Many country girls have a knack for making things from scratch. I know that my mama always has some homemade dish in the fridge, or a jar of her special pickles on the counter. We can’t help but make do with what we have! That is why these DIY gifts are perfect for any country girl who needs to find an inexpensive gift idea.
It’s hard to be country when you’re not born that way. That doesn’t mean we don’t love it, though! We know how to appreciate a home-cooked meal, some homemade pickles or jellies from the garden, and decorating for holidays with old-fashioned crafts. Being country is in our blood – even if city folk think otherwise!
That said, sometimes we might need an inexpensive gift idea for one of those occasions where someone has given us sticky fingers…or spoiled mouths because they wanted something sweet on their porch swing. These are perfect gifts made by people who understand what it means to live like country girls do: make do with what you have around the house and save your money for other things.
Homemade Bath Salts – Our grandmothers would tell you that a country girl knows how to make her own bath salts. We’re not saying it’s the most convenient thing in the world, but we are telling you it will be one of their favorite gifts this year! First, mix together Epsom salt and sea salt (you can add some lavender or lemon verbena if you like) in an old pickle jar or another sealable container. Next, take your dried flower petals and completely cover them with olive oil so they won’t get too dry during storage. Once everything is mixed up well, put on the lid and allow to sit for about three weeks before gifting away. The longer these soak up the oils the better they’ll be, and your country girl will love them as much as you do.
DIY Candle – You might not have thought of this before, but if you want to make a homemade gift for someone special who would enjoy it then try making some candles! Start with an old jar or container you don’t mind being used in the process (just make sure there’s no food residue left on it). Line up your favorite scents from essential oils like vanilla extract sticks, lavender flowers, cinnamon leaves etc., put some water inside the jar so that all your materials are submerged well enough (you can even add a small amount of vinegar into the mix), and seal everything tight. The longer these sit together at room temperature the more potent the scent will become.
DIY Colorful Soaps – If you want to create some homemade goodies for someone special then try these colorful soaps! Start by melting down your soap in a microwave safe bowl that has been covered with plastic wrap (you can also use tin foil). You’ll need two different colors of soap and food coloring, which is typically found at craft stores or supermarkets. Mix up all your ingredients together until there are no streaks left before adding it into silicone molds and popping them in the oven for around five minutes on 160 degrees Fahrenheit while being sure not to leave any bubbles sticking out of the mold when they’re done cooking.
DIY Lip Balm – This one’s pretty simple if you have access to some lip balm and a few other ingredients. To start, you’ll need beeswax pellets or grated beeswax (either one is fine) because they’re both the same thing just with different forms. You can find them at craft store as well! Melt down your wax in a microwave-safe container that has been covered in plastic wrap until it becomes liquidy before adding in your oils of choice I’ve found coconut oil works wonders for dry lips but shea butter might work better for sensitive skin around the mouth area. After adding those two ingredients to your concoction of melted wax, pour it into small containers such as pill bottles so people can easily apply without getting their fingers sticky then pop them back into the freezer to set.
My experience with these DIY lip balms has been nothing but enjoyable and I’m excited to share my creations! The best way you could help me out would be if you prefer a different essential oil, or have suggestions on what else can work for the recipe in place of beeswax pellets/grated wax or shea butter. Thank you so much!