DIY Recipes, For Fun, gift ideas

Salt Dough Ornament DIY Recipe

Adding a personal touch to your presents has never been easier. These ornaments can be given as a wrapping accessory on a present and can then easily be transformed into an ornament for your friends and family to enjoy for many years to come.

There is even the option to add essential oils to the ornaments / gift tags and multiple ways to decorate them too. You can stamp on an image, paint it, or leave it plain. However you decide to create and decorate, friends and family will love and adore this homemade gift. 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt1 ½ cups warm water
  • essential oil (s) of your choosing.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Pour flour, salt, and warm water into large bowl.
  3. Using your hands, knead until all ingredients are well-incorporated and dough is smooth.
  4. If mixture is too dry, add one tablespoon of water at a time until dough comes together.
  5. Roll out dough on floured surface until ¼ inch thick.
  6. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Using a drinking straw or toothpick, make a hole in top of ornament for threading string.
  8. Place in oven until hard, approximately one hour.
  9. Once hard, remove from oven and cool.
  10. Decorate with paint, string, or glitter. Add essential oils by placing one drop on each ornament and allow it to soak in.

Some Tips:

Add some decoration to your ornaments by stamping them. Just place stamp on ink and carefully place on ornament to transfer design before they dry.

Note: Baking the ornament will turn the dough slightly brown and may “puff” up some of the ornaments. If you prefer, you can also air dry the ornaments for two to three days to help the ornaments remain white and flat.

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Etsy Canada Online Holiday Pop Up Market – Nov 13th – 15th, 2021

Cove Essentials will be participating again in the Etsy Canada Holiday Online Pop Up Market on: November 13th – 15th, 2021

Important Links are posted below and I really look forward to seeing you there.

Lookbook: https://issuu.com/theetsymarket-vancouveretsycollective/docs/the_etsy_market_vec_holiday_virtual_pop_up-2

Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/U9BohHwl

Instagram: instagram.com/vancouveretsyco

Market Page: theetsymarket.etsy.com/vancouveretsycohol21

Bath Salts made with all natural ingredients and pure essential oils

Just one of the many gift boxes available.

Quite possibly my favourite essential oil rollers. They’re great to help you relax, unwind and recharge.

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Strawberry-Lime Sugar Scrub Recipe -DIY

This Strawberry-Lime Sugar Scrub smells like fresh strawberry jam and is even easier to make. A nice treat for yourself with all the holiday hustle and bustle, or place it in a cute mason jar, and give it as a gift.

Ingredients:

1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
1 cup raw turbinado sugar
⅓ cup organic virgin coconut oil
⅓ cup fractionated coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 drops of Lime essential oil

Instructions:

  1. In a large plastic bag, add strawberries and crush with a rolling pin.
  2. Add crushed strawberries and sugar into large bowl.
  3. In a microwavable glass cup, add the organic virgin coconut oil and place in microwave for 15 seconds or until melted.
  4. In the glass cup with melted virgin coconut oil, add Fractionated Coconut Oil, vanilla extract, and Lime essential oil. Stir until combined and add to bowl with strawberries and sugar.
  5. Stir until everything is combined. If mixture looks too dry, add 1 teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil at a time until consistency is right.
  6. Store in airtight container.
  7. To use, take a handful of scrub into hands and rub together until sugar dissolves. Rinse under warm water and pat dry.

ENJOY!!!

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DIY-Creamy Orange & Peppermint Soap Bar

Creamy Orange & Peppermint Soap Bar

Ingredients

  • 3lbs organic white soap base
  • 2 tablespoons Annatto Seeds
  • 2 oz. light olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 oz. of Orange Essential Oil
  • 1.4 oz. of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Silicone Soap Mold (design of your choice)
  • Small spray bottle of rubbing alcohol

Directions

  • Heat your olive oil in the microwave {or on top of stove} for about 20 seconds.  Oil should be very warm but not steaming hot!
  • Place your annatto seeds into your warm oil.  Let your seeds soak overnight {or if you’re the impatient type a few hours, but the color might not be as strong}.
  • Strain the annatto seeds out of your oil and save the oil {this is your colorant}.  You can save the seeds for another use, just rinse them out and let them dry.
  • Cut 30 oz. of your organic soap base into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Place your 30 oz. of soap in a microwavable glass measuring cup in the microwave and heat for 1 minute and 30 seconds.  If you have a few small chunks of soap left stir slowly until melted.  If your soap chunks are still large melt for 15 more seconds.
  • Add 3-4 tablespoons of your annatto seed colorant and stir slowly into soap base until well incorporated.  Don’t worry if the color looks too light, it will darken as the soap hardens.  We don’t want to add too much oil colorant because this can decrease your lather.
  • Let your soap cool.  This is very important.  Let your soap cool down to about 120 degrees, even lower is better.  It will help your essential oils behave better in your soap!  If a skin forms on top of your soap while it is cooling just stir it back into your soap or get a fork and remove it.
  • While your soap is cooling  pour 3/4 of an ounce of your orange essential oil into a small glass bowl.
  • Next add about 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil to the same bowl.  Don’t worry if the peppermint hijacks your orange oil!  The peppermint will be stronger but will fade slightly.  This is normal.  We use the peppermint to create creaminess in the orange essential oil.
  • When you have cooled your soap add your essential oils and stir {not too vigorously, it will add bubbles {air} to your soap} until well blended.
  • Pour soap base into your mold but hold back an ounce or two of soap.  Let set for 1 hour or until the top becomes very firm.  This is your first layer of the soap.
  • After your soap has set sprinkle about a tablespoon of poppy seeds on top of your soap.  Heat the soap you held back {about 10 seconds} and pour over the poppy seeds to help them adhere to the layer of soap.
  • Cut 12 oz. of the remaining soap base and place into the microwave.  Heat for 30 seconds.  This is your top layer.  When soap has cooled down add a few drops of orange essential oil {about 10} and 1-2 drops of peppermint right into your soap base.
  • Lightly score {with a fork or small knife make a series of small lines in the soap, this lets the first layer adhere better} the first layer of your soap.  Spritz some rubbing alcohol on your first layer of soap.  Let sit 5-10 seconds and then pour the rest of your melted soap base on top of your first layer.
  • When the final layer of soap has set sprinkle your poppy seeds on top of the soap.  You can adhere the seeds by pouring a small bit of melted soap over them.

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Dryer Balls- DIY-Gift Idea-Hostess Gift

Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make your own wool dryer balls that can last for many years and can easily be scented with doTERRA essential oils leaving your fabrics fragrant and soft.


What You Need:

  • 100 percent wool yarn or other 100 percent animal yarn
  • Pantyhose

Upcycling Idea: Reuse pantyhose with runs in them

Directions:

  1. Take the end of the yarn and wrap it around your middle and index finger 10 times. Remove it from the fingers and wrap 2–3 times around the middle (it should look like a bow). This will be the start of your ball.
  2. Continue tightly wrapping the yarn around the start, working toward making a round shape. Once your ball is roughly the size of a tennis ball, cut the yarn and tuck the ends into the sides of the ball. Repeat this process until you have created four or more balls of yarn.
  3. Cut one leg off of the pantyhose. Place one ball into the bottom of the leg and tie a knot right above the ball to secure it in place. Repeat until all the balls have been added and secured.
  4. Once the balls are tightly secured in the pantyhose, put them in the washer (can be with a load of dirty laundry) and wash on the hottest setting. This will allow the yarn to felt. Felting will make the yarn fuse together, resulting in a solid ball. Once washed, dry the balls thoroughly in the dryer at the highest heat setting.
  5. After the balls are completely dry, remove them from the pantyhose and they’re ready for use! Before drying your next load of laundry, add your favorite doTERRA essential oil to 4–6 dryer balls, toss them in the dryer, and enjoy the soft, fluffy, wonderful-smelling fruits of your labor.

Tip:

  • 2–3 drops of essential oil per ball should last a few loads. Add more drops if you would like a stronger scent.

Fun Laundry Tips:

  • Crumple up aluminum foil into a ball and toss it in the dryer with the wet laundry to get rid of static cling.
  • For an even extra burst of essential oils in your clothing, place a wash cloth with a few drops of essential oil into your dryer. It will come out smelling beautiful!
  • Add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to your wash cycle to help remove grease and oil from fabrics.

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