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Let’s chat about how you can transform a regular afternoon into an all-out creative relaxation fest. I’m talking about being intentional with your Sunday craft plans so that you can get the most out of your making.
You don’t have to consider yourself a “creative” or a “maker” to get the benefits of mindful making.
Talk to any creative person and they will say that when in project mode, their mind gets quiet and focuses on one thing–the creative task. This naturally calming process is a form of being mindful, and the best part is you don’t have to consider yourself a “creative” or a “maker” to get the benefits of mindful making. I believe it’s all in how you approach the project.
The key to mindful making is intention. Recognize your goal to get centered, relax, forget about the bullshit, and take that intent with you into your creative session. Then compose an environment that reflects what relaxation looks like to you.
If you’re lost, don’t worry! I’m going to share with you my all-time favorite mindful making tips below!
Set aside some you time girl!
The first thing you’re going to want to do is set aside 30 minutes to an hour, preferably where you are free from distraction. Then choose a craft, such as this DIY minimal planter, or this DIY rainbow wall hanging, but I have (of course) also prepared a simple DIY painted planter tutorial below for you to use!
Next, set up your space. I love to craft in my kitchen during the afternoon. I find the warm mid-day lighting so calming, and I can see hummingbirds flying around my backyard.
Burning Palo Santo invites good vibes into your space.
Before I start the project I’ll often burn sage or Palo Santo around my table. These smudging tools or incenses are said to have energy clearing properties, which comes in handy when you’re looking to create good vibes!
Using sage or Palo Santo is easy. First open a window, then simply light the ends of the bundle and wave it around your workspace. Let the smoke clear and then you can close the window again.
Now it’s time to enhance the vibes with essential oils.
Eden’s Garden has a fantastic line of oils that I’m slightly obsessed with right now. They sent over a few of their therapeutic oils for us to try and they have been a great addition to our “crafternoons.” Each one has a different blend of high-quality oils specifically designed for an intention, such as quiet time or stress-free.
I choose one that most resonates with my mood and place 5-10 drops in my diffuser. It then fills the air with natural therapeutic scents that aid in getting centered.
The next thing I do is prepare a cup of holy basil tea.
This Ayurvedic tea, also known as Tulsi, has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. Its calming effects can have a real impact on your mood. I honestly always have a few with me at work. If I get stressed or irritated I drink this stuff and get an instant calming sensation. Pouring a cup of this magic tea will help you feel calm, grounded, and ready to make.
Let’s get to making!
This “pilea don’t die” planter is easy to do and leaves lots of room to get creative. I scored a pilea plant on a recent trip to LA and had to create a PUN planter! Since my track record with plants can be iffy, I thought pilea don’t die would be the perfect pun to use. Let’s get to making!
Supplies for DIY “pilea don’t die” pun planter
Terra cotta planter
Pink, orange, and teal paint
Paintbrushes in several sizes
Take a medium sized brush and paint a circle onto the side of your planter, let dry, then apply the second coat.
Next, organize your stamps so you have the needed letters handy.
Then, using a damp paintbrush, apply a thin layer of black paint to the stamp.
Applying light pressure, stamp the planter with your letter. Make sure the entire letter makes contact with the planter. Wipe the stamp off with an alcohol soaked paper towel after each use.
If you make any mistakes, take a small paintbrush and correct the details with paint.
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