Dried Orange Scent Sachet

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

It’s beginning to feel like Fall… And in less than two weeks the season will officially be here. Bring on all the cozy: the sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, hot apple cider (call me old fashioned but I like it better than PSLs), Fall decor, candles, baking……. all of it. I’ve started adding some Fall touches around the house and as much as I love LOVE candles, I wanted a flameless option to add a seasonal scent to the house.

This little DIY was inspired by none other than the food dehydrator that has been a staple in my kitchen for the past few weeks as we pick fresh herbs from the garden to dry (we have a round one like this one and love it). I’ve seen lots of cute ideas with dehydrated oranges (warning: this may not be the last one you see here đŸ˜‰ ), and this DIY is a great way to add to the coziness of your home for the Fall by making it smell amazing. You can choose any scent combinations you like, but I really like the smell of coffee and added citrus essential oil to help keep the house smelling fresh. I opted to make a sachet that I can tuck out of reach from the kids, but pouring everything into a jar or vase would also make for a pretty home made potpourri to display (those dried oranges just make everything look pretty). This is also a great option if you’re trying to avoid artificial air fresheners- simply switch up the scents for the season to keep your home smelling fresh.

Materials

1 large navel orange

Citrus essential oil

Piece of paper towel or tissue paper

1- 2 cups coffee beans

Paper bag

Lightweight fabric bag (or use a piece of fabric tied at the top)

Directions

  1. Begin by cutting the orange into slices not quite 1/4″ thick

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges 

2. Place slices into a food dehydrator (or you can preheat your oven to 250 degrees and dry the slices for 2- 3 hours)

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

3. When the orange slices have dried, allow to cool. Add a few drops to a piece of paper towel or tissue paper.

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

4. Pop all of the items into the paper bag- the dried orange slices, coffee beans, and paper towel/ tissue paper- and wrap it up so nothing can fall out. To be extra secure tape the seams so no coffee beans fall out.

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

5. Pop everything into the fabric bag and tie at the top. Pick where you want to have the scent in your home and place the sachet. You can tuck into a closet or add it to a Fall display/ vignette. 

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges  

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

As I mentioned, you can also dry the orange slices in the oven at a low temp for a few hours, but I love the option of a dehydrator and the round one we have gets a lot of use. If you’re thinking of buying one, this one is similar to the one we have and works great.

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Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

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Fun & Bright No Sew Cushion Covers

DIY no sew cushion covers

I love a good DIY, especially if it’s something I can whip up in just a few minutes. These cushion covers I made for the La- Z Boy Lifestyle Meets Comfort blog are perfect to add a pop of colour inside and out. Toss them on your patio furniture or on your couch, they’re an easy project and if your kids are older they can help. If you’ve got a few cushions that need a little love, freshening them with new covers is an easy way to update them and only costs a few dollars.

All you need are a few materials and to pick a design you like! Find the how- to over on the La- Z Boy blog here.

DIY no sew cushion covers

 DIY no sew cushion covers   DIY no sew cushion covers 

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Easter Eggs 3 Ways

 chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

By now I think it’s well known I love a good DIY, and Easter is no different. I wanted to try doing naturally dyed eggs at home, plus a few other simple ideas for decorating eggs: chalk paint and glitter- covered eggs. I thought a variety would be fun plus Ari loved the chance to help decorate them. The chalk paint and glitter eggs are quick and simple to make, but I’ve provided info on how we did the natural dye eggs since there was a little more involved with them. 

I’ve been eyeing up the naturally dyed Easter eggs that I’ve seen others share about and finally thought I’d try making them this year with Ari at home. I’ll admit that it takes a little while to make the natural dyes and you’ll want to put down some paper to avoid spills/ stains, but it’s fun to try and Ari had a blast. For some other fun Easter ideas scroll to the end of this post to see the Easter party I teamed up on with Creative Wife & Joyful Worker (where you’ll find her DIY for making those gold foil eggs) and Discovering Parenthood.

NATURAL DYE EGGS

natural homemade Easter egg dye

Making the dye for all 4 colours of eggs starts with the same mixture of ingredients + whatever additive is needed to create the colour. 

For the dye base:

4 cups water

2 tbsp white vinegar

1 tsp salt

For pink eggs- 4 cups roughly chopped beets

For yellow eggs- 4 tbsp ground tumeric

For green eggs-  6 cups spinach, chopped + 1 tbsp ground tumeric 

For blue eggs-  4 cups red cabbage, chopped

natural homemade Easter egg dye

natural homemade Easter egg dye

Directions:

  1. Combine water, vinegar, and salt in a large pot, followed by the dye ingredient for the colour you want to make. 
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for half an hour uncovered. 
  3. Strain the dye liquid from the solid ingredient (for the tumeric used for the yellow and green dye you can use cheesecloth to help strain). Transfer to a large canning jar or other container to cool. Repeat until you have all of the dyes for the colours you want to make (I added some of the tumeric dye for yellow eggs to the green dye mixture because I didn’t think the green dye from the spinach would turn out. I’m glad I added it because the eggs turned out really green). 
  4. Once the liquid has cooled, submerge your eggs and leave over night in the fridge.

Tip: I’d suggest using hard boiled eggs, since they sink and will absorb the dye equally over the whole shell surface. We tried using artificial white eggs plus hard boiled brown and white eggs to see how they would turn out. The artificial eggs didn’t absorb the dye as well and came out more pastel (which is still pretty, just might not be the result you want), plus I found it was easy to wipe the dye off of them after we took them out of the jars, so the coverage wasn’t as nice/ even. I like the artificial eggs more for the other two styles of eggs I made- chalk paint and glitter- covered. 

 

natural homemade Easter egg dye

CHALK PAINT EGGS

chalk paint Easter eggs

Materials:

Eggs (we used the artificial eggs left over from the natural dye batch and I liked how they worked for this)

Chalk paint in various colours

Sponge brush

Directions:

chalk paint Easter eggs

  1. Using a sponge brush, paint one half of each egg (either top or bottom) and allow to dry in an egg carton. Flip and repeat.
  2. Apply a second coat if needed (I found the second coat gave nice coverage)

chalk paint Easter eggs

GLITTER EGGS

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

Materials:

Eggs (we added glitter to some of the chalk paint eggs, but I love the idea of doing this with plain white eggs as well)

Liquid glue or mod podge

Glitter

Sponge brush

Directions:

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

  1. Using a sponge brush, coat one half of the egg in glue and sprinkle glitter over top and allow to dry in an egg carton. Flip and repeat.
  2. Tap loose glitter to remove. If you want to avoid glitter getting everywhere, add a second coat of glue or mod podge over top to seal the glitter.

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

 Like I said, I love the chance to make a mess and get a little crafty. I guess it’s about that time to start adding some Spring and Easter decor around the house and these eggs are perfect for that (but I’d maybe just stick with the artificial eggs if they’re going to be used for more than a day or two đŸ˜‰ ). They’re pretty displayed in glass jars and vases or scattered on your table for Easter dinner. See the photos below for some ideas of how to style an Easter table/ party and the links to the other Easter projects included in the Easter collab with Creative Wife and Joyful Worker and Discovering Parenthood

  chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs 

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

Easter party

Easter party

Easter party 

Easter party

For other fun Easter ideas see these posts from our Easter collab:

Geo Floral Easter Party Decor– Creative Wife and Joyful Worker 

A Little Floral Easter Party– Discovering Parenthood

DIY Kid’s Carrot Love Ducks Snack– Discovering Parenthood

DIY Gold Foil Easter Eggs– Creative Wife and Joyful Worker 

DIY Floral Kid’s Bunny Ears– Discovering Parenthood (blog post link coming soon).

DIY Watercolour Easter Egg Banner- Creative Wife and Joyful Worker (blog post link coming soon)

Photos:

DIY photos: OHP

Styled party photos- Creative Wife and Joyful Worker and Discovering Parenthood

Location- Ritual Icecream in Fort Langley

Raspberry Cheesecake Icecream + dishes- Ritual Icecream

Kid’s Clothes- Watermelon Tree Kids in Fort Langley

Outfit Styling- Creative Wife and Joyful Worker

Floral Table Runner- Sequel Events

Bunny Rabbit Floral Cake- The Cake Mama

Geometric and Floral Name Cookies: The Cake Mama

Geometric Party Plates, Blush Tablecloth, Wooden Forks: Joonie and Joe

Easter Egg Macarons: Sugar Patisserie

DIY Chalkboard Valentines

One last Valentine’s Day DIY coming your way! If you’re not a fan of the store- bought cards and prefer to make your own, these Valentines are for you! All you need is some black construction paper and a white crayon- how much easier could it get?!- and maybe some washi tape if you want to mix things up a bit. These take minutes to make and the results are super cute. Just look up some cute phrases and pretty designs on Pinterest for inspo and you’re good to go- voila! (I’m also thinking this would make cure wrapping paper if you can find sheets of paper big enough… what do you think?).

Materials

Black construction paper

White crayon

Washi tape

Directions

1. Fold the paper in half to make the card and using the white crayon draw out the design you want

2. … or cut out washi tape to size and create a cute heart (or other pretty Vday design).

Tip: you may want to use a glue stick for extra hold- I found my washi tape didn’t stick too well to the paper for some reason…

I thought these were a fun twist on the classic Valentines we see every year, and if you’re really talented at calligraphy, think of how beautiful these could turn out! For kids, this is a fun way to get them making their own cards and encourage them to add a personal touch when they write out what goes inside (even if they just add some stickers or write their name). Does anyone else like making their own cards or do you like to buy them? What are some of your favourite ways to personalize a card or gift?

For more Valentine’s Day ideas:

Easy Homemade Tablecloth (that also doubles as a cute photo backdrop!) 

Cheers to Good Friends! A Valentine’s Day Tutorial- Ava to Zoe

Easy Homemade Tablecloth/ Photo Backdrop

I’m just going to say #sorrynotsorry right now for all of the Valentine’s Day posts that will be coming your way in the next week or so. I’m not necessarily that girl who goes all- out for Vday, but I love any excuse to try a new recipe or DIY and with all the hearts and cute things that come with February 14th I can’t resist the chance to try out some things I’ve had on my to- do list. Whether you’re looking for ideas for date night or a Valentine’s Day party, I’ve got some good stuff coming your way!

And before you think ‘girl I don’t have time for that’ I’ve got you covered: this project only takes 15 minutes to make and can double as either a tablecloth or photo backdrop. With 2 kids running around a lot of my projects usually end up with that ‘nailed it‘ moment at the end (you know that feeling when you try an idea on Pinterest thinking it’ll be easy and it fails miserably with you laughing the whole way ;)). But I promise this DIY is super quick and easy (the drying time is the longest part of the process), so even if you leave it to the last minute, you can whip this up the night before and still have it ready in time (just make sure you pick a design that’s simple enough to paint on fabric). If you’re looking for the perfect finishing touch for a party table or a cute photo backdrop, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

oxox KP

Materials

White fabric (cotton or another natural fibre is best)

Black fabric dye

Sponge brush

Large plastic garbage bag

Directions

1. Lay down the plastic garbage bag underneath the fabric. Mix up the fabric dye according to the instructions (we only used half a box) making sure you mix it well. It’s better to add a little water at a time so it doesn’t get too diluted.

2. Using the sponge brush, paint on the fabric the design you like- I went for Xs and Os for Valentine’s Day but the options are limitless. Repeat the pattern as desired.

3. Allow to air dry before using. If you need to wash the table cloth, follow the instructions on the fabric dye box. Add all of your party treats & have fun!

Details

Photos: Ava to Zoe

Marshmallows (pops, on straws, mini heart s’mores & hearts)- Marsh & Mallow

Heart pizza- Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Love envelope cookies- Que- T Sweet Treats

Sparkling rose wine- Haywire Winery

Paper flowers- Blooms and Paper

Cupcake toppers (used in marshmallows)- Paper + Parties 

For more Valentine’s ideas from the styled shoot visit this post on my friend Janette’s blog:

Cheers to Good Friends! A Valentine’s Day Part Tutorial (+ Free printable)