DIY Gift-Wrapping Ideas by Michelle Phan

This holiday season Michelle Phan has shared something creative, earth conscious, and 100% chic.

There are some absolutely wonderful gift-wrapping ideas here, especially for those small gifts we just drop into gift bags every year.

I hope you all enjoy these tips and have a Blessed Yule this weekend and a Merry Christmas next week.

Season’s Blessings, Matt

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Cubes

Homemade Dishwasher Cubes Hello everyone! Today I am sharing an awesome recipe I have adapted slightly from Louise’s Country Closet which I am dying to try.

I love making my own cleaning products, and this one is no different. When it comes to the texture of the mixture you’re going to be making it is important to have the right amount of moisture. Add the liquids slowly and mix them in completely before you add more.

You want your mixture to feel somewhat like damp sand. It will hold a shape when pressed together, but it isn’t damp and sticky. It can take some playing around, just remember to be patient and add the liquids slowly.

Ingredients:

  • Dishwasher Cube Ingredients1 Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Epsom Salt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Essential Oils of your Choice

Instructions:

  1. Combine borax, washing soda, and epsom salt thoroughly in a large bowl.
  2. Measure out 1 cup of the powder mixture and add it to a medium bowl.
  3. Add 10 drops of an essential oil or oil blend of your choice. I recommend citrus oils to add a lovely scent and help disinfect your dishes.
  4. Add the lemon juice to the medium bowl one tablespoon at a time.
  5. Mix between each tablespoon, and check the consistency. You want it to be slightly moist but not soaking. It should hold its shape when pressed between your fingers, yet still crumble slightly afterwards. The amount of lemon juice you add will depend on the humidity, but 4 tablespoons should be the maximum added.
  6. Dishwasher Cube MixtureSpoon the mixture into an ice cube tray and pack it down firmly.
  7. Repeat these steps until you have used all of the mixture.
  8. Set the trays in a safe place to dry overnight.
  9. Gently pop out the cubes and store in an airtight container to keep them fresh.
  10. Add 1 cube per load and enjoy your handcrafted eco-friendly detergent.

All images are from Louise’s Country Closet

Naturally Dyeing Eggs for Ostara or Easter

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing another YouTube gem.

This video will show you how to dye eggs using natural dyes in the three primary colors.

With Ostara and Easter approaching, I thought this would be very appropriate, and really fun whether you have little ones or not.

I personally prefer this method to the artificial dye kits that sell by the thousands around this time of year. I always felt uncomfortable eating the eggs after having soaked them in those bright artificial dyes; especially when they leeched through the shell and into the egg itself.

With this method I don’t have to worry about anything harmful being ingested, although I do not enjoy beets whatsoever. I highly doubt that the flavors of the dye will reach the egg whites; and if they do, I doubt it will be very strong.

If you enjoyed this video check out the lovely Emmy’s channel on YouTube at emmymadeinjapan. She has fun videos where she tries food from all over the world, showcases Japanese candies, and even shows off her cooking skills with recipe videos.

Most of all enjoy your holiday and have fun finding eggs!

Spiced Hot Chocolate

Spiced Hot CocoHello everyone. Hope you’re all enjoying the winter weather! If you aren’t I think I have something that can help.

This absolutely amazing recipe is from The Modcloth Blog which is mostly a vintage fashion site, but they do also post some seriously delicious treats every now and again.

This recipe was a guest post on that blog by Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes who appears to be a confectionery goddess. Seriously, check her out.

Blending the rich taste of good chocolate with warm spices is a great idea for the winter season, and putting it all together in such a creative way is just pure genius.

I would love to receive these as gifts. They’re not only beautiful but so delicious that it’s hard to describe. Make these for your loved ones, or if you need to show yourself some love. You won’t be disappointed.

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Teardrop Luminaries Made of Wax

These plain, yet elegant luminaries are simply fantastic. They are simple to make, easy on the environment, not sharp if broken, and if one doesn’t turn out right you can simply remelt it and try again.

Wax Luminaries in Different ColorsIn addition to all of those wonderful attributes, they will fit into almost any decor; and are one of those little touches that can make a room come alive.

If you want to customize them up try adding some pressed flowers, ribbons, or other small decorations in-between the layers of wax as you’re coating the balloon.Experiment with other shades and tones of wax as well; you might just find something that fits perfectly into your decor.

Adding essential oils or scents are also a fun option if added right before dipping -especially if you plan to use real candles inside of them. I would hold off on adding a lot of scent however, as the oils might affect the hardness of the wax.

Glowing Wax LuminariesThe creator of the video suggests using tea lights, votives in votive holders, or battery powered candles withing these luminaries as they can be melted by too much heat, but if you want to release scents you’ve added a little heat is fine.

They also recommend using regular balloons instead of water balloons if you’re worried about the balloons popping before reaching the size you desire.

Happy crafting everyone!