DIY Wood Burned Cutting Board

For my father and brother, I wanted to give a Christmas gift that was homemade, but still functional and relative to their interests. Since they both love to hunt I loved the idea of carving a picture of a deer into a wood cutting board.

2015-01-07 17.07.19First I found a picture of a buck that I thought would work. I simply google searched “deer silhouette”. This could really be accomplished with any image you may want (i.e. monogram, fish, last name, random pattern) the sky’s the limit. Once I found my image, I then printed it out on plain copy paper. I used a razor knife to cute around the image and slightly into the wood. I first tried simply tracing the image with a pencil (and a sharpie) in hopes that a faint outline would show up on the wood, but that method didn’t work out too well.

Once the image was lightly cut into the wood, I heated up my wood burning tool (borrowed from my mom who happened to purchase one for a school project a while back). I used the finest tip, though it comes with additional options if you want a thicker line. It took about an hour to burn the full image into the wood. There are some minor imperfections, but like anything homemade, that’s what gives it character. They were a huge hit at Christmas, I hope they get use out of them for years to come.

DIY Spa Jars with Printable Labels

2015-01-07 16.35.22This Christmas I was inspired to “create” gifts for family and close friends in an effort to give more memorable and meaningful gifts. For the girls, I made spa jars. I shopped at a local thrift store to find unique jars for a good price. I then purchased general spa themed items from the Dollar Store/dollar section at Target to include nail files, nail polish in varying colors, nail clippers, buffer bars and lip balm. I purchased different shaped bottles from Hobby Lobby in addition to Peppermint Oil since I wanted everything to have

I used the following recipes:

Foot Soak: 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup Epson salt, 4 Peppermint Tea Bags, 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil. Mixed together in a bowl.

Foot Scrub: 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted for 25 seconds in the microwave), 3/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil.

Foot Softener: 1 7.5oz jar of Vaseline (I chose the coco butter scent), 1 bottle of lotion (I chose Peppermint Scented from Bath & Body Works thanks to a free coupon), 2 4oz jars of Vitamin E cream (purchased from Wal-mart for $4/two pack). Mixed together with an electric beater and poured into the jars using a funnel.

Bath Salt: 1/2 cup Sea Salt, 1/2 cup Epson Salt, 2 tablespoons Baking Soda, 2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil, food coloring (based on color scheme of jar).

Click here to download the pedicure kit printables in blue and red as shown below.

I cut and glued the labels to the individual bottles and themed the jars accordingly with the tagline “For Your Mistletoes”. I also filled some plastic containers purchased from the Dollar Tree with smaller portions and put circle decals on those which can be downloaded here. 

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