DIY – Laundry Scent Boosters

For the last 16 months, I have had DIY withdrawal.

We always had a project on the go in our previous homes but, since we’re living in a rental (and our tools are packed away), we haven’t been able to do much in terms of DIY’ing our space. In the past, if I wasn’t updating an area of our house, then I was usually sewing a quilt or clothes for Theo but I haven’t been able to do that either for lack of space. So, my urge to create something (anything!) has got me looking to change up some of my household products that don’t tend to match my decor.

First item that comes to mind – the not-so-pretty bright blue/pink/purple laundry scent boosters. No amount of pretty glass canisters can make those things blend in with my home style. So I’ve made my own – it is super easy, fresh, affordable and (obviously) pretty! [Not to mention more sustainable, non-toxic and better for the environment].

Here’s what you will need:

JAR AND SCOOP

This one is optional but self explanatory – you have to have something to hold the scent boosters, might as well make it look nice.

EPSOM SALT

There are a number of salts that would work here – epsom salt, rock salt, kosher salt. I happened to have Epsom Salt on hand and it’s worked great, so I will likely stick with it. Epsom Salt helps soften your clothes (Fun Fact – many fabric softeners actually contain epsom salt!) and the chloride in the salt helps keeps clothes bright and white.

BAKING SODA

Baking soda is a “superhero” as far as ingredients are concerned. It has countless benefits including fighting odors and it’s also a natural fabric softener.

ESSENTIAL OIL

Any high grade essential oils will work for this recipe. I happen to be a huge fan of Saje Essential Oils – I use their blends in my diffuser daily and love trying different combinations of their pure oils to give my scent boosters the fresh, clean scent. In this recipe, I combined Saje Eucalyptus Oil, Saje Lavender Oil, and Saje Lemon Oil.

How To:

Ingredients –

  • 3 cups – Epsom Salt
  • 1 cup – Baking Soda
  • 60 drops – Essential Oil (add more to taste (or is it smell?…))

Instructions –

  1. Whisk together all ingredients in large bowl until well combined.
  2. Add one scoop (app. 1/4 cup) to washing machine either before or after adding any clothes. I prefer putting half before and the other half on top of the clothes. Use the same amount of laundry detergent as you normally would.
  3. Store in air tight container. Mixture will last up to a year but you’ll likely use it all long before then.
  4. BONUS: For an added fresh scent boost, you can add the same Essential Oil drops to your dryer balls and toss them in the dryer.

And there you have it! Fresh, clean smelling laundry and a pretty mixture on display (for when not in use!). Hope you try this soon and let me know how you like it!


DIY – “Handwritten” Art Frame

These days, there’s an app for everything, right? Correct.

In my quest to find unique (yet budget friendly) wall art for the kids’ rooms, I thought of creating word art with lyrics or sayings that I often use with the boys. The only problem is that all my years of using a computer has resulted in me having terrible handwriting. So I found an app for that!

Step 1:

I downloaded “Fontise” – an app that allows you to create a whole font keyboard in your own handwriting. Once you create the font, you can then use it across different platforms such as Word, Excel, Pages, etc.

Step 2:

Then comes the fun part – open a blank document and write something in your own digital handwriting!

Full disclosure – I am terrible at remembering song lyrics and I can’t carry a tune if my life depended on it… So I usually just take words that I say often (such as “I love you”) and make a song out of it. (Luckily, my goal is to make some personalized art, not win America’s Got Talent…).

Step 3:

Print your creation.

There are several ways to go about this – you can print on regular paper at home and use a store bought wall frame or you can have it made into a poster. I suggest spending some time seeing what’s available from the major print suppliers in your area (VistaPrint, Staples, Walmart, etc.).

I printed mine on Foam Board. I wanted something that wouldn’t bend or fold and that had a matte finish.

Step 4:

Frame it and display it!

The foam board is thick enough to hang on its own but I didn’t like the exposed edges, so I decided to frame it. I found this value pack from Michael’s that fits perfectly without the glass (which I didn’t want anyway).

And there you have it – a one of kind meaningful piece for Luca’s room.

DIY – Dipped Vase

I fell in love with the dipped vase the second I saw it on some of the leading interior design social accounts – professionals such as Studio McGee and Monika Hibbs have been styling centrepieces and floating shelves with dipped vases for quite some time. I love the clean and simple design and how versatile these vases are – they look just as nice empty as they do filled with flowers.

The one downfall – these ready made vases retail for anywhere between $150 and $250. While I like to think that I am able to appreciate the beauty and value of home decor pieces, I also really like to change things up fairly often, so I couldn’t justify spending so much on a vase. But where there is a will, there is a way; hence why I decided to make my own!

Let me start off by saying that if you’re looking for a truly beginner DIY project, this is it! The investment for supplies is small, the time it takes to create the look is minimal and, on a scale of simple to difficult, this one is E-A-S-Y!

SUPPLIES:

  1. Spray paint [I used Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint in Linen White ($13)]
  2. Painter’s tape
  3. Plastic food wrap
  4. Glass vase [I used Ikea Begarlig Vase ($23) and Ikea 365+ Jar ($7)]

STEPS TO SUCCESS:

  1. Make sure your vase is clean and dry (remove any stickers and residue).
  2. Measure how thick you want your dipped portion to be. For this vase, I dipped the bottom one-third. TIP: Use a pencil to mark off where you want to have your line on several spots around the vase, so that you can tape the line evenly throughout.
  3. Tape around, pressing firmly to ensure no air gaps.
  4. Cover top portion of vase with plastic food wrap. Make sure it overlaps, but does not pass, the painter’s tape. Secure the food wrap with more painter’s tape, pressing firmly to ensure full adhesion.
  5. Make sure you have enough space around the vase to be able to move as you spray. TIP: You want to move the paint bottle back and forth as you spray and be sure to spray lightly. It is better to repeat this step several times than to spray too much at once because that will lead to drips in the paint.
  6. Let dry – approximately 30 minutes.
  7. Repeat until you reach the desired color – I did 3 rounds of spray paint.
  8. Allow paint to dry completely – 2 to 3 hours – before removing tape and plastic.
  9. If there is any “bleeding” from removing the tape, use a cotton swab (a Q-tip for my Canadian friends!) dipped in nail polish remover to take off any excess paint.
  10. Fill with beautiful flowers or leave empty and ENJOY!
TA-DA!!!

This is such a simple project with endless possibilities. You don’t need to do a straight line, a diagonal one would also look great! You can use a different paint colour to change things up (I’m thinking of making a burgundy or deep army green one for my Fall decor). And, best of all, you’re not limited to the shape and size of the vase – make a few different ones for a layered look!

I love how mine turned out and appreciate them even more knowing that I didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for them! Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you make these – would love to see your creation!