THE GARDEN BUZZ
In this fun, short tutorial learn how to make cards and bookmarks out of leaves and flowers from your yard!
-flowers and leaves
-for card: card stock cut and folded into a card and clear contact paper
-for bookmarks: card stock cut the length of a bookmark and the width of a piece of packing tape.
1.Cut cardstock 6” x 2” for a bookmark and 10” x 10” for a card. Fold the cardstock into a card.
2.Make a design out of your flowers on the cardstock. Glue the flowers onto the cardstock with glue dot runner or a glue stick.
3.Cover the flowers with laminator or contact paper or simply use tape.
4.Trim off the excess tape or contact paper from edges of the cardstock.
5.If you like you can use a hole punch to poke a hole on top of the bookmark and tie a ribbon or twine through the hole.
Another option is to press the flowers prior to taping them down. The cards will last longer this way but it works perfectly fine using fresh flowers.
How to Press Flowers:
Head into your backyard or take a nature walk to pick some small flowers and leaves. Collect them on a sunny day when they’re not wet. Place a piece of parchment paper in a heavy book and arrange the flowers on the paper. Close the book and add a couple heavy books on top to weigh it down. Check the flowers in 7-10 days to make sure they’re dry and papery and no moisture is remaining.
How to Make Bath Salts!
Relax in the tub with easy to make essential oil bath salts.
Bath Salt Recipe
What You’ll Need:
-1 large ceramic or glass bowl. (Not plastic because it absorbs the oils.)
-measuring cups and spoons
-big metal mixing spoon
-pretty jar or bag to store salts in
-1 cup of Epsom Salts.
-10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Some great options are lavender, grapefruit, rose, and mint.
- 1/4 cup baking soda and sea salt.
- dried flowers or leaves such as lavender, rose petals, or mint.
- 1 tsp almond oil
- 6 drops off food coloring.
1.Measure your salts and baking soda in the bowl and break up any clumps.
2.Add essential oil and almond oil (optional) until completely mixed.
3.Gently mix in food coloring (optional).
4.Spoon into a jar or bag, add a few petals or leaves to the top.