Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Soap making always seemed like a big and scary craft, until I actually tried it.  It’s really not that hard! If you’re like me and still need a few Mother’s Day or teacher appreciation gifts, you can whip up several bars in just a few hours! Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap You’ll need: Goat’s milk soap base {found online or in most craft stores} Grapefruit and mint essential oils {or whatever oils/combinations you’d like} Silicone molds {also available online or in most craft stores} Microwave or stove with double boiler Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Start by cutting your soap base into cubes. Melt 10 ounces {approximately 10 cubes}, either in a glass vessel in the microwave or on the stovetop with a double boiler.  I used the microwave method, and it took a little over a minute. Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Add oils to melted soap base.  I used about 15 grapefruit and 5 mint.  Mix thoroughly. Pour into silicone mold. Wait for soap to harden, approximately 3 hours or so {or put in the refrigerator to speed things up}, and then pop bars out of the mold. Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Wrap each bar in pretty paper and adornments and tie with twine, if desired. For 2″ x 3″ bars, I used waxed paper cut to 4.5″ x 5.5″ and then tied each with twine and a circle of patterned paper. Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Grapefruit Mint Soap Gift your pretty soaps to friends and family!  No one has to know just how simple making them was!

Craftykins // No-Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

Tote bags are one of my favorite sewing projects. They require very few materials, take less than thirty minutes to make, and have so many great uses. And, if you don’t know how to sew, they are actually even easier! I made these totes as a gift to myself and my daughter to “tote” around on Mother’s Day and I think I’ll just go make ten more…

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

 

Materials needed:

  • One yard of any type of fabric (cotton, canvas, jersey etc.)
  • Strips of vinyl or leather for the handles
  • Fusible bonding web (stitch witchery)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Iron

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

  1. First, cut out your pieces. I cut the large tote 12in. wide x 28in. long and the small tote 9 in. wide by 20 in. long, but you can really make them any size or shape you want. Cut two vinyl straps for the larger handles 24″ long by 1/2″ wide and two straps for the small tote 14″ long by 1/2″ wide.
  2. Fold the fabric in half width-wise so that the right sides are facing each other. Open it and place a strip of bonding along both edges. Fold the fabric right sides together again and iron on top of the fabric so that the bonding seals the fabric pieces together.
  3. Fold the top edge of the tote bag down about 1 inch and place more bonding underneath the fold all around. Iron again on top of the fabric.
  4. Turn the tote bag right side out and hot glue your straps down. I placed mine on the outside because I liked the look of it but you can also glue them to the inside of the bag.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day
Let the straps dry for a few minutes and your bag is done! Repeat the same steps for each bag.Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

Fill them with flowers, snacks, or even a picnic blanket and your enjoy your Mother’s Day with your little ones!

Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother’s Day

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

Let’s be honest…your mom would rather have donuts than flowers for Mother’s Day, right?  Making them at home is easier than you think with this little recipe cheat…you don’t even have to make the dough!

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

You’ll need:

store bought biscuit dough {NOT the flaky kind}

oil

powdered sugar

whole milk

vanilla

cookie cutters

sprinkles/toppings, if desired

food color, if desired

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

Start by using your cookie cutters to cut the biscuit dough into your desired message or shapes.  If your cutters are on the larger side, you may need to do a little maneuvering to get them to fit.  Try to keep the dough uniform thickness and not  stretch them too much.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

Fill a frying pan with the oil, about 1 inch deep.  Heat on low-medium heat, until the oil “dances”…when a sprinkle of water pops.  Be very careful, hot oil is dangerous!

When the oil is heated, put the dough shapes in.  I usually only put a couple in at a time…this goes very fast, so don’t walk away!  Cook on each side for 45-60 seconds.  The dough should be a golden brown.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

To make the glaze, combine 1/4 cup of powdered sugar with a tablespoon or two of milk and a tiny bit of vanilla and food color.  This isn’t an exact science…just add the milk as necessary to get the proper consistency.  If it gets too thin, add more sugar.

Dip the donuts in the glaze and place on a cooling rack.  Add sprinkles or toppings.  To make clean up easier, place the cooling rack atop a piece of wax paper to catch any drips.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

When the glaze has dried, gift them to the favorite mom in your life!