Homemade Coffee Cinnamon Scrub { RECYCLE QUICK TIP #13 }

craftaliciousme seeking creative life homemade cinnamon coffee scrub

Do you like coffee in the morning? I certainly do. If you are a coffee lover you will love this homemade coffee cinnamon scrub. It’s like having coffee under the shower. And lets be honest that’s one invention we could use…

Besides tasting amazing coffee is also said to have a few benefits when it comes to beauty and skin care. Studies by a new Danish biorefinary have shown, that only 1% of coffees bioactive compounds of coffee have been taking advantage of when brewing it. Meaning the caffein is diluted but the rest is just going to waste. Seriously what a waste? They re-purpose the left over coffee grounds so they can be used in cosmetic products and the food industry. So interesting.

It’s not new that coffee is used in anti-cellulites products. The coffeid acid may boost collagen which is helping the skin to look fresh and healthy and stores water. So it comes as no surprise that coffee asl exfoliate scrub is pretty awesome.

But let’s get to making some homemade coffee cinnamon scrub so you can experience all this yourself. Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 ground coffee – you can recycle your used coffee
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tbs olive oil
  • 3 tbs jojoba oil
  • 4 tbs almond oil
  1. Let coffee dry a bit when using recycled coffee.
  2. Mix oils.
  3. In separate bowl mix sugar and coffee grinds.
  4. Mix together and put into jar.
  5. Enjoy scrub.

So simple isn’t it? I really don’t know why I ever bothered to by scrubs and peelings. And since I am mixing it myself I actually use it more often too. Have you ever done any skin care products at home? I am always pondering going more in depth here but you need so many ingredients. Well not for all as you can see at the vegan bath bombs I did. But facial cream…

Not much of a coffee lover you might find the Avocado Sugar Scrub more to your liking.

Happy beautifying

Tobia

Scented Wall Hanging { RECYCLE QUICK TIP #11 }

scented christmas decoration hanging

My favorite season is slowly but steadily coming closer and today I want to share a quick and easy tutorial with you. It’s a Scented Wall Hanging made of orange peel. Because now is the time to eat lots of vitamins and so we’ve got peels to recycle. And it is a good way to slowly start decoration for Advent without overdoing it.

All you need for this craft idea is some oranges or mandarines, a cookie cutter of your preference and some yarn.

Instructions are just that easy:

  1. Eat your oranges and saves the peel.
  2. Get out your cookie cutter and cut away.
  3. Thread them together. I did pairs of three. Then I strung them on a wooden piece.

scented christmas decoration

Well and that is about it. Easy and fun little crafting for in-between on a rainy afternoon.

If you like crafts with recycled materials my little eerie “Recycling Quick Tip” might be fun to check out. And if you have any fun and easy craft ideas let me know in the comments please.

Happy recycling,

Tobia

What To Do with old Calendars { RECYCLE QUICK TIP #10 }

Hello there,

I just realized it’s been ages since my last recycle quick tip.

Last year I was lucky to win one of Annette’s calendars. Well 2016 is over and I really thought the calendar was too cute to just hand it over to the trash bin. So: What to do with old calendars? I asked myself.

What to do with old calendars

While I was writing down my goals – one being to write birthday cards to every person this year as I have been doing back in 2015 – an idea struck me.

Why not make postcards…

Well the how to is too easy but still here it is:

  1. find an old postcard for measurements
  2. get out a craft knife and cutting mat
  3. Figure out what part of the calendar you want to use
  4. cut away What to do with old calendars
  5. draw the backside – remember to meet legal requirements, you don’t want your card to be returned to you.
    Here you find German requirements.
  6. write postcard and make someone happy

What to do with old calendars

Well that’s what I did with my calendar. I also have a couple nice photo calendars which will be put into frames.

What your you doing with old calendars? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Wednesday,

Tobia

I’ll be adding this quick DIY to Herzblutprojekte and Wow me Wednesday. Go check them out to find more inspiration!

DIY fabric covered bracelets { Recycle Quick Tip #9 }

I’ve to admit I am not that crazy about bracelets. While I love how they look I find them rather unpractical. But maybe just because I sit on the computer all day typing away.

But every once in a while I totally need bracelets. Like now! But then – of course – I don’t find any I like or they are too small.

DIY fabric covered bracelets

So I came up with a fun idea on how to make me some. And of course I share!

What you need:

♥ Old Pringles package
♥ Fabric and leather scraps
♥ Textile glue
♥ Scissors & cutter

DIY fabric covered bracelets_materials

Getting them done is quite easy. First cut a ring off of the Pringles tube. Make sure it’s the same heights all throughout. I found this was the hardest part of the whole project.

Now cut yourself a piece of fabric with double the width and the length as according to the ring.

DIY fabric covered bracelets_steps

When done just glue the fabric on the outside of the tube. Make sure you place it in the middle of the ring.

When everything is dry fold in remaining fabric and glue tight. You might wanna make some cuts into the fabric s you can glue it without and folds and crinkles.

Depending on fabric you used and how neat you’ve been working you might want to cover up the seam with a ribbon or something fancy. I haven’t done so yet but might go ahead and do that later.

I found working with a woolknit was the easiest and gave the most professional look. Leather (my initial project) did not really knock me off my feet.

Now, let’s see your version!
And while you are crafting I hop over to the DIY Dreamer and check out the other DIYs.

Happy crafting

Tobia

Homemade candles for the summer BBQ

So who has some Christmas candles left over?! Or who is gathering used, half burned candles in some weird place? Or who never finds the right color anyways?

I sure raised my hand for all and yelled yes.

Ever since my dad introduced me to candle making about 25 years ago (holy crap…) I keep collecting candle remains. The other day I came across my designated candle box, trying to fit in more and realized it’s time for candle cooking.

homemade candles

And with BBQs coming up and long nights on the balcony or one or two invites it’s good to stock up.

I usually have a very old pot I use. Unfortunately due to decluttering I brought it back to my dads workshop. But I had seen this idea of using a regular can and was intrigued.

How to make candles

Supplies:

  • Old candles and wax
  • Candlewick*
  • Old pot or can
  • Tetra packs or plant pots
  • Spit of wood / wooden kebab stick

1. Gather your stuff. Boil some water.

candle making supply

2. Break up your candle and wax pieces so they fit the can. As smaller the pieces the faster they melt.

3. Remember how color works! If you put all colors together most likely you end up with brown candles. Maybe not what you have in mind for summer candles. I started with plain white for the first ones so I could go darker. Other way around will leave you with a faint color.

4. Pour water in your pot and place can inside. Make sure it doesn’t tip over and water gets into the pan. (No I have not tried that…)

5. Wait till all wax is melted.

melting wax for candle making

6. While you wait, cut up tetra packs. They should be a bit higher than your candlewick is long. Push your wooden sticks through your tetra pack. They will support the wick from moving/drowning once the wax is filled in.

homemade candle mold

7. Fill melted wax into your mold. Be sure not to drown wick. Some wicks will melt, the good ones won’t. You never know when buying.

Bonus: if you want to add some special effects do it now. I added some glitter before pouring wax and sprinkled some on top. You could add all materials that won’t rot like coffee beans, dried flowers, glitter, toys and what not. Just make sure they don’t start a fire.

Now have some fun!

bbq candles

Things I’ve learned:

  • Using a can in a water bath takes much longer, but you can throw it out
  • Using a can gives you the possibility of doing more colors
  • It still kinda makes a mess
  • I need to figure out how to avoid this hole at the wick when candles start to dry. Any ideas?
  • I found using tetra packs as molds are genius. They come off in a second.

Have you ever made candles yourself?! Will you going to?

Happy wax cooking,

Tobia

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