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Feb
19

20 Craft Ideas for St Patricks Day


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20 Craft Ideas for St. Patricks Day20 Craft Ideas for St. Patricks Day

Since Saint Patricks Day is right around the corner from us, we have some recipes themed for the holiday we wanted to share. We love being creative all year round, but we think there is no time better for it than on and around the holidays! There are so many different crafts you can make for each holiday. Today we are going to be talking about 20 Craft Ideas for St. Patricks Day. All of these have been handmade by the staff here at Natures Garden and include candles, soap, bath bombs and more. St. Patricks Day can be such a fun time and we had a blast making holiday themed projects. We hope you enjoy each of our ideas!

St. Patricks Day Candle RecipeSt. Patricks Day Candle Recipe

The first recipe we want to dive into is this St. Patricks Day Candle. You will need to get our Golden Foods Soy Wax 464 in the ten pound size, beeswax white pastilles, NG Aloe and White Lilac Fragrance Oil, and green spectrum liquid candle dye. The fragrance in this candle is layered with top notes of petitgrain, bergamot, and ozonic notes. There are middle notes of tuberose, lilac, and lily of the valley. The base notes include musk, oak moss, amber, and sweet vanilla. This is a fun recipe that does not take up too much time. It smells great and is a perfect representation of Saint Patricks Day with the four leaf clover!

Mint Chocolate Chip Chip Ice Cream Bath Fizzies RecipeMint Chocolate Chip Chip Ice Cream Bath Fizzies Recipe

Next, is our mint chocolate chip bath fizzies recipe. These are a fun alternative to traditional round bath bombs. With this recipe, you can make 24 mini bath fizzy scoops! The directions are super simple to follow and this is a great place to start if you are a beginner. These tiny ice cream scoops work very similarly to bath bombs. They use the same common ingredients such as baking soda, citric acid, and corn starch to create fizzing and bubbles in the bath. Other ingredients used to make these include shea butter, grape seed oil, and Peppermint Patty Fragrance Oil. This fragrance is the perfect scent for these minty scoops. They smell like a combination of peppermint, vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate. All you need to do is pop these in the bath and you will be ready to go!

Pistachio Melt and Pour Soap RecipePistachio Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

As you are probably aware, melt and pour soap is one of the easiest recipes you can make! Our website has several exciting soap recipes just like this one. This pistachio melt and pour recipe was made with our diamond clear base in combination with our cocoa butter base. These both add a nice creamy lather and soapy suds to your finished product. We scented our soap with the very fitting Natures Garden Original Pistachio Pudding Cake Fragrance Oil. Your soap will smell like pistachios, almonds, honey, heliotrope, and a creamy vanilla custard. When it is finished, your pistachio melt and pour soap will look good enough to eat!

Rainbow Bath Salts RecipeRainbow Bath Salts Recipe

This is one of my favorite bath recipes at Natures Garden! These rainbow bath salts look spectacular from the way that they are layered in the jars. This recipe is the perfect representation of the rainbow you find a pot of gold at the end of! We scented these bath salts with our Celestial Fragrance Oil, which is a layered fragrance. It has top notes of orange, eucalyptus, and pineapple. The middle notes include violet, sage, thyme, lily, and jasmine. The woodsy base notes are cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, oakmoss, and vetiver. One of the ingredients for these bath salts is SCI, which is why these will leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

Golden Clover Bath Bombs RecipeGolden Clover Bath Bombs Recipe

Next, we are introducing these golden clover bath bombs. These are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! This recipe creates four bath bombs that smell like Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil. We colored these using our Yellow Oxide FUN soap colorant, and coated them in 24K gold mica pigment to make them shimmer! When you add these fizzy bombs to the bath, you will see some tiny specks of gold and feel extra luxurious.

St. Patty's Day Cold Process Soap RecipeSt. Patty’s Day Cold Process Soap Recipe

The next recipe is our St. Patty’s Day themed cold process soap. It uses our English Ivy Fragrance Oil, which is a combination of morning dew, green forest notes, a touch of floral, and earthy musk. This fragrance truly represents the greenery scent of St. Patricks Day. We used oils with great qualities to them in this soap, including coconut 76, palm, castor, olive pomace, and sweet almond. Each provides different benefits to the soap, but make great additions to lather and conditioning properties for your skin!

Green Beer Candle RecipeGreen Beer Candle Recipe

One of the traditions of Saint Patricks Day is to drink green beer. Since we already had made a regular beer candle, we wanted to create a green beer candle for this holiday! We have the perfect fragrance oil for this St. Patty’s recipe, called Green Irish, which is comparable to the ever popular Green Irish Tweed. There are very few ingredients involved with this candle, which makes it an easy recipe to follow and recreate. We have separate instructions listed for the beer froth if you would like to add this touch!

Spearmint Soap RecipeSpearmint Soap Recipe

I personally love the smell of spearmint, and if you do too, you will really enjoy this soap recipe. Our Spearmint Fragrance Oil has a refreshing minty aroma, which is believed to carry benefits to improve concentration and productivity. This spearmint soap combines quality oils with shea butter and spearmint leaf to create a soap that feels and is great for your skin.

Pot O Gold Candle RecipePot O Gold Candle Recipe

This pot o gold candle recipe is another one of my favorites! It is an absolutely adorable product that is so fun to create. We used several colors from our spectrum liquid candle dyes to make this, including red, black, yellow, blue, green, and purple. When you light your candle it smells of Green Clover and Aloe. It has a fresh citrus and jasmine scent complimented by a woodsy sweet musk background.

Clam Shell Kiwi Sugar Cubes RecipeClam Shell Kiwi Sugar Cubes Recipe

These kiwi sugar cubes are so easy to make! They are made with grape seed oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil 76, shea butter melt and pour soap, along with a few more ingredients. Our fruity Kiwi Fragrance Oil was also used to scent these sugar cubes. These are great to use on the body, but maybe too harsh to use on the face. All you need to do is break some of the cubes out of their container, run underwater, and apply to your skin!

Mojito Bath Bomb RecipeMojito Bath Bomb Recipe

Another one of our recipes is this mojito scented bath bomb. Our Mojito Fragrance Oil is a best seller and is a nice combination of lime, sugar, mint leaves, and rum. This is one of our more herbal homemade recipes, involving different clay powders and our spearmint leaf, cut and sifted. When you make this recipe, you will get seven bath bombs out of it.

Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask RecipeLucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe

Now for a change of pace, we will talk about our lucky leprechaun facial mask! If you are involved in this industry, you probably are really interested in skincare products. This face mask is a great addition to any skincare routine because it exfoliates, moisturizes, and refreshes the skin. It contains French green clay, Bentonite clay, and Spirulina powders, along with some essential oils and leaf powders. The combination of quality cosmetic ingredients in this mask will really freshen up the surfaces of your skin.

Rose Petal Bath Melts RecipeRose Petal Bath Melts Recipe

Our rose petal bath melts are definitely a game changer. With a combination of shea butter, mango butter, and cocoa butter, these are moisturizing to the extreme degree. Our recipe makes 12 herbal bath melts that contain both rose petals and parsley leaf. We used another Natures Garden Original fragrance for these, Coco Mango. You will come out of the bath smelling fruity with strawberry, mango, papaya, coconut, and vanilla.

Lime Cupcake Cold Process Soap RecipeLime Cupcake Cold Process Soap Recipe

We are always finding inspiration from food and dessert recipes we see online. These lime cupcake cold process soaps look and smell like authentic cupcakes! They are scented with our Agave Lime Fragrance Oil and topped with melt and pour lime slices, which add even more to its authenticity.

Rainbow Bubble Bars RecipeRainbow Bubble Bars Recipe

We have even more bath recipes for you, like these rainbow bubble bars that are so unique. This is another recipe that we added SCI into, which helps these to soften the skin and leave it feeling like silk. Taking a bath with these is nice and relaxing. They have been scented with our Rain Fragrance Oil, which contains notes of wisteria, lily of the valley, hyacinth, and musk.

Green Apple Candy Bath Bomb RecipeGreen Apple Candy Bath Bomb Recipe

This green apple candy bath bomb is an easy recipe to prepare. It is made using baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, bentonite clay, and apricot kernel oil. We scented it with another one of our best selling fragrance oils, Green Apple Candy, which smells delicious. To get the light green color we desired these to have, we mixed together our Kelly Green and Neon Green FUN soap colorants.

Leprechaun Hat Soap RecipeLeprechaun Hat Soap Recipe

Our leprechaun hat soap is one of my favorites that we are talking about today. This craft is absolutely perfect for St. Patricks Day because it cannot get much more festive than this. This soap was made with the Diamond Clear base and Yogurt base, which provide lather, exfoliation, and softening properties. It takes a few of our molds to create this hat shape: the 6 cavity muffin, square, and basic square molds. The soap smells of the delicious Apple Happy Camper Candy Fragrance Oil, which is a combination of several fruits.

Rainbow Melt and Pour Soap RecipeRainbow Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

This rainbow melt and pour soap is another one that is a bit more advanced. It is a regular melt and pour at the bottom, topped with a whipped soap base, and a handmade rainbow piece. This is a very fun recipe to make and allows you to explore your creative side, so have fun with it!

Basil Sage Mint Bubble Bars RecipeBasil Sage Mint Bubble Bars Recipe

These basil sage mint bubble bars are very similar to the rainbow bubble bars. It will make you eight bars that provide skin softening properties from the SCI they contain. We also added peppermint leaf powder and basil leaf to give them an herbal element.

Castile Hot Process Soap RecipeCastile Hot Process Soap Recipe

Lastly, we wanted to mention one of our hot process soap recipes, since we have been talking about melt and pour and cold process. Hot process cures much faster than cold process because an element of heat is added. This green castile soap uses the natural moisturizer sodium lactate, spirulina powder, and olive oil pomace. This is a great soap to use on all skin types.

Best St. Patricks Day Desserts

Since we have introduced to you 20 of our craft recipes for St. Patricks Day, we thought we’d share some food recipes as well! This Good House Keeping blog written by Gabriella Vigoreaux and Amanda Garrity gives more than forty St. Patricks Day themed dessert ideas! Some of the best ones they mention are Lucky Charms Ice Cream Sandwiches, Irish Cream Macarons, and a Shamrock Shake. These desserts make for perfect party dishes for this upcoming holiday!

 

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Dec
05

Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project


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Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap ProjectHoliday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project

Natures Garden has come up with a brand new recipe for all of our customers to try out this Christmas season! We love this time of the year because there are many different recipes we all can make, that our Christmas fragrances add the perfect touch to. This Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project will throw you right in the spirit of Christmas. Creating new ideas and finding crafts that are going to excite and inspire people is always a goal of ours. This is especially important around the holiday season, at a time of giving to the people you care about most. People are constantly searching for interesting gifts to give to family and friends, which homemade crafts provide the perfect fix for!  We hope that this unique melt and pour soap can be the inspiration you have been looking for. It is super fun to make and will provide you with 32 soap ribbons! Let’s go ahead and get started with this project.

Ingredients Found at Natures Garden

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base
FUN Soap Colorant Tomato Red
FUN Soap Colorant Neon Green
Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil
FUN Soap Colorant Kelly Green
FUN Soap Colorant Black Oxide
8 ounce Clear PET Bullet Bottle
White 24/410 Fine Mist Sprayer

Other Ingredients & Equipment You Will Need:

Cutting Board
Scale
Microwave safe containers
Large Knife
Microwave
13 x 9″ Pan
Rubbing alcohol (in the bullet bottle)

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour SoapDiamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

The first step in this recipe is to prepare the red soap portion. We will need to weigh out the 456 grams of the Natures Garden Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. This soap base of ours is made up of 99.5% glycerin and pure deodorized, double distilled, coconut oil. These ingredients give excellent qualities to this soap. Glycerin helps the skin to retain moisture that is naturally made, soap that contains glycerin in it is gentler on the skin than other types of soap are, and it is great for more dry and sensitive skin.

Coconut oil contains many healthy saturated fats, it is a natural anti-fungal product, and it is also naturally anti-bacterial. Another great property of coconut oil is that it is highly moisturizing, which makes it a popular ingredient in soap and lip balm. Natures Garden also sells Coconut Oil 76 along with Fractionated Coconut Oil, both of which are used in several of our other homemade recipes. Also, if you really enjoy the scent of coconut, you might want to check out the coconut-related fragrance oils that we carry. Some of these are Coconut Cream Pie, Creamy Coconut, and Natures Garden Coconut Vanilla Type

Melting the Soap Base and Adding the Fragrance OIlMelting the Soap Base and Adding the Fragrance Oil

Now that we have discussed some of the properties of this soap base, we can begin melting it to make our soap. Melt the 456 grams that we measured out. You can melt the soap in either a microwave or using a double boiler. After the soap has completely melted, the next ingredient we are going to be using is the Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil. Weigh out 23 grams of it and add that to the melted Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. 

holiday pomegrante fragrance oilThis Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil has definitely been a popular scent in the products and crafts that we have been creating for this holiday season. The other recipes that we have used it in so far are the Holiday Pomegranate Candle, Holiday Air Freshener, and the Holiday Pomegranate Cold Process Soap. As with many others, this fragrance oil is versatile to use in many types of products. We have been using it so much because it smells so delicious! It contains an arrangement of pomegranate, dewberries, blackberries, sparkling citrus, sheer musk, iris, jasmine, red cassis, and finally, sandalwood. It brings together all of these elements in a way that makes it a great ingredient to add to Christmas products!

Making the Red Portion of the SoapMaking the Red Portion of the Soap

Stir the melted soap and Holiday Pomegranate fragrance oil mixture together to incorporate them before moving on. Next, add 35 drops of the tomato red FUN soap colorant. Additionally, use a toothpick to add just a tiny amount of the black oxide FUN soap colorant. Fully stir it together until it is completely red, without any streaks of white.

Allowing the Soap to Set UpAllowing the Soap to Set Up

Next, we are going to pour the red soap onto one of the two pans. In order to release any air bubbles, spray the red soap with rubbing alcohol. When it has had approximately twenty minutes to set up, you can then remove it from the pan. However, the time that it takes for the soap to set up may vary, depending on different conditions. If the temperature of the room that you are working in is too hot or too cold, set up time could be affected. Another factor that may affect set up time is the temperature at which you poured it. When you are removing it from the pan, it should still be warm to the touch at that point.

Creating the Red Strips For Your SoapCreating the Red Strips For Your Soap

For the next step, we are going to place the red soap onto a cutting board. Place it in front of you horizontally. Then, using a knife that you have, begin slicing the soap into vertical strips. Cut them so that they are all about ¼ inch wide. Use and cut the entire portion of the red that you have made, since we are going to have some of them left over. Set them to the side for now and we will come back to them in a later step. 

Preparing the Green Portion of the SoapPreparing the Green Portion of the Soap

Grab your second pan for this next step. It is time for us to prepare the green portion of this holiday ribbon melt and pour soap! Once again, you will need to weigh out 456 grams of the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap. Then, in exactly the same way as before, melt it down. Once the soap has completely melted, we are going to repeat another step from earlier. Measure out and add 23 grams of the Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil. You can stir it together to incorporate it before adding the colorants. Then, add 20 drops of the neon green FUN soap color along with 3 drops of the Kelly Green FUN soap colorant. Once again, we used a toothpick to add just a small amount of the black oxide FUN soap colorant to the bowl. Stir all of the ingredients together so that they are fully combined. 

Setting Up the Green SoapSetting Up the Green Soap

Next, pour the green soap onto one of your pans. Spray with rubbing alcohol to release air bubbles. You will want to remove the soap from the pan when it has setup but is still warm to the touch. Once again, this will take approximately 20 minutes. However, setup time can vary depending on the temperature that you poured as well as the temperature of the room you are working in.

Slicing the Green Soap into StripsSlicing the Green Soap into Strips

Once again, after you have removed the soap from your pan, place the soap on a cutting board. Have it facing horizontally in front of you. Then, just as before, we are going to slice it into vertical strips that are about ¼ inch wide. They should look exactly the same as the red strips we cut previously.

Making the White Portion of the SoapMaking the White Portion of the Soap

Now, we can prepare the last portion of our holiday ribbon melt and pour soap project. This will be the white portion of the soap, which will follow very similar steps as the red and green soap portions did. However, instead of using the Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap, we are going to be using the Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap. Start by weighing out 655 grams. Once it has melted, add 32 grams of the Holiday Pomegranate Fragrance Oil. Incorporate everything together by stirring. 

This base is unscented with no Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), or any other added detergents. The ingredients in this base are glycerin, sodium stearate, sodium cocoate, and sodium myristate,. It also contains coconut oil (cocoa nucifera), palm oil (elaeis guineensis), sunflower oil (helianthus annus), purified water, mango butter (mangifera indica), and titanium dioxide. Mango butter has several beneficial properties to it such as soothing and softening the skin. Eczema and dryness of the skin can be helped by mango butter. Additionally, it cleanses the surface of the skin from blemishes or impurities, and helps to unclog pores. 

Spraying the Strips of SoapSpraying the Strips of Soap

At this time, you will need one of your empty pans and the red and green strips that we previously created. Place the strips in the pan, leaving about ¼ inch gaps in between each. The soap is going to be white in color where the ¼ inch gaps are when we are finished pouring. Due to this, it does not matter how you choose to lay down your strips. You can lay them in whatever order you would like. We created variations when making this recipe. Some of our ribbon soap simply had green and white lines, while others had only red and white lines. We also created some with both green and red strips, as you can see in the picture. How you choose to do it is completely up to you! Once you have your strips laid out on the pan how you would like them to be, spray the soap strips in the pan with rubbing alcohol. This will help to ensure that they will adhere to the white soap we are about to pour on top of them. 

Incorporating the White SoapIncorporating the White Soap

Then, we are going to finish off our strips by adding the white portion. Pour the melted soap into the pan where you have left the gaps in between the green and red. These gaps will be filled by the white soap and will eventually harden. Once you have done this, spray the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles again. Just as you have before, remove the soap from the pan while it is still warm to the touch. Make sure that it has had enough time to set up. When it is at this stage, the strip will still be flexible, which makes it much easier to work with. This flexibility is essential for the final step, so the timing is very important.

Slicing and Bending the Finished ProductSlicing the Finished Product

For this next step, quickly and carefully slice the soap the way that we did for the green and red strips. However, this time we want to have eight strips. Once you have cut them, trim around the edges to remove any excess or jagged pieces. 

 

 

Shaping the Ribbon Soap

For the final step in creating this holiday ribbon candy project, we are going to bend the strips of soap. We created a zig zag texture to resemble ribbon candy. The shape of this soap makes it that much cuter! Allow enough time for it to finish cooling down before use.

As we mentioned earlier, you are going to notice that you still have left over green and red strips of soap. All you have to do is simply repeat the steps, beginning when you make the portion for the white soap. This way, you can find a way to utilize the remaining strips and avoid any waste. It is also a great idea to use all of the extra pieces that you can make as a gift for someone this holiday season! We ended up having enough strips to create a total of four pans of striped soap! This will obviously vary depending on how thick you decided to cut your strips of green and red soap. 

After you have made as much soap as you would like to, your Holiday Ribbon Melt and Pour Soap Project is now ready to be used! We hope that you enjoyed making this new and fun holiday themed product! If this soap making recipe has you hungry for the real thing, you can find it at the Vermont Country Store!