Month: August 2015

How to Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls

Wool dryer balls are not a new concept.  You can buy them online, and in many stores…but why not make your own since it is so easy to do?

DIY Dryer Ball Tutorial

You may be thinking, what are the benefits to dryer balls?  I love to use dryer sheets!  

There are many!  Some of the benefits include: reducing the chemicals you use on your clothes, reduce the drying time in your dryer, reduces static in your laundry and prevents wrinkles!  For me, that was enough to try them out…and now that I have, I can add another benefit to the list, they are pretty sitting in this cute little basket on top of your dryer. 🙂

I have to admit, it’s only been in the past year that I have truly paid attention to the chemicals that are in the products we use for skincare, cleaning, laundry, etc.  It’s been eyeopening to realize the chemicals that are in the things we use every single day without thinking about it (and how bad they are for your!)  These wool dryer balls are just another of the many ways that I can put my essential oils to good use.  

How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

DIY Dryer Ball Supplies

Supplies Needed:

  • 100% wool yarn (1 skein makes about 2 dryer balls slightly larger than tennis balls)
  • Pantyhose
  • Crochet hook
  • Essential Oils (click here to learn more about the essential oils I use)

1. Start by wrapping the yarn around your index and middle finger approximately 10 times.

DIY Dryer Balls

2.  Slide the looped yarn off your fingers and wrap yarn around the center of the loops to start to form the ball.

DIY Dryer Balls

3. Continue to evenly create the ball.

DIY Dryer Balls

4. Once the ball is the size you desire, use the crochet hook to pull the end of yarn through the ball to secure.

I prefer a dryer ball to be slightly larger than a tennis ball, but it is completely personal preference.

DIY Dyer Balls

5. Slide the yarn balls into your pantyhose and tie them very securely into a “caterpillar shape.”

Note it is very important that you tie it securely.  I did not do this on one of my sets, and it came completely unwound in the washer.  I definitely learned my lesson the hard way!IMG_4208

6. Wash your dryer balls in the hot water setting, and dry them in the hottest dry cycle to “felt them.”  Take them out of the pantyhose.  You only need to use the pantyhose the first time to fuse them.

7.  Add a drop of essential oil to each dryer ball before you use it.  I love to use lavender!  Just toss them in the dryer with your clothes.Wool Dryer Balls

A little more info on these wood dryer balls.

  • They last for years!  You can reuse them over and over and they only become more felted, which is good!
  • You need 2-4 for small loads and 4-6 for large heavy loads (such as jeans or towels).  Generally speaking, the more you use, the more it will speed up the drying process.

Enjoy!  Let me know if you have any questions about these in the comments.  I hope that you love these wool dryer balls as much as I do!

xoxo,
Jess

 

 

Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe

Homemade Sugar Scrub

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good homemade sugar scrub.  In the past I have spent big bucks on buying this exfoliating product that leaves your skin feeling oh so soft.  Typically the brands I used to buy were $30-40 a jar!  What if I told you, you could make the same thing for just a few bucks, in BULK!?  These are perfect for gifts and you can make them with your favorite essential oils.  Are you interested in learning more about essential oils?  Check out this page for more info!  You can use any essential oil…I’ve tried Peace & Calming, Lavender and Orange – all are awesome!

You may be wondering…can you use salt for the scrub too?  You certainly can, but sugar is less abrasive on the skin, so I would recommend the sugar scrub, rather than the salt scrub

Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe

What you will need:

  • 2.5 cups of sugar
  • 8 oz of grapeseed oil (or almond oil)
  • 30 drops of your favorite essential oil – lavender is my favorite!
  • 4 half pint mason jars
  • Wooden Scoops – perfect for scooping out your salts when you want to use them!
  • A cute label for the jar 🙂 – always a cute touch if you are giving them as gifts!

1.  Mix all the ingredients in a big glass bowl.

2.  Adjust the ratio as needed.  If you would like your scrub more “liquid like” add more of you carrier oil.  If it seems too “liquid like,” add more sugar to thicken the mixture.

3.  Give as gifts or pamper yourself!  This homemade sugar scrub is a great exfoliator that is just like what you are used to buying in the stores for a fraction of the cost!

What essential oils do you like to use in your sugar scrubs?  Comment below, I would love to hear from you! 🙂

xoxo,
Jess

Easy Geometric DIY Canvas Art Tutorial

Do you ever have blank spots on your wall that you are just dying to fill?  I definitely do. Which is why I started to think up ideas for DIY canvas art for my brand new craft room!  But, if you’re like me, you don’t want to fill them with just anything to use the space.  I always like to find things (or make things) that are meaningful to me.  When I finished my renovating my craft room at our house (future blog post to come on that project :)), I had a bunch of very purple and very empty walls to fill.  I wanted to make sure that I started filling it with pieces that meant something to me, rather than just finding a good deal on something I sort of enjoy.  That is where the idea of this DIY canvas art came from.  This is another one of my thrifty DIY projects!  You can make this DIY canvas art, for just about $10 in any size or color to match your decor.

Geometric DIY Canvas Art


Supplies Needed:

  • Blank canvas in the size of your choice (mine is 12″ x 12″)
  • Exacto knife
  • 1 piece of 12″ x 12″ cardstock in the color of your choice
  • A stencil for the shape you want to cut out
  • Paint & paintbrush if you want the canvas to be a color other than white
  • Glue

1. Pick out the pattern/shape you would like to cut out

I found this fun geometric pattern and thought it would pop really well with the contrasting colors.

2. Create a stencil to use as a guide

I used my Silhouette Cameo to create a stencil out of cardstock.  You don’t need a Silhouette to do this project.  You can always find a stencil at the store or make one yourself by cutting a shape of your choice out in cardstock.

3. Use the stencil to trace the shape you want to cut out on the back side of the canvas

4. Cut out the stenciled shape with the exacto knife

5. Optional step – paint the canvas the color of your choice

6. Paste the colored cardstock on the back side of the canvas

7. Hang your DIY Canvas Art on the wall of your choice!

That’s it!  You’ve got yourself a DIY canvas art piece for under $10, and an evening of cutting.  You can find a design that is as intricate or not as you want.  This is about as complicated as I decided to go.  If you look close, the cuts are not perfect, but it definitely makes a statement on the wall regardless.

xoxo,
Jess