How to Dry Rose Petals + Make Rose Petal Bath Salts

By Brittni • Updated on 02/15/2024

Learn how to dry rose petals, to use for rose petal baths, salt scrubs, and more with this step by step guide. The rose drying process is extremely easy and actually pretty fun to see how the petals change over time as they are drying.

bath salts with dried rose petals in clear recycled glass containers

If you’ve ever had a rose petal bath, you know that the fragrance alone makes bath time infinitely more enjoyable. But have you ever thought about how to dry rose petals to use for other things – like bath salts, scrubs, or even as natural confetti for parties?

As a flower person, who regularly buys fresh flowers to enjoy at home, I hate having flowers go to waste, once they’ve shriveled up and died. So, I use this petal drying method as a way of extending the life (and usefulness) of those fresh flowers when they’re on they’re last leg.

For example, after a holiday workshop, I had a bunch of extra flowers laying around. So, being that one of the things I’m working on this year is self-care, I removed the petals from the stems, dried them out, and turned them into a spa-inspired DIY.

As a result, from something I tried all those years ago, I’m now borderline obsessed with drying out flowers for pretty much everything. Want to make some DIY rose petal bath salts? Here’s what you need to make your own…

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43 Unique DIY Valentines Gift Ideas

By Brittni • Updated on 02/15/2024

There are so many cute DIY valentines day gifts out there! So I organized all the coolest ones in on place. And categorized them based on who you might be gifting to. A valentines gift for everyone on your list.

roundup image of diy valentines gift ideas

Couldn’t get too far into February without sharing my picks for cool DIY Valentines day gifts this year. Many of these can be done last minute too, so if you’re a procrastinator, I got you.

You can grab a valentines printable and call it a day, checkout classroom valentines, craft a V-Day DIY for a friend, grab an idea for guy gifts, or whip up a valentines day recipe. Click through for all 43 Valentine’s Day DIY gift ideas.

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Easy Preschool Valentine Craft

By Brittni • Updated on 02/15/2024

Looking for an easy preschool valentine craft? This wooden lacing toy idea is easy to make (even last-minute) and affordable too.

Coming up with an a preschool valentine craft that hasn’t been done a million times is a bit of a challenge. But when I saw these wooden shapes online, I immediately thought of those little wooden lacing toys that are used for early childhood development. And was like ‘those would make great valentines for classmates and preschool kids’.

Lacing toys are a great way to help improve fine motor skills, problem solving skills, and hand-eye coordination in young children (3 and up typically). Which makes them perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Plus, they’re cute (and easy) to put together.

Wanna make a set of these for your child’s preschool class? Click through for the quick and easy tutorial.

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70 Inspiring Journaling Ideas + Prompts

By Brittni • Updated on 01/31/2024

Looking for journaling ideas and prompts to get you started? I have you covered with 70 journal prompts, in categories ranging from creativity to contemplation. Enough to keep you going for the entire year. 

work from home desk space with wall hooks and artful items hanging from the peg rails

Have you ever tried journaling before? Or maybe searched through journaling ideas to get you started? For the longest time, I thought it wasn’t for me. But then I started reading more about it and I was like, ‘hmmm maybe I should try this’.

Fast forward to now, and I’m realizing what a valuable tool it can be – like a form of self-care really. 

So, I put together a full year’s worth of journaling prompts designed to help you connect or reconnect with yourself a little bit. If that sounds like something you’re interested in.

There are 52 journal prompts, one for every week of the year. Then, I also included some bonus thought-provoking questions after those first 52 that might help, as well. For a total of 70 journaling ideas to get you started.

So, if you’ve been thinking about getting back into journaling, writing, or just want to take a few minutes tor reflect each week, be sure to bookmark and pin this post for later. There’s a graphic at the bottom of this page with all  the prompts on it too, if that’s easier for you to reference quickly.

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DIY Obsession: Weaving on a Potholder Loom

By Brittni • Updated on 01/31/2024

Potholder looms (and potholder weavings) have come along way since the rainbow-colored, polyester kid crafts days. In fact, now they’re viewed as a great way to make modern weavings. And they’re easy to use too!

starting a weaving on a potholder loom with blue and white loops 

I took a weaving workshop with a friend, about a year ago, that was focused specifically on using a potholder loom to create little weavings. I was instantly hooked and found it to be a pretty meditative process. Something that I now do when I want to take my mind off of more stressful things. These pot holder weavings are fast (an hour or so from start to finish) and pretty fun.

There’s also lots of ways you can customize them to make them more unique – with hand dyed weaving loom loops, knot work, branches, yarn, etc. Recently, I’ve been thinking about ways I can incorporate ceramic elements, now that I’m making pottery, that I could weave into the loops as well. Sky is the limit!

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is… While it’s true that you make these weavings with a potholder loom, these aren’t the technicolor kids craft potholders you might be picturing. These are nice pieces – things that you hang on the wall if you wanted to. Obviously, they can also be used as actual potholders. But they can be more than that too.

Anyway! If you’re looking for a simple, elevated craft to try, click through. You only need 2 items to get started with weavings like these. Which might actually be the best part.

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How to Make DIY Curtain Rods (for under $10)

By Brittni • Updated on 02/15/2024

DIY curtain rods that looks good and barely cost any money to make! They truly are the cheapest (but also one of the coolest imo) DIY curtain rod ideas out there.

simple wood curtain rod with white curtains in a light and airy bedroom

I got a question about how I made my DIY wood curtain rods, after sharing this guest bedroom / home office makeoverAnd actually, many people commented about it who came through on the show house tour as well.

I hadn’t thought much about sharing how I made it before because I just threw it together last-minute. But when I was asked about it again, I decided to share a quick tutorial because it is probably the most affordable DIY curtain rod you could possibly have. And I’m all about saving money where you can, especially if it still looks cute / cool in the end.

Have you seen how much curtains rods cost right now? INSANE. The cheapest one I found that looked like decent quality was almost $100! And that was for the smallest size. WHAT?! That’s a lot of money for a stick that holds fabric. Lol.

My curtain rod costs less than $10 to make – even cheaper than the crappiest version you could buy at a discount store. And definitely the cheapest DIY curtain rod I’ve seen so far… When I was researching for this post, I found a site that said they had made the ‘cheapest DIY curtain rods ever’ and the cost was $18. My version is close to half that price….so I guess that makes my project the cheapest curtain rod ever? 😉

More important than the price though, is that I actually love the simple design, feels minimal and organic. Click through if you’re curious to make your own…

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Homemade Valentines Gift for Vehicle Obsessed Kids

By Brittni • Updated on 02/03/2024

Classroom Valentines for kids that love anything with wheels!

construction vehicles illustrations on boxes with lego crayons inside and DIY notebooks, creatine homemade valentines for kids

If you kid is obsessed with vehicles and/or construction – excavators, fire trucks, cement mixers, ambulances, etc – this homemade valentines gift is for you. It’s a cross between buy and DIY. Feels like a thoughtful Valentines gift for classmates and friends, without spending a ton of time making ’em.

The boxes are cute, but inside (even cuter) there are lego-like brick crayons that can be stacked on top of each other. Something useful for kids to enjoy after Valentine’s Day is over. I made some tiny notebooks to go with ’em to round things out. So kids have something they can draw in right away with their new crayons.

Click through for sources links and the quick DIY for making mini notebooks with items you already have laying around the house.

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