While most of us have been at home for almost a month now, I can assume you are getting a little stir crazy. I have put together some do-it-yourself ideas that can save you money and are better for the environment as well (most are zero waste). Almost all can be made with children too!
Please reach out with any ideas or questions you have of on any DIY projects. Send me photos if you try out any of the below. :)
Tin Cans: You can also use tin cans as organizers, to make your own candles (there are SO many ideas on Pinterest), or use them as little planters. Chives, mint, basil, cilantro, and thyme are easy herbs to grow indoors.
Glass Jars: These can be reused SO many different ways. Wash out and keep any glass jars (ex: pasta sauce, salsa, jelly, pesto, etc) which can be reused to make cold brew, iced tea, fruit infused water, food storage for leftovers. I use the small ones for condiments when I pack lunches. You can also use the glass jars for other types of storage like pens, pencils, makeup brushes, cotton balls, dog treats, or vases for flowers. I will sometimes use old candles for organizers as well. The options are endless - you can spray paint or decorate jars as well if you want to add color.
Aromatherapy Heating Pad: These are great to have on hand for muscle pains, cramps, or just for extra warmth when it's cold out. Take some fabric (an old t-shirt or wash cloths will also do) cut out so you have two pieces of 5in by 7in or you make mini ones for hand warmers in the winter. Either hand sew or use a sewing machine along 3 edges first (if using a printed fabric make sure the printed sides are facing the inside) then turn inside out so printed side is facing out and stitches can't be seen. Fill about half way to 2/3rds full then sew remaining edge. If you don't have a sewing machine or don't want to sew - you can also use a long sock and add rice to and tie a knot on the end, which would be great to use on your shoulders. Once complete, microwave for 1-2 minutes and add essential oils to outside of fabric like lavender or eucalyptus, for relaxation and soothing of muscles.
Body Scrub: Using a scrub in the shower helps remove dead skin cells, cleans out your pores, and leaves your skin feeling soft! I like making my own because it's easy, cheap and only requires a few ingredients. You can also mix and match ingredients to cater what you want. You can use a glass jar for storage if you want to make a whole bunch at once.
Start out first with the "scrub" part - which can be brown or white sugar, coffee grounds, or salt. Then add the liquid part - olive oil, coconut oil are my go to's but any type of oil will work. Mix oil and scrub until its a good consistency - not too dry but not too oily. Then add any essential oils like lavender, orange, mint, vanilla (get creative!) Mix all together and you’re r done. Use the scrub 2x a week.
Old T-shirts and Sweaters into Pillows: Spring cleaning? You can up-cycle sweaters or t-shirts in decorative pillows. You can either cover up an old pillow or you can buy regular pillows and cut open and take the stuffing out. Using the same technique as the aromatherapy bag, just make a square or whatever shape you want for a pillow, sew and stuff!
Old denim into a wine holder: I found this idea on an email from Levi's - simply cut off the legs from an old pair of jeans and sew up one end and use extra ribbon or twine as a handle. Great for gifting and can be re-used. See the full blog from Levi's here. They also have a lot of great DIY's on their website like wallets, western shirts, and mixed media t-shirts.
Make your own cleaning and disinfecting wipes: Single use wipes aren't great for the environment, and with the current circumstances, cleaning products are scarce right now. Cut up an old towel or rag into desired size (3x5 or 4x6 suggested). Get a container that can be sealed properly (large coffee container or jar). Throw in cloths then mix together below ingredients in a separate bowl and then add to jar. After use you wash out and set aside to be re-used.
- 2 cups of rubbing alcohol
- 2-3 teaspoons of dish washing liquid
- 10-15 drops of essential oil (lemon suggested)
Dog Treats: For those of you that have pets, there are so many quick and easy dog treat recipes. See below an easy pumpkin dog treat recipe I made the other day.
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
4 tablespoons molasses
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Heat oven to 350
Combine pumpkin, molasses, coconut oil, and water.
Mix in remaining ingredients until dough is soft.
Scoop out into tablespoons and roll into a ball and place on greased baking sheet flatten with a fork
Bake for 25 min or until dough hardens.
I hope some of these ideas sparked some creativity in you!