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  • How-to: DIY Travel Toothbrush Holder from a Washcloth or Stash Toweling

    This travel toothbrush holder isn’t the kind of fancy holder with a pocket for your toothpaste and another pocket for your floss. It’s not monogrammed, it’s not sewn from cute fabric, and it doesn’t match anything.

    What it is, however, is functional and quick to make. It’s the kind of travel toothbrush holder that you sew the day before your trip when you need a break from packing, the kind of travel toothbrush holder that you’ll actually use because you can just throw it in your bag, the kind of travel toothbrush holder that, if you accidentally forget it in your hotel room, won’t break your heart because you’ll know you can sew another one in about ten minutes.

    Here’s how to make THAT kind of travel toothbrush holder. More

  • How-to: DIY Body Glitter from Healthy Ingredients

    Need some sparkle? DIY body glitter takes just seconds to make, is perfectly customizable, and works even better than expensive, store-bought body glitter with freaky ingredients.

    And, by using the secret ingredient that you probably already have in your cupboard as the base agent, your body glitter not only won’t be freaky, but will actually be healthy for your skin. More

  • How-to: Homemade Solid Body Lotion for Natural Skin Care

    Solid lotion contains all the ingredients that are really good for you, like coconut oil and shea butter, but none of the artificial ingredients that make it squeezable through a plastic bottle. A solid lotion bar just sits on your dresser looking pretty until you need it, and then melts with your body heat into your skin right where you want it.

    Store-bought solid lotion bars can be REALLY expensive, but DIY solid lotion is an easy homemade project–all you have to do is melt, stir, and pour! More

  • Summer Craft: Soap Carving for Kids

    A bar of soap is easy to carve even with simple, blunt, household tools, which makes it an extremely satisfying activity for a kid, who probably doesn’t get a lot of chances to carve something these days. If you make or buy organic, natural-ingredients soap, soap carving is also a wholesome activity, and it won’t add anything to the waste stream. More

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    How-to: Sew a Soothing Scented Buckwheat Eye Pillow

    For headache or stress relief, or just a nice, long nap, an eye pillow weighted with natural buckwheat and sewn from soft fabric is just the thing you need to help you really relax. You can fill your eye pillow with your favorite herbs, sew it from silk or organic cotton, store it in the freezer to keep it soothingly chilly, and make a few extras to give as gifts later on. More

  • DIY Beauty: Homemade Lip Balm with Herban Crafts

    Former CAGW writer Karen Lee and green beauty pro Mary Kearns have teamed up on a brand new endeavor: Herban Crafts. The duo is creating eco-friendly craft kits for folks who want to make their own beauty supplies but don’t know where to get started. Herban Crafts was kind enough to send me a kit to try out, so earlier this week I tried my hand at making my own lip balm. More

  • Crafty Uses for the Mint from Your Garden

    There are a ton of crafty uses for mint, ways to add it into your bath and beauty routine, and medicinal aspects to it, so much that once the cupboard and freezer are full, you still have plenty to do with all that hardy mint growing in your garden all summer. More

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