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Nov
27

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe


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Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe

Do you happen to have any older pairs of shoes laying around the house? Or, maybe you have a pair of cheap tennis shoes that you haven’t worn in a long time? If so, then get ready to make these glittery beauties your new favorite shoes! This is a wonderful homemade craft idea that uses some gorgeous glitter to spice up your wardrobe. Just take some old shoes that aren’t anything special and turn them into a fashion statement! So let’s not wait any longer, here is the Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe by Natures Garden!  This is one of the best glitter crafts ideas and it is a perfect way to glam up a pair of old tennis shoes. You are absolutely going to love the sparkle of your newly finished tennis shoes! So, let’s get started on your gorgeous glitter shoes.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Tinsel Fragrance OilScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Tinsel Fragrance Oil

For this fun glitter craft idea, we are going to be using the delightful Tinsel Fragrance Oil. This lovely Christmas fragrance oil is the perfect scent choice for creating this absolutely gorgeous shoe craft. This scrumptious aroma by Natures Garden is an amazingly refreshing fragrance oil that is perfect for this holiday season. This fragrance has an amazing scent that blends the juicy aromas of pomegranate, strawberries, and raspberries. Plus, this scent adds a subtle hint of fresh peppermint leaves and fresh vanilla. You will love using this scented oil for these pretty, scented tennis shoes for the holiday season and even all year round!

 

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Ingredients Needed from Natures Garden

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment NeededScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Other Ingredients and Equipment Needed

A Pair of Tennis Shoes
Fine Glitter
Liquid Craft Glue
Foam Brush
Wax paper or Newspaper
Plastic Grocery Bags
Small Glass Bowl
Unscented Hair Spray
Long Ribbon Strands for the Shoe Strings

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Weights and Amounts of Your Ingredients

2 ounces of the Liquid Craft Glue
3-5 mL of the Tinsel Fragrance Oil
2 ounces of the Hair Spray
1 pair of Tennis Shoes
2 long Ribbons

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Preparing the Work Station

Before you begin to create this craft, you may want to prepare your work station. So, lay down either the wax paper or the newspaper on the flat surface of your work area. This will help to protect your surface top from the ingredients you need to make your homemade glitter shoes. Additionally, you should use the plastic grocery bags to protect the inside of the tennis shoes. This will prevent glitter from getting inside your shoes as you are making them.  So, you will need to put these bags into the shoes before you begin working. Also, you should remove the original shoe laces from your tennis shoes. Since we are replacing them with ribbons, you can discard these shoe laces. Now, you are ready to begin to create this homemade craft recipe!

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Choosing Your Glitter

First, you are going to need to decide on the craft glitter that you are going to use to glamorize your tennis shoes. While the color is an important choice for your glitter, the size of the glitter is even more important! We have found that glitter that is finer will stick to your shoes better than chunkier glitter. The chunkier sizes just don’t work quite as well. Since glitter that is on the chunkier side has a tendency to get sticky from the hairspray since there is more surface area for the hairspray to cling to. To be safe, you may need to try out your chosen glitter in a small area and have a back up shimmer that is a bit more fine. Also, we have found that holographic glitter sticks pretty well, too. We used holographic glitter for this project. So, before you start with the glue pick out your type of glitter to create some gorgeous shoes.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Prepare the Liquid GlueScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Prepare the Liquid Glue

Next, you are going to need to prepare the liquid glue mixture for this diy glitter craft recipe. Obviously, the first ingredient of this mixture will be liquid craft glue. You can use any kind of craft glue that is liquid and will dry to be clear. While our shoes required about 2 ounces of liquid glue, this amount could possibly differ depending on the size shoes that you needed. If you unsure about the amount, you can start with this amount and create more of the glue mixture as you need it. So, you can add this amount of glue to a small glass bowl and move on to the next step.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Adding the Fragrance OilScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Adding the Fragrance Oil

Now, you are going to create the mixture of liquid glue and fragrance oil. So, you will add the fragrance oil to the liquid craft glue in your glass bowl. The lovely aroma that we will use for this beautifully glittered project is the wonderful Tinsel Fragrance Oil. For this delightful craft recipe, you will need about 2- 4 mL of this scrumptious Christmas scented oil for every 2 ounces of liquid craft glue that is used for the glue mixture. Then, you will need to make sure to thoroughly mix the scented oil into the bowl of liquid glue. Next, you are going to need to use this fragrance and glue mixture to hold the glitter on your shoes.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Beginning to Add the GlitterScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Beginning to Add the Glitter

After the liquid craft glue and fragrance has been mix up, you are going to be ready to start the process of adding glitter to each of your shoes. Now, you will be adding the glue mixture in small areas on one of the shoes. As you go along in this process, you will need to alternate between adding small sections of glue and sprinkling your glitter. This will make sure that the liquid craft glue doesn’t dry before you have a chance to sprinkle the glitter. Also, you will use the foam brush to spread a thin layer of this glue mixture onto a small section of the shoe. After the liquid glue is spread out on a small section of the tennis shoe, you are ready to move on to sprinkling the glitter!

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Adding the Shimmer and ShineScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Adding the Shimmer and Shine

Finally, you are ready to start working with the glitter! So, grab your chosen craft glitter and get ready for the fun part. We decided to use a glamorous gold shade of glitter, but you can switch up the color if you have found your favorite bling. So, you will need to sprinkle the glitter onto this small section of glue before it dries. Before you continue, you may want to wait for this section to dry and see whether the glitter sticks well enough. Obviously, not all the glitter that you poured is going to stick to the shoe. But, you are going to want to make sure that most of your sparkles stick. You can fill in little patches that are empty, but this won’t work unless the sparkles are able to cover the shoe after touch ups. After you have added the glitter to this patch, you will need to repeat this process until both shoes are completely covered in glitter!

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Shake and Let Your Shoes Dry

Now that your shoes are covered in sparkles, it is time to let them set up before you can move on to the next step. First, you are going to need to shake your shoes lightly to remove the excess glitter. Since this glitter can be removed with a light shake or tap, its best to get rid of the shimmer that isn’t going to be permanent anyway. Now, you are going to need to let the freshly glittered shoes completely dry before moving on to the next step. So, you are going to want to let your shoes dry overnight. This amount of time will give your tennis shoes time dry and allows the glue to harden so the glitter will settle.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Prepare the Hairspray Mixture

After the glitter that you’ve sprinkled on your shoes have dried completely, you will need to prepare the hairspray for this recipe. This hairspray mixture will help seal the craft glitter to your shoe. To make this hairspray mixture you are going to need at least 2 ounces of hairspray to coat the pair of tennis shoes about the size of ours. Again, you may need more for larger shoes. So, you can add this amount of hairspray to your 2 ounce bullet bottle. After, you will need to mix in 1 mL of the Tinsel Fragrance Oil. Now, you can attach the 20/410 fine mist sprayer. You need to shake these two ingredients together to make sure that the fragrance is incorporated well. Now, your hairspray mixture will be ready to use.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Spraying the Shoes

Next, you are going to secure the glitter on the pair of tennis shoes with the newly made hairspray mixture. Since the craft glue mixture alone is not strong enough to hold the glitter on the shoes, you will be using the hairspray mixture to add the glue’s holding ability. So, spraying these glittery shoes with your hairspray mixture will help to hold the sparkly glitter to these gorgeous shoes. So, your diy glitter craft will be even more protected and your bling will last longer. Furthermore, the additional fragrance oil in the hairspray mixture will add to the overall scent to provide you with an even greater aroma!

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Adding the Ribbon Shoe Laces

Finally, you are going to be adding the lovely ribbons to your homemade craft. While you could use your regular, old shoe strings, the ribbon is just so much prettier! These ribbons add to the beauty of the shimmery glitter and create a gorgeous pair of shoes. Now, before you add these ribbons to your tennis shoes you need to make sure that your shoes are dry from spraying the hairspray mixture. Then, you can thread your two ribbons through each of the tennis shoes. After you finish putting in the laces your homemade glitter craft will be complete! Whether you use these shoes as a scented room decoration or wear these blingy beautifies around, we hope that you enjoy your finished shoe recipe.

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: More Glittery Fun Ideas

We at Natures Garden think that everything is more fun with a little bit of sparkle and shine. If you are anything like us, then its obvious that basically everything can be made better by adding some craft glitter! So, this makes glitter the perfect craft supply that will make your projects so much more beautiful. Anyone that is looking for more gorgeous glitter crafts ideas will definitely want to check out the 34 Sparkly, Glittery DIY Crafts You’ll Love article by DIY Projects for Teens. This wonderful article has tons of different glitter ideas for crafts to do with glitter. So, let’s grab some glitter and make the world shine!

Scented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Share with UsScented Bling Tennis Shoes Recipe: Share with Us

Now that your homemade glitter shoes are completely finished, we hope that you enjoyed creating this craft. If you did enjoy this recipe, then you may want to take a look at our other various craft recipes. You can find these recipes on Free Classes and Recipes of the Natures Garden website.

Now that your glittered shoes are ready to use, we would love to hear your thoughts about this lovely diy recipe. There are a few different ways to reach us on social media. First, you can find us on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can find us, @ngscents, on either our Instagram or Twitter. We would love to hear about any of your comments, questions, and suggestions. So, you should absolutely check us out soon! Also, we hope that you love your newly glittered tennis shoes as much as we loved creating them!

Nov
14

Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe


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Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe 1Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe

Winter is right around the corner.  Along with the holiday season.  Well, for that reason, Natures Garden has created our Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe.  This shimmering lip gloss recipe uses our natural lip balm base.  Also, the recipe contains pure peppermint essential oil, giving the recipe a natural peppermint flavor.  In addition, since we love all things that sparkle, we added a little shimmer with our diamond dust mica pigment!  In this recipe we also show you how to add chocolate to your lip balm recipes.  We are sure both your and your customers will love our Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe!

Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe Ingredients From Natures Garden

Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe 2

All Natural Lip Balm Base
Peppermint Essential Oil
10 ml Clear Pots with White Lids
Mica Diamond Dust
Disposable Pipettes
White Chocolate Wafers
Natures Garden Apron

Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe Other Supplies Needed

Scale
Microwave
Microwave Safe Mixing Bowls – You will need two.
Measuring Spoon
Mixing Spoons

Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe Tutorial

Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe 3
Step 1
:  Begin with cleaning your work area.  Also, clean and sanitize the supplies you will be using.  I would also suggest wearing a Natures Garden apron to protect your clothing, as well as a hair net and gloves.  Set out your lip balm pots, so they are ready to be filled.

 

Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe 4
Step 2: 
Once you are prepared, get your scale out.  In a microwave safe bowl, weigh out 3.35 ounces of our all natural lip balm base.

Step 3:  Next, in your microwave, melt the lip balm base.  You want to melt it slowly.  We suggest heating it in 30 second intervals, stirring as you heat it.  Heat only until your base is liquefied.  I should note, another option is to melt the base in a double boiler.  However, we chose to use our microwave.

Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe 5

Step 4:  Now, in the second bowl melt your white chocolate wafers.  We use seven chocolate wafers.  The chocolate is used as a sweetener in our Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe.  Again, melt your chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted.

 

 

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Step 5:  Once both the base and chocolate are melted, add the chocolate to the base.  Stir well to incorporate the white chocolate in your lip balm.

 

 

Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe 7

Step 6:  Add your mica.  While the base is still in a liquid state, mix in 1/2 teaspoon of Natures Garden’s diamond dust mica.

 

 

 

Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe 8

Step 7:  Add your essential oil.  Use a disposable pipette to add 20 drops of our peppermint essential oil to your melted lip balm base.  Stir well to incorporate.

 

 

Winter Wonderland Lip Balm Recipe 9Step 8:  Finally, add the lip balm to the containers.  We used disposable pipettes to put the lip balm into the 10 ml clear lip balm pots.

Step 9:  Once your lip balms set up completely, place the white lids on top.  Your Winter Wonderland Lip Balms are now ready to use!  We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!
Have you made this lip balm at home?  Show us your results!  Post to our Instagram by tagging us @ngscents.  You can also post pictures to our Facebook page!  Or maybe you have created another recipe, we’d love to see those too!

Oct
24

Scented Putty


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scented-puttyScented Putty

Hey everybody! Are you looking for a new craft for the kiddos? Or maybe a new project that you can do with them for a creative way to spend time together? Or maybe even a fun thing that they can make with their friends? Well, how about our free recipe for our Scented Putty? What kid doesn’t love to play with putty? I know I did, we had it everywhere, all over the house! And what kid wouldn’t love to make their own? They can pick the colors, sizes, whatever they want! This recipe is sure to be a fantastic hit among them and their friends so you should definitely stick this on your future projects to try list!

Ingredients and Equipment Needed to Make Scented Putty

1 tablespoon of Corn Starch

½ teaspoon of Borax

2 tablespoons Distilled Water

1 tablespoons White School Glue

10 drops in FUN Soap Colorant (whatever color you want!)

10 drops Tropical Paradise Flavoring (or any other oil-based flavoring)

Disposable Pipette

Mixing Spoons

4 oz. PET Jar

White Dome Lid 58/400

2 plastic cups (or mixing bowls)

Measuring Spoons

1. In a plastic cup, mix 2 tablespoons of distilled water and 1/2 teaspoon of Borax together. Make sure to mix it well.

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2. In a separate cup add ½ teaspoon of this mixture along with 10 drops of Tropical Blast Flavoring and 10 drops of FUN Soap Colorant. (You can also use any of our body safe fragrances instead of the flavoring. However if you do choose to use fragrance, do not use the plastic cups. Make sure to use a mixing bowl because the fragrance will eat through the plastic cup.) Set aside the cup with the Borax mixture. You will not need it again unless you decide to make more than one!

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Add 1 tablespoon of school glue and 1 tablespoon of Corn Starch to your mixture. Mix it all together until it becomes too difficult to stir.

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Remove the mixture from the cup and place it on a piece of wax paper.

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Roll the putty all around in the palm of your hands.  It will slowly begin to take form.

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When you are finished with your first ball, feel free to make as many more as you want using the rest of the Borax mixture. You will just need to repeat everything from step two including adding the flavoring, corn starch, and colorant. We made 7 putty balls with this awesome recipe, but we still had a little bit left over! So with using all of the Borax mixture, this should make at least about 13 putty balls!  To store the scented putty simply place it in a 4 oz. PET jar and tighten the lid.   Note:  Body Safe fragrance oils can be used for this scented putty recipe instead of flavorings, but if you use fragrance oils, you will need to be sure to mix your putty in a pet plastic container.  Fragrance oils can melt certain plastics. 

Are you just totally intrigued? I’m sure the kiddos are, they will be so excited to make these Scented Putty balls that they will want to start as soon as possible! Are you looking for an awesome craft for the kids to do at a party? Well this is it! This wonderful putty is guaranteed to be a definite favorite, and they will want to make them over and over again. Come on, get started on these as soon as possible! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla! Are you looking for even more crafting fun? Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well!

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Apr
05

Candy Scent


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candy scentDoodle Bug Fragrance Oil– Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Are you looking for a fun, childhood scent that completely captures your fond memories of carefree times?  Or, maybe you are seeking that perfect candy scent to market your kiddy soap line?  Well, Doodle Bug is just that scent!  With the perfect combination of classic candy aromas, this candy scent is both nostalgic of childhood yet still rings true with aromatic notes kids still love today.

What does Doodle Bug Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

A fragrance oil by Natures Garden that takes you back in time to childhood.  When you didn’t know the definition of work; life was about playing and eating a bunch of candy.  An aroma that will allow you to visualize yourself being a young child with a cream soda dum dum sucker stuck in your hair, sitting at the picnic table eating a piece of watermelon.  Doodle Bug is a blend of cream soda, fresh watermelon slices, hubba bubba bubblegum, with a hint of new born baby.  An NG Original Fragrance! 

How Do Our Customers Use Doodle Bug Fragrance Oil?

For all of you candle crafters out there; this candy scent is used in Soy, soy blends, paraffin, Joy, WOW, palm, and Pillar of Bliss waxes.  This fragrance is strong and has no problems with scent throw.  Doodle Bug fragrance oil also works well in aroma beads and smelly jellies, or in electric tart burners.

For bath and body crafters, this fragrance is a big seller for teens and the little kiddies!  The usage rate for this candy scent is 5%.  Doodle Bug also has a 2% vanillin content, so vanilla white color stabilizer is suggested to reduce discoloration in your final homemade products.  This nostalgic fragrance is used to make an array of bath and body products like: solid lotion bars, lotions, bath fizzies, sugar scrubs, foaming sugar scrubs, melt and pour soaps, body frostings, bubble baths, and whipped body butters.  Finally, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this candy scent is delicious.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, discolors to a light beige.  Scent stayed awesome and strong throughout cure.  Yummy!

If you are interested in using this perfectly happy candy scent in a fun child themed recipe, please click on this link to view the Play Dough Soap Recipe.

 

Aug
16

How to Make Scented Markers


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markers

Making scented markers is easy and fun. This is a great project for your little ones to let their creative drawings soar in color and scent.

It is time to celebrate!  The start of a new school year is quickly approaching and with that, it is also time to purchase your children’s school supplies.  So, why not add that little extra creative care to make your kids feel special!

Here is what you need: 
Crayola Markers TM (not the washable kind)
Disposable Pippettes
Fragrance Oil  (Choose any of Natures Garden’s Fragrance Oils to Coordinate with the colored markers you have.)

Although any of Natures Garden Fragrance Oils will work, here are a few of the favorites from the childhood scents category:
Best Friends Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Teal
Black Licorice Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Black
Blue Cotton Candy Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Blue
Bubblegum Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Pink
Chocolate Chip Cookies Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Brown
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Purple
Dreamsickle Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Orange
Easter Bunny Burps Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Gray
Green Apple Candy Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Green
Jammin Rock Candy Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Red
Sugar Cookies Fragrance Oil– color suggestion Yellow

Here are the Steps:

Step 1: One marker at a time, remove the bottom of the plastic marker encasement.

Step 2: Remove the long, cylinder-shaped marker ink pad from the plastic encasement.

Step 3: Using a transfer pipette, place at least 8 drops of fragrance oil onto each end of the marker ink pad, and place ink pad back into marker encasement. Place end cap back on the marker.

This will allow you to scent your markers whatever fragrance you would like them to be, and actually helps to refresh markers that are beginning to dry up. We have not tested this on washable markers since we believe that they are water soluble and won’t mix with fragrance oil; but we are not 100% sure that they would not work. If you find that washable markers also work, let us know!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Mar
05

Kid Friendly Craft


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Thanks to the eyes of a child, something as simple as adding a few Spring stickers can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your product.

Anytime I get out all of my goodies to start crafting, my little ones are all about helping.  Sometimes I think that they love creating and crafting just as much as I do!  (Yeah for me, I passed on the right genes!!!)   This past weekend I thought it would be fun for them to help me make and decorate some smelly jellies for our Spring baskets, and as it turns out, they even taught me something.

Having two small children, I can count on family members showering them with gifts around any holidays.  As a thank you to them, I always make sure that the girls help me to make them something to give in return.  I love this concept for several different reasons.  They are learning to become crafters themselves, we have lots of fun working on these projects together, and people love to receive gifts that the little ones helped to make.

There we were working away on making a dozen or so smelly jellies in my kitchen.  All of the smelly jellies were completely finished absorbing, and I had just finished packaging them.  The fitments and lids were on tight.  My final step was to tie the festively colored pastel ribbons of white, pink, blue, and yellow to the tops.  (Secret Frugal Tip:  The Dollar Tree is a wonderful place to find lots of cute, decorative, and perfectly priced items (Everything is $1.00) to add that extra element of love to your products.)

I swear, and as I am sure that you all know, I only turned my back for a second which was just long enough for my youngest to swipe a jar.  When I finally found her, she had already gone to town adding her own decorative touch to the jar.  As it turns out, she said she wanted to make one special for her Grandmama.  Riley had used some Spring stickers to “decorate” her grandmama’s smelly jelly.  It was just so adorable that I thought that I needed to share this with everyone!

So, moms and kids, get ready to have some fun and get crafty!  CAUTION:  Anytime you are using fragrance oils around your children or pets, keep a close eye on your children so that they do not drink the fragrance oil.

Here is the list of items that you need:

Here are the Instructions:

  1. Clean your work area and prep it by setting up all of the smelly jelly jars that you are going to use.  For this project, we are using 3 fragrances, so I selected to set my jars up in 3 rows of 4 to allow for no fragrance confusion.
  2. Take 2 level teaspoons of smelly jelly crystals and carefully add them to each jar.
  3. Using room temperature distilled water. Add 10 ounces to each jar.
  4. The next step is to add the soap colorant to the jars. Since I was striving for a pastel color, I only added 2-3 drops of color per jar.
    1. Here is the cheat sheet that I used for the coloring:
  • Easter Bunny Burps- Neon Green
  • Lilac- Fun Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet
  • Jelly Beans- Fun Soap Colorant Yelp Yellow

5.  As always, feel free to be creative and swap out the colors and/or the fragrance oils.

6. It is fragrance time!  Using 1.5 Tablespoons of fragrance, slowly pour your fragrance into each jar.

7. Add the Diamond Dust Mica- the amount of sparkle is all up to you!

8. It is time to get your mix on!  Using a mixing spoon, carefully mix each jar.

9. Let the smelly jellies work their magic and swell away.  This will take about 15-20 minutes.

10. Finally place the fitment and lid on the jars.

11. The last step and most fun… get your decorating on.  Use stickers and ribbon, or whatever you want!

Smelly jellies are by far one of my favorite projects to make by myself or with my girls.  If you have not tried them, you need to try some today.  Your best bet, although I know you are going to love it… is to try Natures Garden Smelly Jelly Kit.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

 

Nov
23

Recycle Reduce Reuse


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Recycle, Reduce, Reuse… all great ways to cut costs and save money!

Recycling is something that was ingrained in me from an early childhood.  Thanks Dad!  I like to recycle because it makes me feel good.  I get the feeling that I am actually doing my part in ensuring my children’s world and future.  After all, aren’t we just borrowing Mother Earth for the time that we are here?

We are recycling.

Reducing our footprint was something we just recently started.  Although as of right now, we are working on being more proactive in this, but it is still a work in progress.  This is one thing that we do that is really simple and rewarding.  Whenever we make trips to the grocery store, we always bring along those cloth tote bags so that we do not need the plastic bags to haul our groceries home.  I actually keep several of these bags in my trunk, especially for those unplanned store stops.  What I really love about bringing my own bags besides the reduction of waste is the additional fact that the bags never break or rip.  It always seems that by the time
I get home and start unloading, it is a guessing game as to whether or not I will make it in the house before all of the groceries spill in the driveway.

We are reducing. (Well, starting to anyway!)

Reusing is something that really appeals to my frugal side.  Lord knows I love saving money.  I constantly invent reasons to give items dual purpose before recycling them.  We use shoe boxes to organize all of our craft supplies.  We also use old margarine tubs to house Barbie’s wardrobe and accessories.  It is also true that I have sent left-overs home nestled inside empty food containers.  (I love this because I never have to worry about trying to track my Tupperware down!)

We are reusing.

It was Sunday night’s dinner that preempted me to look at the glass spaghetti jar and think, “This would make a really cute candle.”  That was all it took to get me started.  I was on the hunt for reusing!

Here’s what I found on my kitchen quest.

Candles

Baby jars- excellent ideas for cute baby shower candle favors

Cans

Plastic Lunchmeat containers- perfect for storing votives and tea lights

Jelly jars

Mugs

Glass cups

Glass bowls

 

The possibilities are endless.  In fact, these “previously used” glass containers can be really cute when decorated with some tissue paper, a little ribbon, and some glue.

 

But, do not feel that reusing the containers in your kitchen is your only option.  If you would like to reduce your packaging costs, especially on the candle glass, you can always offer your customers a refill option for them at a reduced price.  All they would have to do is bring their own containers, or their original candle container back to you (cleaned, of course!), and you can refill it.
Don’t you just love being cost effect… it is an AMAZING feeling!

 

In the realm of wax, whenever I have wax left over from candle making, I pour it in an old cookie sheet and let it harden.  Then, I use an old pizza slicer to and cut up the wax into funky shapes.  Sometimes it is confetti style, although most times it is free style.  I then put my wax pieces into an old plastic lunchmeat container and store.  Then, whenever I have unexpected guests, or I am feeling like my mood needs a little pick me up, I just toss some in my tart warmer and start sniffing away.

 

Reusing your containers is only the tip of the iceberg.  Any small changes add up to have huge results.  Get creative, and remember… “Waste not, Want not.” –Ben Franklin

 

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of

Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Nov
02

Scented Play Dough


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Fragrances like Natures Garden’s Reindeer Poo make really amazing scented childrens play dough!

This weekend was a chilly one.  Snow fell in many areas, and although ours did not stick, we did not go unnoticed.  With the weather not really cooperating, my girls and I were trapped in the house all weekend long.  Not fun!

Needless to say, we were already feeling the walls closing in.  We needed something entertaining to do.  Off to google I went to see if there were any projects we could do to pass the time away.

My girls are huge fans of creative things.  They love to color, draw, build castles with their building blocks, and play with craft dough.  So, at least I knew if I could find something that was hands on, we were in there.  I knew that my mom had made craft dough with the girls before and they had a blast.  I only needed to find a recipe.

After quite a few links, I stumbled upon a great recipe of unscented play dough.  Could this play dough be scented?  Yes it can!

This craft dough is pretty basic and can be colored and scented to extend the wow factor.   My girls selected all the fun Christmas scents, and I double checked to make sure that all of the fragrances were body safe.  I also let them choose the colors for the craft dough.

Here are the supplies that are needed:

8 cups flour- I used the All-purpose kind

8 cups warm water

4 cup salt- the regular table kind

1 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup Cream of Tartar

Latex gloves

5 Glass plates

5 gallon sized Ziploc bags

5 Pipettes

Natures Garden Soap Dyes:  Red,
Blue, Yellow, Green

Natures Garden Cotton Headed Ninny Muggin Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Jack Frost Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Snowman Balls Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Mrs. Claus Cookies Fragrance oil

Natures Garden Reindeer Poo Fragrance oil

 

This recipe is for a really large batch, but I wanted to make sure that both girls had a nice amount of craft dough to play with.

 

First: In a large saucepan, mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, and vegetable oil together.  Stir.  Place the saucepan on the stovetop and cook over low heat.  Stir occasionally.  You are looking for when the craft dough starts to look like mashed potatoes.  The key to when it is finished is when the dough clumps together and you can pull it from the sides of the saucepan.  You do not want the dough to be sticky though.  Keep the low heat on until the dough appears dry.  You are seeking the same texture as store
bought craft dough.

 

Second:  Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside.  You want the craft dough to cool naturally.  It is done when you can touch the dough and it is cool.  While the dough is cooling, wipe down your counter space with warm soapy water.  You want to do this now so that the area is dry for the next step.

 

Third:  Carefully, dump all of the craft dough onto your work space.  Start to knead.  You will knead until the craft dough is smooth.  It will almost have a silky feel to it.

 

Four:  Divide it up.  Since we are making 5 different scents and colors, you will want to separate the dough as evenly as possible
into 5 large balls.  Please note, one of the balls will be uncolored, this will be your cream color.

 

Five:  Once you have all of the balls, using your index finger poke a hole into it.  You are going to use this hole for your soap dye coloring.  One color designated per ball.  I would suggest doing this step one ball at a time.

 

Six:  Put on your latex gloves.  Take one glass plate and place a ball on it.  Carefully, start to knead the ball on the plate.  Keep
kneading until the color is consistent throughout the entire dough portion.  If you need to go bolder on the color, just recreate the ball and hole and start over again.  The tip here is do not be afraid to knead your heart out in this step.  Repeat this step for each color until you have all colors completed.

 

Seven: Once you are happy with your new bright and beautiful dough colors, stick each one individually in a gallon Ziploc bag.  It
is time to get your scent on in the next step.

 

Pause- Here is our scent to color break down we used:

RED- Cotton Headed Ninny Muggin Fragrance oil

BLUE- Jack Frost Fragrance oil

CREAM (uncolored)- Snowman Balls Fragrance oil

GREEN- Mrs. Claus Cookies Fragrance oil

YELLOW-Reindeer Poo Fragrance oil

 

Eight: Using one pipette per dough bag, drip 2ml of the fragrance into the Ziploc bag and sealshut.  Knead again, but do it in the
Ziploc bag until all of the fragrance is absorbed.  Repeat for the remaining 4 dough bags.

 

Nine: Get crafty and have some fun!  When you are finished, store left over craft dough in Ziploc bags.

 

This was really a ton of fun to do.  My girls had a blast making it and playing with it. This is something that is fun, easy, and way cheaper than the store bought.

 

Caution:  Because the craft dough is scented with fragrance oil, make sure that any surface that is used with making or playing
with it is safe for fragrance.  Fragrance can ruin wood stained areas.  Scented play dough contains fragrance;  do not allow children to eat the play dough!

 

Fragrance & Fun For Everyone!

Nicole (Manager at Natures Garden)
www.naturesgardencandles.com