If you are like me, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the hype or activities surrounding holidays. But, this cinnamon ornament heart garland is a simple, homemade Valentine's craft you can do with your kids that is made from things you probably already have in your pantry at home. Plus, it makes your house smell AMAZING!
TIP- it is cheaper if you buy your cinnamon in the bulk section of your grocery store.
What you'll need:
- 2 cups apple sauce
- 2 cups cinnamon
- 1/4 cup flour
- twine or ribbon
- heart shaped cookie cutters
- straw for punching holes in your dough
- parchment paper
- cookie sheet
- Mix the apple sauce, cinnamon and flour together until you form a moldable dough. If dough is too sticky, add more flour.
- Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick between 2 pieces of parchment paper. The dough is somewhat sticky so this helps make a smooth surface for cutting out your heart shapes.
- Cut out your shapes and place on baking sheet.
- Punch holes for threading ribbon or twine, using a straw.
- Bake at 200 deg F for 2 hours.
- Allow shapes to cool overnight and dry completely.
- Thread hearts together with twine or ribbon!
Thats it! Have fun with different colored ribbon or doing different heart shapes!
It takes a village! We've all heard the phrase before. Have there been any special people in you and your child's live this year to help with their care? As a single mother who works from home, my son spent two days of almost every week this past year at my dear friend's house where she graciously played, fed, and loved on him. I can never repay her for all of those hours spent caring for my child when I needed to get some work done! Whether it's your child's teacher, grandparent, parent, or simply a kind friend... making sure we can gift them something special for the holidays is a must! They work so hard to help make sure our babies grow up happy and healthy.
If you are like me, then you love to gift handmade and from the heart! Below I have listed a few fun ideas that you can easily make in less than a day, even the little ones can join in.
Beeswax + Soy Wax Candle
Did you know that beeswax can purify the air? It's the most amazing tool to help clean your home! The negative ions released when burning react with the positive ions floating in the air such as pollen, dust, dirt, and other pollutants. Their positive charge is what causes them to float, but the beeswax turns them neutral and either sucks them back into the candle or drops them to the ground! Soy, though all natural, does not have an amazing cleaning property like beeswax. It does, however, create an even burn to your candle which beeswax has trouble doing alone! Making your own beeswax and soy candles is incredibly easy!
Supplies (to make 4 candles):
- 1/2 lb 100% filtered beeswax
- 1/2 lb 100% soy wax
- candle wicks with metal bottoms
- vessel of choice to hold candle (mason jar, teacup, etc)
- In a makeshift double boiler (old soup pot for candle making only!) or crockpot (also for candle making only!), melt the beeswax and soy wax together. This will take a few minutes.
- While the wax is melting, position your wicks within their vessels. I always seem to use mason jars to make my candles as I tend to have them on hand! You could use any vessel you choose, though soy seems to work best in a glass container. I use wicks with metal bottoms. To position them, dip the bottom of the metal into some melted wax, and stick to the bottom of the vessel. Allow to harden and straighten the wick as much as possible.
- Once the wax is melted, using an old soup ladle, pour the candle over the wick and into the vessel. Straighten the wick if it has moved.
- Allow to cool until solidified, about an hour or two.
- Decorate with a cute ribbon or some twine!
Lemon + Rosemary Sugar Hand Scrub
I have gifted this to friends and family more years that I care to count! It makes such a great gift for anyone. Upon opening, they'll receive the most delightful scent of fresh lemon and woody rosemary. I just think rosemary makes the perfect winter-time herb! You'll be surprised how incredibly easy and fast this recipe is!
- 1 1/2 cups fine sea salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp Vitamin E oil or almond oil
- 2 tbsp natural lemon hand soap
- 25 drops tea tree essential oil
- zest of one lemon
- zest of one orange
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp dried rosemary
- In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. Mix all ingredients until well incorporated. If you find the mixture too liquid-like, add more salt. I wanted mine a bit more creamy, but you may like it to be crumbly. Choose whichever suits you!
- You can also substitute the sea salt for epsom salt, but this can be a bit course and rough on your skin. Because this scrub is very fresh, it should only last a month or two. Please be aware that it can go bad due to the use of the liquids! I would also say that this scrub is fine enough to use on the rest of your body (avoiding private and sensitive areas, of course). I might try it on my arms and legs!
- Place in a pretty glass jar with a seal and tie with a piece of twine! All done!
Simmer Pot in a Jar
I love a good simmer pot! I think I would just cry if someone gifted me one all packaged up cute in a jar. This is the simplest gift you can give to someone, especially if they are trying to create less waste in their life and gain less things. You can quickly fill up a mason jar with the ingredients, tie it with some twine, and write a little tag that lets them know how to use it. Everything can be composted inside and the jar can be reused for other things!
- 4 star anise
- 2-4 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 cup allspice berries
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1-2 sprigs fresh evergreen trimmings
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 3-4 slices of dried oranges and/or applies
- Jar with an airtight seal
- Place all ingredients in the jar in the order listed above.
- Seal the jar, tie with twine, and add a slice of dried orange for decoration!
- Write them a tag that says the following: "Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and cover with water. Add a teaspoon of vanilla if desired. Heat to a simmer and allow to sit for as long as you prefer! Place in the fridge to use again up to 2 more times."
I hope you enjoyed these simple, handmade gift ideas! There is nothing I love more than watching the expression of others who receive a handmade gift. It's almost as if they've never experienced it before these days! I think you could really surprise someone this year by gifting handmade. Plus, it's so much less expensive!! Wishing you a happy holiday season (:
You can find more DIY ideas and recipes on my blog at underatinroof.com
Hello! Happy May to you! Do any of you out there consider yourselves a black thumb, yet you still love succulents? Hey, that’s okay! I have a really simple craft for you try that’s not only adorable, but is completely chore free. There’s no watering involved or sunlight necessary. All you need is some paint and a few rocks. We’re going to make rock cactuses!
- Rocks of varying sizes
- Mini Clay Pot (I bought mine at Joann’s!)
- Acrylic Paint (green and white)
- Hot Glue Gun (optional)
- Sand or small pebbles
First thing’s first - paint your rocks! I decided to use a bright green and a forest green. I found the contrast lovely and made it look a little more modern. I found my rocks outside near our garage, and they took about two coats each to get a solid color. Did you paint rocks as a kid? I remember doing many rock-involved crafts at summer camp. This is a great project to do together with your kiddos! A little red or pink rock could be cute, too, just like red succulents. I decided to keep one of mine a natural red/brown color for variety.
Once they are painted green, give them a few little dashes of white. These will mimic their spines. I did crosses and dashes and horizontal lines. Have fun with it!
Once everything is painted and dry, it’s time to assemble the potted cactus. Admittedly, for the base inside my pot, I used leftover chicken grit. I know - that’s super weird and specific. I think sand would probably work best for this project, especially if you can find it outside! Or small pebbles or gravel. Basically, something that will hold your rocks up on their own.
With your hot glue gun, feel free to glue the rocks in place in the pot or to each other. I did not glue mine down to the pot, but I did glue a few of them together so that they would stand upright on their own. If you are using sand, you probably won’t need to glue them at all!
That’s it! Enjoy your little fake cactus. Place it near a window or on your kid’s dresser. I love it for some added green color on Tad’s bookshelf!
This is a really simple and easy craft that anyone can make. I loved woking on this project with Tad on the rainy days we’ve been having. He helped me paint the rocks, sort of, but mostly just pretended he was sword fighting with the paintbrushes. Either way, we chitchatted and had some fun together! That’s what’s really important (: Enjoy!!!
You can find more herbal home remedies, recipes, and gardening tips at Kayla’s blog on underatinroof.com
Fin + Vince: How to Regrow Celery - Super Fun + Easy!
Spring has sprung! Isn’t it glorious? Our little homestead is hustling and bustling with the promise of new life on the horizon and lots of new surprises. If you don’t know me too well, our little family, my son and myself, live in a little cottage out in rural Iowa. We’ve been spending the past few months preparing our half an acre backyard into a tiny, urban homestead fit with a full vegetable garden, berry bushes, apple trees, and a small flock of chickens. We just brought our new chicks home and have finished our greenhouse where we are caring for seedlings!
A few weeks ago, I tried experimenting with regrowing celery from an organic stalk we had purchased at our local food co-op. After using all of the fresh green part of the plant, we were left with the whitened, not very tasty part of the stalk. I had remembered reading that you could regrow celery in a glass of water. I figured it was worth trying - what did I have to lose?
It was so incredibly easy! I couldn’t believe that an entire new stalk of celery began to grow from the center of the old stalk. It was honestly really incredible to witness. I thought that it was such a fun project to do with children. My son is almost two, so he really doesn’t understand the why part of the fun in growing plants, but he does like to help me water them. If you have children that are a bit older, I am sure they would find this experiment really wild and crazy! And there are so many vegetables that you can grow a new plant from: potatoes, green onions, leeks, fennel, cabbage, romaine lettuce, bok choy, ginger, onions, garlic, and pineapples! Even mushrooms can be regrown. It only takes a few days to see some progress.
You’ll need a small bowl or glass to house your celery stalk. I used a small mason jar to keep mine, which let it sit perfectly upright. Fill your glass with warm water, making sure to not cover the top of the celery, and let it sit in a window that gets plenty of sunlight. We’ve been having regularly overcast/cloudy days, so I let my celery sit in a south-facing window. Spray your little celery stalk with water at least once a day to keep the top moist. And just let it sit!
Make sure you change the water out daily and use warm water to refill the glass. Give it a little spritz here and there, or if you don’t have a sprayer, just sprinkle a little water over the top with your fingers.
You’ll start to see new growth after 5-7 days. I promise! Your celery will start to sprout green leaves and eventually look like mine. I’ve heard that you should move it into soil after about two weeks of growth in the water, but I let mine sit for almost four. I was being lazy! It still continued to grow and no mold appeared for me, but I changed the water quite consistently.
Finally, I took our stalk and planted it in some soil. You’ll want to find a planter deep enough for the entire stalk to be buried beneath soil. Use organic potting soil for the best possible results and a healthy, organic celery stalk at the end of this growing journey. Continue to spritz your new leaf growth and check the soil for dampness every few days. If the soil is dry an inch or so below the topsoil, then it needs a drink!
In about 4-5 months, you’ll have enough celery stalks growing to clip off and eat. The plant will continue to regenerate itself and grow. How amazing is that? You can keep your little potted celery inside your home for the rest of its growth, but if you have a safe place outdoors to let it grow, then that is the best option! The earth is a wonderful place! You can find new treasures everyday. My son had such a fun time watering our celery, and I love watching him explore plants. It’s such a special moment to see your child find joy in the new growth of spring!
You can find more herbal home remedies, recipes, and gardening tips at Kayla’s blog on underatinroof.com
Hello! For the past few weeks I have been on the hunt for all natural art supplies for my little one, Tad. Every day, he and I head out to our studio so that I can get some work done for my business, Under A Tin Roof. Though he usually entertains himself with his toys and books, he likes to “help” mama make things, too!
Now that he’s almost two, he’s starting to show interest in crayons and chalk for more than just eating, but that’s not always the case. There’s still some crayon-to-mouth action that happens! While I was researching how to naturally dye crayons and paints, I came across how to make your own play dough. It was such a quick and easy way to make something fun for my little guy that was not only safe, but really pretty, too!
I don’t love that everything made for kids has to be bright and flashy. Using herbs from your pantry can make some really lovely, muted colored play dough, and to be quite honest, he loves it either way! This took me about an hour to throw together and was so easy, I thought another mama might be interested, too. Be warned, the mixture is sticky, and you will have to use some elbow grease to clean out your pot between colors. But I didn’t have to bust out the steel wool, so it was a win in my book!
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
1-3 tbsp herbs
Here are the herbs I used to color our play dough:
In a medium saucepan, mix together all ingredients. Each color has to be made separately, and the pot has to be cleaned between each color. This is the most time consuming part, but the final product is really nice and works well, so not a big deal in the long run! When it comes to your herbs, I suggest mixing them in a tablespoon at a time and seeing if you like how the color is turning out. Make sure all of your herbs/spices are ground or powdered! These colors are very earthy - it made me curious to see what grinding up dried roses or lavender might do!
Heat the pan over medium/low heat and stir the mixture. It will already be pasty and then begin to turn into a dough, sticking to the sides and bottom of the pan. Make sure you stir consistently while you work to prevent most of the stickiness! Remove from heat once it has form into a ball.
Place the dough on some wax paper or a silicone baking mat and let rest until cool enough to handle with your hands. Knead until smooth and elastic, like commercial play dough. I found that it turned out much better after I kneaded it for about 3-5 minutes.
Play! When you are all finished making, place your dough balls into a plastic bag or airtight container and store in a dark place, like your pantry, until ready to use again. See? Really easy! Also, can you tell that I have a wild little boy on my hands? That beaten up table - oh jeez!! Have so much fun making your play dough and knowing all of the ingredients that go into it. We are loving it!
I love working with wool felt! It’s easy, forgiving, and often can create something adorable in under ten minutes. Who doesn’t love a craft like that? When I came up with the idea for these veggie pins it was almost like a no-brainer. They were so quick and simple, not to mention incredibly cute. All you need is a few simple supplies, some creativity, and a few minutes of free time.
I decided to make a little broccoli pin + a carrot pin. In essence, that’s two shades of green and one shade of orange. I also thought a lemon, strawberry, corn, or pumpkin could be cute to try, too! Let’s start!
A couple of sample squares of wool felt
Embroidery thread in coordinating colors
Stick-On Metal Pin Backs
Creating the shapes to your veggies is pretty simple! I don’t have a pattern to share with you, as I figured most anyone could draw a cartoon outline for a piece of broccoli. I decided to draw directly onto the felt with a pen, but you could also cut some shapes out of paper and use them as a makeshift pattern. Draw your shapes! For the broccoli, I cut out two stalk pieces and one detail piece in dark green. For the carrot, I cut out two green tops and two orange bodies. For the broccoli, stitch the dark green detail piece to the light green body piece of felt.
With your embroidery thread, stitch a face onto the bodies of the veggies. I used French Knots for eyes, a line stitch for the cheeks, and Back Stitch for the mouths.
For the carrot, attach the green top to the orange body for both sides.
Line up the backs of the veggie bodies to the fronts. Begin to stitch around the edges on the bodies until they are attached.
Peel and stick your metal pin backing to the backs of the pins. That’s it!
I just thought these turned out so cute. They look adorable attached to a little one’s backpack or onto their jacket. Have fun getting creative and making your own little veggies!