DIY: Spice Containers

Without a doubt, spices are kitchen items that can be easily overlooked. You stock up on them as a given recipe calls and then you stow them away. But the problem with this is that you wind up with tons and tons of bottles–some that look too much alike and others that are a completely different shape and size. In other words, you wind up with a mess.

Sound familiar? Read on to find out how to do this super simple DIY that will make a big impact on your overall kitchen organization.

To kick off this DIY, I first took inventory of my spice cabinet. I pulled out all of my spices, threw away the ones I knew I’d never use again, and counted the remaining number. That way, I knew exactly how many bottles I needed to buy. I ended up purchasing these glass spice jars from the Container Store, along with transparent labels.

From there, it was just a matter of transferring from one (not so pretty) bottle to the next.

The final step is to add the label. The pack I linked to above also comes with blank labels so you can add custom labels, should you need to.

Let me know what you think of this simple DIY in the comments below!

DIY: A Full Bouquet

Bouquet

With Spring in the air, I’ve been loving all of the flowers that are blooming in my backyard, and on the streets around me. Since not ever flower in my backyard has bloomed yet, I purchased some beautiful pink roses and made a nice bouquet for my night table. Here’s how I did it!

Step 1: Pick your favorite flowers and vase. I personally love roses and glass vases, but that’s just me.

image

Step 2: Prep the flowers by cutting them at an angle under running water. You want to cut about the same amount off each stem to ensure that they’re the same height. Bonus points if your nail polish matches the flowers!

image

Step 3: Add water to the vase. You don’t want to fill it up to the very brim, but rather just under ¾ of the way.

image

Step 4: Add flowers to the outer corners of the vase.

image

Step 5: Fill in the center of the vase with the rest of the flowers.

image

Step 6: Display and enjoy!

Petal-Infused Bath Salts

Bath Salts

When it comes to presents, I try to employ my creative sense as much as possible. Unless I can think of one particular item that my recipient needs or really wants, I generally go the DIY route because I find it far more personal.

Last weekend, I decided it was as good a weekend as any to put my bath-salts-making skills to the test.

I ended up making two batches, rose and grapefruit, but only photographed the steps for making rose-infused bath salts.

Here’s how I did it:

image

Step 1. Put the bath salts in a large bowl. I measured how much salt I would need in the bowl by putting it in the jars first.

image

Step 2. Add droplets of the essential oil. I just eyeballed this step and stopped adding in droplets once the smell became very prominent.

image

Step 3. Add flower petals to enhance the scent and to make it nice and colorful. I used pink flowers for the rose-infused version, and white ones for the grapefruit-infused batch.

image

Step 4. Put the mixture in a cute little jar and top it off with a whole petal.

image

Step 5. Tie your jars with an over-sized, slightly messy bow.

Step 6. Gift your cute little jars filled with relaxing bath salts.