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DIY – How to Make Clay and Coffee Body Scrub with Free Printable Label Sheet

DIY-Clay-and-Coffee-Body-Scrub-AdorablestDIY – How to Make Clay and Coffee Body Scrub.  This is a very simple recipe that you can use with or without the coffee. The coffee used in this scrub is actually from used pods – refrigerated as soon as used, so as to keep fresh. They work great as an exfoliator! Today is St Patrick’s Day, so this includes GREEN clay, but you could also use kaolin or any other body clay. Read on for the full tutorial …

I made a batch of this earlier, but wanted to make sure it didn’t dry out, lasted and kept fresh – and so I can finally give the go ahead and say that it works and keeps great! I didn’t mean for it to coincide with St Patrick’s Day, but since it contains GREEN clay, well let’s just go with that!

DISCLAIMER: Please TEST a small batch to make sure this is suitable for your skin. Some people may find just the (Green Clay) and Soap Free Wash is enough for their skin. Adding the coffee will of course make it more exfoliating and cinnamon can affect some people. Use your common sense, as with all ingredients that you are using on your skin.

You will need:

  • Green Clay. Or kaolin or any other clay that suits your skin.
  • Dermaveen (in Australia). Or a compatible ‘Soap Free Wash’
  • Used Coffee Pod. Must be freshly used and refrigerated immediately after.
  • Container for mixing
  • Spoon 
  • Small Scissors or Nail Scissors CLEAN!
  • Container. Clean and airtight. I think you know where mine is from 😉
  • Printer if you want to print the FREE PRINTABLE LABELS I’ve made for this scrub
  • Sticky tape or Laminator if you want waterproof labels

 

How To:

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Firstly, I need to stress that everything must be CLEAN. Wash your hands and all your implements you’ll be using. In the pictures you may see my fingers all mucked up – this is just so you could see the texture of scrub being made. Even if making for yourself or especially if making for friends as gifts, consider hygiene 🙂 This is also why I only use freshly used and immediately refrigerated coffee pods, as I have seen some not looking too great, if left in the machine for days.

Sprinkle your clay into your container and gradually add squirts of the soap free wash. Mix gently with a spoon.

Keep adding until the mix is able to be rolled and squished, but still hold its shape.

It actually feels like a nice, lightweight texture – nougat like maybe? At this stage you can use just like this, without the coffee and it is a lovely, very slightly exfoliating scrub.

To keep going making the Clay and Coffee Scrub, just keep the clay mixture aside and then open your (cooled) coffee pod with scissors.

DIY-Clay-and-Coffee-Body-Scrub-Adorablest-Steps-9-16Before experimenting for this How To, I had never ventured into a used coffee pod before. This brand has a filter on the top and the bottom. I’m not sure if all pods are made like this?

Gently pry the filter out and add the coffee grinds to your green clay and soap wash mix. Depending on how grainy you like it, keep adding, but don’t make it too harsh.

Optional – You can add just a TINY amount of cinnamon. Be careful as it can stimulate the blood vessels of the skin.

Ensure completely mixed through and then fill your chosen container with your fresh batch. I keep mine in the fridge for freshness, but use within a couple of weeks.

I DON’T have sensitive skin on my face, therefore I have used this on my face as well as my body in the shower – but some may find it too harsh for their face. It is good a ‘Gardener’s Soap’ to help remove dirt stains on your hands too.

As mentioned before, use your common sense and TEST A BATCH FIRST! Everyone is different. I actually did a test of this on someone and the cinnamon, let’s just say, really brought their blood to their face – looked like they’d spent 3 hours in the middle of the day sun! It settled down and there were no long term consequences, but this ingredient must be used sparingly or not at all.

DIY-Clay-and-Coffee-Body-Scrub-Free-Printable-AdorablestDIY-Clay-and-Coffee-Body-Scrub-Adorablest-2Click Here for the FREE PRINTABLE CLAY AND COFFEE BODY SCRUB LABELS to finish your project. If you’ll be using the scrub in a wet area (and your printer ink may run), consider covering with sticky tape or laminating if you really want to keep the water out. Mod Podge may also work here to attach, seal and protect.

DIY-Clay-and-Coffee-Body-Scrub-Adorablest-1There we have it … hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Let me know if you make some.

Please Note: FREE PRINTABLE Labels for personal use only and not for commercial product or for re-sale – Thanks!

Claire

DIY – Coffee Painting : Faceted Gemstone On Plywood

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone tutorial adorablestDIY – Coffee Painting : Faceted Gemstone on Plywood. This faceted gemstone is easy, even for the non-artist (like me)! The template for the gemstone is supplied so all you’ll need are some simple supplies from the hardware store, your craft drawer and the kitchen cupboard.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone supplies You will need:

  • Plywood. Mine was approx. 30 x 40cm. A piece to fit the template.
  • Pencil. I used a 4B. HB will suffice, 2B better, 4B or 6B best.
  • Ruler. For measuring and drawing straight lines.
  • Paintbrushes. Nothing fancy needed.
  • Washi Tape. Best for re-positioning if you need to.
  • Mod Podge. Matte kind.
  • Palette. Something to mix your coffee in. A plate is fine too.
  • Instant Coffee. I used Moccona brand if you want to know.
  • Cuticle Pusher. Or similar.

You will also need (not pictured):

  • Tissues and water.

How to :

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone graphite transferPrint out the template, flip over and ‘colour-in’ with your pencil. ie. the old-fashioned tracing method. If you have graphite transfer paper, great use that. I don’t have any and it’s $40 to buy 🙁 Put on some music to scribble in rhythm to and it will be done in no time.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone pencil transferWhen you’ve completed all the ‘colouring’, flip it back the right way around, center it on the ply and hold it in place with washi tape.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone tracingWith your cuticle pusher and ruler, draw over each line of the template, to transfer the graphite pencil on the back, onto the plywood.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone graphite transfer progessLift the page occasionally to see how the transfer process is progressing.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone mod podge sealingMod Podge. This is an important step – Do not skip it! I tried without it and the coffee bled into the grain of the plywood and looked terrible. Squirt a little, then rub with your fingers into the areas where you will be painting, paying attention to cover.

Keep doing in batches until the whole area is ‘sealed’. Doing it in smaller batches allows you to get a thin even layer of Mod Podge, rather than trying to do the whole area with a giant blob. Also doing it with your hands allows you to really fill in the grain of the plywood. Leave to dry for at least 20 minutes.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone paletteNext, put a few granules of instant coffee on your ‘palette’.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone mixingAdd the tiniest drops of water. Add less water for a stronger colour. Leave some granules whole so you can get a really deep colour when you need to.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone outlineBegin by outlining one triangle, then filling in. Mix different strengths of coffee to create varying effects. I am NOT an artist, so anyone should be able to do this! Just have a steady hand, but if you do make a mistake, quickly blot it off with a tissue.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone trianglesMaking progress. Choose each triangle so you palm won’t accidently smudge it either.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstoneLeave it to dry flat for at least 10 minutes, in case of any coffee drips. That’s it! Display your Coffee Gem Art.

diy coffee painting faceted gemstone flatlaydiy coffee painting faceted gemstone displaydiy coffee painting faceted gemstone vignette foxI like the coffee painting leaning against the wall, but I’m thinking I might add some chain to hang it.

Claire

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