How to Make a Cheetah Headband

Using purple, green, bright pink, or even cheetah duct tape, you can make your very own headband! Every girl needs at least one cute and fashionable headband to pull back her hair. In fact. they are one of the best accessories a girl could have. Simply purchase a plain colored plastic headband to start and grab some colorful duct tape. This tutorial shows you how exactly how to put on your duct tape properly to ensure that there are no air bubbles. Also, this tutorial will show you how to cut the duct tape the right way. You will soon have yourself a bright, shiny, colorful and cheap cheetah headband!

How to Make a Cheetah Headband

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New Year, New Home: 653 DIY Home Decorating Projects

Give your entire home a makeover with these 653 DIY Home Decorating Projects. From the bathroom to the garden, we have great projects to help you reinvent your space, get organized, and add color and style to any room in your house!

There are also great ideas and suggestions on how to use every day items to create beautiful home decor accents. Paper, beads, and other craft supplies can be reused and recycled to make beautiful artwork, lovely garden decor, and wall art that you’ll be proud to show off to all your guests.

So when the mood strikes and you want to give your living room, bathroom, bedroom, or garden a little face lift, turn to this great collection of 653 Home Decorating Projects for great tutorials and inspiration to help you get started.

     

The great thing about crafting your own home decor is that you can play around with colors and patterns that match your own unique style.  Sometimes it’s hard to find just the right piece for your living room side table, or a large piece of artwork to display above your bed, but when you take the time to create something by hand, you’re not only saving money, but you’re practically guaranteed to love it!

With a new year on the horizon, there’s no better time to update your home’s decor scheme, and with the help of 653 DIY Home Decorating Ideas, you’ll have plenty of inspiration and motivation to keep you going!

9 Knockoffs that Will Fool Everyone

So your daughter wants clothes from Forever 21 for Christmas?  Maybe you know someone who registered at Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, or Pottery Barn for an upcoming wedding or baby shower…or perhaps you just love the designer look, but don’t love paying designer prices…

Regardless of the reason, we have 9 knockoff projects that are inspired by high end merchandise…and best of all, you can make many of these for less than a quarter of the price of the real deal!  From cute clothes to home decor that will pass even the stingiest of eyes, these knockoffs and look a likes are just the thing for the upcoming holiday season.

 

Crate and Barrel Knockoff Clock

Love the look of Crate? With this crafty Crate and Barrel Knockoff Clock, you can make your very own handmade wall clock that mirrors the famous large print clock from Crate and Barrel.  This is an easy to make project that will compliment any decor.

 

Easy Peasy Hair Pins

These Easy Peasy Hairpins are similar to the fashionable hair accessories for women sold in Anthropologie stores…but much less expensive! These easy DIY cheap hair accessories can be made with ease…and no one will know the difference!

 

Bed, Bath, and Beyond Style Bathroom Set

This crocheted bathroom set is made with scented yarn, so it helps keep your bathroom organized and smelling clean! You can make these crochet bowls in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and scents! They also make wonderful gifts for those who have registered at BB&B.

 

Forever 21 Knockoff Scarf

This Forever 21 Knockoff Scarf is a great accessory to add to your wardrobe! With some simple crochet techniques, you can create this infinity scarf pattern in no time. This scarf makes a great gift and no one will believe you made it yourself!

 

Pottery Barn Wall Organizer

This Pottery Barn Wall Organizer is an easy and fun way to get the look you love for less. A hanging wall organizer like this is great for a kitchen or entryway. You can use it to organize mail, notes, or just have it on display for all to admire.

 

DIY Antropologie Bunting Necklace

Do you love the style of Anthropologie, but hate the price tag? Well if you saw this necklace and fell in love, make your own DIY Anthropologie Bunting Necklace with this tutorial. The simplicity of creating this will stun you!

 

LOFT Inspired Ruffle Tank

What’s better than learning to make your own clothes using a free sewing project? Sewing clothes based on more expensive designs from a store! Try this LOFT inspired ruffle tank for pennies on the dollar!

 

Urban Outfitters Ear Warmer Knockoff

This knit ear warmer headband is inspired by a headband from Urban Outfitters! Knit your own with this knitted ear warmer pattern. It’s simple to make, and cinching it in the middle creates a faux bow look.

 

IKEA Inspired Flower Vase

This IKEA Inspired Painted Flower Vase is perfect for fall!  The colors are easily customizable if you want to change them. This is an easy painting technique that you can do on ceramic flower vases, as well as many other things!

 

Visit FaveCrafts.com for more great knockoff projects that will fool everyone!

Frugal Tips for Caring for Your Jeans (and How to Use Them When They Get Old)

This guest post was written by Kira from Tip Hero.

Choosing the Best Jeans for Your Budget and Body

Depending on what you do from day to day, jeans could be one of those clothing pieces that you get the most wear out of. Therefore, it’s important to invest in jeans that are going to last you a while. Here are a few tips that Wise Bread found from Real Simple for choosing the best jeans for your budget and your body:

  • Choose deeper shade because they are handled less and are supposed to last twice as long. Also, darker jeans tend to be more flattering since darker colors are “slimmer and more versatile.”
  • Pay attention to the materials in the jeans that you buy.

    According to Real Simple, opting for jeans that feature at least 2% spandex allows your trusted blues to stretch with you, instead of ripping after months of wear. Unfortunately, this appears to be a less popular material for men’s jeans than it is for women’s, but this of course makes sense; the tighter the jeans, the more likely they’ll need the stretch.

  • Look for deals and coupons online. When you find an especially great deal, look to purchase multiple pairs of jeans of styles that fit the above criteria.

For specific jean recommendations, head over to Wise Bread’s How to Select the Best Jeans for Your Money.

Original Source: Real Simple

How to Care for Your Jeans

A good pair of jeans can get you through a lot of seasons if not years if you take good care of them. Carl Chiara of Levi Strauss & Co., along with many other specialists, believes that the best way to care for jeans is not to over-care for them. This is good news for penny-pinchers out there. It may not be worth it to waste money on washing your jeans frequently.

Because denim shapes to people’s bodies, you don’t want to lose that shape by washing them too often. According to Mr. Chiara, putting your jeans in the washing machine agitates the denim, making the fibers on the cotton fabric swell. The yarns then tense up and get shorter, shrinking your jeans. Despite this, Mr. Chiara doesn’t take his jeans to the dry cleaner. Here is his method:

After six months of wearing a pair of jeans, Mr. Chiara does a comprehensive cleaning; his method could also be used by those who like to wash their jeans more often. Usually, he fills a bathtub to about six inches with room-temperature water and adds two tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Liquid Soap, which he likes because it is mild. Then, he immerses the jeans in the tub, laying them flat.

Sometimes, with dark jeans, he’ll add 1/8 cup of white vinegar to the water. “The vinegar sets the indigo and keeps it from fading,” he says. Mr. Chiara is careful not to scrub the jeans or move them around vigorously. He just lets them soak for 20 minutes before hanging them by the belt loops to drip dry.

Take a look at a couple of tips from Mr. Chiara for freshening up your jeans between washes, whether you wait a few weeks or six months, like him, between washes:

  • Spot-clean spills with a damp sponge and “whatever is under the kitchen sink – usually Windex or 409.”
  • At the end of the day (or in the morning), hang your jeans on a hook in your bathroom when you shower. Try hanging jeans by the belt loop to preserve their shape. The steam will freshen them up a bit.

Check out the full Wall Street Journal article over at The Jeans Care Secret: Rarely Wash Them.

Bring Faded Jeans Back to Life

Have a pair of old jeans that fit like a glove but are starting to look a little too worn and faded to wear stylishly? Instead of springing for a new pair of jeans, The Motherload has a great alternative that should only cost you about $5.

All you have to do is head down to your local fabric store, i.e. Joanne’s Fabrics, and head to the aisle with fabric dyes. Pick out your desired color, either Black, Navy or Indigo depending on the wash you’re going for, and get two boxes of the powdered Rit dye. When you go home to get started, keep in mind that the project will be a messy one. Old clothes and gloves are definitely a must. However, when you’re done, you should have achieved great results like these:

For the full tutorial for this project, head on over to The Motherload’s How to Dye a Faded Pair of Jeans.

How to Repurpose Old Jeans

Denim is an extremely durable material that usually outlasts our use for them as jeans. So what do you do with old jeans that you can’t wear anymore? Here are some clever and crafty ideas!

  • Denim Cut-Offs Wine Bag: make a lovely bag with a jean leg bottom and line it with a sturdy fabric.
  • Laptop Bag: using old jeans, a pretty fabric and batting, you can make a sturdy and cute bag for carrying around your computer.
  • Denim Bibs: these are cute treats for baby and they’re easy to wash.
  • Recycled Denim Potholder: make these with the back pocket of a pair of old jeans.
  • Small Gadget Tote: shows you how to make a caddy with 3 separate pockets to protect things like iPods and mp3 players.

11 Frugal Ways to Update Your Shoes

Guest post from Tip Hero

Are you the type of person that loves shoes but hates spending hard earned money on them? The good news is that by utilizing a bit of creativity, you can actually create “new” shoes from your tired old shoes. Whether you want to improve the look, feel or condition of your shoes, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at some creative ways that you can update your shoes on the cheap:

  1. DIY Summer Sandals: this great tutorial from annekata shows you how to make some trendy summer sandals out of a preexisting pair of used flip flops.

  2. Fix a Broken Flip Flop: did you snap your favorite pair of flip flops this summer? Not a problem! If you’ve got a short piece of wire, a drill and some pliers, you can make your flip flops functional again in no time.

  3. 5 Fabulous DIY Show Makeovers: check out some ideas from Planet Green for making over your shoes including creating your own sweater boots and “designer” shoes.

  4. DIY Floral Flip Flops: easily add a floral touch to your boring old flip flops to give them a fresh new life.

  5. Restore Old Sneakers: all you’ll need is some steel wool and toothpaste to give new life to your tired old sneakers. Simply apply toothpaste to scrubber and scrub away!

  6. Get Odors Out of Your Shoes: try a few of these easy tricks if your shoes are a bit stinky.

  7. Make Your Own Shoe Insoles: having some comfort issues with a pair of shoes you really like? Build your own insoles to provide cushioning and comfort on the cheap.

How to Save Money on Crafting

Read this article and more thrifty tips on FaveCrafts.com!

When I first got into crafting, I thought it would be a great way to save money. Instead of dropping loads of cash at the mall, I could make my own clothing! Instead of buying cards from Hallmark, I’d make my own! Instead of paying someone to arrange flowers for my wedding centerpieces, I’d make my own tissue paper flowers! After I got done buying fabric, patterns, a Cricut machine, and all the tissue paper in the Chicagoland area, I realized I wasn’t saving money at all. I do have quite the extensive supply of craft supplies though, and I can tell you where the nearest Michael’s, JoAnn, or Hobby Lobby is at any given time. Here are some money-saving tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way.

  1. Don’t you dare go to a craft store without a coupon! You can look in your local paper for sale flyer coupons, scour couponing sites like The Frugal Girls, or check out the craft stores’ own websites for coupons. There is pretty much always a 40% off coupon available for any of the major craft store chains. Even if you’re only buying a small item, you could potentially save a few bucks this way, every single time you go!
  2. Save your scraps. You can make a lot of things from paper scraps, yarn scraps, fabric scraps, even wood scraps! Save everything, just in case! I also find that saving scraps inspires me to create things that I wouldn’t have thought of if I had all the paper in the world.
  3. Buy supplies from unexpected places. I’ve bought tons of craft supplies from thrift stores and garage sales! Just a few weeks ago I hit the jackpot at a St. Vincent de Paul and left with a huge haul of embroidery hoops, wooden plaques, and unused foam balls. People tend to think of these places as only selling used items, but there are a great deal of unused (albeit ancient) craft supplies at pretty much every thrift store I’ve been to. Vintage notions, sewing patterns, and buttons are especially plentiful.
  4. You don’t always have to use “the real thing.” Can’t afford a circle punch? Trace the bottom of a cup and get used to cutting around the lines. Can’t fathom spending $8 a yard? Cut up old T-shirts or pick up used sheets at a thrift store (or from grandma’s linen closet) to use as fabric. Don’t rule out good ol’ construction paper when it comes to scrapbooking and cardmaking.
  5. Some of the most fun craft media are not even traditionally sold as craft supplies. Tissue paper, coffee filters, recycled magazines and paper bags, water bottles, and other trash make great craft supplies, and they’re all already in your home. Bonus: if you craft with trash, you’re preventing something from ending up in a landfill. Jars are very popular these days, and you can make so much with them. And never underestimate the power of a 99 cent roll of crepe paper!
  6. Make sure you have a mental inventory of your craft closet/room when you go to the craft store. There’s nothing worse than buying a stack of rainbow paper only to arrive home and find a similar stack unopened on your shelf. I always thought this rule was a little silly, but I just accidentally bought my second black cardigan, so now I believe everyone who swears by this! You’ll save money and avoid the dreaded buyer’s remorse if you make sure to never accidentally purchase duplicate craft supplies.
  7. Share with a friend! What sounds better than gathering up your craft supplies and setting up shop at a friend’s house, where there’s double the materials? Scrapbookers have scrap nights, sewers have sewing circles, and quilters have quilting bees. Grab a few friends and a bottle of wine and host an informal craft night so you can share the wealth. That way you can use something your friend has (say, that circle punch you couldn’t afford) and she can use all the extra rainbow paper you accidentally bought.

What are your favorite ways to save money on craft supplies? I’m very interested to learn new tricks to add to my arsenal!

Yard Sales Creativity, Viewer’s Opinions

 

Don’t you just love when you felt you ripped off someone at a yard sale knowing you just picked up something for a nickel that was normally twenty bucks or more. You can’t help but think, pay it real quick, run to the car and leave rubber tire marks on the road thinking that the previous owner doesn’t know what just happened.

On The Crochet Crowd Facebook Fan Page, viewers have been revealing that yard sales are one of the most fabulous ideas for implementing creativity, getting inspiration, and picking up incredible products. One viewer revealed she got nearly 30 skeins yarn for five dollars. She scored about one hundred and forty five dollars. The previous owner was over purchasing yarn and got carried away thinking she would use it one day. One day never came and its now on the yard being sold to someone else with lots of ambition.

I’m not a fan of hosting a yard sale. People do slow and judge like prey animals. I have to smile when you see the people in the car and the woman figure has got her hand over her mouth to stop us from reading her lips. I can just hear it. “It’s junk… where’s the next sign!”. With so many people driving by without ever getting out, I look around and say, “Sheesh all my stuff must be junk!”

Yard sales to me are puzzles of creativity. A bit from this sale, combined with another sale can make a complete item. I love decorating clay pots that sit in the garden as part of the décor. Most plants aren’t in bloom all summer, so a freshly painted pot sitting amongst the green between flowering times can add so much beauty. It’s not like figurines where today’s trend is out next year. Pots can be re-painted at any time.

I’ve come to adopt the feeling that the junkier the sale appearance, the more you have to discover. Viewers have chimed in on this topic on The Crochet Crowd on Monday May 23, 2011. See their opinion below.

      • I just like to snoop. I get out of the car if there looks like a good amount of stuff. Love multi family sales. If there is only a little out there I usually skip it.
      • I did a yard sale the other day. I had matching Table Clothes, professional signature and all colour coded… I think that is why no one got out… was too organized.
      • I don’t mind organized–In fact- one of my biggest pet peeves is totally unorganized with no prices!
      • I look to see if it has some organization to it. If it is just out there I don’t stop It may be your Junk but to others it could be a diamond mine. I go looking for craft supplies and things I didn’t know I needed lol
      • I have always made a list througout the year of things I would like to find at yard sales during the summer. I give the lists to family and friends so they can also keep an eye out for me and let me know if they find any of the items Im loo…king for. Right now on my list I have buttons, lace, fabric, yarn, crochet needles, microwave, and the list goes on and on. I refuse to stop at yard sales that only have “one table” full of stuff. I am a drive by shopper or so my husband says. I drive by really slow and try to see if it looks like its worth stopping at.
      • Both! I usually have a mental list of what I want to keep an eye out for and sometimes just find things that I just hae to have! To stop I have to see more than just clothes and a box of books! Yes the junkier the sale the better and usually better prices! I hate going to overpriced yard sales!
      • We are running a garage sale at the moment. We plan on doing it on most nice weekends through out the summer. We have tons of nice things and do not price most items. That way the stickers don’t ruin the item (which has happened to us lots) and if you are interested, ask. Our answer is usually fair or “make me an offer”.
      • Usually we drive by slow and then if I see something I want to check out we get out. Usually we are just looking for clothes for my 4 year old daughter. I like to look for stuff so if it is organized or not I don’t mind. Usually when I have… my own I try to get everything organized to a point. People still have to look through the boxes of clothes, but I put all the clothes in one area LOL.
        My mom on the other hand will get out at all yard sales she sees and really look around. She doesn’t care what it looks like. When she throws a yard sale though I think she over prices her stuff. You aren’t supposed to be trying to make money you are supposed to be getting rid of stuff.
      • I love to snoop and see what treasures I can find! I stop at every one I can find. And if they have toys I have to stop so my daughter can look. Some time it pays off. I have found some great things to use for crafting. Love to find knitted… swetters that are no longer wanted. I Frogg them for the yarn, buttons, zippers… Love to remake old or broken jewlery new. I add it to my crochet, knit, or just make more jewlery with it.
      • When my mom used to take my brothers and I out, we used to hunt for lost treasures, it was definately a case of the junkiest yard sale was the best to go to. I remember finding a vinyle copy of Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road, it was amazing…! Some of my best memories are of getting up on Saturday, walking around the neighborhood with a twenty dollar bill, and going back home with an armful of things, they just don’t do it like that anymore.See Moreabout an hour ago · LikeUnlike
      • A sale has to have lots of stuff!! Not piles and piles of clothes. A table of folded clothes and some on a hanging rack won’t deter me. But I want to see tables of books and tchotchkes. Toys are okay, but piles of stuffed animals…yuck! Furniture yes, tires NO! But lots of stuff visible from the street.
      • Kids selling lemonade or water & sodas are a plus. The organizer wearing a hat and apron mean organized to me.
      • PRICED ITEMS! If items are not priced or priced far to high, organized or not, I will walk away. I know many o fthe things we see in true garage sales are personal treasures and have a history with the seller but the seller has to be hone…st and put good prices (prices that will sell) on their items. I put low prices on my items and sell more than if I had high prices. . . .would much rather see the money in my pocket than the item back in my house! Homemade items that are made for the sale (Like Mikey’s) are a whole other story!
      • I usually go out if I have something I am looking for and enjoy the snooping. Gas prices are to high these days to just go out without a reason.

Guest Post: 10 Ways to Repurpose Old T-Shirts

This guest post comes from Kira Cowan of Tip Hero

If you’re like me, you’ve had a ton of old t-shirts in your possession, at one time or another, that seemed to have piled up overnight. Between free t-shirt I’ve gotten at events and shirts from shows or sporting events I’ve been a part of, I’ve often found myself with more t-shirts than I could ever wear.

If you have the same problem and you feel like your drawers are weighed down by a plethora of old t-shirt (or even if you just a have a few you wouldn’t mind getting rid of), take a look at some creative ways to repurpose them from around the web:

  1. Turn Old T-Shirts into Pillows: decorative pillows are easy to make with t-shirts and a bit of pillow stuffing, and have to potential to hold great sentimental value.
  2. DIY Party Top: transform an old T into a shirt that you can wear for a night on the town.
  3. Pajama Pants: learn how to make comfy, colorful pants in this Instructables tutorial.
  4. Turn a Men’s T-Shirt into a Knotted Scarf: this great project makes a cute accessory that will keep you warm for the rest of winter.
  5. T-Shirt Quilt: this one may take you some time, but with some dedication and patience, you’ll create a really wonderful finished product.
  6. Quick Grocery Bag: make an easy bag with an optional pouch in 10 steps.
  7. Crochet a Rug Out of Old T-Shirts: all you’ll need are some big old t-shirts, scissors and a crochet hook for this cool project.
  8. 5-Minute Braided Headband: these quick and easy headbands are great for both girls and grown women.
  9. T-Shirt Apron: if you’re into cooking, crafting, plain sewing or, better yet, all 3, this is the project for you.
  10. Jumper Skirt Out of a T-Shirt: check out this step-by-step tutorial to make something fabulous out of something dull and drab.

Guest Post: 21 Homemade Personal Care Products

This guest post comes from Kira Cowan of Tip Hero

Shopping for beauty and personal hygiene products can get expensive. Between hair care, skin care, and dental hygiene, among other things, it’s easy to overspend at your local drugstore. However, with just a bit of free time and creativity, you can make your own personalized products from items you already likely have. Try your hand at some of these homemade personal care product recipes from around the web!

Soaps and Body Washes

Before you start making your homemade soap, be sure to be prepared! You can head here for some great preparation and safety tips from Soap Making Secret.

  • Basic Soap Making: You’ll need a double boiler or a pot and a lid on top of a slightly larger pan, soap molds, rubbing alcohol in a spritz bottle, and a pound of clear soap base. Click the link for basics of soap making and some fancier recipes as well!
  • Bath Soap Made in a Food Processor/Blender: Try out Tip Hero Gale Osborn’s easy recipe.
  • Liquid/Gel Soap: Mix together 2 cups of soap flakes or grated bar soap, 1/2 gallon of water and 2 tbsp glycerin in a large pot. Set over low heat and stir occasionally until soap has dissolved. Transfer to a jar and cover tightly.
  • Scented Bubble Bath or Body Wash: Pour a 1/2 cup of baby or unscented shampoo into a bowl. Add in 3/4 cup water and stir until thoroughly mixed. Stir in 2 teaspoons salt and add in 12 drops of scented oil and 1/3 teaspoon vitamin E/baby oil (optional).

Facial Cleaners

  • Oatmeal Face Scrub: Grind 2 tablespoons of oatmeal using a clean coffee grinder or a blender. Mix together the ground oatmeal with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons aloe vera and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Massage this paste into damp skin and rinse.
  • Exfoliating Face Wash for Oily Skin: Mix together 1 teaspoon of skim milk, 1 teaspoon honey and a few drops of apple vinegar in a bowl. Apply to skin in a circular motion for a minute or 2 and rinse with a warm cloth and water.
  • Dry Skin Sugar Scrub: Start with 1 tablespoon of sugar in a small bowl and add a few drops of olive oil at a time until you form a paste. Massage this into your skin and rinse with warm water.
  • Face Wash for Acne: Mix together 1/4 tablespoon oatmeal, 2 teaspoons baking soda and add water, one teaspoon at a time, until you form a thick paste. Apply this cream to your entire face and leave on for 5-8 minutes once or twice a week. Rinse with warm water.

Hair Care

  • Egg Shampoo: Beat two eggs and then massage them into your scalp. Leave on for a couple of minutes and rinse with 1 cup warm water and 3 tablespoons vinegar (for dark hair) or 3 tablespoons lemon juice (for light hair).
  • Castille Soap Shampoo: Mix together 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of liquid castille soap. You can experiment with essential oils in this recipe if you’d like as well. Use as shampoo and then rinse with 1 cup water and 3 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar to get rid of film left by castile soap.
  • For Oily Hair: Create a deep conditioner with 1/2 cup of real mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon baby oil, 1 egg yolk and 1 cup of water. Comb these ingredients through your hair and then wrap your head in a towel for 20 minutes. Shampoo and enjoy the results.

Toothpastes/ Mouthwash

  • Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide: make this paste with 6 parts baking soda, 1 part vegetable based glycerin, 1 part hydrogen peroxide and some flavoring.
  • Mint Toothpaste: Mix together 6 teaspoons baking soda, 1/3 teaspoon salt, 4 teaspoons glycerin and 15 drops of peppermint into a paste consistency. Store in a container.
  • Baking Soda Mouthwash: Mix together 2 ounces of water, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda or sea salt, 1 drop of pure peppermint oil and 1 drop of tea tree oil.
  • Spearmint Mouthwash: Boil 6 ounces of water and 2 ounces of vodka. Add in 4 teaspoons of liquid glycerin and 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Add 10 to 15 drops of spearmint essential oil, shake well, and pour into bottle. Seal and enjoy!

Deodorant

  • Natural Deodorant: Combine 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch. Slowly add 5-6 tablespoons of coconut oil to mixture and work it all together with a spoon. Scoop this mixture into a small container with a lid and apply with fingers when you’d like to use it! This recipe should last for up to 3 months of regular use!
  • Black Tea: Simply dab a well-steeped black tea bag onto your skin.
  • Homemade Spray Deodorant: Check out how this mom makes her own deodorant –

Other Toiletries

  • Contact Solution: Boil one full liter of distilled water. Using a funnel, pour water into a sterile container, then pour in one teaspoon of cooking salt. Put the lid on the container and shake well. Store this solution in a dark place and keep the lid on tight. Be sure to clean your lenses with fresh sterilizer every day.
  • Baby Wipes: Cut a roll of strong paper towels in half with a sharp knife and remove the cardboard core. In a round, plastic container, mix together 2 cups of water (that has been brought to boil and cooled back to room temperature), 2 tablespoons baby shampoo or baby wash and 1 tablespoon baby oil. Place the paper towels in the container with cut side facing downward. Allow to sit, with lid tightly secured, until liquid is absorbed into all towels. Open the container and begin the roll by pulling the first paper towel from the inside of the roll.
  • Bath Tea Recipe: Combine 1/2 cup sea or Epsom salt, 2 tablespoons chamomile or green tea, 1/4 cup dried rosemary or sage, 1/2 cup dried flower petals and 2 tablespoons dried lemon or orange peel. Combine ingredients and divide mixture into small muslin bags or small squares of cheesecloth. Tie them off and tie on labels.

Many thanks to the following sources! Fimby, Passionate Homemaking, care2, Green Options, Homemade Gift Basket Ideas, Squidoo, Less Toxic Guide, and Ultimate Cosmetics.

Guest Post: DIY Projects for Keeping You Warm This Winter

We are fortunate enough to have Kira Cowan, TipHero Editor, share some of her wisdom with us. She’s got some great ideas for DIY Projects for Keeping You Warm This Winter, and it seems like we’ve had plenty of need to keep warm! Here’s Kira…

Gearing up against the cold of winter can definitely get expensive if you’re not careful. What with accessories that keep us warm, winter coats, heftier shoes to save our toes from frostbite, and more clothing pieces that we need to wear daily, outfitting for winter can be much more expensive than for spring or summer.

The best way to prepare for the winter season and save some money? It should come as no surprise that planning ahead and utilizing some DIY skills can save you a bundle on all your winter needs. By learning how to make clothing or accessories from other clothing or used items, you can be sure to be covered, literally, for the remainder of winter.

Take a look at some of the easy ways you might be able to save on all your winter clothing needs this year:

Make Easy Clothing/Accessories

Scarves

Other Accessories

Make a New Winter Coat Out of an Old One

  • Resize It: if you’ve got an extra big saggy coat or find a great deal on one, you can resize it and turn it into something fitted and fabulous.
  • Crop It: make a cute sassy short coat from a really long dowdy one.

Saving on Shopping

Here are some general shopping tips for winter from eHow:

  • Generally, January and February are the cheapest times to buy winter clothing. You’ll benefit from all of the post holiday specials.
  • Take a peek at sites like Free Cycle or Craigslist’s free section to see if you can score free winter clothing. Exchange with friends, neighbors or family members. Don’t forget about clothing swaps!
  • Take your old, ill-fitting winter clothing to consignment stores and swap out the old stuff for new wardrobe pieces.
  • Make sure to buy separate pieces that go with many other pieces in your wardrobe. Having a sweater that you can wear with many different outfits can make for several different looks without buying tons of clothing.