The Rough Rider (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Christmas time is here! In comes the presents! And cookies! And stress. The holidays can be taxing, especially when one has to think of all the presents they have to give, and all the money they have to spend to get those presents. Let us try something new this year: DIY (Do it yourself) gifts!
Soap: It is fun, creative, and unexpected. One can either get the pre-made soap, and remelt it, adding in colors and scents, or make it from scratch, with lye and fat. The latter is hard to make (and a bit dangerous, eye protection and gloves are a must), but very fun. You also get to practice your chemistry! For easiness’ sake, buy the premade glycerin soap bases and just remelt them in a saucepan. Essential oils such as lavender, tea tree and mint help give the soap an aromatherapy aspect. Once heated, pour the soap into any mold you want and let it set.
*note: adding spirulina or cinnamon into the soap gives it a hint of color. You can swirl it too!
Lip Balm: Everybody loves lip balm! Why not make it yourself? It is cheap and pretty easy to make. The recipe is simple: 3 parts oil (coconut oil, olive oil, etc) , 1 part solid butter (cocoa butter, Shea butter, etc), 1 part beeswax, essential oils (a few drops should be good enough). Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and melt over medium heat, then pour into little jars.
Beading: Whether it be earrings or lanyards, or anything else, there is always a use for them. You can make it as complicated or as simple as you want.
- To make earrings: you will need rods, beads (duh), pliers, and earring hooks. String the beads onto the rod, then, using the pliers, bend the top of the rod downward, closing off the beads and leaving just enough room to string on the hook. Once you string on the hook, close off the loop, and you are finished!
- To make lanyards: Cut a piece of fishing line about 20 inches long.
- Tape one end to make sure the beads do not fall off. String the beads on in any pattern you like. When you reach the middle, bead the lobster hook on and continue with our pattern. Tie off at the end, and you are done!
Mugs: Did you know that if you buy a mug, write a message with sharpie on it, and stick it in the oven at 350 degrees, the sharpie will stay on? Now whatever you write is washproof! Fill the mug with candy and other goodies and you are good to go!
Christmas can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be. When you’re thinking of presents, turn to DIY’s to make this year’s gift-giving a little easier. *note: You can buy all of the materials needed to make these at either Whole Foods, Amazon, or Ben Franklin.*
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