DIY Concrete Planter

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MATERIALS

- Large & small bowl to cast in

- Concrete (Quickcrete $2 at Lowes or Home Depot

- 5 Gallon bucket to mix concrete 

- Cooking spray  

 - Stir stick

 

Lately I've been deeply immersed in a few differernt sustainable craft ideas including these concrete planters I found on pinterest. Concrete is extremely cheap, and easy to use. Casting can be done in just about any type of container to suit your taste. I actually got these bowls from Midtown Market when I was buying salad, and thought they would make some nice planters! The bowls I used for the internal hollow space are from the oatmeal containers which I also got from Midtown. So, once you have your casting materials gathered, your're ready to take the next step.  

STEP ONE  

Spray your containers with a non-stick cooking spray. This is to prevent them mix from sticking to the containers when your planters are done drying.

STEP TWO

Once you have all of your containers prepped, go ahead and mix up your bag of concrete in the 5 gallon bucket. I actually advise using twice as much water as is recommended. It takes longer to dry but the finishing results are so much more seemless I think it's worth it.

STEP THREE

While it's still in a liquid state, pour your concrete mix into the larger of your two containers. FIll it only about 1/2 of the way, and then press the inner container into the mix to create a hollow form for the dirt and plant to sit in.  

STEP FOUR 

Simply allow the planter to dry for about 2-3 days to ensure it's firm and the edges wont wear away once it's removed from the container. Then it's ready to plant!! The best part about using concrete for a planter is that although this tutorial doesn't alot for a drainage hole, the concrete is absorbant and will remove excess water from the soil. 

STEP FIVE

Sit back and enjoy watching your plants thrive! 

 

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DIY Tint

I'm a huge fan of Benefits lip and cheek tints. Tints can be used to add a quick pop of color when you're asked last minute to grab coffee and a bite to eat. Which for me, seems to be quite often. I'm constantly working on creating natural alternatives to products I love, and this one is something that recently has been one of the staple items in my beauty routine.  

 

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BEETS! They're not not tasty little devils, they can be used to give your lips and cheeks a rosy posy glow.    

 

MATERIALS  

- 1/2 of a beet

- 1 tsp honey  

- container for the contents preferrably one with a brush like an old tint jar, or discarded concealer tube. 

- knife

- cutting board  

- small bowl

 

STEP ONE  

Mince your beet on a cutting board. This can get a little messy so be sure to wipe up afterwards to make sure you don't dye your counter as well!

STEP TWO

Place them in the small bowl with the honey. Let this mixture sit over night in the fridge to let all of the vibrant juices seep out of the beets. You should have plenty of beet left over to go for a second batch of this tint.

 

STEP THREE

The next morning, the mixuture will have condensed into your finished project. It's seriously that simple! Pour your pink concoction in an old concealer, lip gloss, or tint container and it's ready to go!  

 

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Pantry Spa


One of the best parts of being on a natural and plant based diet, is that my pantry is always full of spices, oils, and food-stuffs that be repurposed in my beauty routine. For instance, coconut oil, a kitchen staple, is good for just about everything. it can be used as a hair mask when warmed and mixed with egg white, I also use it as a moisturizer that does wonders to combat my psoriasis, and lastly, I soak cotton pads in it, and store them to be used as makeup removers! I'm such a fan in fact, that I have keep a jar of the stuff specifically for bathroom purposes.

Coffee Grounds are my next favorite staple. Not only do they supplement all the caffeine a college student with two jobs requires, it makes my skin supple and radiant. I have recently began a practice of scrubbing a mixture of baking soda and coffee grounds on areas I normally shave. (According to a blog post I found on Pinterest) The baking soda enhances the properties of the coffee that help break down the hair follicles after continued use, while I have yet to see significant results, it does leave my legs baby skin soft. Coffee scrubs can also be used to reduce the appearance of Cellulite, and even out skin tones. 1 cup of coffee grounds. 1/2 cup of white lotion, 1 tsp of pink Himalayan salt. And some plastic wrap, and you have a wrap that will drop inches off your waist overnight. Simply mix, apply, and wrap up. I recommend wearing tight fitting old clothes as it can be a bit messy. And throw a hoodie on over it if you can bear it, since the mixture works by pulling out excess water from fat cells, the more you sweat the better it works!

Oatmeal!  Call me a granny but I love this stuff. What's funny is the mix I use as a facial is strikingly simalar to my breakfast most mornings. (minus the peanut butter) 1/2 of oatmeal, a spoonful of honey, pinch of cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg and dry skin doesn't a chance. And when I say oatmeal, go ahead and add water, the let soak until it is very mushy. I've found it's difficult to get the stuff to stick to your face if the oats are still more on the whole side. I have even pulsed mine in a blender to make a paste before with great results.

And on that note, Honey has a billion holistic properties that can benefit your skin and health. A teaspoon of local honey a day keeps my allergies at bay. A spoonful mixed with nutmeg and cinnamon can be use as a spot treatment for pimples, or an amazing acne face wash. Since it does contain natural sugars, be sure to really rinse your face after. And maybe finish up with a toner. Two of my favorites are. Apple cider vinegar (when your skin is oily), and Rosewater(when it's dry). In fact I hope to post soon about making a DIY Rosewater, and how to use it to make a toner!


I look forward to updating this post to include more ingredients soon, as well as links to some of my favorite DIY's for pantry spa recipes!  One of the best parts of being on a natural and plant based diet, is that my pantry is always full of spices, oils, and food-stuffs that be repurposed in my beauty routine. For instance, coconut oil, a kitchen staple, is good for just about everything. it can be used as a hair mask when warmed and mixed with egg white, I also use it as a moisturizer that does wonders to combat my psoriasis, and lastly, I soak cotton pads in it, and store them to be used as makeup removers! I'm such a fan in fact, that I have keep a jar of the stuff specifically for bathroom purposes.

Coffee Grounds are my next favorite staple. Not only do they supplement all the caffeine a college student with two jobs requires, it makes my skin supple and radiant. I have recently began a practice of scrubbing a mixture of baking soda and coffee grounds on areas I normally shave. (According to a blog post I found on Pinterest) The baking soda enhances the properties of the coffee that help break down the hair follicles after continued use, while I have yet to see significant results, it does leave my legs baby skin soft. Coffee scrubs can also be used to reduce the appearance of Cellulite, and even out skin tones. 1 cup of coffee grounds. 1/2 cup of white lotion, 1 tsp of pink Himalayan salt. And some plastic wrap, and you have a wrap that will drop inches off your waist overnight. Simply mix, apply, and wrap up. I recommend wearing tight fitting old clothes as it can be a bit messy. And throw a hoodie on over it if you can bear it, since the mixture works by pulling out excess water from fat cells, the more you sweat the better it works!

Oatmeal!  Call me a granny but I love this stuff. What's funny is the mix I use as a facial is strikingly simalar to my breakfast most mornings. (minus the peanut butter) 1/2 of oatmeal, a spoonful of honey, pinch of cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg and dry skin doesn't a chance. And when I say oatmeal, go ahead and add water, the let soak until it is very mushy. I've found it's difficult to get the stuff to stick to your face if the oats are still more on the whole side. I have even pulsed mine in a blender to make a paste before with great results.

And on that note, Honey has a billion holistic properties that can benefit your skin and health. A teaspoon of local honey a day keeps my allergies at bay. A spoonful mixed with nutmeg and cinnamon can be use as a spot treatment for pimples, or an amazing acne face wash. Since it does contain natural sugars, be sure to really rinse your face after. And maybe finish up with a toner. Two of my favorites are. Apple cider vinegar (when your skin is oily), and Rosewater(when it's dry). In fact I hope to post soon about making a DIY Rosewater, and how to use it to make a toner!

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