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Create Your Own Bath Salts
Taking a nice warm bath is the perfect way to de-stress and relax. But what could possibly make your bath time that bit more perfect? Making your own deliciously scented bath salts of course.
You may think that this sounds like a bit of a complicated process but trust us it’s super easy and also fun for the whole family to get involved in as you create your own bath time concoctions. Follow our super easy process below and enhance your bath relaxation experience.
Get your ingredients ready
You may be thinking that to make your own bath salts you need to have a host of weird and wacky chemicals. But believe it or not, you probably have everything you need already stored away in your cupboards.
To make your bath salts you will need:
- 2 Cups Epsom Salt
- 1/2 Cup Sea salt
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
- Essential Oils (we recommend lavender or orange)
- Jars to store your salts in
- Optional: Food Colouring
Once you’ve sourced your ingredients and decided on what oils you want to use, it’s time to start mixing. First, mix the salts and baking soda together in a large bowl.
Next, add a few drops of your essential oils and mix once more in order to incorporate the oils into all of the salts.
Have fun playing around with the different scents and try out a few different mixes as you have fun experimenting.
Once you’re happy with your salts you can really add some funk to your salts by adding in different food colouring. You’ll only need to use a few drops of natural food colouring to give them a bright and vibrant look.
Bottle Up Your Salts
Once you’ve finished making your salts simply pour them into your desired storage containers and they’re ready to use.
If you’re making them as a gift for someone then pour them into a decorative mason jar and decorate with twine to give them a sophisticated look.
Make A Wine Bottle Bird Feeder
This a really simple way to make a fun and easy bird feeder that will have your garden packed with singing birds in no time. It uses just a few materials that you ought to have around the home and can be made within an hour. Either order your bird seed online or use some fruits and other animal-friendly nibbles such as raisins and sunflower seeds.
- 1 Used Wine Bottle
- Wire Rope
- L Hook
- Bird Food
- 2 Washers
- 2 Screws
- 1 Bowl
1. Choose a wine bottle.
Any old wine bottle will do but if you want to add a personal touch then why not choose a bottle that is a bit more eye-catching. You can always decorate your wine bottle as well using some arts and crafts materials around the home.
2. Make your bird feeder
Make a simple bird feeder structure by making a short base, upright wall, and roof using your wood. Simply cut out the size of your bird feeder and stick the pieces together. Just make sure you’ve left enough space to fit your wine bottle into.
3. Mount your bird feeder
Once you’ve made your bird feeder, it’s time to hang it up. Find somewhere in the garden or on the house where you’ll be able to hang your feeder without it getting in the way. Mount your wine bottle to the feeder by wrapping your wire rope around It and secure it to the inner wall of the housing using your washers and screws.
4. Make your bottle secure
Making sure your bottle is secure is important, otherwise, your bottle could slip out of its holder and smash, which certainly isn’t what we want. To secure it simply take your L hook and screw it into the feeder base before resting the lip of your bottle onto it.
5. Fill your bird feeder
Use a funnel to fill your bird feeder with your bird food before turning it upside down and watching the feed pour out into a bowl underneath. The feed will slowly pour out as the birds take away the feed in the bowl.
Make A Vegetable Patch
Whilst we’re in lockdown, now is the perfect time to get your gardening tools out the shed and make a start on the back garden vegetable patch you’ve always been talking about. Below, we’ve given you our beginners step-by-step guide to making your vegetable patch. Once done, take a look at our Beginners Guide to Gardening here.
Find the right spot and draw out a plan
Now, this part of the process can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. We recommend starting with a small plot so as not to give yourself too much work to do. Pick an area where there is maximum sunlight exposure and is sheltered from the wind.
Draw out your plot to avoid any mistakes later in the process and measure it out in the garden to make sure you’ve given your vegetables enough space to grow.
Remove any weeds
Remove any weeds in the designated area of your vegetable patch before starting your grow. Dig the weeds up at the roots to avoid them regrowing and damaging your vegetables.
This is the stage where you’ll be grateful we told you to start small because digging up the area of your vegetable patch can take some time. You want to dig about six inches down, making sure your vegetable patch is level throughout. Once done you’re ready to add your soil.
Add the soil
Choosing the right soil is important because if your soil is low quality then your vegetable yield won’t be as good. You want to buy a soil with a lot of chalk or clay to help promote growth. Once you’ve played your soil, lightly water and you’re ready to start planting.
Once you’ve made your vegetable patch, make sure to take a look at our guide to gardening where you’ll see loads of helpful information about growing vegetables and how to keep garden pests away.