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Arts & Crafts, Life & Style

Heart Shaped Sugar Cubes DIY

heart shaped sugar cubes diy
heart shaped sugar cubes diy

I’ve got a really sweet and easy DIY for you today – these heart-shaped sugar cubes.  

I was looking for an easy craft to do this week with my oldest daughter. As I was rummaging about in our kitchen drawers I stumbled upon my heart-shaped mould.  This immediately grabbed her attention.  She’s in a pink phase right now, and nothing else would do apart from this bright pink mould, so I had to come up with something.

The idea of making heart-shaped chocolates over a bain-marie with a four-year-old and a newborn seemed more than a little fraught with danger, shall we say.  So I managed to get her to settle on making these heart-shaped sugar cubes.  Much less danger, but still the same sweet delight!

I’m a little late for Valentine’s Day (life with a newborn means I never have an idea of what date it is!).  However, these heart-shaped sugar cubes would make for a sweet zero waste gift idea, a mother’s day gift idea, a homemade eco-friendly wedding favour, or a fun activity for kids.  Or even just a fun 2 minute way to brighten up your afternoon tea!

To call this a DIY is perhaps over-egging the pudding a little.  There’s nothing to it really.  It only needs a few minutes of your time and some sugar!  It also requires zero skill level – it’s almost foolproof (just don’t add too much water!).

heart shaped sugar cubes

Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes DIY

Heart Shaped Sugar Cubes DIY

Make some sweet heart shaped sugar cubes with this easy 2 minute DIY!
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • Heart shaped mould – mine is from eBay
  • Sugar of you choice I used a mix of white granulated and brown demerara sugar
  • Water
  • Clean dry air tight jar

Instructions

  1. To minimise waste, pour your sugar into your clean dry mould so you know exactly how much you need.
  2. Then decant the sugar in the mould into a bowl and add a small amount of water to the sugar. You only need a small amount of water – just enough to moisten the sugar, you don’t want to dissolve it! Your best bet it to start with a teaspoon of water and mix it into the sugar so that it has a sandy feel to it. If you need to add more water do so in very small quantities.
  3. Put the moistened sugar into your mould – pressing down with your finger so that the sugar is tightly packed.
  4. Cover and leave to dry for 24 hours.
  5. Pop the sugar cubes out of your mould and keep in an air tight jar.
  6. Now decide if you want one lump or two!
zero waste gift idea
homemade wedding favour idea

I’m not the most crafty person in the world, but this was well within my comfort level.  What’s more, my daughter had fun, so my objective was met! And we were both were really pleased with how the sugar cubes came out – result!

Now to put the kettle on for a cup of tea!  Whilst we’re on the subject of tea, here’s my post on plastic-free teabags, that you might find useful next time you’re brewing a cuppa. 

ps: there are more crafty ideas over on my Pinterest boards.  Check out my Crafty Ideas and Crafty Ideas for Kids boards if this has wet your crafting whistle ;)

Arts & Crafts, Life & Style, Natural Cleaning

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY – How To Make Your Own

make your own reed diffuser

Want to learn how to make a homemade reed diffuser?  Yes, it sounds tricky, but I promise it’s so easy!  

Now, I’m not really crafty, but this homemade reed diffuser tutorial is so simple it’s basically foolproof!  If you can add some liquid to a bottle then this is the DIY for you!  Much like most of my natural cleaning products to DIY to be honest!

reed diffuser DIY

My inspiration for this project came from my old bottle collection. Rather than just have them gathering dust on a shelf, I wanted to use some of them in a practical way.  At the same time, I was also looking for a way to freshen my bathroom without going down the chemical air freshener route.  Artificially scented products may not be the best for your health, so it’s something I try to avoid.

The smell of standard air fresheners and synthetic fragrances (especially the plugin ones) also makes me feel sick.  And I don’t like using essential oil burners because of having a small child in the house.  Therefore, a homemade reed diffuser put high out of reach of my little one felt like a good option.  

I came up with this idea for a homemade reed diffuser because it had the dual purpose of practically using my bottles.  At the same time, it scents my bathroom in an environmentally friendly and natural way without the use of harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances.  Win!

homemade reed diffuser

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

It worked so well that I thought I’d share my technique because I’m good like that!  Here’s how you can make your own homemade reed diffuser for pennies, in minutes, and with only a few ingredients:

Ingredients

A clean glass jar preferably with a narrow mouth.
60 ml of sweet almond oil*
30 drops of essential oil* of your choice.
A handful of reed sticks*

I bought my sweet almond oil*, essential oils (rosemary* and grapefruit*) and reed sticks* from eBay.  I’ve got plenty left of each to make heaps of reed diffusers!

It’s really important to use a bottle or jar with a narrow opening as the oil will evaporate at a slower rate than a jar with a wide opening. This means the scent will be stronger when using a bottle or jar with a narrow opening.

Instructions

To make your homemade reed diffuser, pour 60ml of sweet almond oil into your glass jar.
Add your essential oil(s). I used 10 drops of rosemary oil and 20 drops of grapefruit oil as I wanted a clean citrus smell for my bathroom.
Wipe down your jar with a cloth to remove any oils that might have dripped down the sides.
Add your reed sticks.
Then, after a few hours remove your reed sticks and place them back in the jar upside down. This helps the oils travel up the sticks.
Place in a spot away from children and pets and enjoy the lovely aroma!

Some Points to Note When Using A Homemade Reed Diffuser

make your own reed diffuser

It’s really important to bear in mind that the scent in this homemade reed diffuser isn’t anywhere near as strong as its shop-bought counterparts. Therefore, don’t expect a particularly strong fragrance.  For that reason, I find it best to place the diffuser in a small area, such as a small bathroom or WC, rather than trying to scent your whole living room. It’s a different experience to using a synthetic reed diffuser.

If you are struggling to smell anything from your diffuser, then some people also swear by adding vodka to their diffuser. Apparently, this helps the oils travel up the reeds.  I didn’t have any vodka in the house so wasn’t able to try this.  Do let me know if you do, and what effect it has!

Finally, if you find the essential oil smell starts to go a bit flat after a few days then don’t worry. Try taking the reed sticks out and placing them back in the liquid upside down.

I hope you enjoy making it!  The essential oil diffuser would make such a lovely homemade gift, so definitely one to keep in mind if you’re ever in need of any eco-friendly gift idea! Alternatively, if you need something stronger scented, do check out my guide to eco-friendly air fresheners.

ps: if you like this try my homemade beeswax candle DIY!