DIY HALLOWEEN MASK

Hello Lovely,

Halloween is just around the corner! It’s that night of the year where a costume can instantly change your identity and almost anything goes. Sometimes, the best costumes are ones you can make at home. A masquerade or Venetian mask is a great costume solution if you’re short on time or money, or if you want to try creating something you can’t find at a store. So last Monday, on the holiday, I had two of my best friends, Krista and Telia (at this point, they should be your best friends too) and Telia’s daughter Bre, over for a fun craft party. We ate, laughed and created masterpieces. I ended up making Krista’s mask for her and I’m pretty proud of myself! So if you want to make one of your own, here’s the simple steps you can take to have your own masquerade or Venetian mask just in time for the holidays!

GATHER YOUR DIY HALLOWEEN MASK MATERIALS

You can make Halloween masks out of pretty much any material, from felt and balsa wood to paper and ceramics. I invited some friends over to make some simple masks with nothing more than cardboard, construction paper, and a few little bits of crafty scraps.

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MAKE A TEMPLATE FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN MASK

We all started with the same template. I made a basic half-face mask template and loved how we all created our own different interpretations from it. Cardboard was used for the main structure, but the template can easily work as a pattern for paper, clay, fabric, papier-mâché, or anything you can find. Feel free to adjust the eyes and nose areas to fit your face.

ADD YOUR MASK DETAILS

Then it’s time to decorate your mask! I do a little bit of planning of what I want my composition to look like before I commit to gluing things down. A good glue gun and some scissors is sometimes all you need.

ADD THE FINISHING TOUCH

When you feel like your mask is done, you can glue or tape on a wooden dowel to the back of the mask to wear it Venetian or masquerade style, or punch holes and add string to wear it hands-free. This easy, DIY costume is sure to make your Halloween happier!

I can’t wear a costume at my job but hopefully they won’t mind this cute little mask, right? What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

A HUGE THANKS TO THINK MAKE SURE FOR THIS ACTIVITY

DIY Cat Repellant

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I am the proud owner of two 11 year old cats. Cats make the perfect pets for lazy people like me. Feed ‘em, give ‘em water and they take care of the rest. They don’t interrupt my TV shows, I don’t have to bathe them and they play with each other. As long as their litter tray is clean, they’re happy. But there are a few things about cats that aren’t so great. THEY SCRATCH EVERYTHING! On top of that, I can’t leave flowers lying around, or my male cat will eat them. I never understood why cats like to eat plants. After photographing a meal, I usually have to dispose of the plants otherwise I know I’ll find it half chewed or worse regurgitated, somewhere around the house. So when I found this DIY recipe for a cat repellant spray using items I already have at home, I couldn’t wait to try it.

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Because cats are way more sensitive to smells than we are, they are less likely to mess with or chew on the leaves if they smell gross. so I made some repellant spray and hoped it would also work on furniture.

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materials

  • glass mist bottle

  • printable labels

  • printable square label paper

  • essential oils

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directions

  1. In your bottle, mix together 3/4 parts water with 15 drops of each essential oil. cats dislike eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint — just choose the ones you don’t mind the scent of yourself.

  2. Shake the bottle up and spray solution on the leaves of your plant and into the soil.

  3. You can spray your plants pretty liberally, and you can add more or less oil depending on what works for you and your cats.

So does this really work? I used essence of peppermint and this didn’t work at all. I sprayed some old placemats and it actually attracted my cat. He laid comfortably on it until I shooed him. And I never have a problem with them bothering my artificial plants. I was really hoping this would keep them off the furniture but all it really did was make the house smell minty.

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I’ll try this again with lavender or eucalyptus essential oil when I buy some later this month. If you try this, let me know how it works for you. Share your experience in the comment section below.

DIY KID’S RIBBON RAINBOW WALL HANGING

Hello Lovely,

Ever since my niece was born, I've been obsessed with finding the cutest DIYs for her. She wasn't the friendliest at first, making it really hard to get a good photo of her, but around 2 months she really started to open up, smile more and even light up for the camera! It's been a joy creating things for her the past three months. One of those is this whimsical rainbow ribbon wall hanging! Kid stuff always feels like it can be more playful and fun and you can do just about whatever you want! 

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Supplies:
-60 white cotton balls
-8 x 11 white cloud printout
-8 x 11 cardboard
-hot glue gun
-ribbons or tissue paper in rainbow colours (ribbon will hold up more to a grabby baby)

Optional supplies: -glue on jewelry bails, jump ringsgold chain, and jewelry kit

  1. First print out a white cloud, cut it out then glue it to your cardboard. Cut around the shape of the cloud. This will serve as your base. 
  2. Glue cotton balls onto cloud filling up all of the white space. For an 8 x 11 cloud, I used 40 cotton balls and for an 11 x 17 cloud, I used 60 cotton balls.
  3. You can either glue a string to the back of the cardboard cloud or use your jewellery pliers to attach jump rings to each bail. Cut a length of chain with your jewellery cutters to attach to the jump rings (mine was about 8″ long) and connect your jump rings with the chain.
  4. Decide how long you want your ribbons to hang down from your cloud and cut 3 of each colour ribbon a few inches longer than that measurement (I made mine 20″ long). 
  5. In colour order, glue the colours across the bottom back of your cloud and make sure to reverse the order from how you want it to appear when hanging.
  6. Hang your rainbow in the spot you want it to go and then use fabric scissors to trim the ribbons at an angle with the longest ribbon in each set being the one at the back and the shortest ones being the ones hanging in the front. That’s it! You’re done! 

So sweet! I love how the ribbons hang down and the cotton balls above look so puffy—I just want to poke them! The cotton ball clouds would be a great item to add a few drops of essential oils onto to keep a delicious scent in a kid’s room as well (just keep in mind that peppermint oil should not be used around children under the age of 6 and eucalyptus oil should not be used around children under the age of 10).

 

 

Friday Favourites: 5 DIYs to Try This Easter Weekend

Hello Lovely

If you’re still on the hunt for the best Easter gifts, we’ve found a lineup of spring-themed DIYs that will make your closest peeps totally hoppy. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing activity you can do while watching your fave show (think: pom-poms), or you’re just trying to do some last minute prep for those Easter baskets, this weekend is the perfect chance to get crafty. So put some spring in your loved ones’ step by fillin’ those baskets with bright, cheery colors courtesy of these gems!

 

1. How gorgeous is this? Learn how to make your own floral lace bunny ears for Easter! These would also make the perfect accessory for your flowers girls or bridesmaids for a spring wedding! | BESPOKE BRIDE

1. How gorgeous is this? Learn how to make your own floral lace bunny ears for Easter! These would also make the perfect accessory for your flowers girls or bridesmaids for a spring wedding! | BESPOKE BRIDE

2. This Easter Carrot Sugar Scrub is easy to make and perfect to add to an Easter basket or to hand out to guest at your Easter celebration |  OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

2. This Easter Carrot Sugar Scrub is easy to make and perfect to add to an Easter basket or to hand out to guest at your Easter celebration | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

3. Turn the flower power to the max with this DIY: Flower Chandelier, perfect for party decor or above the dinner table for a special get together! |  PROJECT WEDDING

3. Turn the flower power to the max with this DIY: Flower Chandelier, perfect for party decor or above the dinner table for a special get together! | PROJECT WEDDING

4. Don't send out your Easter cards on boring store-bought stationary! This DIY art project idea is really easy, so much fun, and makes beautifully colored notecards. You just need a few simple supplies you may already have! |  PERSIALOU

4. Don't send out your Easter cards on boring store-bought stationary! This DIY art project idea is really easy, so much fun, and makes beautifully colored notecards. You just need a few simple supplies you may already have! | PERSIALOU

5. A twig frame is a beautiful, rustic way to showcase your most favorite photos. For some extra authenticity, choose twigs from your own backyard or neighborhood. It works well as a group activity and can also be made kid-friendly. |  EHOW

5. A twig frame is a beautiful, rustic way to showcase your most favorite photos. For some extra authenticity, choose twigs from your own backyard or neighborhood. It works well as a group activity and can also be made kid-friendly. | EHOW

From Mechelle and I at Life By Olivia, we want to wish you and your family a Happy Easter! May you always remember the reason for the season, stay safe throughout your travels and make time for loved ones and family. Monday is a religious holiday for us, but we've still got a sweet recipe lined up for you so we'll see you again on Monday! Have a great weekend!

DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

Hello Lovely,

How fun is our chalkboard serving tray guys!?  These are great for entertaining, centerpieces and they also make great gifts!  

Get your wood. You can make yours as long as you want!

First step… Stain your board if it isn't already! You don't want it to dry rot.

After your stain dries (about an hour), tape off the edges and sides using painter’s tape if you don't want the sides to be painted. I didn't do that to mine because I wanted the whole thing to be painted.

Now for chalkboard spray paint… We love this stuff! It's under $4 at Walmart so shop around and see how much local stores are selling it for if you're not near a Walmart. Just give the exposed wood a coat of it and allow up to 1 hour for it dry completely.

Now for the hardware! You can have so much fun with this part!  We used simple silver drawer handles, but you can change yours up to fit your taste or give it a different look! Feel free to recycle and old handle. If you have to buy any, they're usually under $5 at major department stores like Kelly's and CBS. I don't have the tools to attach the handles using the provided screws, so I hot glue mine.

Suggestions: Know your limits. The type of wood used and your method of attaching the handle to the wood will determine the sturdiness of your serving tray. I don't want you to be embarrased serving food on your brand new DIY tray to friends and it falls apart. So if you used cheap wood like me, and attached the handles using hot glue instead of the screws, try to only serve light snacks on it and avoid anything heavy like your fancy wine crafe and glasses.

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And that's it! The size of your board will determine how much food you can fit on it. Because I don't host many social gatherings (yet), I knew I wouldn't need anything too big. Wow your friends with this simple DIY at your next soiree and make sure to use dustless chalk to avoid allergens!

DIY Peppermint Bath Salts

Hello Lovely,

Peppermint Bath Salts are a great way to unwind after a long day at work. Whether you’re bathing solo or with your significant other, bath salts are relaxing and great way to put someone in the mood! Apart from the romantic benefits of bath salts, peppermint is a stimulating scent and is known to help reduce headaches, and would be a great natural help for cold and flu symptoms also.

These bath salts lack a lot of the chemicals and preservatives that you would find in a jar from the store. You could buy these at the local bath and body store and pay $10-$15 a jar but making them at home drops your cost significantly. Make several batches and use them as gifts for co-workers, bestie or even your kid’s teacher as a thank you for putting up with your kid daily. Be a little selfish and make one for yourself too while you’re at it.

You will need:

·        1 ½ cups Epsom salts

·        ½ cup sea salt

·        peppermint essential oil

·        red food colouring

Directions:

Combine salt, Epsom salts, and peppermint essential oil-to your desired scent strength, in a bowl.  If you wish to add colour to create the look of peppermint-remove half the Epsom salt mixture from the bowl and set aside.

Add a few drops of red or pink food colouring to the remaining half and stir- continue adding until you reach your desired colour.

Layer white and red Epsom salt mixture into jar.  Alternating colours until full.

To use:

Scoop ½ cup of Peppermint Bath salts into hot bathtub.

NOTE: These would be pretty in a mason jar as well. Don’t forget a ribbon and handmade tag for the recipient.