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Orange Peel Deodorizer. This is really neat, all you need is baking soda and this zest and you can neutralize odors throughout the house!

If you read my post on orange peel cleaner, you know that I have gone through a lot of oranges lately. I have been looking for ways to use orange peels and I decided to dry some orange peels for their zest and turn that into a way to make things in the house smell better. I knew that the zest would combine well with the baking soda so my first thought was to make a deodorizer for the refrigerator. I used to keep baking soda boxes in my fridge but for some reason I stopped. The baking soda works as an odor absorber and helps keep the inside of the refrigerator smelling neutral. I then decided I could also use the orange peel deodorizer to make a carpet freshener and a quick deodorizer for the garbage disposal.

This recipe is really easy to make and all you really need are orange peels and baking soda. The first thing you’ll need to do is make the orange zest.

Orange Peel Deodorizer Recipe

Orange Peel Deodorizer. This is really neat, all you need is baking soda and this zest and you can neutralize odors throughout the house!

To make orange zest:

  • Place orange peels flat on a cookie sheet.
  • Cook the orange peels on 175 for approximately 3 hours.
  • Once dried, allow to cool.
  • Pour the peels in a coffee grinder or food processor. Pulse until the peels are finely ground.

Orange Peel Deodorizer. This is really neat, all you need is baking soda and this zest and you can neutralize odors throughout the house!

To make Orange Deodorizer for carpets, refrigerators etc

  •  Pour 2 cups of baking soda and ¼ cup of orange peel in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Add the mixture to mason jars.

I made a refrigerator deodorizer in a mason jar with an open lid that I bought from PickYourPlum.com. I just placed it in the refrigerator to help absorb any odors.

To use as carpet deodorizer, simply sprinkle on the carpet before vacuuming. I would test it first to make sure the orange peel color won’t stain your carpet.

You can also pour a tablespoon of this deodorizer into the garbage disposal to help with odors.

 

 

DIY Wood Slice Jewelry

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I still have many slices of wood from our Christmas tree and have been thinking of creative ways to use them. I wasn’t sure how I would use some of these smaller slices from the top portion but turning them into jewelry seemed perfect. I thought about painting images on the slices but remembered I bought that wood burner that would be perfect. I don’t have a steady hand to draw with so I did use my Cricut to make some stencils.

Wood Slice Jewelry

Wood Slice Jewelry

What you’ll need:

Wood slices (sliced this, 1 – 1.5 inches)
Drill or Crop-A-Dile
Jewelry Chain
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Creative Woodburner

How to:

How to wood burn wood slices

  • Draw or stencil shapes on the slices with a sharp pencil.
  • Carefully fill in the tracing with the wood burner, lightly go over the pencil line to help blend it in.
  • Drill the top of the wood slice with a hole.
  • Thread the jump ring through and then the chain or earring hooks.

How to wood burn wood slices

DIY Wood Slice Jewelry

These are perfect for yourself or as gifts!

Wood Burned Coasters

If you are new to wood burning, check out my tips in this post: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/12/26/20-diy-wood-slice-crafts/

 

 

DIY Brown Sugar Body Scrub

I recently made a big batch of this brown sugar body scrub for gifts. Let me start out with saying I love sugar anything. Of course consuming sugar and using it in beauty products are two different things but I love both. This sugar scrub smells amazing and it’s made with natural ingredients that you could literally eat (though I would not recommend eating this scrub).

You can use this scrub on everything from your feet to your lips. If you have dry spots especially in the winter, this scrub is perfect for you. You can also do as I did and purchase small mason jars and give them out as gifts to girlfriends and family members.

I used these 4 ounce Mason Jars (Set of 12) and they worked perfectly.

DIY Brown Sugar Body Scrub

DIY Brown Sugar Body Scrub Recipe Gift

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Mix all of these together until well blended. Now, if you like it a little more moist you can add more oil and if you like less, you can just add it in portions until you get the consistency you desire.

Have you made a sugar scrub?

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Don’t throw away your Christmas tree! You can recycle your tree into gifts and decor such as wood slice ornaments & coasters to last many years to come.

Wood Burned Deer Wood Slice Coasters

One of our favorite traditions for Christmas is going and cutting our Christmas tree down in the forest. Everything from the hunting of it to the smell of it as we load it on the truck, it’s a favorite memory of mine year after year. This year though I threw everyone off by saying I was looking for a crafting tree. I tried to esplain that I am looking for a large enough tree that has a big base but it’s tall enough for me to cut a large part of the trunk off and still have a tree to display in our house. I wanted to use the trunk to cut into slices to make into gifts! Little did they know, I was going to cut this tree in pieces so I could give them something to remember our trip by for Christmas.

Wood Slice Crafts

We ended up finding one that was perfect and I was blown away by how many wood slices we got out of the trunk. My brother cut a big portion of the trunk off with his chainsaw them took the chainsaw to remove the branches.  This made it easy-peasy to load into the truck. Then I took the branches to make a wreath out of (waste not my friends).

Once we got the trunk out, Clever Dad cut it into slices using a Miter saw. This was an easy process that only took a couple of minutes and produced a lot of wood slices. I then took those and turned them into some fun gifts.

Before I started this adventure, I bought this wood burner Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner from Amazon. This tool is amazing and I am so glad I bought it. The possibilities with this thing are endless! I created some ornaments and wood slice coasters to give out as gifts.

What to do with wood slices from a Christmas tree

Before you start your wood crafting adventures first you’ll need to cut the wood into wood slices. This would be best with a circular or miter saw. Once your wood is cut, you’ll want to dry them out so they don’t seal with moisture inside. I baked mine on the rack directly (the cookie sheet did not work well) for 30 minutes on 350 degrees. By doing this you’re house will also smell divine!

Wood Burned Deer Wood Slice Coasters

Here’s what you’ll need to make the wood ornaments and coasters:

How to:

Wood slice coasters

Wood Slice Coasters: Simply find the largest ones that are comparable in size, sand them smooth and then finish with a sealant.

To burn the wood slices: 

  • Practice makes perfect, take one of your not so pretty pieces of wood and practice with each of the tips. The kit above has 4 tips and they are each great for their own task.
  • Before burning, write with a pencil what you would like to burn, then trace it with one of the tips.
  • Did you know you could use your Cricut to make a stencil? This is very easy and is how I made my deer stencil. I simply cut the deer onto vinyl then I made a square cut around it so I could adhere it to the wood slice. After removing the actual deer cut, I then used the pointed tip to outline the inside of the stencil. I changed the tips and then used the more rounded tip to fill in the deer.


Monogram wood slice ornament

Wood Slice Ornaments: After burning them, drill a hole about 1/2 inch from the top. Run ribbon or twine through the whole then tie together for the ornament.\

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This easy tutorial shows you how you can upcycle food Containers into gift boxes!

How to upcycle canisters into gift boxes for treats!

During the holiday season I find myself looking for new creative ways to gift the goodies that we bake for others for gifts. In the past I have used baggies and food containers.  Since I found a recent splurge on items that were in food containers, I decided to upcycle them into goodie containers.

These containers can be used for goodies like this Almond Roca Fudge or this Peppermint Bark. These cans are very easy to make with minimal effort!

How to upcycle canisters into gift boxes for treats!

Supplies:

  • Cans from coffee, candy etc.
  • Spray Paint
  • Washi Tape

How To:

How to turn a Trader Joes coffee can into a gift box just by spray painting it!

This can was a coffee canister from Trader Joe’s, pumpkin spice to be exact!

What I used: Rust-Oleum Gold Spray Paint
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Almond Roca can turned into a gift box for goodies.

This one is the Almond Roca can. I didn’t realize that the logo was 3D so that is something you want to watch for if you cannot remove a label and paint over it.

What I used: Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint
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Trader Joes Coffee can turned into a gift box for goodies.

This may be my favorite can, it was created from the gingerbread coffee canister from Trader Joe’s.

What I used: washi tape.

Candy can turned into a gift box.

This one was the candy canister.

What I used: wrapping paper and washi tape.

How to upcycle canisters into gift boxes for treats!

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