11.30.2011

DIY: Holiday-Flavored Pout Plumpers

About this time of year, some of us get the DIY bug--that THIS year we are doing HOMEMADE GIFTS for EVERYONE. That thought usually lasts about 5 minutes once you realize all the time/money/people you need to make gifts for/attention span (wait, that's just me). Well, I have a solution for you. Here's an easy, cheap, and quick DIY that makes a cute stocking stuffer (or a gift for yourself because you were so good this year). I made these Holiday-Flavored Pout Plumpers in the flavors of Cinnamon Bun and Candy Cane. And I made some labels to print out. Enjoy!

You'll need:

  • Extract/flavoring (I used vanilla, mint, and cinnamon)
  • Plain chapstick (I got 4 for $1)
  • Microwave
  • Microwavable measuring glass/cup
  • Toothpicks
  • Small funnel 
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Pot holders/towel (optional)
Method:
  • Roll chapstick all the way to the top. 
  • Take from base and put into microwavable measuring cup. 
  • Roll the empty tube back to the base--this is important. 
  • With toothpick, cut the chapstick into smaller pieces.
  • Place chapstick-filled measuring cup into microwave for 1 minute. 
  • Carefully remove and stir/cut/chop/smile at the chapstick and put back into microwave for another minute/minute and a half. 
  • Once completely liquefied, remove from microwave and add 5 drops of desired flavor. 
  • For the Candy Cane flavor, I also added 2 drops of red food coloring. For the Cinnamon Bun, I did 5 drops of cinnamon and 2 of vanilla. 
  • Stir. 
  • The liquid will start to solidify, so pop back into the microwave for a few seconds to melt again. Use a pot holder/towel if the cup is too hot. 
  • Pour the mixture into the funnel, which will fill up the tube. 
  • Remove funnel once filled and let cool. Resist urge to try your DIY.
  • Pop the top on, print out the label onto label paper, and attach to tube. Tie some curling ribbon, put in a cute bag, stuff in a stocking or my purse, etc.
Candy Cane (mint + red food coloring) and Cinnamon Buns (cinnamon + vanilla)

Labels:


Tips:
  • Make sure you roll the empty tube back down before pouring the hot mixture!
  • You can use a spoon and a bowl, but I've found pouring & wax removal easier by using toothpicks and a measuring cup.
  • The liquid solidifies fast, so you have to work fast...but that's a good thing, making this a 5- MINUTE DIY (yeah!).
  • Don't fret if there's leftover wax in the cup/bowl. You will have to lose a smidge of the wax to make space for the flavoring.
  • No funnel? Make your own from paper.
  • Natural beeswax can be used as well--I just found the process easier & cheaper by buying the chapstick.
  • The mint and cinnamon temporarily plump lips by aggravating the top layer of skin, so be warned if you/whomever are allergic to those flavors. 
  • Not a fan of those flavors? Use whatever flavors you'd like--I used these because they (a) remind me of the holidays (b) plump my lips.
  • Need another idea? I used the same process to make solid perfume. Check it out here.


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53 comments:

  1. Very clever. Love the idea of the mint. This is a must try. Thanks.

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  2. Wow, you are super talented! What a great idea...

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  3. What an awesome idea! I only do "homemade" gifts for those I can give baked goods to. LOL. I am totally stumped on what "real" gifts to get people this year, but find that at the end of the day, you can never go wrong with gift cards to their fave stores.

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  4. What a great idea!! This may be a project for my baby cousin and I this weekend. :)

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  5. Great idea!! Everyone uses chapstick at one time or another

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  6. Love this! Such a great DIY. I'm so addicted to peppermint lip products. Bigelows Ultra Mentha is my favorite :) xoxo

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  7. What a fun DIY and the flavors are so perfect this time of year!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  8. That's a great idea! Very inspiring. :)

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  9. fortunately, i don't think i need to plump my lips. but those cinnamon buns are making me quite hungry! :)

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  10. how awesome is that?!
    your comment on my blog is so sweet<3 you deserve an award too!!

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  11. what a cute idea!!!!!! i was thinking of putting together a "diy bath products" gift (bebeautiful.org if im not mistaken has some amazing diy bath bombs and melts and what not) but this is so incredibly easy i think im going to mafta do this too!!!!!!!!!! i am in love with this idea- thank you soo much for sharing

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  12. This is a fantastic idea! Really love this! Last year I made scrubs for my family...big hit!

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  13. What a cute DIY gift idea- love it!
    www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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  14. This is amazing!! Although, I'd probably end up eating the chapstick. Especially a chocolate version :)

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  15. Elle you come up with the most AMAZING super neat things! I LOVE THIS! And I love the flavors. This is a great gift, project and idea. Wishing you a wonderful day girl!. ((HUG))
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

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  16. Oh wow, this is a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Have I mentioned that you're sooo creative! The things you come up with are just so amazing. Thanks for sharing Elle.

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  18. Love it!! I am sooo doing this. I especially like the step where I smile at the chapstick.. It's good to put that positive energy on your gift :)

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  19. this is so cool... i've never thought of doing something like this!

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  20. You're a lifesaver! Literally! I have been trying to come up with cheap DIY gifts, and this will definitely work for all the people I want to give to!

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  21. oh my goodness, how cool is this?! that is so awesome! :)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/
    $100 Shopbop Gift Card Giveaway

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  22. Thank you thank you for this brilliant and usable DIY. It seems easy enough for me to do (I hope)

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  23. Elle,

    You are just so talented I tell you this all the time because it's true.

    I love your ideas!

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  24. Wow those are so awesome!!! I'd never be able to do it though XDXD
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  25. Such a great DIY! I always think I'm going to make gifts too but I never get around to it. These seem simple and the results seem worth the extra care.

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  26. Elle this is amazing! I didn't know you can make your own lip balm and parfum? Talented!

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  27. Oooh this is lovely! You are quite the creator :)

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  28. very creative! Thanks for the tips. xoxo
    http://hellofridaybypaik.blogspot.com/

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  29. This is so great! I'm totally making these, mayyybee just for myself ;)

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  30. This is so cute and uncomplicated.

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  31. that is beyond awesome, I probably would just make a noodle necklace or something. What a very cool idea! And you even provided the labels, awesome!

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  32. this is so awesome. i love how wonderfully handmade and fun it is.

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  33. This looks absolutely fantastic! Easy and glamorous, exactly what I like :) Thanks so much for sharing this!

    xx Ivana

    I´ve made some big changes to my blog, and I´d love to hear what you think :)
    Macarons and Pearls

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  34. what a fun idea! I just might have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing! xo

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  35. This is AWESOME. I want to make these right now, especially the cinnamon-vanilla! Too fun!

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  36. How fun is this and such a great idea...love DIY projects! Thanks so much for you cute comment on my blog and stopping by...made me laugh! :)

    Liesl :)

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  37. Yum! I'd be licking my lips all day!

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  38. Such a great idea! Excited to use it!

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  39. OH MY GOODNESS! I love this idea! So excited to try it out
    xx

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  40. What a fun idea. Very creative (and festive)!

    www.fashaholicsanonymous.com

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