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1 Dec 2020

Homemade Christmas Gifts Ideas

Still finding the perfect gift?

How about DIY-ing your gifts to show your sincerity?  Because nothing says 'I've really thought about this present' like a homemade Christmas gift does!

Read on for DIY ideas perfect for giving this 2020 and put your DIY skills to the test!



1. DIY BATH BOMBS

 (PHOTO: CANVA)

2020 has been a difficult year for all of us.

Show your love with the gift of relaxation with DIY Bath Bombs!

Here’s what you need: 
 
  • 1 cup baking soda 
  • 1/2 cup citric acid 
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 3/4 tsp. water
  • 2 tsp essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus, rose are all popular for the bath)
  • 2 tsp oil (jojoba, sweet almond, coconut olive or even baby oil)
  • A few drops of food colouring.
  • A mould of your choice (e.g. regular or mini-muffin tins, candy pans, or round plastic moulds specifically for bath bombs)
  • Optional: Dried flowers or sugar cake decorations, like flowers or stars
Step 1:
Except for the citric acid, mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. 
 
Step 2:
Pour all the liquid ingredients in a jar with a top. Close the jar and shake it vigorously.
 
Step 3:
Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and use your hands to combine. At this point, add the citric acid. You will probably notice a slight fizzing reaction because of the citric acid. No need to panic, as this is totally normal.
TIP: The mixture should be a bit crumbly (similar to the consistency of wet beach sand). Whatever you do, don't add water at this stage, or the bath bomb will fizz prematurely and be ruined.
 
Step 4:
Mash the mixture into your chosen moulds very tightly. You may slightly overfill the moulds and use a spoon or glass to press the mixture in as tightly as possible. Immediately loosen the bombs from their moulds onto wax paper and let them dry overnight.
 
Step 5:
Give the bath bombs a day or two to completely dry before using them or wrapping them up as gifts.
 
 
 
2. DIY MARBLE COASTERS
 
 (PHOTO: HOMEYOHMY)
 
Gift them something essential yet beautiful with these DIY Marble coasters!
 
Here’s what you need: 
 
  • Polymer clay
  • Circle cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Clean work space (really, like spotless. This clay picks up everything!)
  • Oven
Step 1:
Choose any colours you like! Knead and roll each color clay seperately until you have a smooth ball.
It might be a bit difficult to work with at first—it will get easier as you work it.
TIP: If you’re using white, make sure you roll that out before any other colours so you don’t stain your hands or your work space.

Step 2:
Take each ball and roll it into a long string. 
Thick strings give a bolder effect with less bleed and mixing
Thinner stings blend more!

Step 3:
Twist the strings together.

Step 4:
Then cut the strings in half or tear it with your hands and twisted again. Twist it more until you are satisfied. 

Step 5:
Next, use your rolling pin to roll out the clay. Want to create interesting patterns? Just press down harder on some spots to further blend out the colours
Depending on how much clay you used and the desired thickness and size of your coasters, you could get multiple coasters cut out. Don’t get frustrated rolling this out, the clay can be very tough.
 
Step 6:
Bake them as instructed. Follow the directions for your brand carefully.
Do not overcook as they will start to bubble.
 
 
 
3. DIY CANDLES
 
 (PHOTO: CANVA)
 
Personalise these with their favourite scent and show them how much you know them!
 
What You'll Need:
  • Pot
  • Hot plate or electric stove
  • Wax (TIP: Use soy wax to keep the air in the house clean!)
  • Wick
  • Container
  • Fragrance (optional)
  • Colour (optional)
  • Skewers or Popsicle stic
  • Newspaper (To cover your work surface) 
Step 1:
Before you pour the wax, place your wick into the appropriate vessel.
TIP: Use an empty candle container that was previously used up - it's both eco-friendly and budget friendly!
 
Step 2: 
Set up the pot over a heat source, such as a hot plate or electric stove. Add wax and allow it to melt. 
Add your colour or fragrance to the melted wax in the pot if desired. 
TIP: If your recepient is sensitive to fragrance, leave it out.
 
Step 3: 
Carefully pour the hot wax into the container. 
Use skewers or popsicle sticks to help keep the wick in place. 
Let the wax cool completely and then trim the wick down to size.
 
 
Let us know in the comments what you think and if you have tried the DIYs!
 
 
Source: 
https://www.byrdie.com/basic-bath-bomb-recipe-346761
https://inspiredbycharm.com/diy-bath-bombs/
https://www.bybrittanygoldwyn.com/make-monochrome-marbled-coasters/
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/basic-candle-making-instructions-516753
 
 

Posted by nEbO Admin on 1 Dec 2020, 10:30 am
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