DIY Aged Terracotta Planters

We have a pretty good amount of plants in our apartment. It's so good to have plants around and plants seem to do better when there are other plants around so that's how we've gotten where we are. The fact that I've gotten better at not killing every green thing that comes into the apartment might also have something to do with it. Rosemary is the exception. I cut myself off after the third poor, poor helpless rosemary plant I killed. If someone knows the secret to talking those things down - please leave a comment! 

Several pf these plants are living in glasses of water or the original, flimsy plant pot they were born in. I decided that these little things need a proper home. I found a small stack of terra-cotta pots hiding in a cupboard and decided to try to dress them up a bit. 

I know if you really want to distress a terra cotta pot, you make a paste of garden lime and water, paint it on the pot, let it dry and spray it with a sealer. I don't have garden lime or sealer. I also really didn't want to go all the way down to the garden store and then be married to an eight pound bag of garden lime that I would probably end up moving with. 

Oh, white acrylic paint. It solves so many problems for me: strangely colored picture frames, end tables I've gotten rid of, Branch jewelry holder DIY, spice jar tops, actual paintings... In this case, a simple squeeze of paint in a splash of water. They look great - a nice refresh from their original look. 

You can see from the photos that I did not clean my pots out from the last time I tossed whatever rosemary plant probably died in it. I also didn't clean them before I started painting. It was fine - what's a little dirt? 

Supplies: 

terra-cotta plant pots

white acrylic paint

water

paint brush

a cup for mixing 

paper for your work surface

How to:

Mix about 1/2 a teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of water in a cup.  I like to soak my brush in the paint mixture and cover the pot with it, sometimes adding just water or more extra paint to the brush and using that here and there. You don't want it to look uniform. You can always wash some of it off with water or add more paint to areas that need it. Play around with it. After the first one, you'll get the hang of what works for you. 

Let the pots dry before cleaning up as they change a lot from wet to dry. Once dry, add your plants. 

DIY Rosewater Lotion Bars

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Pssst! Mother's day is this Sunday and what could be a better gift than something you made for her? Or even made with her? This is a great quick, easy and customizable DIY. 

Lotion bars are so convenient. It's lotion in a hardened form made with beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter and an essential oil of your choice. I used a mild rose water which is great for skin and I like the subtle, floral scent. If you prefer a stronger scent - use 15 drops of any essential oil. 

These will melt with heat so don't leave them in a hot car or anywhere too warm. To use, either smoosh (yes, a real word) a bit onto your hands, rubbing together to melt or pick the bar up and smooth over skin. My legs always seem to be a bit scaly and dry but a few swipes from one of these and they're much better. Let the moisturizing begin!

Measure all of your ingredients except rosewater and oils by weight for accuracy. Use organic ingredients. For sourcing: I found organic shea butter and organic cosmetic grade beeswax pellets on amazon; organic unrefined coconut oil at trader joes and rose water at whole foods. 

Makes 4 bars. 

DIY Rosewater Lotion Bars

2 oz coconut oil

2 oz shea butter

2.15 oz beeswax

2 teaspoons rosewater

Add coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a clean glass jar. Place in a sauce pan filled with water. Water line and ingredients lines should be roughly the same. Bring to a soft boil.

While everything is working on melting, prep your molds. I placed 4 muffin liners in a muffin pan but you can use a silicone mold or pour directly into a cosmetic compact or tiny jar. 

Melt all ingredients to a liquid state. Stir. Remove from heat and stir in rosewater or essential oils. Pour into prepared molds and let cool completely. Speed up the cooling process by placing them in the fridge. Once completely cool, they can be popped out of the molds and are ready for use. 

DIY Branch Jewelry Organizer

I made one of these years ago and always meant to post a tutorial. It's a simple organizer for jewelry or keys made from a found tree branch. I painted mine white but you could customize yours by painting it any color, leaving it natural or even dry brushing different colors. 

Supplies:

a dry branch, bark removed

1/2" or 3/4" brads (length and quantity depend on branch size)

white acrylic paint

paint brush

cotton kitchen string

scissors

hammer

Instructions:

1. wipe branch with cloth to remove any dust or dirt

2. Use hammer to add brads as you like. (Placing a folded towel between the branch and your work surface helps absorb some of the blow. 

3. Once all brads are nailed in, paint white. I used two coats. Let dry. 

4. Once dry, experiment with different hanging styles. I like a bit of string wrapped around each end and then each side it hung on the wall with it's own nail.  

Sea Salt Spray for Beachy Hair

How great is beach hair?  I love it.  Big, wavy and so much texture.  Sadly, we can't spend everyday at the beach, soaking up all the sun and salty air we can so here's an easy DIY product you can mist into your hair for those beach waves and texture we love.  

I always avoided this because of my bangs but hey - I think it works!  

Sea Salt Hair Spritz

2 oz warm water

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon conditioner

4 drops lavender essential oil, optional

Whisk everything together until salt and conditioner have dissolved.  Let cool.  Pour into small spray bottle.  

To use:  Spritz into damp hair, twist hair into 4 sections, turning away from your face, let air dry or hit with a hair dryer.  Loosen with fingers as needed.   Or spritz into damp hair and let air dry, scrunching with hands occasionally.  

Coconut Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

Need a quickie handmade gift?  I bet you have everything in your panty to make this one.  It's an all natural DIY gift and it smells like a little cup of latte heaven.  It improves anyone's shower or bath time.  Who doesn't want to scrub up with a caffeine filled, moisturizing, something all winter long?

Makes about 1 cup.

Coconut Coffee Sugar Scrub

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup raw cane sugar (turbinado)

2 tablespoons coffee grounds

Warm coconut oil to its liquid state.  Stir in vanilla.  Stir in sugar and coffee.  Transfer to clean, lidded container.  (I prefer plastic for anything near the bath because I'm clumsy but it's up to you.)