DIY: Homemade Beauty Products

We know how much you all love DIY posts, so we’ve got another one for you! This one is centered around cosmetics and skin care that you can make at home. After diamonds, cosmetics and skin care products are definitely a girl’s best friend. By using some simple tips for creating great homemade beauty products, you can have consistent, glowing skin.

More often than not, commercial beauty products do more harm than good. Far from the image projected, commercial brand skin care lines use synthetic and unnatural materials to create their products—products we use on a regular basis.

Commercially produced cosmetics invariably incorporate elements like petroleum byproducts. These kinds of ingredients are harsh and can quickly clog skin pores, preventing healthy skin from breathing and staying fresh. Natural cosmetics are the healthiest option for your beautiful body. Tend to your body like the temple it is and treat it with care through homemade beauty products.

Here are some lovely handcrafted alternatives to regular everyday beauty products.

Natural Body Scrub

Natural Body Scrub Handmade cosmetics are incredibly inexpensive, but most of their major ingredients required are found right in your pantry. All you need is a base or scrubbing agent—sugar, ground coffee, salt, or Epsom salts are great examples. Add a carrier oil like almond, canola, or avocado, and a dash of color found in herbs like lavender and rosemary. Spices like nutmeg or cinnamon also make excellent additions. The herbs and spices can give a great aromatherapy effect while you scrub away dead skin.

Facial Mask

Homemade facial mask Honey, milk, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and turmeric are basic ingredients needed to make a quick and effective face mask. The simplest combination is the honey and cinnamon face mask. All you need to do is mix the two components together, apply onto your face, and let rest for about 15 minutes.

Face Cleanser

Face cleanser A combination of olive oil, honey, and cider vinegar makes a delightful face cleanser. Simply apply the mixture onto your face and rinse with warm water after 15 minutes. Or, try a blended yogurt and cucumber facial cleanser. Apply the mixture over your face and rinse in five minutes for glowing skin.

Lip Gloss

Homemade Lip Gloss Create your own lip balm by melting beeswax and coconut oil together. Add a few drops of Vitamin E oil and your choice of essential oil and leave it to cool. Voila! You’ve made your own personalized nourishing lip gloss to keep your kisser soft. Store it in a sample jar or other small airtight container.

Shampoo

Homemade Shampoo Soak Chamomile tea bags in hot water for 10 minutes and mix about 4 tablespoons of grated soap flakes and 1½ tablespoons glycerin to it. Let it rest for a few hours, and then pour it into a bottle for use. You can add an essential oil of your choice to the shampoo for a relaxing feeling.

 

How to Tie a Scarf: High-Low Skirt

From halter tops to galaxy scarves, the SDN gals can’t get enough of crafty, creative, and innovative ways to use (and reuse) our favorite accessory.

how to tie a high-low skirt scarf

Lauren of A Fabulous Fete rose to our Knot Challenge by transforming our Bahama Floral Scarf Wrap into a chic and simple skirt you can wear all summer long!

Instructions

how to tie a high-low skirt first steps

Step 1: Wrap a long rectangle scarf (we used this one) around your waist and grab the top corners.

Step 2: Wrap the ends around to the back, overlapping on one side, and tie the ends in the back.

how to tie a high-low skirt middle steps

Step 3: Tuck the tails into the top of the skirt. The scarf should now look like a maxi skirt.

Step 4: Grab the bottom corners and pull them out and up towards your hips.

how to tie a high-low skirt final steps

Step 5: Bring the sides to the back and tuck them into the top of the skirt.

Thanks again to Lauren for this eye-catching new addition to our Knot Library!

DIY Triangle Print Infinity Scarf

DIY Triangle Print Infinity Scarf

Every so often, I get a print stuck in my head, and I keep wearing and making it until I get sick of it. These days, that print is triangles. I love the geometric print on everything — pants, shirts, jewelry, and of course, scarves. :)

DIY Triangle Print Infinity ScarfImage sources: Proenza Schoeler Triangle Scarf, Kate Sheridan Bag, Triangle Print

Lately I’ve been seeing triangles everywhere — bags, prints, the runway — so I wanted to make a triangle print scarf of my own. It’s super simple, and you only need a bit of time!

Supplies you need:

DIY Triangle Print Infinity Scarf

  • Paint (Soft Fabric Paint is best)
  • Scarf (Any scarf will do. For a scarf similar to mine, I like this and this, too.)
  • Sponge
  • Water to dilute the paint
  • Paper/plastic to put under the scarf so it doesn’t bleed

Directions:

DIY Triangle Print Infinity ScarfIt’s quite simple to add a print to your scarf! You can use this for any technique:

  • First, I put the paint on a plate in different amounts and swirled them all together.
  • After that, I added a little bit of water to dilute the paint and make it easier to stamp all over the scarf.
  • Then, I got my sponge a bit wet and started stamping!
  • After one side of the infinity scarf was done, I let it dry and then stamped the other side.

After the scarf was done drying, I wanted to experiment a bit with how to tie an infinity scarf. The thing I love about scarves is that they make an outfit look effortless, but put together, too.
DIY Triangle Print Infinity Scarf

DIY Triangle Print Infinity ScarfMy best attempt at an effortless infinity scarf knot. :) Looking for other ways to tie infinity scarves? Click below to check out the tutorials in the Knot Library!

how to tie an infinity scarf

How to Make a Simple Scarf Backdrop

DIY simple scarf backdrop Parties these days are more like photo shoots. Who doesn’t love posing for cute pictures with your BFFs and re-living the festivities the following day on Instagram? Next time you throw a party, try making a simple DIY scarf backdrop for your guests to use as a photo background. We love the layered-look of the backdrop below, created by Lauren from A Fabulous Fete. Click here for instructions on how she did it! A scarf backdrop is easy enough to create in just a few minutes, but so cute you might never want to take it down! DIY Scarf Backdrop Lauren mixed and matched prints and patterns to give her backdrop more depth. Don’t worry about matching your scarves perfectly! Pick a few in the same color palette and have fun playing with unexpected combinations. DIY Scarf Backdrop 

Love that bold, floral scarf she used? Luckily, we know where to find it. ;)

Tess Tropical Flower Scarf

Ready to create your own? Shop all of our scarves here!

How to Make Gold-Dipped Plates

finished-plate Gold-dipped accents add class to any party. From gold-dipped flatware to gold-dipped vases, we can’t get enough of the gold-dipped trend! But how can you achieve this decorative look without paying a ridiculous price? That’s simple — by upcycling items you already have around the house. Thanks to simple tutorials like this one, it’s easier (and more affordable) than ever to have your own gold-dipped plates that are sure to impress your guests!

plate supplies

What You’ll Need:

  • White plates
  • Gold spray paint (We used “Krylon Metallic Gold.”)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Plastic shopping bag

How-To:

tape plate

Step One: Wipe down the plate to remove any dust or dirt.

Step Two: Use the plastic shopping bag to cover the area you wish to keep white. Then tape it down using the painter’s tape. (We suggest leaving about ⅓ of the plate showing.)

paint plate

Step Three: Spray paint the uncovered section of the plate.

Step Four: Let it dry overnight.

Step Five: Repeat steps three and four as many times as neede for complete coverage. (This step is optional. :) Maybe yours will be covered to your liking after the first coat.)

drying plate

Step Six: Remove tape carefully to reveal your now gold-dipped plate.

finished-plate

This DIY is so simple, but looks very sophisticated. It’s the best of both worlds! For extra “wow,” make two-toned (or gold-dipped) glasses or polka dot plates, too!