09/22/17

written by Bridget Collins & MariaLuisa Mendiola

You Do You

DIY Crafts for the Non-Pinterest Pro

So many of us are nesting these days, finally getting the floorboards redone, remodeling the basement, or perhaps just moving in.  Being intentional amidst all the craziness of nesting can be super difficult, so we decided to put our creative caps on and craft a few basic household items to help with mindfulness. Ahhhh...don't you feel relaxed already?

First, we decided to get squeaky clean hands (and perhaps Chakras 😏) by making fossil-inspired crystal soaps.  According to crystal-life.com, “each individual crystal when rubbed or squeezed does produce an electrical charge called piezoelectricity.”  Though we can’t 100% verify the healing properties of crystals (many doctors are skeptical about their various mysterious healing powers) they are still beautiful to look at, and using something beautiful for a simple everyday task such as hand-washing can help you pause, focus on what you are doing, and provide a respite from buzzing thoughts about deadlines, laundry, and paying bills.

 

Crystal Soap: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Melt and pour clear glycerin soap base (we used this one)
  • Crystals (available here or at your local crystal shop)
  • Soap Molds (pro tip: We first tried using plastic soap molds, but found that using silicone baking molds like this are actually much, much easier to get the soap out of)
  • Dried flowers
  • Soap scents or essential oils

Cut the glycerin soap base into cubes, then melt the soap base in the microwave, first for 30 seconds and then for 10 second intervals until it melts completely. Once it has melted, add a scent if you prefer (we bought an almond scent but thought it was too strong so decided to use dried lavender instead).

 

 

Pour the melted soap into the molds so they are filled halfway.  Place your crystal and dried flowers in the center of the mold, then fill the rest of the mold up with soap until it is full. This will give the soaps dimension.

 

 

One of the funnest parts of this craft is learning more about crystals and flowers and what they represent. We chose tiger's eye, which keeps you safe and grounded, rose quartz, which helps you find love (hey, if it’s good enough for Katy Perry, it’s good enough for us), and sodalite, which provides a boost of self-esteem and self-worth. For dried flowers, we used lavender, which aids relaxation, and baby’s breath, an iconic symbol of long lasting love. 😍

 

 

Leave the molds for at least 40 minutes to harden, then pop the soaps out of the mold and enjoy your beautiful creations (bonus: clean-up is extra easy since everything you used is already covered in well… soap). 

 

 

Next, we decided to make something to warm our homes (and hearts ❤️) for the upcoming chill of winter months.  Homemade beeswax candles are easy to make, have a light honey scent, and are free of harmful chemicals like paraffin candles

We decided to scribble down affirmations and place them at the bottom of the candle, so every time we light it we are reminded of them. We like to think that by burning the candle, we are releasing our good vibes into the universe 🙏🏽. 

 

 

 

Affirmation Candles: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Beeswax
  • 1 cup refined coconut oil
  • Candle wicks (the wick you use depends on the diameter of the container you are using, so make sure to measure your container and buy wicks based on that measurement)
  • Glass jars
  • Paper, pen and scissors
  • Double boiler (you can place a small pot within a larger pot or buy a dedicated double boiler like this)
  • Chopsticks or wooden tool
  • Dried flowers and herbs

 

 

Cut strips of paper short enough to fit comfortably in the bottom of your containers, and write out affirmations or things you want to be mindful of on them.  As you can see from the above, our affirmations centered around themes of love and change. Because, let's be real, that's what makes the world go round. 

 

 

Place your beeswax into the double boiler to melt.  The flashpoint of beeswax is 250°F so be mindful of the temperature of the wax while melting.  Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature and adjust the stove accordingly to keep it under 200°F. 

 

 

Once the wax is melted, add in 1 cup of coconut oil.  Because beeswax burns hot, the glass container can break or the candle might tunnel unless you use a softer carrier like palm oil or coconut oil.  We used a 1lb beeswax : 1 cup of coconut oil ratio for this batch, but feel free to experiment and see what works best for you.

Mix the coconut oil with the melted wax using an old wooden chopstick or wood skewer.  Once it is completely mixed, dip your affirmation card into the wax and press it to the bottom of the jar. We used a pair of scissors to dip the card in the mix and then place inside the glass jars. Then dip the bottom of the wick in the wax and press it to the affirmation card. 

Add some herbs or dried flowers to the container if you would like to have an added scent. 

 

 

Use pencils or clothespins to keep the wicks centered in the middle of the jar, then slowly pour the wax until it fills the container.  As it cools, it will settle a little, so feel free to top up as you go along. 

Leave the candles at least 24 hours to set, then burn, baby, burn🔥!

 

~* Have you tried any crafts lately? Let us know because after this we are obsessed*~

Photos by: Bridget Collins

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