What You'll Need
- Bunch of fresh rosemary
- Bunch of fresh thyme
- Bunch of fresh oregano
- 24-gauge craft wire
- Select the longest branches of rosemary when shopping for the herbs, which result in wreaths around three inches in diameter. Pick one branch and bend to form a circle, securing by wrapping with a short length of the craft wire.
- Now gather three or four sprigs of the other herbs and twist them together with a small piece of craft wire, leaving a bit for attaching to the round of rosemary.
- Create three or four bundles of herbs and attach them to the rosemary, filling in the wreath.
- For a pop of color, thread three fresh cranberries with a length of craft wire and attach it by twisting the ends of the wire to the wreath. Finish by tying with a length of ribbon.
Along with discovering eco- and budget-friendly ways to make your life easier, I spend countless hours testing each and every DIY. Some I only use once, while others are made over and over — and over again. Here are seven that I simply can't live without.
Garbage Disposal Refreshers
I keep a stash of garbage disposal refreshers under my sink and use them all the time. OK, I use them every day. And you can mix things up and use orange or lime instead of lemon.
Once I experimented with this smart trick, I couldn't stop. Now every box of tissues in my home is wonderfully scented. And you can use essential oils other than eucalyptus. I love orange, lavender, and rosemary for a nice, uplifting smell. And, I'll be honest: I usually use at least 10 drops of essential oil for a strong scent.
Square Canvas Prints
Yes, this isn't an essential DIY, but I make these square canvas prints all the time. I use personal pictures and display them around the home or give them as gifts to friends and family. They're so easy to make, and you can use basic printer paper with great results.
I'm a busy girl, and sometimes I, um, am not the freshest. This DIY spray deodorant is my go-to when I need a little refreshing. I have a small spray bottle in the bathroom, one in all my bags, and a bottle in the kitchen (really).
This easy air freshener makes your space smell amazing in seconds. And you can personalize the scent with your favorite essential oil.
I love how cute this hand sanitizer looks in an upcycled perfume bottle, but this spray is a winner, because it cleans my hands in a pinch. And it's made with natural ingredients that do a great job of cleaning without drying my skin.
These dryer sheets come together with only a few ingredients and leave my clothes so soft — without any lingering vinegar scent. I find myself refreshing the jar every couple of weeks and often experiment with different essential oils. So far, tea tree and lavender are my favorites.
It's always nice to have a small gift for a coworker or a neighbor (like that cute guy down the hall). And this collection of $5-or-less Etsy finds is perfect for giving little trinkets this holiday season. If your gift-giving isn't limited to Christmas, then you can stash these tokens of appreciation and dole them out anytime of year.
Perfect for guys, girls, or even moms, click through for a seriously budget-friendly collection of small presents you'll love giving to others.
Make life easier and stash all of these DIYs in your purse. You'll love having these eco-friendly helpers at your fingertips — these extras in tow will make your day better.
1. Spray DeodorantThis quick and easy everyday essential is a serious lifesaver. Keep it in your purse for spritzing when needed.
2. Eco-Friendly Hand SanitizerUpcycle an old perfume bottle as a container for a DIY hand sanitizer that busts through bacteria and leaves your hands nice and soft. And you can personalize the spray with your favorite essential oil.
3. Mini Stain HelperEveryone spills, which makes popping a mini stain stick in your purse a great way to keep stains from setting.
4. Wrinkle-Release SprayAfter being stuck in a meeting for an hour, your favorite skirt may be showing some serious wrinkles. Make things go away with this helpful wrinkle-release spray.
5. Lotion BarsMake mini bars or pour a lotion mixture into small containers, and your hands will thank you. And this DIY also makes a great homemade gift.
6. Coffee LoveMake your own single-serve coffee pods so you can enjoy your favorite cup of joe whenever you want it. Seal a few in a plastic ziplock bag, and you've got hot coffee in seconds.
7. Cool KeysAlthough your keys don't always reside in your purse, giving them a pop of color definitely makes life easier. And you'll love the sparkling new keys.
- Cover your work area with a sheet of paper and arrange your plastic animals. It's a good idea to work in small batches of four to six plastic figurines so the glue doesn't dry too quickly.
- Give the animals a good coating of Mod Podge and then sprinkle with superfine glitter. You can use any color you like, but we think silver looks so chic. And don't skimp. You're going to need a lot of glitter to really coat the little animals!
- Continue coating the plastic animals in glue and then dredging with the glitter. Once dry, touch up as needed. And you can salvage all that glitter by carefully folding the paper in half, tapping gently to gather the glitter in the fold, and then carefully adding the glitter back to the container.
- Give each animal a little tap to release any glitter that's not completely adhered, and they're ready to use! Don't have any Mod Podge? You can also use spray adhesive, but only tackle one animal at a time — the adhesive dries really fast!
- Select a round or square votive or even a small glass jar, but you want to pick one that isn't curved or rounded at the edges. Remove any stickers, and start heating up your hot glue gun.
- You can trim the edges of the cinnamon sticks to the same height as the votive with a sharp scissors or leave as is. Place a dot of hot glue at the middle of a cinnamon stick, and then adhere it to the votive. Continue working around the glass.
- Now wrap the votive with a length of cotton string or a colorful ribbon. Add a tea light, and you're ready for gifting!
- Rain poncho: Tucking a rain poncho in your kit ensures that you'll stay nice and dry if you have to walk for assistance and it happens to be raining — or snowing.
- LED flashlight: A flashlight is essential in any emergency, and an LED lasts just about forever.
- Gloves: A cheap pair of gloves comes in handy if you have to do a little work that might get messy or help keep your grip when it's cold outside.
- Wet wipes: Wet wipes keep your hands nice and clean after doing dirty work and can be used to check your oil.
- Bungee cords: Along with keeping back-hatches and doors closed in a pinch, bungee cords also help keep things in place inside your vehicle.
Coffee filters aren't just for making coffee — and they can even be pretty! If you don't have room for a big holiday tree or if you just want a lovely decoration to celebrate the season, this DIY coffee-filter tree is supereasy and costs pennies to make. Instead of using a messy foam base, give new life to a cereal box for a decoration that sparkles year after year. Read on for the directions.
- Max it out: Plan ahead by determining how much you feel comfortable spending on hosting Thanksgiving and stick to it. Cut back on items that may be a splurge, such as specialty ingredients or expensive table decorations, and focus on what is essential for the holiday celebration.
- Delegate: When inviting friends and family, ask them to bring something that enhances the meal — and also cuts down on your spending. From a bottle of wine to a purchased pumpkin pie, requesting guests to provide Turkey Day essentials lets everyone feel as though they helped make the day special.
Starting off a vacay with a flight delay or cancellation can turn things upside down — especially if you have limited time to visit with family and friends over the holidays. Instead of freaking out, here's how to handle the situation without having to be forcibly removed by airport security.
Check in early! Make sure to check in online or via phone at least 24 hours ahead of time. Sure, that doesn't mean things are always going to be perfect, but if you have already checked in before arriving at the airport, then all your flight information is secure, and your seat is confirmed.
Plan for it: While you're packing your carry-on, prep for delays, and make sure to include your phone charger, a good book, a small bag of toiletries, and even fresh undergarments. You can also pack a few of your favorite snacks to nibble on. That way, if there actually is a delay, you're already mentally prepped — and well fed.
Take a deep breath: Getting news that your flight won't be leaving for another six hours can feel like being dumped over the phone by your eighth-grade boyfriend. Take a deep breath, and compose yourself before taking action. These things happen, and there's not much you can do about it. It's best to focus on staying calm, even if you're totally freaking out.