DIY Gel Air Fresheners (Spring & Summer Scents)

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Spring is here! I am ready for some warmer weather (though I will miss my sweaters and boots.) It is time to change out the scents too! This week I made these fun DIY Gel Air Fresheners. I did these in Spring & Summer Scents. (I did a set for Winter. You can check it out here.)

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These are actually super easy to make. These are a great handmade gift idea too. You can use almost any glass jar, so it is a great upcycle project.  (I used old baby food jars.)

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You can also use mason jars if you prefer.

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DIY Bird Feeder

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Here is a fun and easy project for Spring- DIY Bird Feeders! This is also a great way to upcycle cardboard tubes!

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My project supervisor. I pay her in treats.

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What You Need

Bird Seed

Peanut Butter (I recommend natural.)

Cardboard Tube (from paper towels, toilet paper, wrapping paper…)

Ribbon

Scissors and hole punch

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I know some folks are totally grossed out by the upcycling of TP rolls. I am a germ-a-phobe, but I just don’t get it?? Still, you can use other options. I used a empty wrapping paper roll. ( Though I would not use any cardboard if it has glue residue.)

In the past I have made these in large batches and used natural peanut butter (since I find it to be for the birds anyway). I only had regular PB on hand.

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Directions:

Step One

Cut the cardboard tube to the size you prefer. Then carefully punch or cut two holes in the tube. You will want to place the holes about a half inch from the end and on opposite sides. These are the holes you will thread the ribbon through so you can hang the bird feeder.

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Step Two

Coat tube with peanut butter and then roll the tube on a plate or pan of bird seed to coat. You will want to gently pack down the bird seed with your fingers as you go.

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Step Three

Thread through a ribbon and tie off.

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You are ready to hang!

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You can find out more from The Audubon Society about feeding and attracting birds here.

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My other lovely assistants in our too tall grass. (My husband will break out the mower this weekend. Hello Spring!)

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Fluff just wanted you to know…she helped with the editing process as well.

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Make Your Own Solid Perfume Lockets

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Here is an easy DIY- Make Your Own Solid Perfume Lockets. Of course, you can use this tutorial to just make the solid perfume.

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If you have any perfume samples around this project is a great way to use those up!  You could also use essential oil if you prefer.

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This would make a great handmade gift. (I made the cameo using washi tape, paper and Mod Podge)

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As you can see I have a ton of sample perfumes….

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What You Need:

Carrier Oil (Grapeseed, Jojoba, Almond)

Beeswax

Lockets or other heat safe container

(double boiler, spoons, glass jars)

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You will need equal parts oil and beeswax. I did one tablespoon of each to fill 5 lockets and I had some left over. My lockets were very shallow.

You can purchase beeswax in blocks or pellets. I think the pellets would be easier.

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Add you oil and beeswax to the double boiler and stir gently. The wax will melt quickly and you will need to move fast.

I very carefully transferred my mixture into a small glass jar. It is hot, hot, hot! So you will want to use caution! I quickly added the fragrance. (How much you choose to add is up to you. It will depend on the strength of the perfume and your personal preference. You may have to play around will it since there is no set in stone formula.  I used a half a vile.)

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Quickly and carefully fill ONE SIDE of your locket. You do not want to overfill or the locket will not close.

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Allow the mixture to set up and you have a lovely solid perfume locket. I used these lockets. They are inexpensive, but they are very, very shallow and I would select a deeper locket if I decide to do this craft again. You can find more options here.

 If you like this Make Your Own Solid Perfume Locket tutorial, be sure to follow Living Chic on the Cheap on Pinterest!

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Make Your Own Aromatherapy Eye Mask

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Here is a simple DIY- Make Your Own Aromatherapy Eye Mask.

I know some folks are pretty serious about aromatherapy,  I simply mean I used essential oils inside the mask.

I love this project because it requires a minimal investment of both cost and time. The eye mask uses very little fabric, so if you have scrap fabric around it would be perfect for this project. You probably have all or most of the items already on hand. This eye mask took me about 30 minutes to complete.

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DIY Gift Box

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Need a super cute gift box on the cheap? This project is so easy. All you need is a box, scrapbook paper or wrapping paper and Mod Podge.

I have all these terrific cardboard boxes around from my monthly beauty box subscription to Birchbox. These boxes are so cool…I just hate to toss them.

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I was in need of some gift boxes recently and decided to break out the Mod Podge. I have to say, I was really pleased with the result.

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In no time I had some super cute gift boxes!

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What You Need:

Cardboard Box

Scrapbook Paper or Wrapping Paper

Mod Podge (I used this)

Scissors

Brush

Ribbon (optional)

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Directions:

First you will want to cut the paper to fit the box.

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I did just the top of 3 boxes. I did both the tops and the sides of the 4th box.

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You want to be pretty precise with your cuts, so make sure you check the fit before you move on to the next step.

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Next, add a coat of Mod Podge to the box. If you are doing the sides, I would do those first.

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Apply the paper. Press down quickly and gently. You will want to avoid air pockets and bubbles.

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Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the outside of the paper.

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Allow to dry. I only did one top coat.

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There you have it…and adorable upcycled box perfect for gift giving.

Just a tip….I found scrapbook paper is easier to use than wrapping paper.

DIY Natural Oven Cleaner (2 Ingredients)

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For those of you who are not a fan of housework…check this out!

I love this cleaner because it is pretty much does the work for you. I also like it because it is natural and it is super inexpensive. Plus, you probably already have the 2 ingredients you need to make this today.

I am not a fan of chemical commercial oven cleaners. After I read the warning label I realized a dirty oven could be the least of my worries. My friend Megan told me about a DIY Natural Oven Cleaner she uses and loves. So I thought I would give it a try.

What You Need:

White Distilled Vinegar

Baking Soda

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Directions:

1. Sprinkle baking soda all over the bottom of the oven.

2. Pour vinegar (don’t overdo it) on top of baking soda.

3. Close the oven door and let sit for 4 hours.

4. Wipe away with rags.

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After a simple wiping I noticed a dramatic difference. It’s not perfect, but it’s much better with little effort.

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I did use a scrubber to scrape away some of the really baked-on stuff, but I didn’t spend much time working on this. I don’t know about you, but I have better things to do than clean an oven.

(Please refer to your oven manual before using this cleaning method)

This post is for entertainment purposes only. Remember, this DIY project should be done by an adult. Use caution when handling hot materials. Keep out of reach of small children and animals.

DIY Fabric Covered Pin Board

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For the last 3 years I have done ALL of my own DIY projects on the site; however, this project is actually from my friend Allie!

I always admire the fabric covered pin board in her kitchen. A couple weeks ago we were hanging out at her beautiful home and she offered me the pin board she used to have in her closet. I mentioned it would make a great DIY for my site and she told me how she made it.

I am not going to deconstruct the board, but I think you will be able to make this yourself if you see a few close up photos of the board.

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