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CREATE … aromatic sea salt coconut oil hand scrub |mother’s day DIY with free gift tag template



The past two years I have offered a DIY project to make for Mother’s Day to pamper the lovely ladies in your life. The first one, a Citrus Herb + Sea Salt (with gift tag template) to use for cooking and the second, an Essential Oil Scent (with gift tag template) for uplifting the mood and aromatherapy. This year I have combined sea salt with essential oils, adding in nourishing coconut oil, to create a soothing hand scrub. I decided to use small jars typically used for gourmet honeys and top them with items that I have collected, including vintage rice paper napkins that my mother-in-law bought for me when we were antique shopping. I have been waiting for a chance to use them and I’m sure you will see them in a future project. They are very delicate, but so beautiful. Perfect for adding a decorative touch to a gift. For another, I used more of my stash of vintage lace that came from my mother. One goal for the year has been to weave in some of the great materials I have collected to create projects that are more meaningful.sea-salt

Aromatic Sea Salt Coconut Oil Hand Scrub


Real Sea Salt  – 1/2 c. – This is the sea salt that I use for cooking and love that it is packed with healthy trace minerals that are stripped from typical table salt.

Coconut oil –  1/4 c. warmed to liquid state

Essential oil combination 1 | jasmine – 2-3 drops, sweet orange – 4-5 drops

Essential oil combination 2 | grapefruit – 4 drops, lavender – 4 drops

Small glass jars – this size works great, but any variety will work.


Mix the sea salt with the warmed coconut oil, add in the essential oils and stir. Fill decorative jars with the hand scrub and use tissue or thin paper, fabric, or burlap to wrap the top, secure with twine or ribbon and slip in the notes. (download the notes below and print). I have added a note for a friend too for a gift any time of the year. Printing quality for notes is best if the  pdf. file is saved to the desktop before printing.

Note: essential oils (The oils I use are from Aura Cacia) – I used combinations of jasmine + sweet orange and lavender + grapefruit for my scrubs but you can look at this post for more essential oil combinations.

Note : the amounts I list are enough to fill 3 jars of the size I have listed above. Experiment with making small batches and find the essential oil combinations you prefer. I chose to make two for mothers and one for a friend. Be sure to make some for yourself too : )

 Free template for gift tags


Enjoy !


CREATE … reusable fabric gift wrap DIY | by five and one

This one you may have already seen if you were following along on Facebook before the blog was up and running. I wanted to share it and have a place for it on the blog. It is such a simple way to add pattern and color to solid leftover fabric, giving it new life to pass on for someone else to reuse.


I used it to wrap up this crazy good venezuelan spiced cocoa from Christopher Elbow, a local Kansas City chocolatier.


Moo Carve – available at most art and craft stores in a variety of sizes. I used the 2-1/2 square and it worked nicely for stamping.

Carving tools – this is the one that I have. You can also buy individual carving tools too and also using clay sculpting tools. Use these tools carefully, they are very sharp and I don’t recommend this for a child craft.

Color Box pigment stamp pad – I used moss green. These pigments are not washable, so if you would like it to be a washable fabric use a fabric paint. I just like how easy it is to use the stamp pad and my intent is for this to just be used again as a gift wrap.

Canvas or other fabric you may have. Be sure to test a small area of fabric to see if it takes the color well.


For carving the stamp, draw a design in pencil on your Moo Carve and carve out between your design. Clearly it does not have to look pretty (just look at the photo below).

Start applying the stamp with color onto your fabric, let dry,

and that’s it!


The most time consuming part of the project is carving the stamp, which really does not take long, and then you can keep reusing the stamp for other projects.  Again, just be very careful and go slow with these sharp wood carving tools. Below are a couple of photos of artwork that I have created using this same stamp.



 Enjoy creating!!


CREATE … thank you notes | made for kids | free template by five and one




Instill the act of gratitude in your children by letting them create Thank You Notes to send any time of the year with a little help from these templates.

Enjoy these free templates for printing thank you cards and  let your children add their own creative artwork. The options for artwork are endless. For the cards above my kids used pencil erasers as stamps, hole punches to create connect the dot abstract art, and a cutout heart. The artwork is attached to the cards with various styles of washi tape. You can also add a simple note under their artwork on the card stock. These notes allow you to start with a template and then allow your child to be creative and add a drawing or use recycled materials you already have at home to finish the note. For the older set, I have included templates with writing lines so they can add their own handwritten note.

I printed the cards above on creme and kraft paper card stock and used a 4″ x 9″  envelope.

printing note … save these templates to your desktop before printing for best results.

template with blue thank you

template with blue thank you | writing lines

template with red thank you

template with red thank you | writing lines