Cheery Crafts to Beat the Winter Blahs

Local Fine Artist, Rebecca Shapiro, gave us step-by-step instructions for making salt scrubs, lip balm and felted loofahs -- all cheery crafts to help us beat the winter blahs!  To find out more about Rebecca and her art, visit her website.

Lip Balm

Smooth and soften your lips with scented lip balms. Makes 1/2 oz.


  • 3 tsp unbleached beeswax
  • 5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower or jojoba)
  • 6-7 drops essential oil (lemon, lime, tangerine, grapefruit, peppermint)
  • 1 tsp honey (for flavor)
  • little pots for lipbalm


  1. Melt the beeswax and oil together in the microwave or in a pyrex ramekin set in a pot of boiling water.
  2. Remove from heat; add honey and essential oils. Mix thoroughly so honey doesn't clump.
  3. To add a little color, stir in a tiny dab of lipstick or a drop of food coloring. Stir until mixed well.
  4. Pour mixture into containers. I used Loew Cornell craft storage cups but you can use any little pot.
  5. Let sit 20 mins before covering or moving.
  6. If you want gloss, use 2 teaspoons of wax and 8 teaspoons of carrier oil.

Felted Loofah

A bar of soap in it's own wooly coat will help keep your skin smooth and extra clean. The slightly rough texture of the wool felt is good for scrubbing your hands clean or gently exfoliating in the bath.


  • 1 oz or less of wool per bar of soap (can get wool roving or batting from yarn shops)
  • 1 medium sized bar of soap. Don't use glycerine soap. Regular soap is needed for the wool fibers to felt.
  • strand of wool yarn to tie around the felt.


  1. Cut the corners off your soap to round it out. If you save the trimmed ends, you can also felt these pieces together.
  2. Wrap one layer of wool around the soap. Dunk in the clean hot water and pat until the wool begins to felt.
  3. Wrap a second layer of wool around the soap perpendicular to the first layer. Dunk in hot water and pat until it felts.
  4. Wrap a third layer of wool around the soap perpendicular to the second layer. Dunk in hot water and pat until it felts. 
  5. Wrap a strand of wool yarn around the wool and tie.
  6. Dunk in the hot water and pat some more to continue felting.
  7. Rinse under cold water. Set out to dry.

This is a fun loofah because the wool will continue to felt as the soap dissolves. Eventually, you will have a ball of felt that can be used in craft projects or made into cat toys.

Salt Scrubs

You need only four ingredients to make a moisturizing exfoliant to keep your skin smooth and moist during the winter. Makes 1/2 pint.


  • 1 C Epsom salts
  • 1/2 C carrier oil (like sunflower oil or other light oil)
  • 4-6 drops essential oil (like lavendar, peppermint or pink grapefruit)
  • 1-2 drops food coloring
  • 1 1/2 pint wide mouth canning jar
  • 1 bowl + spoon for mixing


  1. Mix together Epsom salts and carrier oil in a bowl.
  2. Add essential oil, 1 drop at a time.
  3. Add food coloring, and stir until color is even throughout.
  4. Spoon into canning jars.
  5. Download labels: For sugar scrub, click here. For salt scrub, click here.
  6. Print out label template onto Avery ink-jet bumper-sticker paper #922811 (which is designed to withstand water). Cut out the labels, and affix to clean jar lids.


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