HOMEMADE HOLIDAYS 12

Here at Boulder Lifestyle we love to support our local businesses, they are the heartbeat of the city.  That’s why when we decided to do a DIY feature we teamed up with some of our favorites and they created a special project just for our readers. There’s something thoughtful for everyone in the handmade holiday how to.


Fiori Flowers
FioriBoulder.com

Macramé Hanging Plants

This kit would be great as a gift itself or craft it together and gift it completed. The plant holder kits are available for pick up at Fiori as well as pre made ready to go holders.

    Instructions
  • Thread four pieces of rope through the ring and situate in the middle. Tie a knot below the ring. There should be eight pieces hanging.
  • Measure down 20 cm and tie two adjacent pieces of rope together and continue this around so you have four knots at the same level.
  • Measure down 10 cm below the knots and tie one piece of one rope to the other until you have eight knots all the same level.
  • Gather up all the eight pieces at the bottom and tie a knot.
  • Arrange an air plant atop moss or choose soil and a few rocks with a succulent in a glass vase or a pot.
  • Slip your pot into the holder resting the base on the big knot at the bottom. Voila!

Fabricate Boulder
FabricateBoulder.com

Winter Tree Throw Pillow 
Instructions

All supplies and kit for this pillow and other holiday pillows available for pickup. Winter tree template cut out available on the Fabricate blog at FabricateBoulder.com

Inspired by Scandinavian aesthetic, the design of this lovely wool throw pillow is the creative collaboration between Ann Sather and Linda Spillmann.

Materials:

  • 1/2 yard of background fabric (we used 100% wool in winter white)
  • 3 coordinating scrap fabrics – linen, cotton, wool, felt, and fleece all work well at least 5” x 12”
  • Matching and/or contrasting thread
  • 22 inch coil zipper in a contrasting color
  • Sewing machine
  • A good pair of scissors or rotary cutter and ruler
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • 18” x 18” pillow form

///Directions:

1.  Cut 2 squares of background fabric measuring 18” x 18”.
2.  Trace 3 trees with tree templates onto fabric and cut them out.
3.  Sew around the perimeter of the trees on the right side of the front of pillow fabric in the position and color of thread that you choose. You may also want to use a decorative stitch with your sewing machine. Set aside.
4. Install the zipper:
A. Cut a horizontal line across the top of the back of the background fabric, 3.5 inches from the top.
B. Place the right edge of the zipper, pull side up, onto the left edge of the lower cut back piece, pin. Using a zipper foot if you have one, sew the length of the zipper with a regular stitch length (2.8) to the length of the fabric, using a quarter inch seam allowance, backstitching at the top and bottom. Topstitch to the left of that seam, slowly, making sure your seam is straight.
C. Repeat for the other side, pin zipper to the right side of the cut fabric, zipper pull up, pin, sew, topstitch.
5. Cut excess zipper and sew perpendicularly over the end of the zipper to create a stop.
6. Open the zipper half way and place the right sides of the pillow front and back together in the desired direction and pin all the way around the four sides of the pillow. Start sewing on a corner and sew all the way around the pillow with a ¼ inch seam allowance. Clip corners.
7. Turn the pillow right side out through the zipper opening.
8. Insert the pillow form and admire your work!

The sewing machines and all other tools and equipment in the Fabricate studio can be used in Independent Studio time for $10/hour.  The Janome DC2015 sewing machines, like the ones used in our studio, can be purchased locally at Sew-Vac of Boulder.

Rebecca’s Apothecary
RebeccasHerbs.com

All supplies and kits available at Rebecca’s 
Herbal Apothecary

Lemon Lavender Soap

    
Ingredients

  • Lemon and Lavender Clear Soap- Melt & Pour 
Soap Recipe
  • 20 oz Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base, cut into 
1-inch chunks
  • 30 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • A few Calendula flowers
  • A few Lavender flowers
  • Soap Molds

///Directions:

Place the soap base in a glass heat proof container and set it in a double boiler filled with steaming water, over medium-high heat. When the soap base is melted, add the Lemon and Lavender essential oil.  Pour a little of the soap base into the mold and press in the flowers.  Let the soap cool until there is a thick film and gently fill the mold the rest of the way, with the remaining soap. Wait for about 1 hour then gently un-mold your soap.

Directions and supplies available for cinnamon and sweet orange goats milk soap as well as coco peppermint goats milk soap.

Bergamot Lavender 
Lip Balm

Ingredients:

  • 4 fl. oz Plantain Infused Olive Oil or other carrier oil of choice. Some options include Macadamia Nut, Jojoba or Almond Oils.
  • 1 oz net wt. Beeswax Pearls
  • 48 drops Bergamot Essential Oil & 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 20 Lip Balm Tubes

///Directions:

In a heat safe measuring cup with a pour spout, add the oil and beeswax pearls together. Place in a double boiler (this can simply be a cooking pot with a shallow amount of water in it). Place the measuring cup into the water while it is still room temperature. Slowly heat the water on low and mix frequently. When all of the beeswax has melted, remove from heat. Drop the essential oils into your oil mixture. Mix well. Carefully pour the mixture into your lip balm containers, filling all the way to the top. Allow the mixture to cool and harden. Cap & Enjoy. Yields approximately 20 lip balm tubes.