I love me a fast Craft. Like so fast, and simple stupid that I can take 30 or 45 minutes and mindlessly craft.. not thinking about anything besides hot glue and loopy yarn for a bit is good for the soul!
This wreath is so simple, you could probably make one in your sleep. All you will need is
Attach the loopy yarn to the wreath with a glob of hot glue. Do not unravel the yarn. You’re going to be feeding it through the wreath over and over and you want it to stay in a ball to make this task easier.
Wrap your yarn around the wreath until it’s gone, then secure with hot glue. You should be halfway around the wreath with one skein.
Finish the wreath with the second skein and secure with hot glue.
Add your favorite embellishments and a pretty bow or whatever your heart desires.
This is the Make and Take Gift Set I have compiled for the class I’m hosting tomorrow night. I’m super excited about how darn cute these turned out. My sets include:
Zit Zapper Stick
2 oz Facial Scrub or Moisturizer
2 oz Body Cream
4 oz Sugar Scrub
2 oz Linen Spray or Thieves Disinfectant Spray
Depending on what each person decides to mix into their products will determine the gifts they give. There really isn’t a cut and dry recipe for each item, you basically need a few base products like sugar, distilled water, olive (or other oil), coconut oil, Vitamin E (if desired), beeswax, shea or cocoa butter, sea salt, a little vodka and essential oils.
The basic idea goes like this:
Any spray type product is going to have a majority of distilled water. Witch hazel can be used for skin sprays. You will add a touch of alcohol (rubbing or vodka.. I use vodka for the kind I may spray in my mouth), you’ll also need a tiny bit of sea salt (which helps the oils incorporate better into the mixture) and of course, Young Living Essential Oils. (Because who uses anything else?)
Any “scrub” type product will have a majority of salt or sugar as a base, a good dose of some kind of oil (olive, almond, coconut – coconut is the most cost effective, but you can add the others as well), Vitamin E is also used in some, and of course YLEO (Young Living Essential Oils) of your choosing.
Any “cream” type product is going to have a base of oil (coconut is well received by your body, so that’s what I like to use), and YLEO.
The balms and sticks and lotion bars have equal parts beeswax, coconut oil and almond oil (you can change it up, use almond if you like or olive.. it’s a personal preference thing and I know my readers are smart enough to experiment and figure this part out!) If you want your bars/balms to be a little more “melty”, increase the oils, decrease the beeswax. You can also add shea or cocoa butter here.
I love these little tubes. I got mine on Etsy at $17 for 100. You can check eBay and Amazon also… Etsy has had some great prices lately. For the “Zit Zapper” stick, you just get some coconut oil to the melting point (above 77*) and add Purification oil and let them solidify. These will melt quickly and easily on a human’s face! Either store them in the fridge or add a tiny bit of beeswax to keep them a little more firm. I will add lemon (for puffiness) and Melrose (for general skin health) to mine. The lip balms are just beeswax, coconut oil and YLEO. Try lavender and orange, or peppermint and lemon – if you add a little cocoa butter and use peppermint YLEO, you have a chocolate mint balm, yum! Easy peasy.
Here’s another look at some different labels I ended up using because the others are very “Christmassy” – I wanted them to be more universal. So cute!
The labels were just made at Avery.com using their online label design wizard – I don’t make this stuff difficult!
Who has time for that??
These are some labels I created using Avery’s wizard. Because of YL’s requirements, we aren’t allowed to sell anything that is labeled with Young Living information. These are home made gifts, so we’re in the clear. Please don’t label your items with Young Living if you are selling for profit. You may use “100% Pure Essential oils” in the ingredients, if you list them.
Aren’t these adorable? Wanna make some? Here’s the super simple way – don’t make it harder than it is!
Get any kind of mold that you like. I used silicone flowers because 1.) they were cheap, 2.) they were delivered to my door via Amazon prime in 2 days and 3.) they’re flexible. You can use anything to make a mold, just make sure it can stand the heat. (metal, silicone, etc) You can even use little muffin wrappers in a muffin tin, super cute.
Gather some beeswax, almond oil, coconut oil and essential oil. I don’t use anything but Young Living because you can’t prove to me there is anything else as pure and potent. Please don’t freak out about the type of beeswax you use; it can be pellets, pastilles, chunks..whatever, just get some. Same for the coconut oil and almond oil. Pick your favorite kind, after you’ve done your own research and find what you like. Organic? fine… cold pressed? Great. Refined? whatever you like. You’ll need equal parts of these three things. There are 15 spots in my molds, each about 1″ across. I will use about 2 T of everything to fill these.
Get a glass dish of some kind, a mason jar works great. Use one you can dedicate to this so that you don’t have to clean it out each time. (It’s a pain, trust me.)
Pot with water. This is going to be where you put your mason jar as a makeshift “double boiler” – this is so we don’t overheat and scald the oils.
Fill the pot with water to submerge the mason jar. My water covered about half the mason jar.
Add the mason jar, then add equal parts beeswax, coconut oil and almond oil. You can add Vitamin E here if you want. Don’t add essential oils yet.
Let everything melt down. The almond oil is already liquid. The coconut oil will liquefy quickly, the beeswax is what you’re waiting on. It will take a bit – all in all, it will be completely clear when it’s ready. Don’t boil it, just melt it.
This is my favorite part: when the oils are clear, take out a drop and drop it on a plate or a piece of foil. Let it set up. Run your fingers over it and see if it’s the consistency you like. It should melt quickly, but not so quick that it makes a mess. The “equal parts” oils usually renders a harder, less melty product. At this point, I usually add a couple of teaspoons more of coconut and almond oil. I will test it again to see if I like the consistency. You can add several drops to your little tester area and pick it up once it’s set, try it out. If it’s nice, then go with that formula. If it’s too hard, add more almond or coconut oil.
Once you find the consistency you like, pull it off the heat and give it a minute or two to cool just a bit. I check my temperature with a meat or candy thermometer and it never goes over 130* F, so I’m not crazy worried about my oils being affected. (Essential oils that get too hot lose their therapeutic qualities, and we don’t want that.)
While it’s still liquid, add your essential oils. For my recipe, I used Tangerine (8 drops), Lime (8 drops) and Peppermint (4 drops). This makes a VERY MILD scented/flavored bar. If you want it stronger, add more oil. Do another tester and see if you like it. If you don’t, add more essential oil. (it’s pretty easy, guys!) When you get it how you want, pour it into the molds. If you’re using paper wrappers and a muffin tin, just fill the wrappers. Let them set up, about 15 minutes. (Or put them in the fridge!)