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Flowers

How to Create a Simple and Affordable Centerpiece

Easy Flower Centerpiece

How to Create a Simple and Affordable Centerpiece: We love having a beautiful centerpiece on the table when having guest over, but buying these can get expensive.

Creating beautiful centerpieces doesn’t have to break the bank and you can use items you already have around the house.

We found this great idea on Martha Stewart and just had to try it.

Supplies used:
Serving bowl
2 grocery store bouquets $4.00 each
1 bundle of baby’s breath $2.00
Scotch tape

Directions:
Using your Scotch tape, create the basket weave pattern on the bowl. Cut your flowers down as you place them on top of the tape weave. We found it easiest to work from the center out.  Once you are happy with your centerpiece design, simply pull out one of the flowers and pour in your water and “food” powder packet.

Flower 3

This project took about 20 minutes to complete and at a cost of $10.00 total for the flowers and baby’s breath. We just might have centerpieces on our table all the time.

Do you have a great decorating tip you would like to share with us? We would love to hear from you, comment in the section below.

Laundry Soap DIY

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Homemade Laundry Soap WTI

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe: We took suggestions on what the best homemade laundry soap was and we were told to try out the recipe from The White Silk Purse.

Ingredients:

2 bars Fels Naptha
2 cups 20 Mule Team Borax
2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
6 cups of hot water
Quart Canning Jars with Lids

Start with heating up the 6 cups of water in a large kettle. While the water is heating, grate the 2 bars of Fels Naptha. Once grated add the soap to the hot water, and stir frequently. We stirred for about 15 minutes until it was completely melted. Don’t boil or you will have a big soapy mess.

Grating soap

Once Fels Naptha has melted turn off the heat and add 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda. Continuously stir for three minutes. The powders will dissolve into the liquid.

jar soap

Pour the liquid equally into 4 quart jars. Then add just enough water to bring the contents up to the “shoulders” of the jar. This will leave about 1 ½ inches of head space. Put lids on the jars and let them sit overnight.

The soap in the jars will separate while it is standing. This is OK. There will be semi firm coating of soap on top and kind of gel-like soap on the bottom.

cut soap

Now stick a knife down into the jars and cut through them like a pie, so that they will come out in pieces. Pour the contents of the jar into a mixing bowl or blender. We used an electric mixer. Start mixing on the lowest speed and gradually go up. Mix until it is a pale yellow whipped cream like consistency. We mixed two jars at a time.

Pour the mixed soap back into the jars, fill all the way full. There may be some extra for another jar. Put the lid back on and your soap is ready to use. It will get a little firmer when it sits, but it stays spoon-able. For a large load use a tablespoon of soap and smaller loads use 1 teaspoon.

homemade soap

Add the soap to the washer as it it filling. One quart will last for around 65 loads of laundry. The broken down cost equals out to be just under two cents per load.

This can also be used as a stain remover, rub a small about of the concentrated on the stain and wash as normal.

Do you make your own laundry soap? Let us know what you do different in the comment section below.

diy bug spray

DIY Homemade Mosquito Repellent

DIY Homemade Mosquito Repellent: We get many requests from our readers on what they want us to try out and lately many have been asking for homemade mosquito repellent.

One recipe that was sent to us was found on the website SurvivingTheStores.com. We were lucky enough to already have all of the ingredients at home.

Homemade Mosquito repellent

Combine in a 16 oz bottle:
15 drops lavender oil
3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Fill bottle with water.
Shake and ready to use.

DIY Mosquito Repellent

We made 2 – 8oz bottles and are going to have two of our followers: Becky and Lisa test these out for Weve Tried It. They have both been eaten alive by mosquitoes recently and we have asked them to try it. We will update the story with their verdict on whether it works or not. We do not claim this works and will give our honest feedback.

Recently we wrote a story called ‘Home Remedies for Mosquito Bite Itch Relief.’ If you do end up getting attacked by mosquitoes check out that story here.

Have you ever made your own bug spray and had great results? We would love to hear about your recipe, leave us a comment below.

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Makeup remover

DIY Eye Makeup Remover Video

DIY eye makeup remover video. Are you sick of all the strong chemicals in your makeup remover or even the smell? We are, so we set out to make our own makeup remover and think we found the perfect recipe.

This process was quick and easy. Coconut oil, vitamin E oil and small glass jars.

Fill the glass container with coconut oil and then put in microwave for 5-10 seconds until it turns to liquid. Then add 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin e oil to the coconut oil and stir (we used a toothpick.)

Once completely mixed, put the lid on and store in a cool place until it turns to a solid. You don’t have to refrigerate this product.

Apply a small amount to a makeup remover pad and gently wipe the eye. Be sure to keep your eyes fully closed while applying the makeup remover.

Coconut oil would work alone but we added vitamin E because of all the benefits to our skin.

Benefits of using vitamin E oil: aids in keeping your skin looking young and soft. The skin under and your eye doesn’t produce as much of the natural oil that is necessary to keep the skin firm and vibrant. Applying vitamin E under your eyes helps prevent puffiness because it will constrict blood vessels, which will keep fluids from building up.

It can also help prevent dark circles from forming under your eyes. Don’t rub the skin under your eyes. Under eye skin is fragile and rubbing it can cause bags and wrinkles. Instead, lightly tap the skin to penetrate that area with vitamin E.

We were thrilled with the results and will continue to use this product! If you have made your own makeup remover please tell us about it in the comment section below.

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Shirt crafts

DIY Sharpie Tie Dye T-Shirt

DIY Sharpie Tie Dye T-Shirt: I just remembered that my daughter needs an “artistic” t-shirt for school tomorrow and she doesn’t have one. Lucky for me I recently saw an article on how to make a tie dye t-shirt!

All you need is a plain t-shirt, some colored Sharpie markers, a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a dropper.

Tie Dye Shirt

I first placed a plastic bag on the inside of the shirt so we could make both sides different without it leaking through. For our pattern we made circular dots in different colors all over the shirt.

Tie Dye shirt instructions

Then fill the dropper with alcohol and begin dropping in the dots. The color “magically” bursts away from the dots. You can do any design you want!

This whole process took about 10 minutes to complete and since my 7 year old daughter helped, she is very excited to wear her shirt with pride tomorrow.

Tie Dye kids shirt

To set the color just soak the shirt in a mixture of vinegar and water before washing.

These would be great in patriotic colors for a 4th of July celebration or for that matter just a fun project for a rainy day.

Do you have any great projects to do with kids? We would love to hear about them.

Cabinet diy

DIY Cabinet Paint Project

DIY cabinet paint project: This hamper/cabinet may not have been old enough or used enough to warrant a makeover, but it was free so we thought we would give it a new look.

DIY Craft Project

The plan was to slap on some new paint and switch out the knobs to give it a fun look for my daughters bedroom. There was only one problem… it’s not wood and painting over a non-wood surface can be a challenge.

Paint project

We used Dutch Boy Paints and paint tape. It took 3 coats for a good cover.

Painting project

We switched out the wood knobs for silver square knobs that we picked up at our local Walmart store.

Painting hamper

If you are painting a non-wood item, I would recommend taking off the tape before it dries or you will pull up the paint.

WTI Project

My daughter loves it and it matches her room perfectly. There is always a feeling of satisfaction in DIY projects.

DIY bedroom

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Chalk wine glasses

Chalkboard Paint Wine Glasses

Chalkboard paint wine glasses are a quick, inexpensive and a easy gift idea that you can personalize.

Super simple! Buy wine glasses, small can of chalkboard paint, wax paper and you are ready.

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Wash and dry your glasses first. Dunk your stem into the paint can. I did it to just right above the base. Turn the cup to get off as much of the excess paint and then place on wax paper. To make sure it doesn’t stick to wax paper lift and move every so often.

photo 2 (3)

Once the base looked dry, I got a new piece of wax paper and turned the glasses upside down to dry the bottom.

We have seen many different variations online – a fun idea is to tie a piece of chalk with a cute ribbon around the stem of each glass, so your guest can personalize their own glass.

You can use regular chalk to chalk makers.

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Gift ideas: bridal showers, wedding presents, teacher gifts, Christmas or birthday gifts for your friends. Personalized gifts are always loved. You could even add a bottle of wine.

When it comes to DIY projects this is a great one! Give it a try and then send us a picture of you masterpiece!

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T-Shirt-Skirt

Easy DIY Shirt Skirt

We love this! Make a skirt out of a long sleeve v-neck or scoop cotton t-shirt. It’s as easy as the picture below.

T Shirt Skirt

Perfect for a comfy summer skirt with a tank top or you could bring it to the beach and use it as a cover up for your swimsuit.

Try it out and see how it looks!

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Chalkboard-art

DIY Chalkboard Wall Calendar

DIY Chalkboard Wall Calendar: I have always loved looking at the chalkboard art and wall calendars on Pinterest and finally decided to give it a try. We are so glad we did!

DIY Chalkboard Tools

Tools and Products:

Level

Pencil

Painters tape small and big roll

Black chalkboard paint (we used Glidden Disney Chalkboard Paint)

Throw away paint pan

3/8 paintbrush roller

First step is to decided how big you want to make your calendar, we decided on 4 ft by 4ft.  Then you must measure it out… make sure you have 7 days. I posted the pic above to show you that I made a mistake and had 8 days. With a little reworking and taking off a row of tape, it all worked out. I forgot to take a photo of the actual calendar before I started painting.

Chalkboard lines

Once you have your tape ready and your lines counted out several times you can start painting. I did 3 coats, each coat I painted in a different direction to make sure it covered nicely. I waited 3 hours in-between each coat.

Chalkboard

Once I completed the last coat I removed my painters tape. Sometimes if you leave the tape on until it is completely dry you pull up the paint with the tape.

We waited 2 full days to draw on it just to make sure it was completely dry. We decided to use chalkboard markers that we found at Michael’s and Walmart.

Chalkboard art

Once we figured out the measuring, this project was really easy and fun! We would highly recommend try it out.

Chalkboard Wall Calendar WeveTriedIt.com

If you have done any chalkboard painting in your home and have other tips for our readers, please leave a comment below.

If you like this project be sure to share it!

DIY Chalkboard