Posts tagged DIY
plant dyes

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN

Natural dyes go way back to when our ancestors needed those beautiful coloured dresses for their hot date nights. When we choose to use mama earth's natural colours over synthetic colours, we choose to create harmony over pollution. Colouring with natural colours is actually simpler than you would think. A beautiful company Fragmentario brought this ancient mama earth loving way of colouring back to our remembrance. I tested the easy peasy plant dye kit from Fragmentario to get my first touch to the world of plant dyes. So next time you're shopping get curious of how your finds have been dyed. Or maybe you feel like diving into the world of natural dyes yourself! If so let me give you the basics of natural dyeing to get you started. 

The basic process of plant dyeing,

  • Throughly soak the fabric that you want to dye. This allows the fabric to absorb the dye more easily.

  • Add your choice of raw material or extract for the colour to a pot of water. Make sure you have enough water to completely submerge your fabric.
  • Add the soaked fabric to the dye bath and bring the pot to a simmer. Routinely stir your dye bath for an even colour. The time required over heat depends on several factors. Most fabrics can be simmered in the dye bath for a couple hours and then left to rest for another period of time. 
  • The fabric will dry lighter than it appears when wet. Remove the fabric when you think it has reached the desired colour (don't worry too much you can always give it another color bath if you're not 100% happy with the achieved hue)
  • Thoroughly rinse the fabric in cold water to remove any excess dye that isn't fixed to the fabric. Hang to drie and wear it with love.

 

Get your hands dirty and dive deep into the world of plant dye,

Wild Colour, the complete guide to making and using natural dyes - Jenny Dean

The modern natural dyer - Kristine Vejar

Harvesting natural colour, how to find plants and make natural dyes - Rebecca Burgess

banana avocado hair mask

Writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Ona Rihu

(diy, zero waste)

Easy vegan hair mask DIY

With spring in the air, I thought it would be perfect to dedicate an afternoon for self-care and treating myself. Spring is a very symbolic time of a new beginning and inspiration for me, and I feel like treating myself goes hand-in hand with renewing myself. I love this mask because I pretty much always have avocado and banana on hand, there's no package waste and it does some serious damage control. As most oil-treatments, you probably don't want to do this the night before a big event. The avocado and coconut oil might be a little tricky to get completely out and you should shampoo two times after using this. But it's all worth it, trust me. This mask is packed with potassium and vitamins which will nurture and revitalize your hair, naturally. 

 

Mix in a blender:

1/2 avodaco

1/2 banana

few tablespoons of melted coconut butter

 

Apply the mask to the mid-part and ends of your hair. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and shampoo twice just to make sure! 

turmeric + oat face mask

(DIY)

writer: ona rihu
picture: ona rihu

DIY turmeric and oat face mask

Turmeric is a staple ingredient in my kitchen cabinet for many reasons. First of all, its unique taste and vibrant colour brings any dish to life. Besides this it also has numerous health benefits while ingested, and used externally. It’s highly anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxifying. For me, a turmeric latte is a life-saver whenever I feel like my body needs a little kick in the immune system. Plus it’s freaking delicious, I like to use a blend by Viridian that has cinnamon, chilli, vanilla and cardamom.

I recently discovered the benefits of turmeric for the skin, when used externally. Turmeric can help slow down cell damage and it evens out any colour pigmentations. Combined with the soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities of oats, it’s a perfect match for anyone who suffers from skin conditions such as acne, eczema or dry skin. I used this while traveling for my sunburned face, and it worked like a charm. -Stay protected!

Mix 1dl of oats, 1 teaspoon of high quality turmeric
and enough water to reach a desired consistency.
Voilá, there you go!

Ps. Don’t sleep on a white pillowcase after this mask like I did.

Find more info on the benefits and use of turmeric supplements

matcha facial

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN

(zero waste)

DIY matcha face mask

I'm drinking the foamy matcha latte at my local coffee shop. The foam fills my desires and all my senses are on fire. I can feel how my cells are loving the cup of magic. I walk home through the snowy streets. I strip the layers of clothing on me and wrap my morning robe on. I put my hair up and spalsh water on my face. I paint my face with the cup of magic. I can smell the matcha latte on my face. I can feel how she renews my skin, renews me. 

 

Matcha latte facial

Ingredients 

1 tsp clay

1/2 tsp matcha 

1 drop jasmine essential oil

couple drops of h20, or until perfect consistency (crystal infused h20 for extra magic) 

HOW

Mix all the ingredients together and brush it on your face, neck and chest. Let it sit until it's dried or up to an hour. Wash it off and massage a natural moisturiser on your face, neck and chest.

Magic of Matcha : 

highly anti-inflammatory

originally only royalty and Samurai warriors had the access to matcha

60x the antioxidants of spinach

 

diy: eucalyptus wreath

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Eucalyptus wreath DIY

Wreaths are surprisingly quick and easy to make yourself. All you need is a pair of pliers, some wire and something green to bind onto it. I went for eucalyptus just to keep it simple, plus I love the scent as it reminds me of the Australian bush.

Make your own plant art work for on the wall. I mean more is more when it comes to plants at home, right? This could also be a nice DIY gift idea to show that one lovely friend of yours some appreciation. 
 

how:

you need:

  • a few eucalyptus branches. even just one will do if it’s one of those that consists of many of the smaller branches with little leaves.

  •  0,5mm wire

  • thin wire (the thinner the better)

  • pliers that you can use for shaping and cutting the wire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. From the 0,5mm wire cut a piece to be the base of your wreath. Mine was about 40 cm long and I bended it slightly into a curvy shape. You could make yours smaller or larger and play around with different shapes. Make tiny hoops at both ends so you have something to attach the piece of string to
     

  2. Trim the tiny branches from your eucalyptus. Start fastening them to the your wire base by binding them on it with the thinner wire. You could for example use wire that is meant for making jewelry or walk into your local flower shop like me and ask if they could sell you some of the wire they use for their wreaths.
     

  3. The wreath is ready when you like the look of it. You can go for a bold one with lots of green, or just keep it very simple. It’s entirely up to you.
     

  4. Attach the string to both of the hoops you made with the pliers, and it’s ready to be put on the wall.

 

For some extra wreath crafting inspiration, check our wreath board on Pinterest
(yes, I just made a Pin board, fully dedicated to wreaths, because wreaths are cool.)

DIY businesscards
DIY sustainable business cards

Making your own business cards is incredibly easy and cost-efficient. You only need a printer, some ink (preferably plant-based) and some recycled carton. There are plenty of templates online, but if you have a Mac the easiest option is to use the template straight from Pages. 

 

1.get your materials

Find some recycled or fsc-certified paper to print your cards on. You can usually find this in your local craft stores and book stores. We got our recycled paper in Helsinki from www.sinelli.fi . Plant based ink can easily be ordered online.

 

2. DESIGN YOUR BUSINESS CARDS

The fun part. Use your imagination, make them as wild or as minimalistic as you please. Remember to make 2 designs. One for the front of the card, preferably a logo and a small description. The other side should have all of your contact information. 

 

3.Print

If your printer can't print double-sided documents, simply use the same paper twice. Draw a small mark on a corner of the paper so you know which way to put the paper in on the second round! Also, if you don't have a printer or know anyone who does, most libraries have printers you can use. Be careful when cutting the cards and follow the lines of the template.

Voilá! You have made your very own sustainable business cards. This method is perfect for you if you don't need hundreds of cards and like to get crafty! 

anti-bug repellent

(vegan, zero waste)

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN

zero waste insect repellent DIY

On our magical adventure here in Bali, I feel like mosquitos have been loving me extra much. Even though I’m all about all kinds of loves this is one I’m not the biggest fan of. My skin gets all swollen from those little creatures and my mental state is shaking from the hardcore itching. So this baby has been with me where ever and when ever I go somewhere. The recipe is filled with essential oils which are naturally anti-bug. So while using this you avoid any kind of toxic loads towards the mother earth and your precious body. 

YOU NEED

30 drops citronella essential oil

30 drops peppermint essential oil

30 drops eucalyptus essential oil

20 drops lavender essential oil

1 Tablespoon vodka

1/2 cup / 1dl of water

HOW TO

Combine all the ingredients together in a recycled plastic or glass spray bottle and you’re all good to go. (If wishing to make more, double all ingredients) 

Before spraying this magic formula on you give it a little shake so all is well combined and working for your favour the best possible way. Also giving some extra sprays to your skin over time if you feel like something is sucking your blood again, is suggested.

 

TIP!

If you crave something quick and simple, you can also mix lavender essential oil to your daily natural moisturising cream and rub it all over your skin. Not only will the mosquitos avoid you, you’ll also will be giving yourself some chill headspace from the aromatherapy benefits. 

 

zero waste body + face scrubs

(zero waste, vegan)

writer: ona rihu
picture: ona rihu

DIY zero waste body scrub

The exfoliating microbeads in most commercial scrubs are made of plastic. Yes you read that right. Plastic. This plastic, often referred to as “microplastic” ends up in our oceans, causing huge complications in our natural eco system. These easy scrubs will make you squeaky clean without any of the harmful chemicals or microplastics. 

 

coffee body scrub:

  • Used coffee grounds
  • Coconut oil
  • + vanilla essence (optional)

The most simple recipe, yet super efficient and moisturising at the same time. You can make bigger batches of this, but the shelf life of the mask is not very long due to the natural ingredients. I usually just make it as i go. Make sure you rinse properly, so you get all the coffee grinds off your skin. 

 

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sugary face scrub

You’ll need:

  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut oil
  • + your favorite essential oil (optional) 
     

This scub is a little more gentle on your skin, so it’s perfect for you to use on your face.
Enjoy the scent of your favourite essential oil and have a sweet little spa-moment to yourself.

aloe vera + lemon face mask

writer: Ona Rihu

 Pictures: Ona Rihu

DIY Aloe Vera kasvonaamio

Aloe vera, or as the Egyptians called it ''the plant of immortality'', is known for its soothing and healing properties.

Aloe vera contains hormones called Auxin and Gibberellins, which provide both anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals, and the list of health benefits seem to be endless.

My skin always feels instantly refreshed and smooth after using this mask. I love the acidity from the lemon as it’s very cleansing, and combined with the soothing properties of aloe vera it's the perfect blend.

I simply blended the aloe jelly from 3 aloe leaves with the juice of one lemon in a blender. This mixture should last in the fridge for a week, so you don't have to use it all in one go.

I was lucky enough to do this while I stayed in Menorca, where Aloe Vera grows naturally, and lemon trees are found in every backyard. However if your surroundings are more like ours in Finland and Aloe Vera doesn't grow wild out there, you can also use an aloe vera room plant. just make sure it’s the right species for skincare! Take care of your plant and you'll soon have an endless supply of Aloe Vera jelly. Sounds pretty good, huh? 

after party rose DIY

(Reuse)

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKER

 

This DIY was inspired by the talented NY based artist Cecilia Musmeci. She reuses the roses from weddings to make forever lasting morning ropes for the Lovers. My friend brought me some rose petals to work with and then this happened. 

DIY: plant colour from roses

how:

  1. Spread the petals on the garment.
  2. Roll the master piece tightly on a roll and tight it with any kind of rope. 
  3. Dip in vinegar just so your roll is wet. 
  4. After this, steam the beauty in an steamer for about an hour. After an hour rinse your masterpiece under cold water. 
  5. Open the roll and compost the rose petals and squeeze the excess liquids. 
  6. Let you art piece dry over night.
  7. After it's dry, secure the lasting of the print by ironing the garment. 
  8. And there you have it, you just juiced some of  your creativity. 

NEEDed: 

  • Flower petals or leafs of any kind in your desired colour
  • White vinegar
  • A steamer
  • String to tie your art with, any string will do (rubber band/natural strings etc.)
  • And the beautiful garment that you wish to make art on (go through old clothes or any textiles you may have. I used an old pillowcase, that my mama didn't use anymore)
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Enjoy your beautiful masterpiece!