DIY Confetti Ornaments with The Confetti Bar

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Possibly the easiest and most fun DIY at my Holiday Crafternoon on Sunday was the confetti-filled glass ornament. Jessica of The Confetti Bar brought bags and bags of her handmade confetti so no two ornaments were the same:

DIY Confetti Ornaments at Crafternoon

How awesome are these?! They are so easy to make, so let’s get to it:

DIY Confetti Ornament - supplies

You will need:

  • one cup of your favorite confetti from The Confetti Bar – I used a mystery mix!
  • clear glass ornaments
  • twine or string

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1. Pull the tops off of the ornaments.

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2. Dump out your confetti!

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3. Stuff the confetti into the ornaments, using your fingers to push it through. There really is no faster way to do this. We tried folding up paper and using funnels, and both actually slowed down the process. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take very long. ;)

DIY Confetti Ornament - tie with twine

4. Once full, pop the lids back on and tie on some colorful twine or string.

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5. Hang ‘em on your tree with all of your other DIY ornaments. (Need suggestions? Try making these Salt Dough Ornaments or Yarn Pom-Pom Ornaments or Paper Crane Ornaments!)

If you have leftover confetti, tossing it on your tree or around the room is encouraged. ♥

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Holiday Crafternoon!

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I had so much fun yesterday hosting my second Crafternoon (remember the one I did with Brit + Co and Timex?). This time, the theme was “DIY presents” – cool things you can make within a few hours that people would actually like to receive as gifts. Eight awesomely crafty ladies crammed into my living room and kitchen and filled the house with glitter and confetti! Here are a few of the things we made:

Confetti Ornament - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

Glass ornaments filled with confetti from The Confetti Bar – Alanna’s came out so pretty! Look for the tutorial tomorrow. ;)

Herbal Sachets - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

Hand-sewn herbal sachets filled with lavender and chamomile. Jordan is a pro seamstress.

Mason Jar Hot Cocoa - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

Jessica L. is mixing up a mason jar hot cocoa mug – look for the recipe next week!

Confetti Soap - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

Check out these confetti-filled soaps! This amazing idea came from the brilliant mind of Latanya from Sprinkles & Booze.

DIY gifts with For The Makers - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

A big, big thanks to For The Makers for supplying a few supplies to the party! Madu’s craft stash includes the Lemon Drop Necklace and Locals Only Bangle from FTM’s Hello Trouble collection.

Instagram Station - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

Another big thank you goes to The Confetti Bar’s Jessica H. for supplying the confetti! She’s using my Instagram Station to show off her herbal sachet and Locals Only Bangle.

Red + Green Velvet Cupcakes via @poorandpretty

I’m super grateful for my fabulous sister Suzi who came over early and helped me frost my red & green velvet cupcakes and make a bunch of appetizers. I’m so lucky to have her. ♥

Thank you so, so much to everyone who came and crafted and conquered. I had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to do this again! (Perhaps in someone else’s – bigger – house ;)

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Fighting Colds Naturally with Mint & Rosemary + a DIY Vapor Rub Tutorial

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Well friends, there’s no way around it. Cold season is here. But I’m going to help you power through it with my friends Mint and Rosemary. Both of these herbs and their essential oils are good friends to have around when coughing and congestion set in.

Cold Season Benefits of Peppermint: The menthol in peppermint things mucus, breaks up phlegm, and relieves coughing, which is why it’s common to see peppermint or menthol as an ingredient in cold and flu remedies. Peppermint also acts as an astringent and kills bacteria.

Cold Season Benefits of Rosemary: Like peppermint, rosemary essential oil is invigorating and breathing it in will relieve respiratory problems by opening up your sinuses. Rosemary boosts your immune system and is an antiseptic.

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Mint and Rosemary Herbal Cold Remedies:

Herbal Steam: Put a tablespoon each of fresh mint leaves and rosemary sprigs into a large bowl. Bring two quarts of water to a boil, then pour over your herbs and let steep for about five minutes. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel, close your eyes, and lean into the bowl slowly inhaling the steam through your nose. Continue to inhale and exhale the steam for 5-10 minutes. If you don’t have fresh herbs handy, you can also do this with a few drops each of peppermint and rosemary essential oils. Asthmatics should use caution when doing herbal steams as it may upset asthma.

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Mint + Rosemary Bath: Add a few drops of mint and rosemary essential oils to your bath water, or pick up my all-natural Mint + Rosemary Bathing Salts. Just add 1-2 tablespoons of bathing salts to your bath water to open sinuses, detoxify, and soothe achy muscles. Not a bath person? Try my Mint + Rosemary Salt Scrub in the shower instead.

Mint Tea: Pick up some peppermint tea and drink it during cold season, breathing in the vapors as you do. Add local honey to it to soothe a sore throat.

Homemade Mint + Rosemary Vapor Rub Recipe via @poorandpretty

Homemade Mint + Rosemary Vapor Rub:

I kept this recipe very simple because not everyone has things like cocoa butter or beeswax in their home! Coconut oil absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave it oily or sticky. Stan doesn’t like using lotions unless he really needs to because he hates the greasy feeling that many of them leave, so I took all of this into consideration when I made him this vapor rub. :)

You will need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • ½ tsp peppermint essential oil
  • ½ tsp rosemary essential oil
  • an 8oz jar

DIY Mint + Rosemary Vapor Rub - ingredients via @poorandpretty

1. Microwave coconut oil to melt.

2. Add in essential oils and blend with hand or stand mixer.

3. Freeze in bowl for 15-20 minutes.

4. Blend with hand or stand mixer for about 6 minutes, scraping down the sides a few times to get any solidified coconut oil.

5. Once it’s nice and whipped, decant it into an 8 oz jar.

DIY Mint + Rosemary Vapor Rub via @poorandpretty

6. Spread a little bit onto your chest and breathe deeply. It’s best to use this overnight for maximum impact.

What other natural cold-fighting remedies do you swear by? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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31 Last-Minute Halloween DIYs: Costumes, Treats, & Decor

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One of my favorite Poor & Pretty traditions (dating back to 2011!) is putting together a Halloween DIY roundup post every year. This is the biggest one yet, with 31 last-minute easy handmade costumes, cocktails, cookies, and more!

Costumes: Most of these will be so easy to pull off with things you already have in your closet, or a quick trip to your favorite thrift shop.

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1. Rosie the Riveter via What I Wore.

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2. Marla Singer and Tyler Durden (from Fight Club) via Uproxx.

wednesday addams costume

3. Wednesday Addams (The Addams Family) via designlovefest. (She also has a Twiggy costume DIY!)

jesse and walt costume

4. Walt & Jesse (Breaking Bad) via Reddit. Kudos to these guys for doing season one Walt and Jesse. You don’t see them very often! But please don’t dress your children as Walt & Jesse. That is all kinds of messed up. “Coolest parents ever”? Ah, no.

Morton Salt Girl costume

5. Morton Salt girl via Keiko Lynn.

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6. Bonnie & Clyde (a classic!) via Hellcat Vintage.

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7. Fox via The Wonder Forest. What does the fox say? You’ll have to tell us!

Drinks & Cocktails:

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8. Candy Corn Jell-O Shots via A Beautiful Mess.

homemade pumpkin juice via @poorandpretty

9. Pumpkin Juice via Poor & Pretty. {Add rum for an adult cocktail!}

bloody candy apple milkshake

10. Bloody Candy Apple Milkshake via Kailley’s Kitchen.

blackberry margarita

11. Blackberry Margarita via A Fabulous Fete.

pumpkin pie margarita

12. Pumpkin Pie Margarita via Red UK.

mrs bates cocktail

13. Mrs. Bates cocktail via designlovefest.

Tricks & Treats and Tricky Treats!

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14. Monster Cocktail Stirrers via A Beautiful Mess. Stick these in all those devilish drinks you’ll be mixing up!

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15. Vampire Attack Red Velvet Cake via Butter Hearts Sugar. This is possibly the coolest cake I have ever seen. If you leave out the “bite marks,” this could also be a Dexter cake!

monster eye cake

16. Monster Eye Cake via The Cake Blog.

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17. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes via Poor & Pretty.

ghost meringues

18. Meringue Ghosts via Butter Flour Eggs.

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19. Chocolate Monster Bowls via A Beautiful Mess.

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20. Trick-Or-Treat Cookies via Not Martha.

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21. Jack-O-Lantern Cookies via Say Yes.

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22. Dusty Bones Sugar Cookies via Sprinkle Bakes.

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23. Sneaky Ghost Cookies via Make Me Cake.

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24. Ghost Lollipop Bouquet via A Beautiful Mess.

caramel corn

25. Sweet & Salty Caramel Corn via Handmade Charlotte.

Decor:

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26. Pineapple Jack-O-Lantern via A Subtle Revelry. Pumpkins are so 2013, guys.

horror movie quote tray

27. Horror Flick Quote Trays via designlovefest.

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28. Dollar Store Skull Bookends via Curbly.

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29. Head Vase via A Fabulous Fete.

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30. Butternut Squash Name Cards via Oh Happy Day!

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31. DIY Halloween Backdrop via Free People.

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DIY Homemade No-Cook Play Dough

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DIY Play Dough via @poorandpretty

Apparently, today is National Play-Doh Day. Really, who makes up these holidays? Oh, right, companies do – so they can squeeze more money out of us jamokes! Not this year, my fellow frugalistas! I’m going to teach you how to make your very own play dough.

DIY Play Dough trio via @poorandpretty

I haven’t made this since I was in elementary school. I have fond memories of mixing this up in the kitchen with my Nana, and playing with food coloring to make different shades. Even though she told me not to eat it, I would always sample a little bit. It was disgusting. Please don’t eat it. It’s not at all like licking the brownie batter bowl.

DIY Play Dough ingredients via @poorandpretty

This is a very simple recipe that requires no cooking, so you can easily make it with kiddos!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • less than ½ cup salt (⅓ cup is too little. I use a ½ cup measuring cup and don’t fill it all the way)
  • food coloring

DIY Play Dough kneaded via @poorandpretty

1. Mix the flour and salt together, then add the water and blend until you reach a doughy consistency. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. Too crumbly? Add more water.

DIY Play Dough rolled via @poorandpretty

2. Split the dough into three equal-sized balls and decide which colors you’d like each to be.

DIY Play Dough food coloring via @poorandpretty

3. Add food coloring to your first dough ball and knead, knead, knead.

DIY Play Dough lime green via @poorandpretty

4. Keep kneading! Getting the color to blend in well is the hardest part. When you’re happy with your color, wash your hands to remove the food coloring, and repeat step 3 for your other two dough balls.

DIY Play Dough marble blue via @poorandpretty

I made lime green, pink, and this cool marble-blue color. I could have kept kneading it, but I really like the marbled look!

DIY Play Dough in storage via @poorandpretty

That’s really it! You can fancy it up with a little veggie oil to make it a bit more glossy and moist. Or try it with Jell-O to make it scented (there’s a good recipe for that here). Store them in airtight containers and they’ll keep for a few days, possibly even weeks. As a kid, mine never lasted more than a day because I would build something with it and leave it out to dry. :)

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