Category Archives: Personal Crafts

Honey Almond Oat Bran Soap Recipe

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Some time ago I experimented with melt and pour soap making, and made my first sets of Honey Almond Soap. For a review of my experience, especially if you are considering soap making, please read:

Last night I made these yummy smelling soap bars using the last of the soap base I had left. It is a combination of 3 bases: creamy, glycerin basic and clear (hard).


Almond Oil
Honey Almond Soap Scent
Vanilla extract
Oat Bran
Purple soap dye
Bread loaf pan
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol

Melt your basic glyercin base first and mix both almond oil and vanilla extract into it before pouring into your pan (I free measured here). Sprinkle some oat bran onto the basic layer. Spray alcohol to help set the first layer. While the soap starts to cool, melt the clear solid base and mix a few drops of purple dye to achieve a lilac color. Add Honey Almond scent to it and pour the soap trying to target the middle area of the bread pan. The second soap will start to mix with the first. Add a layer of oat bran, and then take a break while the soap cools off a bit. Melt your final layer, and add Honey Almond scent. Using a fork, whisk the soap until bubbles start to form, and then slowly pour it into the bread pan. Scrape out any excess soap and layer it as shavings on the top.

I let the soap cool in the fridge overnight and popped it out of the pan this morning. The slices are a bit small, but I was working with left-over soap bases. Makes a cute hand soap I must say.


Altered Art Trinket Box Tutorial


I found small wooden trinket boxes at my local Dollar Tree, and scooped up 3 of them. The first one, I decided to make a vintage/altered art design for it and make use of some peacock feathers that a coworker gifted me. For this project I used the following:

  • Unfinished wooden box
  • Distress paint, 2 colors
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper tissue (for rubbing alcohol)
  • Glitter pen (gel)
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Random vintage art downloaded from the internet, sized for the trinket box
  • Peacock feathers
  • Scissors
  • A penny coin
  • Bottlecap

This project is a 2-day project for drying times. Paint the unfinished box using 2 layers of distress paint. As the box is a porous material, the first layer will not crack.Once your second coat dries, take a penny and begin to randomly scrape at the paint to give a weathered, antique look. Apply your second color of distress paint to accent corners of the box. Dry overnight.

The next day take tissue and apply some rubbing alcohol on it. Dab the tissue around the box to lighten and distress the paint further. Next apply globs of glitter around the box and smooth the gel out to accent the cracked paint. Dry.

Now you’re ready to decorate the box. I used scrapbook paper to make 2 thin strips like old vintage suitcase straps. I cut out a vintage lady and placed her portrait into a bottlecap and doused it with glue. I let it soak up and wiped the excess glue out with tissue.

Let me know how your vintage trinket boxes come out! Enjoy!