Showing posts with label hand made gifts for under $5. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hand made gifts for under $5. Show all posts

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts

Creative Ideas:

Firstly, I just wanted to say hi - I've missed being here - it's been a bit up and down lately in my world, but hopefully now I'm back to stay! 

I've got a couple of great ideas to post and I can't wait to show them to you over coming weeks.

But for this week, it's a great little recipe to make your own relaxing bath salts.

1 cup Epsom salts (in the bath aisle of your local supermarket)
1/4 cup dried lavender
1/4 cup almond oil
6 drops essential lavender oil

1. Mix the almond oil and lavender oil together

2. Mix the Epsom salts and dried lavender together

3. Combine all ingredients, mix well and bottle

You could use any combination of oils and dried herbs of flowers. Some suggestions I'd like to try are: 
  • lemon zest with lemon oil for a refreshing scrub
  • rose petals and geranium and rose oil
  • dried rosemary and lavender and rosemary oil (avoid rosemary oil during pregnancy).
Hope you enjoy this quick and simple little project!

Happy creating

Caity x

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Pretty Tulle 'Nanna' Coat Hangers


I'm still on holidays (bliss for me, I know) and while I did pack a fair bit of sewing to do I have found it really hard to pick up anything.

So this week I have another great SUPER easy project that you can make for under $3!!!

There is a little story to go with these coat hangers first. My grandmother, on my father's side, was blind. She only lost her sight later in her life, but my memory of her is of her having no vision.

Like many women of her time, she was amazing at embroidery, could crochet and knit like no tomorrow and loved to bake.

When she lost her sight I think she struggled for a long time until my granddad organised her to make these simple hangers. Needless to say every time we went to visit I could come home with some more coat hangers.

I still have a couple at home now - amazing purples, greens and pinks. 

They really are so simple to make I will keep the instructions basic.

What you will need:
  • wire coat hangers
  • tulle (0.6m per hanger)
  • ribbon, flower or something to decorate
  • scissors

1. Cut up all the tulle into strips of approx 2cm wide and 11cm or 4.5 inches long (if you don't have a ruler that's ok - just use the length of your iPhone like I did!!).

2. Start tying the tulle in simple single knots around the wire hanger until you have filled the hanger.

3. Attach ribbon or pretty flowers to the base of the hook and admire!

This is a great project for the kids to do (obviously you may need to cut up the tulle for them!). They are also really cheap to make. This is a breakdown of the costs to give you an idea:
  • 0.6m tulle per hanger = $2.1 ($3.50/m at Spotlight)
  • Wire hangers = 35c each ($3.50 for pack of 10 at Kmart) 
  • 50cm Ribbon for bows = 17.5c (35c meter at Spotlight)
Happy crafting!

Caity x

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Simple Pretty T-shirts for Under $5


I'm trying to be a bit more budget conscious these days but a girl still wants to look good so I thought I might pretty up a few simple t-shirts I recently bought.

These t-shirts were $4 each from Big W.

I made 3 different styles - bows, lace and heart applique.... each one is very simple and will only take you about 30mins.

Bow t-shirt
1. To make the bows I cut a strip of fabric 1" x 15" long folded it in half and sewed down one side.

2. Turn the tube in half iron flat (with the seam in the middle).

3. Cut tube into 2 equal strips 6.5" each and 2 smaller strips of 1" each.

4. Fold the end of each long strip to the centre and secure with a couple simple stitches.

5. Fold 1" strip over the centre of the long strip and pinch together to form a bow and secure at the back with another couple stitches. 

6. Attach each bow to the side of the sleeve of your t-shirt with a couple of stitches and you're finished.

Lace t-shirt

1. Find some lace you like (it needs to be a little longer than the length of the centre front of your t-shirt). 

2. Lay the lace right side up, down the centre front of your t-shirt and pin (making sure you don't pin the back of the t-shirt too!).

3. Depending on the width of your lace, sew down either side of the lace to secure it to the t-shirt with a little over lap at the top and bottom of to make it nice and tidy and you've prettied up 2 t-shirts in no time.

Applique Heart t-shirt

1. Dig into that scrap bag of fabrics and find a piece of fabric suitable size to cut out a heart. Really it can be any size you want and if you want to draw your heart my hand or use a template it's really up to you!.

2. Iron the fabric scrap onto a piece of heat n bond the same size as the fabric.

3. Draw the heart on the heat n bond and cut out.

4. Place heart where you like on your t-shirt and secure with a hot iron.

5. If you don't have a sewing machine you could either stitch a button hole around the outside of the heart or even a straight stitch (if you decide to do this I recommend only hand washing your t-shirt as the stitching does get ratty). Otherwise you can use your sewing machine on a zig zag, satin or straight stitch to secure the edge of the heart and you're finished.

Three great t-shirts for under $5 each and really no cost at all if you use existing t-shirts and what you have in your cupboard!

Great gift idea for your friends!

Caity x