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These beautiful gemstones and crystals are actually soaps! They are ridiculously fun to create and make for impressive gifts.

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Each kit includes (makes a minimum of 2 soaps):

  • 1/2lb each of vegetable based clear and opaque white soap bases

  • red, yellow, green and blue food coloring

  • 10 small, reusable mixing cups

  • 2 soap molds

  • toothpicks

You’ll need:

  • a microwavable glass or measuring cup

  • paring knife

  • cutting board

  • scissors

  • fragrance oil (optional)

Start by cutting each of your soap bases in half. Reserve the clear and opaque halves for your 2nd gemstone soap – the kit will allow you to make a minimum of 2 soaps in 2 color ways. Cut the halves in half again. One quarter piece of the clear and opaque soap will be used mix colors. The other quarters pieces will be reserved for the final mold.

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Cut the clear soap into small chunks and place into a microwavable glass. Microwave for 40-60 seconds until completely melted. If you want to add fragrance, this is when you’d add your oil. A little goes a long way so don’t overdo it! Divide the melted soap evenly into 5 small mixing cups.

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I’ll be making purple here which means I’ll need to mix blue and red. Start with the darkest shades first. One drop of each color should really be as dark as you’ll need to go. Slowly reduce the amount of food coloring after each subsequent mixing cup. Use the toothpick to extract the smallest amount of color from the bottle. Again, a little goes a long way! Mix each color thoroughly with a toothpick. If the soap starts to set, then pop them mini cups into the microwave for 4-5 seconds and mix again.

Color combination tips:

  • red + blue = purple

  • red + yellow = orange

  • blue + green = cyan

  • green + yellow + red = brown

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Repeat the same step with the quarter pound of opaque soap base. Allow to set for at least an hour or so. Once they’ve cooled and hardened, turn them over, use your thumbs to push the bottom and they should pop out easily. Save the mini mixing cups as you’ll be able to reuse them over and over again.

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Slice the colors into thin slices and small shards. Mix the colors randomly and drop them into the soap mold. The looser and more random, the better. I like to place the darker colors on the bottom and lighter colors on top but again, don’t try to get it too uniform!

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Melt the quarter piece of clear soap and pour into the soap mold. Then melt the quarter piece of opaque soap and pour into the soap mold.

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At this point, you can even pop the entire cup into the microwave for 5 seconds – just so the colors melt together more naturally. Or you can leave it as it is. The cup might warp from the hot soap – it’s okay. Just keep an eye on it if you do decide to put it in the microwave – you don’t want to melt a hole in your mold! Allow to set for a couple of hours – you can even pop it in the refrigerator if you, like me, don’t have the patience to wait. Once the soap has totally cooled and hardened, carefully cut the mold open with a pair of scissors.

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Place the wider end on a cutting board and use a paring knife to cut 5-6 vertical edges at a slight angle. Then cut the top into a point at 5-6 more exaggerated angles.

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And voila, that’s it!

A few more tips:

  • Save all of your scraps. You can cut them up and reuse them to make more soap!

  • If you want to give them as gifts, wrap them in tissue paper or cellophane.

  • You can make 2 soaps per mold if you cut the molds in half vertically – you’ll just end up with narrower gemstones

  • And most importantly, have fun!

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Try this beautiful coastal soap DIY and have creative custom gifts to give your guests. Get creative and mix your ocean hues to create aqua sea glass like soaps.

DIY Link:

Gemstone Soaps

This succulent wreath is so easy & inexpensive, and it stays alive all year round!

Succulent Summer Wreath DIY

How to Make A Living Succulent Wreath

Materials you will need to make a succulent wreath:
-A wreath frame. This one was a 12″ wire frame in green for $4.89.
–Sphagnum moss. This cost $8 and was enough for several wreaths.
-Floral wire or plain old fishing wire (I used fishing wire)
-Floral pins or just paperclips or bobby pins that you bend (I used bobby pins)
–Rooting hormone (not required but definitely helps)
-Succulent clippings (you could buy succulents, but why?)

The wreath is alive and will continue to grow.  To keep it healthy, just spritz it with a spray bottle of water occasionally and make sure it gets some sun.  The easiest way to kill a succulent is too much water, but you won’t have that problem with the great drainage the wreath provides.

Succulent Wreath Instructions:
First we cut some clippings from living succulents.

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To clip, just grab a branch or a stem and cut. You can even regrow a succulent just from one leaf, but that will take longer so your wreath won’t look as full right away. It is pretty to have some “flower” looking succulents on your wreath, so on many I just cut right off the top.

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Now take them out and lay them somewhere for a few days. The end of the stem where you cut will be moist right after you cut. So you want to let them sit somewhere to dry until a dry scab forms on the bottom. Depending on the air where you live and the plant this could take 2-7 days. This will not kill the plant. This is setting it up to grow again!

Time to assemble our wreath!

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So get out your wreath frame and spaghnum moss. Moisten the moss in a bowl or bucket for 5-10 minutes until it is fully wet.

Now stuff that wreath frame full of moss really tight from the back.

Now use floral wire or plain old fishing wire to wrap the frame and moss, just to make sure it holds.

Now turn your frame over. See how you can still see the frame on the front?

Add another layer of moss to cover and wrap with fishing line again. You can’t even see the fishing line when you’re done.

Now we are ready to start our succulent-designing! Start with the bigger clippings, the more unusual clippings that you only have one or two of. Make a hole in the moss with a pencil or stick or something pointy.

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Dip your succulent in rooting hormone. You don’t HAVE to use rooting hormone, but it does help the cutting take root in your wreath.

If your succulent has a short stem or doesn’t feel fully secure, you’ll need to secure it in place in order to hang your wreath. I used bobby pins, you could also use floral pins or a bent paperclip. So just bend it a bit.

You don’t want to pierce the succulent, you want to go around it to hold it in place. You could actually skip using any attachment at all, but then you will have to leave your wreath laying flat until the roots start growing on your clippings, which will take 3-6 months. So slip the bobby pin around the stem. You won’t even notice it.

Putting groupings of the same plant next to each other looks nice, at least 3 or 4.

You really can’t go wrong with how you arrange succulents.

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As you plant your clippings, leave a little room for them to grow, don’t pack them in too tight. In a year your wreath will be much fuller than it is now, so keep that in mind. Make sure to stand it up every now and then to get a feel for how it looks when hanging. So keep adding until you feel like it’s done!

So if you used pins, you can let it dry a bit, then go hang that baby! Or you can set it in the center of your dining table, or outside somewhere. 

A beautiful coastal DIY that will continue to grow and beautify your coastal space. Coastal succulent summer wreath DIY to spruce up your coastal outdoor space.

DIY Link & Photo Credits:

DIY: Simple & Stunning Living Succulent Wreath

Summer Seashell Anklet DIY

SUPPLIES:

Scissors

Colored Embroidery Thread

Seashells

Charms

DIRECTIONS:

This is perhaps the easiest DIY anklet that you can make. It involves no braiding or looping and is perfect for those who do not have the patience to be braiding stuff.

Measure out and cut the required length (Note: you do not need four times the length as we will not be braiding in this method). String the seashells and other embellishments as per your preference and knot on either side to keep them in place. Knot the ends onto your foot when you want to wear the anklet.

BRAIDED METHOD:

You need four strands to work with for this braided anklet. The length of the strands should be four times that of the size that you want.

Step 1

Gather the four strands, fold them in half and tie a knot at the folded end so that you end up with a loop as shown in the photo.

Step 2

Separate the strands into two equal sections (i.e. four strands each). Now start braiding using the fishtail braiding technique. If you’re not familiar with the technique, here’s a quick how-to guide. First, take the outer strand from your left section and bring it over to the right section. Then take the outer strand from the right section and bring it over to the left section. Continue doing this to create your fishtail braid.

Step 3
Once you reach the end of the rope, tie it up in a chunky knot that you can then put through the loop at the other end to secure the anklet.

Once you master this fishtail braid anklet, you can move on to some of the more complicated and intricate braids.

Braided charm and seashell ankle bracelets DIY. Loop your braids through either the hole in a charm or in the top of a cute, summery seashell to create this summery anklet.

PHOTO CREDIT :

Seashell Summer Anklet DIY

DIY LINK:

Anklet DIY

Soooooooooo beautiful!!! I love it!!!
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Love the beauty of seaglass,what a fantastic way to display it!!!! An love the ombre effect!!!
-   3 months ago -
LOVE THESE KITCHENS
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