Hello, everyone! I hope you all are doing well and are ready for another Weekly Wednesday! This week--well, we are delving into what to do on a rainy, gloomy day when you're stuck in the house and can't go out--besides binge watching Netflix. I'm not a huge fan of gloomy rainy days. I love cloudless, sunny days when I can do stuff outside, but we all inevitably will have those days where we can't go outside. So, for this week's edition, I've decided to do a roundup featuring DIY kits I found on Etsy that you can get into instead of the aforementioned Netflix binge (I'm guilty. I'll admit it.) They've got some really awesome stuff, and I've picked a few of my favorites for you. Let's hop on in!
Item #1 is from PiccolaPianta
I saw this little terrarium and thought it was pretty darn cute (especially with the little bicycle). The kit includes: a 5-inch glass orb, a green airplant, a mini-bike with basket, 2 pieces of moss, a bag of pebbles, a bag of soil, a stick to poke around and arrange with, and a set of instructions and care sheet. I think pretty much anyone could handle this project and keep it alive--even us cactus killers (that's another story, and I'm pretty sure I'm not 100% responsible for the death of the cactus). After you follow the instructions and get everything inside, you can hand it with twine in front of a window that gets a nice amount of sun. It doesn't require a tremendous amount of care, which is ideal in our busy lives.
Item #2 is from ThomasHouhaDesigns
This is seriously neat. It reminds me of those Moravian Star Lights (which are also really neat). This is a star-shaped dodecahedron inside a dodecahedron. Dodecahedrons have 12 flat faces, and the stellated version is a take on the flat faces (also a 12). I remember when I was in high school and my chemistry teacher had us make crystals out of a paper template. It probably doesn't sound hard, but we had to have a design on all of them (I think it was 8 total), plus we had a bonus unidentified crystal. It was smooth sailing until you got to the higher numbers and the bonus, but I'll have to say they did look pretty cool after all was said and done. This DIY kit is made from laser-cut mat board and poster board. The total size is about 6 inches across when finished and is quite sturdy. All parts and instructions are included, but make sure you have some Elmer's glue or something similar to glue this together!
Item #3 is from Elixour
I personally have never made any lotion by hand. Surprise! I bet you thought otherwise when I mentioned that I liked making a little bit of everything! I do want to learn, though. This kit includes: organic shea butter, organic virgin coconut oil, organic flaxseed and sesame oil, organic arrowroot powder, organic essential oil of your choice, jar to package your lotion, and detailed instructions. It makes a net weight of 8 ounces (16 fl. oz by volume), so you do get a nice amount. I really love that it doesn't have all the additives that are in a lot of the products we use on a daily basis, so it's a healthier approach--no preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or other chemical additives. It's also a vegan product (no animal ingredients). The formula has been perfected to alleviate the symptoms of dry, and itchy skin--something a lot of DIYers have.
Item #4 is from GiantKnitting
Item #5 is from CuchiOrganics
I really love that kits are being made for the chunky blankets that have been so trendy this year! This kit is a little bit expensive, but you have to understand what you're getting. You're getting hand spun pure Merino wool in the kit. It's very fluffy and airy and ideal for summer (breathable) or winter (insulating). The wool is high quality, which is something you would want in a blanket. Also included are the huge needles that you get to pick the color of. It says that the kit will yield one 32 inch x 56 inch throw--a nice size. This will definitely keep you occupied in creating something instead of staring out at the dreary weather.
Anyone else like to cook? I'd have to say that I enjoy baking the most, but I do cook foods besides breads and sweets. If it's nasty and rainy outside, I'm guessing you probably feel the same way (I do anyway), so what a better comfort food than chocolate chip cookies! Sometimes it's not so fun to get up and have to measure out all of the ingredients and then clean up the mess you made in the process. This kit takes the measuring out of the process (aside from honey and an egg). A great thing about these cookies is that they are gluten-free and grain-free, so even those with gluten allergies can have them. If you are allergic to tree nuts, these are NOT for you! The flour replacement is almond meal, so it's a definite no for those with tree nut allergies. Along with the almond meal, you get organic coconut oil, organic 70% bittersweet chocolate chips, and vanilla extract (with extra vanilla left over). This kit makes a total of 12 smaller sized, soft cookies. Another huge plus with this kit the that it's eco-friendly. You even can use the box to bake the cookies on! No pan to wash :) The bag containing the meal is also compostable as is the plastic (100% cellulose fiber) bag containing the chips. Definitely worth a try!
I sure hope you've enjoyed this DIY edition of Weekly Wednesday! I thought it would be something a little bit different from the norm, and I know there are a lot of DIYers out there that would really enjoy these products. I feel like we should never get out of the DIY world completely because it's something that is fun, keeps your brain working, and is something you can do with a friend or family member. It might spark a creative note in you that you never knew you had!
Make sure to head over to your favorite handmade site and show some artists some love and pick up a DIY kit while you're there! If you do, comment below and show me what you chose! Feel free to share this post especially if you are or know DIYers who might appreciate this!
Until next time,
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.