Pretty Gemstone Soap DIY!

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DIY Gemstone Soap!

One of my favorite trends right now: gemstone everything! People are crafting anything they can find into these sparkly creations. So, a couple weeks ago I picked up a gem soap making kit from Michaels and I thought it might be a fun project for my daughter and I to work on together. The kit worked fine, but the soap wasn’t exactly what we were hoping to get. It was hard to get the color to really swirl throughout the soap. We wanted more swirls! Ha! We ended up heading BACK to Michaels and picked up a whole bunch of soap making supplies to try again, our way.

Our DIY Gemstone Soaps turned out so cute! It was definitely a lot more work to create these cuties without a kit, but worth it in the end. My daughter helped with most of it (I did all of the soap melting since that was too hot) and she’s excited to give these away as surprise gifts to her friends. What do you think? Cute?

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Supplies:

Directions:

Step 1: We’ll start the whole process by coloring our soap! Set out about 6 of the small plastic cups. Chop up about 6 one inch cubes of the clear glycerin soap and place them in your microwave safe dish (I like using a measuring cup because it’s easier to pour the soap). Follow the melting directions for the soap. When it’s melted pour the soap into the small cups. While the soap is still in liquid form, add the soap coloring to each cup. The more color you add, the darker the soap will get. I’d suggest creating one dark, one medium, and one light color for the glycerin soap. Let the soap cool for at least 30 minutes.

Repeat this process with the goats milk soap and the same color.

Pretty Gemstone Soap DIY

Step 2: When the soaps have cooled pop them out of the small plastic cups. Chop them up and mix together.

Pretty Gemstone Soap DIY

Step 4: Drop the chopped up soaps into a large plastic cup and a small cup (this is so you can get a couple different sizes of soap).

Pretty Gemstone Soap DIY

Step 5: Chop up about 5 one inch cubes of the clear glycerin, add to the microwave safe dish, and melt. Pour the melted glycerin into the cups with the chopped up soap. This will start to melt your colored soap! Let this cool for at least an hour. Note: if you want the soap to melt together just a little bit more, pop the cup in the microwave for a very short amount of time. If it goes too long the cup will melt and you will have a mess. Don’t do that.

Pretty Gemstone Soap DIY

Step 6: Pop the soaps out of the plastic cups. You might need scissors to cut the large plastic cup. CAREFULLY use a knife to cut the soap. Just randomly cut edges into the soap.

Pretty Gemstone Soap DIY

When you’re done cutting the edges, your soap should look something like this:

Pretty Gemstone Soap DIY

Repeat all those steps again for each different color!

Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers DIY trend ideas on the Michaels blog.


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– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Michaels gift card to create this post for you. From tie-dyeing to lettering to tassels, pom poms and even unicorns, Michaels has everything you need for the latest and hottest DIY trends!

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Summer Fun Storage Bucket

Summer Fun Storage Bucket DIY

In our back room you’ll find a cardboard box full of little summer toys. We have open storage in our back room, so I would prefer to store stuff in cute storage (cardboard boxes weren’t cutting it in the cute storage category). That is why I created this Summer Fun Storage Bucket (for the HP Create site) to hold the jump ropes, chalk, bubbles, shovels, and all the other tiny things that my daughter plays with outside. I’m very happy with the final result and I’m already planning to make a “Hello, Winter” bucket to store gloves, ear muffs, and other small winter items.

This summer bucket would also make a very adorable gift for any kiddo. We have a couple of kid birthday parties to head to this summer, and I think this would make the perfect gift with all the goodies inside.

Summer Fun Storage Bucket DIY

Supplies:

Directions:

STEP 1: Carefully pop out the handle from the paint bucket. Clean any dirt or grease off of the outside of the paint bucket.

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STEP 2: In a well ventilated space (preferably outdoors) and wearing a mask, spray the paint onto the the outside of the bucket (following the paint can directions). Let the paint dry for 24 hours before handling.

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STEP 3: Print out the Hello Summer Printable out onto the HP Photo Paper. Cut one of the ovals out. When the paint can is completely dry, use the hot glue to adhere the cut out Hello Summer oval onto the front of the bucket. Optional: If you’re worried about the Hello Summer printout getting wet, this would be the time you apply a couple of layers of the acrylic sealer spray to your bucket and Hello Summer image. This will protect it from water.

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STEP 4: Grab the leather strip and the bucket handle. Warm up the hot glue gun.

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A. Put a tiny dot of hot glue at the end of the leather strip and glue it to the handle. Start wrapping the leather around the handle, adding dots of glue to the leather every couple of leather wraps.

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B. Continue wrapping and glueing the leather onto the handle until it’s about 1 – 2 inches from each end. Note: I had two different colors of leather, so I chose to put the darker leather at the ends.

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C. Carefully pop the bucket handle back into place.

Summer Fun Storage Bucket DIY

Add all of your summer fun toys to the bucket and you’re done!

– Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor for the HP Create site.

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8 Pretty Porch Makeovers!

8 Pretty Porch Makeovers!

Trend: 8 Pretty Porch Makeovers!

When you think of living spaces your mind probably goes right to a living room or a family room, but we can’t forget about our outdoor living spaces! When the weather is nicer a porch is the best spot to sit and hang out with friends and family. If your porch is dull and messy no one will want to hang out there. I gathered 8 before and after porch ideas to inspire some pretty porch makeovers!

1) I really love how this painted deck turned out. Love it. Found on Young House Love.

I really love how this painted deck turned out. Love it. Found on Young House Love.

2) Some paint, decorations, and a cute bench really make this front porch so much more welcoming. Found on Garage Sales R Us.

Some paint, decorations, and a cute bench really make this front porch so much more welcoming. Found on Garage Sales R Us.

3) The transformation of this porch is fantastic! I love the bright colors and tile. Found on Tater Tots and Jello.

The transformation of this porch is fantastic! I love the bright colors and tile. Found on Tater Tots and Jello.

4) This porch REALLY changed when they removed the wrought iron and installed some lovely columns. Found on Balancing Home.

This porch REALLY changed when they removed the wrought iron and installed some lovely columns. Found on Balancing Home.

To check out the full list of before and afters, head on over to the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

I want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor for the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

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Five Friday Favorites: Ice Cream DIYs

Check out this yummy looking Pina Colada ice cream recipe. It comes with free printable ice cream cone cover. Found on Sarah Hearts. image via Sarah Hearts

Today’s Five Friday Favorites are all about ice cream. Let’s get ready for this hot weather with some cool sweet treats. Below I’ve shared three recipes, a neat trick to color your ice cream cone, and party decor! Enjoy!

1) Have you seen those edible color sprays? Try them out on tasty swirled cone. Found on Paper & Stitch.

Have you seen those edible color sprays? Try them out on tasty swirled cone. Found on Paper & Stitch.

2) Make these cute ice cream balloons on a stick for your summer party! Found on Oh Happy Day.

Make these cute ice cream balloons on a stick for your summer party! Found on Oh Happy Day.

3) Check out this yummy looking Pina Colada ice cream recipe. It comes with free printable ice cream cone cover. Found on Sarah Hearts.

Check out this yummy looking Pina Colada ice cream recipe. It comes with free printable ice cream cone cover. Found on Sarah Hearts.

4) A couple years ago I made these banana ice creams to give my daughter a healthier summer treat and she loved them! Check out the recipes here.

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5) Make your ice cream totally awesome with this galaxy ice cream recipe! Found on Some of This and Some of That.

Make your ice cream totally awesome with this galaxy ice cream recipe! Found on Some of This and Some of That.

I want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey

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