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Fill Your Free Time With These Fun and Practical DIYs

April 3rd, 2020

Whether out of boredom or necessity, now is a great time to try some DIY projects at home. Mix up a creative cocktail or replenish your hairspray without a trip to the store—these projects are fun, easy, and practical. Try one with your kids, or plan to do one via a virtual happy hour with your social-distanced family.

Make Your Own Spa

Essential Oil Blend
Set the stage for some serious self-care with this essential oil blend that features warm cinnamon, refreshing eucalyptus, woody rosemary, and a hint of vibrant citrus. Sprinkle it on the floor of your shower, add a few drops to your next bath, or add to your diffuser.

Seaweed and Essential Oil Bath Bomb
Packed with simple ingredients like olive oil, essential oils, and safe-for-skin natural food coloring, these bath bombs fizz and foam perfectly when droped into bathwater.

Activated Charcoal Soap
Activated charcoal has been used medicinally for decades to purify and clean. When used topically, it gently exfoliates while removing dirt and makeup, and even helps deep-clean and detoxify the skin. This easy bar soap recipe will quickly become your go-to body cleanser.

Hydrating Face Mask
Make a date with this moisturizing sheet mask to infuse your skin with all sorts of hydrating ingredients, including rosehip oil, witch hazel, and squalane, which delivers antioxidants.

DIY Sugar and Spice Scrub
Show your lips some TLC. When your favorite lip balm just isn’t enough, try this DIY lip scrub, which can be whipped up from just four ingredients—all of which are probably in your pantry already. Brown sugar gently exfoliates, coconut oil and raw honey moisturize, and the fragrant combination of cinnamon and sugar smells good enough to eat.

Be Your Own Bartender

3 Sparkling Wine Recipes
These three cocktail recipes—Elderberry Fizz, Grapefruit and Sage, Blood Orange Spritz—are perfect for welcoming spring. Each packs a vitamin C immunity punch for an added bonus.

Red Wine Hot Cacao Recipe
Looking for something a bit cozier? This recipe is here to help! Start with red wine, then whisk in a cacao powder made with cinnamon, cardamom, and superfood fungi.

3 Mocktails Recipes
Even if you’re not in the mood for alcohol, you can still have the perfect nightcap with these three mocktail recipes. Bonus: You can use the tea and spices already in your pantry.

Cold Brew Coffee Martini
If you’re drained from the daily grind, a caffeinated cocktail should do the trick! This martini blends bold Arabica cold brew coffee with sweet orange liqueur, a splash of cream, and a shot of vodka.

Be Your Own Barista

Cashew-Butter Coffee
This recipe may not be something you’ll find at your local coffee shop, but we’re still big fans. By using cashew butter, this morning coffee is creamy and frothy in under 5 minutes. Combine healthy fats with medium-chain triglycerides to add a nutritional boost to your morning cup.

Brain Fuel Keto Coffee
Get yourself going with a kicked-up coffee experience. This energizing (and keto-friendly) recipe combines your favorite brewed coffee with a spoonful of ghee, MCT oil, and collagen for a nutritional punch that’ll fuel your morning.

Vegan Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Daphne Oz’s recipe for Vietnamese iced coffee is way more fun than your average cup of joe. Why? Instead of condensed milk, this recipe uses homemade coconut milk infused with vanilla, dates, and cardamom.

How to Cold Brew
Cold brew coffee is now a staple on many cafe menus, but it’s pretty easy to make at home. This foolproof recipe’s smooth taste and lower acidity means you may never go back to your old method!

Make Your Own Cosmetics + Beauty Items

5-Ingredient DIY Luminizer
Mica, a mineral powder, gives this creamy highlighter a captivating gleam while coconut oil helps skin retain its moisture. The result? A nourishing but lightweight shimmer that can be worn alone or over your normal makeup.

Easy DIY Sea Salt Hairspray
Can’t hit the beach right now? No problem! This sea salt hairspray recipe will give you beachy waves wherever you are. Sea salt adds volume, while coconut oil and conditioner lock in moisture so your locks don’t become brittle. Including a few drops of essential oil is optional, but it’s a great way to sneak in some aromatherapy, too!

All-Natural DIY Deodorant
This DIY deodorant costs way less than the store-bought variety—and you probably already have the ingredients at home! Baking soda helps fight odor, and hydrating coconut oil keeps the delicate skin of your underarm feeling smooth and soft. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a subtle fragrance.

Reusable Face Wipes
No need to toss another disposable makeup wipe! This reusable version will keep your beauty routine eco-friendly—no sewing required.

Make Your Own Household Products

DIY Toilet Bowl Bombs
If you’ve run out of toilet bowl cleaner, no need to worry—it’s easy to get your bathroom sparkling clean using nontoxic ingredients that won’t break the bank. This recipe is easy to make and easy to use.

DIY Vegan Food Wraps
Fresh out of plastic wrap? Make your own vegan, eco-friendly version that will last you an entire year.

DIY Citrus Fabric Sanitizer Spray
It’s time to spice up your stay-at-home routine using a DIY fabric sanitizer. Refresh your fabrics, rugs, sheets, and closets with this DIY recipe that only uses four ingredients.

Easy DIY Yoga Mat Spray
We’re using our yoga mats a lot nowadays— so it’s time to show them some TLC. This five-ingredient recipe will clear away grime and leave behind a calming, fresh scent.

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Lily CombaLily Comba has never met a baked good she didn't like. When she's not baking, you'll find her writing, taking a Pilates class, or collaborating with the editorial and social team as a Senior Content Writer at Thrive Market.