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Learn to make perfect dried citrus slices for rustic holiday decor! Drying orange slices is easy, and by following a few key tips, you'll be sure to get dried fruit that: ➳ Holds its shape beautifully ➳ Keeps bright, perfect colors ➳ Smells fresh and sweet ➳ Keeps well for many months You can make beautiful dried orange and mandarin slices in a dehydrator, or right in the oven. These tips will help you to get the best results, whichever you use.
Having a functional mending basket makes it easier to quickly get torn clothes back in your family’s closets. Last year I gave my mending system an overhaul and finally have created a system that's working really well. I thought I’d share the changes I made, in case your current mending basket system isn’t working for you, and could use a revamp. Try these tips for creating a mending basket that truly works for you!
You really can start making soap without spending much AT ALL on supplies and ingredients. Getting started with soapmaking does not have to mean a huge startup expense! I hope these frugal soap making tips help you feel you can dive right in with this delightful craft, without sacrificing your budget! Even if you're living on a shoestring, you can do it! AND, you never know - you may just find yourself with a new side hustle! Making soap is addictive, and everyoen loves handmade soap!
Easter is a fun time to try some new brightly colored paper crafts! Did you know that paper can be easily dyed into endless beautiful shades using nothing more than natural plant dyes? True! Chances are, you have food scraps in your kitchen right now that you could use to make beautiful yellows, pinks, and other gorgeous shades. Hand-dyed paper is so much fun to work with, for making greeting cards, and paper art! Here are my tips for getting great color with making plant-dyed paper at home.
Learn to make your own iron modifier (also known as an iron mordant), which can be used to more permanently set plant dyes, while also altering the final color of your natural dyes. It's amazing the different shades you can achieve, just from the plants in your backyard, by using an iron modifier. It's an easy and frugal way to expand the range of natural colors you can get from your dye pot!
Learn how to make better-than-storebought dried pineapple rings, WITHOUT added sugar or preservatives! Natural, dried pineapple doesn't have to be brown. These secrets will give you perfect, bright yellow pineapple rings that are well-dried and store wonderfully. Looking for the method to make perfect dried pineapple rings in a dehydrator? This post will walk you through it step by step!
Learn how to make stencils from pictures of historic stencils - using just old lettuce tubs, or other free plastic produce containers. These homemade stencils last for years with proper care, and can be used hundreds of times! I especially love the look of old Moses Easton stencil patterns, still found in some the historic houses here in Maine. To recreate the look, it's easy to turn a photo of a beautifully stenciled colonial wall into a stencil of your own, that you can use again and again.
Devil's Beggartick is a widespread plant that's actually invasive in many places, yet its dye potential is not commonly known. This article will walk you through how to identify and use the Devil's Beggartick plant to create a bright, warm yellow dye that's quite sturdy and colorfast. #dyeingwithplants #plantdye #naturaldye #homesteading #naturecrafts #natureprojects
This quick and easy wreath made with dried fruit and herbs is reminiscent of Old Williamsburg Christmas decor - perfect for a simple farmhouse Christmas. #Christmas #farmhouse #farmhousestyle #farmhouseChristmas #farmhousedecor
With just a few materials, and only ten minutes, you can easily whip up a farmhouse style burlap pillow cover. Leave it as it is, or dress it up for the holiday with a quick no-sew applique. Try black and white buffalo plaid Christmas tree shapes for an easy rustic Christmas decorating accent in a living room or entry way!
This tutorial walks you through the best way to put a bottom (with drainage holes!) in a concrete block, so it can easily be used as a cement planter. #DIYconcreteprojects #concretecrafts #cementcrafts #diyplanters #gardening #organicgardening
This super-easy handmade lip balm recipe can be made in just 10 minutes, so it makes a wonderful last-minute diy stocking stuffer! Made with non-toxic essential oils, it's a healthy and frugal alternative to store-bought chap stick. This recipe is my favorite, because it's the perfect consistency to go on easily & coat lips nicely, without being too soft or too hard. Made without "Vitamin E" capsules, this recipe is healthier, especially for the 33% of people who are sensitive to Vitamin E oil!
Peach leaves give you a wonderful yellow dye that is more colorfast than other similar yellows, like goldenrod or onion skin. Learn how to gather and use peach leaves for creating a good strong dye bath, and using it to dye wool, linen, cotton, or even wood and paper. This is one of my favorite natural yellow shades that's easy to achieve through dyeing with plants. #naturaldye #dyeingwithplants #plantdyes
It’s easy to make a creative tote bag using vintage images and antique advertizing posters. Learn where to find beautiful old public domain pictures online, and how to use them to create the most unique library bag you've ever had! Custom tote bags make great handmade Christmas gifts, and they're a welcome diy teacher's gift idea too! #teachersgiftideas #diychristmasgifts #handmadegifts #handmadechristmasgifts #giftsforbooklovers
Learn how to use easy-to-find plants and food scraps to dye your own paper for art projects, stationery, and other paper crafts! It's addictively fun, and SO easy to do - anyone can successfully achieve beautiful hand-dyed colors right in their kitchen. Try peach leaves or goldenrod for beautiful yellow shades. Acorns give rich browns and blacks. Onion skins give lovely golden yellows, and avocado pits offer the most heavenly shades of pink! I share all my best tips for vivid, lasting colors.
These little microwavable handmade heating pads are so handy and cozy! Filled with corn, rice, cherry stones, or beans, they last for many uses, and can stay warm for hours. #handmadeheatpack #heatpackdiy #handmadehotpack #handwarmerdiy #handmadehandwarmers #handmadegifts #easydiy #easycrafts #easysewingprojects