I have to say that making soap could be my newest addiction. Today’s DIY is a fun, Valentine’s Day themed soap post – get crafty and clean at the same time!!
I worked on these with my crafty pal Sonya Nimri, and I must say that they turned out pretty fantastic. It’s an awesome crafternoon project to gather friends with and you can all split the cost of supplies to make it a completely budget friendly project!
First off, you’ll need some soaps – a clear glycerine, high temperature soap as well as an opaque one which can both be snagged at your local craft store.
Next, you’ll need a container to melt the soap in, preferably one that can be used solely for your soapmaking…
I had a fun weekend of checking out lots of fab crafts at the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) trade show that just happened to be a hop, skip, and a jump away from me in Anaheim. I saddled up with my crafty pal, Sonya Nimri, to check out all the fun goodies.
Let’s just say that once I walked in and saw this beaded curtain, I fell in love and immediately wanted to make one. Unfortunately I am without rogue doorways or spaces that need such a curtain, which is probably a good thing as I can only imagine how long a project like this would take to tackle/work on/finish.
(*However let it be known that I am not opposed to anyone making it for me…in that case, I’m sure a place would present itself rather quickly!)
Tis the season!! Who’s still shopping for gifts? On the present front, you have to check out Shoestring Magazine’s “Shop Local” map of handmade goodies under $50 made in each of the 50 states. It’s amazing, and yours truly is mentioned in CA! (PS, for those gifting a copy of NDAD for the holidays, click here and fill out your info to get my sewing playlist and be entered in a fab raffle of craft goodness!)
Who’s still decorating? On the decor front, I’ve got you covered. I’m going to show you the amazing upcycled ornament that was made at my fun craft night/book signing at Kettle Coffee & Tea in San Diego with these lovely ladies below…
The amazing Tricia owns Kettle and was gracious enough to host the night at her shop with delish sips and treats (which you’ll see down below) along with Katie of Latte Love Blog and Rebekah of Twinkle and Twine who really spearheaded the craft! (You can see R’s full tutorial here.)
Basically we started with swatches of fabric that came from thrifted dresses (we went with a 2″ size and 75 of them, however I used about 60 for mine), a styrofoam ball (we used a 2″), straight pins, and a little bit of glue!