{Freebie} Printable Christmas Wrapping Paper

December 18, 2013 | Christmas, Freebies

Christmas is so close I can almost touch it! Yippee!

In case you haven’t finished wrapping your gifts yet (like me – oops), I’ve got some sweet printable wrapping paper for you to use. You can download it in either A4 or Letter size, print it, wrap those little gifts right up and voila – they’re ready to pop under the tree. You’ve probably noticed these papers in a couple of shoots recently, and they match perfectly with the Freebie Christmas Tags from last week!

Freebie Wrap!Get them here in A4 or LETTER

WrappingPaperGet them here in A4 or LETTER

Freebie Wrap!Happy wrapping friends! :)

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DIY All-Natural Lip Balm

December 5, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

Hello hello! It’s DIY time again! :)

Did you like last week’s All-Natural Aftershave DIY? This week Militza from Little Green Dot and I have teamed up again to bring you a scrummy Myrrh & Palmarosa Lip Balm. It turns out lip balm is actually pretty easy to make! And this stuff is all-natural, with no icky ingredients – yay! And like the Aftershave, we’ve used some beautiful essential oils to make it smell heavenly.

I can imagine making these for little girls and grown up girls alike, I mean… who doesn’t love pretty-smelling cosmetics? :)

DIY Lip Balm

To get the most out of these lovely lip balms, we asked herbalist Alina, from Abundant Earth, to tell us which essential oils would be the most beneficial for our lips. She recommended that we use Myrrh and Palmarosa Essential oils, which will give a very soft rose scent. YUM! And as an added extra, both these oils have health benefits! Myrrh, treasured for it’s spiritual significance, heals dried, cracked lips, and makes them super soft. Palmarosa moisturises the lips, and gives a soft, rose-like aroma. Cool huh!

So let’s get started shall we?

DIY Lip Balm

Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 Tbs Shea Butter
- 2 Tbs Almond or Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbs Beeswax (the natural-coloured beeswax is fine too)
- 2 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
- 3 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil
- Small bowl & burner (we used a small ceramic bowl and candle, a small saucepan on the stove would also work)
- Small jug
- Small empty lip balm pots (or repurpose little jars)

Step 1.
Put the Shea Butter, Beeswax, Almond/Coconut Oil, and Essential Oils into the bowl above your lit burner. If you’re using the stove, make sure it’s on very low, and always keep an eye on it.

DIY Lip BalmStep 2.
Keep an eye on the mixture and gently stir every now and then until everything is melted and it becomes clear. It should never boil, just gently melt. Be very careful when handling the pot/saucepan as it will be hot.

DIY Lip Balm

Step 3.
Using a dry cloth to hold the bowl if it’s hot, transfer the melted mixture into a small jug. Then use the small jug to fill the lip balm pots. This amount of mixture was enough to fill 2 small pots.

DIY Lip BalmStep 4.
Leave the lip balm to set. Once it’s opaque and solid, you’re good to go! Seal it up and get to thinking about how you’re going to decorate the jar…

I’ve created some lovely black and white labels for you to download and use to decorate your lip balms. Once you’ve downloaded the file you need (A4 or LETTER) you’ll noticed that there are two pages – one with the labels the right way around, the other with the labels in reverse.

Lip Balm LabelsA4 or LETTER

Page one: Labels the right way around – Print on sticker paper.
Page two: Labels in reverse – Below you’ll see some cute little gift bags we created to package the Lip Balms in, and for this you’ll need Iron-On transfer paper, and the reversed labels.

Here’s how we decorated our two pots of Lip Balm – feel free to get creative though, we’ve included lots of different labels so you can have fun with it!

DIY Lip Balm

You’ll need:
- Finished and cooled Lip Balms, sealed
- Plain Muslin Bag
- Ribbon
- Tape
- A printed sheet of labels (the right way around) on sticker paper. Cut out the ones you want.
- A printed sheet of the reversed labels on Iron-on Transfer paper. Cut out ones you want to use according to packet instructions.

JAR 1:
We decided to use one of the full-jar stickers, so start by peeling off the backing, then position the circle part over the jar lid and stick down. The wrap the two arms around the jar and secure on the bottom.

DIY Lip BalmJAR 2:
For jar 2 we wanted to use some ribbon. Start by measuring out and cutting some ribbon, wrap it around the jar and secure the ends on the bottom of the jar with tape. Cut out one of the round stickers and peel off the backing. Stick it on top of the lid, over the ribbon.

DIY Lip BalmThat’s it!

DIY Lip Balm

To make a gift bag to package your new lip balms in, cut out the labels you want from the ones you printed on the Iron-On Transfer Paper. Iron them onto the muslin bag according to the packet instructions.

DIY Lip Balm DIY Lip Balm

Doesn’t it look great?! I’m sure it’d be well-received if you were to make these for someone special :)

Thank you again to Militza for teaming up with me on these lovely DIYs! Be sure you check out her blog for loads more all-natural and eco-friendly tips, workshops, and tutorials :)