DIY

3 Easy Thanksgiving DIYs to do this Weekend

Pumpkin Puree

If you haven't made your own pumpkin puree from scratch before, you have to try! It's super easy, and so tasty. Don't have a food processor? No problem, I use my little ninja blender and just do it in smaller batches. The best part is how pumpkin-y your whole house smells, and also the bragging rights when you can say you made the whole pumpkin pie completely from scratch! Gotta love bragging rights. 

Autumn Leaf Coasters

Looking to spruce up your table? (Spruce! Leaves! Get it? yeah, sorry) These adorable little coasters only take a couple minutes to cut out, and they are a super adorable addition to any table.   

Simple Burlap Table Runner

Got 5 minutes? that's all it takes to put together this super easy burlap table runner!    

Simple Copper Planter DIY

Simple Copper Plant Pots DIY

To say I love my little plants may be a bit of an understatement. Through the winter months they carry me, and keep me smiling some days. I love having the inside of our house overflowing with greenery, even when the rest of the world feels bleak. The last few plants I've collected over the past month or two were still sitting in their little plastic containers, and I've been determined to give them their proper homes. 

I am a big fan of those classic clay pots you can easily pick up for just a few bucks, but I've had this copper spray paint sitting around from another project, and thought it would be a match made in heaven to give them a touch of copper too! I adore how they came out. Still simple, and classic, but with a little twist. Nothing to garish or showy. Also, copper is just the best, right?

Copper Pots DIY
Copper Planters DIY

To create your own is quite simple. Starting with clean clay pots, I used some basic painters tape from the hardware store to tape off the designs I wanted (you can also use some newspaper too, to block off any over spray on the parts you want to keep clay), and then used Rustoleum's Hammered Copper spray paint and sprayed them down outside, over some newspaper (don't be afraid to go a little heavy, this paint actually has a really interesting effect when it's a little runny!), and then allowed them to dry for several hours. 

It was such a quick and simple project, and I'm smitten with how they came out! I imagine you could do some really interesting designs with the painters tape as well, or they would look just as gorgeous painted completely copper. 

Lavender Eucalyptus Bath Salts DIY

Lavender Eucalyptus Bath Salts DIY

On chilly nights, after a long day, I love sinking into a hot bath. This has actually been a recent indulgence of mine. I've never been a "bath person" per-se, but this winter that's all changed. I experimented around Christmas with making my own bath salts to give as gifts, and part of the process, of course, was testing them out. From the first time I sprinkled them on the water, and slipped my body in, I was an official bath convert. Now I crave baths. Quiet nights at home I can barely help myself but to sink into my tub with a good book at hand, and let myself soak in the smells and feels from some good bath salts. 

With Valentines Day coming up this weekend, I thought this might be an amazing last minute gift to make for your special someone, or treat yourself with! It's quick and easy and most of the ingredients you may already have on hand. My essential oils I was able to find at Whole Foods. Feel free to swap out the Lavender and Eucalyptus for other essential oils, and experiment with scents you love!

LAVENDER EUCALYPTUS BATH SALTS

2 Cups of Epsom Salts

1/2 Cup of Baking Soda

1/4 Cup of Sea Salt (optional)

20-30 Drops of Lavender Essential Oils

10 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl, and store in an airtight jar. Use 1/4 cup per bath.

If you're looking to jazz them up, you can also mix in a couple drops of food coloring as well to give them an extra pretty look!