Category: five

Tiny flower bed – a 5 minute, $5 project

imageSometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference…am I right?! There’s a teeny tiny flower bed right outside my front door that I kinda neglected. It’s an odd shape made when installing and squaring off the interlocking patio pavers. No excuse to ignore it, but that’s what I’ve done. Until now! Since it’s the first thing I see when I leave home, I decided to show it some love and add color. Nothing earth shattering here but definitely an improvement. And because it’s getting late in the season and bedding plants are all on sale, this cost me a mere $5!
imageimageI chose begonias with dark foliage and white flowers plus bright marigolds to tie in with  the black, white and yellow theme going on out there. Both can tolerate shade, drought and neglect (but I’m motivated to take care of them)! What little changes are brightening your day?

Homemade dry shampoo – a 5 minute, $5 project

imageThis little project is totally for my niece! She has gorgeous, thick dark hair but isn’t always into washing and drying it. Maybe dry shampoo’s the way to go and I’m just the one to make it for her. Turns out it’s super simple and you probably have everything you need in your kitchen cupboards. Gather these supplies if you want to make a batch too:

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp baking soda

These two simple ingredients make the basic recipe which is suitable for blonde or light hair.

For mid-brown or red hair add:  1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

For darker hair add an additional:  1 tbsp cocoa (for a total of 2 tbsp)

Mix the cornstarch, baking soda and cocoa (if you’re using it) until it’s well combined and free of lumps.  I found a small whisk great for this. Spoon into a small jar or spice shaker. To use, sprinkle into hair at the roots along the scalp line, or dust it on with an old makeup brush. Leave it for a few minutes then brush through hair and style as usual. The cornstarch absorbs oils while the baking soda freshens. The cocoa is really just for color as the plain mixture can leave darker hair looking a bit dull and dusty. It smells good too!

imageThis is definitely new to me and kinda cool! Can’t say I’ll use it often but I do think it would be great for camping, travelling, post working-out or as a little gift for new moms. You sure can’t beat the price…I made all 3 colors for less than $5, including the jars. Now that’s beauty on a budget!

Dip dot votives – a 5 minute, $5 project

imageWho still has gold paint left over from the glittered feather garland? Go get it! Here’s a super simple project to kick off the weekend. You need:

  • Glass votive candle holders, I used 3 from Michael’s that were $1.49 each
  • Gold paint, or any color you choose
  • a Qtip or 2
  • a paper plate or yogurt tub lid to use as a paint palette

Smoosh your Qtip head on a hard surface to flatten out the pointed tip. This is going to be what you paint with, your dip dotter! Wash and dry your votives. Pour a dime sized puddle of paint onto your palette. Dip your Qtip into the paint then dot it onto the glass. Oh look, it made a polka dot. Continue to dip then dot, dip, dot in any pattern you like.image

I intentionally made each of mine a different design so I didn’t have to worry about them matching. There shouldn’t be any worrying in crafts. Anyway, they don’t have to match, they just go. Let the votives dry. Add a candle, flower, whatever. Happy Friday!