding. So, we haunted antique and salvage stores for a few weekends until I found something that was the shape and size I wanted.  I’m so happy with how this box turned out. We found the old tool box for at a local architectural salvage shop and paid $10 for it. Then we brought it home and just prettied it up.

Here’s the before photo:

Salvaged Wooden Toolbox

As you can see the wooden crate had some water damage along the bottom and therefore needed a good amount of sanding. But all in all, it didn’t require too much work. Here’s a rundown of what we did to the thing:

  • Removed hinges
  • Sanded it down with a palm sander, inside and out
  • Wiped off any remaining sawdust and gave it two coats of wood stain, inside and out
  • Replaced hinges

DIY Wedding Card Box

I also created a little banner that, obviously, spelled “CARDS” across the front of the crate. To make that I used:

  • Wooden letters, purchased at Michaels craft store
  • Ivory spray paint
  • jute twine
  • hot glue & hot glue gun

After spray painting each letter, I used a glue gun to affix them to the twine, and tied each end of the twine onto either side of the crate so that the letters would hang nicely across the front of the box.

Salvaged Crate into Wedding Card Box

I was really pleased with how it turned out. It served its purpose quite well at the reception, and fit right in to the rustic barn setting. And the best part is that we can just remove the CARDS banner and continue to use the crate for whatever we want. I think one day it will look perfect in my dream house bedroom, filled with throw blankets…  :)

kimberly

DIY, Soap

DIY Lavender Soap

DIY Lavender Soap

If you’re looking for a quick and easy homemade gift, soap is a great solution. I made these lavender soap for my bridesmaids to include in the gift bags I gave them the night before the wedding. It’s so easy to make, but makes an excellent gift because it’s home made, which I think always gives a gift a special touch.

You will need:

Goat’s Milk Soap Base (2lbs or more)

Soap Mold (any shape, I chose a simple rectangle)

Bunch Dried Lavender (mine came from my wedding florists’ shop!)

Lavender Essential Oil

Double Boiler (I don’t have an actual double boiler, I just created one by resting a bowl inside of a pot with very little water in it)

Soap Colorant (optional)

Lavender Soap Ingredients

Directions:

Cut your soap into small cubes and melt it over medium-low heat in a double boiler. Once the soap has melted completely, remove from heat and stir in your colorant (optional), dried lavender (I used about a handful/maybe two tablespoons worth), and lavender essential oil (about 4 drops), and stir. Pour the soap mixture into your molds and let them cool completely. Once the soap has hardened completely in the mold,  just press the mold and the soap should come right out. *It is normal for the dried lavender to float to the top of the soap.

Lavender Soaps

I used the colorant for some of the bars, for others I did not (one I even did half and half). I also wrapped the bars tightly in plastic wrap to keep them fresh until I was ready to gift them. However, because of the organic ingredients (lavender) the soap won’t keep forever, so use or gift it sooner, rather than later.

Radar sniffing lavender soap

Sometimes I think if I could quit everything and make soap, I would (although I say that about a lot of crafty things). I don’t think Radar would mind.

Let me know if you try making your own soap!

kimberly

DIY

DIY // Bridesmaid Survival Kits

I’m going to be a bridesmaid!

Bridesmaid Survival Kit

One of my very best friends, and one of MY bridesmaids, Marisa, recently got engaged (yay!), and a week or so after hearing the news, myself and her other bridesmaids received our own pinterest-inspired bridesmaid survival kits. Totally fun and a totally cute idea, right? I thought they were great so I wanted to share them here.

Inside the Bridesmaid Survival Kit

Marisa bought plastic storage boxes and decorated the bottom of them with decorative shelf liner paper cut to size. Glittery silver sticker-letters spell out “Bridesmaid Survial Kit” on the lid of the box. She mentioned to me that she had trouble getting the stickers to stick on their own, so she modge-podged them. She also included a cute “Got the guy, need my girls” card with the box.

Bridesmaid Survival Kit Essentials

Inside the kit are all of the essentials to keep any bridesmaid looking their best on the big day including:

  • lip balm
  • tissues
  • hair elastics
  • calming lavender-scented lotion
  • pain reliever tablets
  • face blotting sheets (to take away any sweaty oily-ness)
  • lint roller
  • nail polish top coat
  • breath mints
  • bobby pins
  • band aid
  • spray-on wrinkle remover
  • hand sanitizer
  • makeup remover wipes
  • vitamin C tablets
  • and a nip of alcohol :)

All the essentials! I loved the kit – and Marisa might be seeing some similar stuff in her bridesmaid gift a few months from now…

Can’t wait to be a bridesmaid next year!

kimberly

DIY

DIY Lip Scrub with Coconut Oil, Brown Sugar and Vitamin E

 DIY Lip Scrub

Even as the winter weather has disappeared and we are experiencing some 70 degree days here in the Northeast, my lips still get a bit dry and chapped. Thankfully, I found that it’s pretty easy to make your own lip scrub at home, to help slough off any dead or dry skin and reveal softer smoother lips underneath. Hallelujah! I used a mixture of brown sugar (to exfoliate) and coconut oil and vitamin E oil (to moisturize and provide some antioxidants and extra lip protection!)

 Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (substitute olive oil if you don’t have vitamin E oil)

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until the coconut oil softens and all ingredients are well blended. Store your scrub in a small jar and keep it in the refrigerator. Should last a few weeks.

I basically played with the proportions until I got a consistency that I liked. So, play around and see what you like best! I only had a tiny jar to fill, but if you want to make more, just increase the amounts of each ingredient. You could also include some essential oils or other vitamins.

To Use:

Take a dab of the scrub on your finger and rub it on your lips in a circular motion to exfoliate. Scrub, scrub, scrub. Then, remove any excess with a damp cloth (…or you could just lick it off…). Then, apply a moisturizing lip balm or some Vaseline to your lips to lock in moisture.  Then, enjoy your softer, smoother lips!

kimberly

DIY

DIY Lavender Spray

Lavender

First off, I love the smell of lavender. I recently received a lavender bundle from our wedding florist, and while I was creating my own little potpourri bowl, I got to thinking about the other things I could do with the stuff. I’m thinking: lavender soap. lavender sachets, lavender cookies…

But first, I thought I could at least incorporate the smell into my daily life by using some of my recently purchased lavender essential oil to whip up this easy and refreshing lavender spray.

Lavendar Spray in Bottle

I spritz this in my hair when it needs a bit of refreshing – generally when I’m working with day 2 hair and my curls are a little flat or kinda frizzy. Lavender is great for use in a refreshing hair spray because it has natural cleansing properties, it can help heal dry skin and dandruff, and can stimulate blood circulation on your scalp (and I know I need that, because I want my hair to freakin’ grow!). Add to that the nice scent (with its natural calming effects), all of the other benefits of lavender, and the fact that the spray it’s super easy to make, and we’ve got a winner.

Ingredients:

Lavendar Essential Oil

Directions:

Fill a pot with the water, cover and bring to a boil on high heat. Once it’s boiling, turn the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour to purify. Be sure to check occasionally – you don’t want your water to just boil away! After one hour, remove the water from the heat, and stir in the essential oil. Replace lid and let steep until cool. Pour the mixture into spray bottles and you’re done. Be sure to store your spray in a cool, dry place.

You can use this spray on your hair, like I do, but you can also spray it on linens or clothes to give them that refreshing and soothing lavender scent, you can spritz it on your face, or you can use it as a room deodorizer. I might spray some on my dog, too. ha!

Lavendar Spray

What would you do with your lavender spray?

Recipe adapted from Curly Girl: The Handbook.

kimberly

DIY, Inspiration

Inspiration Sunday // 3 DIYs

Pretty lazy weekend. D isn’t feeling too good lately, I hope I don’t catch whatever he’s got!

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes

Felt Flowers

Printable Valentines Wrapping Paper

1.// Delicious looking Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes from Baked by Rachel. 2.// Felt Flowers Tutorial (and a bunch of uses for them!) from Pretty Petals. 3.// Printable Valentines Day Wrapping Paper from Minieco.