Bows seem so very simple. But there are truly hundreds of ways to make handmade bows and even more crafts that might be inspired by them. Here are lots of new and modern ideas for crafting with bows – from fashion items like shoes and […]
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I used to work in the beauty and cosmetics industry. And if there is one thing I heard a lot about, it was the importance of establishing a beauty routine. Ingredients are important too. All natural, good-for-you ingredients whenever possible!
A lot of people suggest products like sugar scrubs for this purpose. Can I be honest? I find them so messy and slippery in the shower. Plus – you are washing all the good stuff away.
Here is a secret…you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get results when it comes to softening skin. And you don’t need to use a messy spa-type product if you don’t want to. You just need to know this simple 2 step process and do it exactly in order. You will be shocked you never thought of it before and the difference it makes!
1. Exfoliate. When you shower, simply wash your body with a scrubbie or washcloth and your regular body wash. There are other ways to exfoliate, but this works and is cheap! 🙂
2. (*This is the most important part*) While you are still warm and your skin is wet from the shower, don’t towel off…rub lotion or body oil (here’s my favorite natural body oil recipe) on to your skin. Slather it on and let it soak in for at least 30 seconds. Now you can towel off as you normally do.
You removed any rough dead skin when you exfoliated and sealed in all that great moisture from your shower by applying your moisturizer while still wet. Have you been making your lotion work extra hard all these years? Start tomorrow and you will notice your skin is smoother and soft as can be. Do this everyday and multiply the benefits!
Check out this super simple tip I shared on My Carolina Today this week… Making your own cleaning wipes save a ton of money and lets you better control what chemicals you put into your environment. Here is how you can make your very own […]
This has been a long and icy Winter. Spring is finally peeking it’s happy, green head around the corner and I am SO ready to get the kids playing outside again…yes! What better way to encourage creativity in the sunshine than making an endless supply […]
At a party recently, our lovely hostess whipped out the cutest beaded wine glass charms to help make sure everyone could keep track of their cocktails. By the end of the night, we were all thankful for them and were calling each other by our charm names. “Hey Butterfly, the Cricket found your drink!”
Here is how to make your own sparkly custom wine glass or cocktail glass charms using very inexpensive beading materials and friend’s photos. Because these are handmade glass charms, they make fabulous party favors or thoughtful hostess gifts – particularly if she has parties often. These can even be used as sweet wedding glass charms that will match your wedding theme. Totally custom and so easy to make!
Craft Idea: How To Make Wine Glass Charms
What You Will Need
Beads of Various Shapes, Colors, and Sizes – I used beads I had leftover from other beading projects. You can choose super sparkly beads (like Swarovski crystal beads would be fabulous) and use festive colors if this is a holiday craft or gift. Pearls and metal beads would be beautiful too!
Jewelry Findings – 30mm hoop with a loop. You can also make your own if you can’t find these from jewelry wire – just use Sterling Silver or other high quality jewelry wire.
Silver Jewelry Wire – for making the longer piece your main charm will hang from…you will need 1 inch of wire or so.
Jewelry Tools – Needle nose pliers and a small wire cutter/nipper
Charms – For this project I found absolutely adorable photo charms from Blue Moon Beads.
Photos of Family and Friends – Hey, isn’t that what Facebook is for? 🙂
Get Started Making Your Glass Charms
First take the 30mm hoop you purchased or made and thread your beads onto it in any fashion you think is pretty. On my glass charm, I created a pattern and kept in mind that my longer piece (with the centerpiece charm on it) should be in the center of the charm. When you are finished adding your beads and the center photo charm, the glass charm should be beaded only about 1/3 of the way to allow the beads to move and to allow for assembling the clasp. (Check out the Glass Charm picture above to see an example)
Next, create the “clasp” that will secure the charm on to the stem of your wine or Martini glass by taking your needle nose pliers and turning up the flat end of the wire slightly (see picture.) This will allow your charm to hook securely around the stem of your glass and also secure the beads to prevent them from falling off.
More Glass Charm Craft Ideas
You can use any beads or charms you like. There are tons of beautiful embellishments and beads available for this project at most craft stores. Here are a few other glass charm ideas and photos for inspiration:
Here is a fun craft idea…why not use an old pair of jeans to cover a child’s footstool? I did this Pinterest-inspired craft to bring on My Carolina Today Last week, and to my surprise both of my older boys want one for their rooms. […]
How cute is this? My son and I worked on a fun little project this evening…we made a Sharpie Mug, but instead of freehand drawing, we used a stencil! Here’s what we did: First we Googled “moustache” and found a cute graphic. Then we brought […]
Paper flower crafts are some of my favorite to do. You get all the beauty of real flowers, but they last forever! Here are some of my favorite DIY paper flower instructions.
1. Storybook Book Page Paper Flower Roses
These tell a story…literally…and a very romantic one at that! 100 layer Cake shares a perfect tutorial on making these DIY paper roses, fit for any bridal bouquet.
2. Sewing Pattern Paper Peonies
These just look so vintage-y and rustic, don’t they? You wouldn’t believe how Makela made them over at The Wedding Chicks blog. The tissue paper isn’t just gift wrap…it is that perfectly delicate paper used in sewing patterns (I mean what else can you do with pattern paper when it is torn and a mess?) These have such a relaxed elegance…I’m in love!
3. Bright and Modern Paper Flowers
These are impossibly sweet and happy…almost like a lovely illustration brought to life.
4. Hanging Crepe Paper Rose Spheres
These are just the perfect way to showcase paper flowers at a party…and unlike a real flower pomander…these will last just about forever!
5. Tiny Tissue Paper Cherry Blossom Flowers
These are teeny tiny. And easy to make. AND perfect on top of a small box at a wedding or party or just sprinkled around the place. Soooo pretty!
6. Paper Flower Garland
Inspired by a store window, the very talented Maegan got to work. This tutorial has a few different paper flower tutorials in one and she shows you how to put it all together in to a drape of elegance I could look at all day long.
When it comes to quick and easy crafts that work for pretty much all ages and skill levels, embellishing coasters is a classic. Making DIY coasters are a great craft for parties or just an afternoon with friends. Also, a set of these with a […]