DIY Ring Light

My sister suggested I make a DIY ring light for my photos, and I did some research on various ways to make a DIY ring light and this is what I came up with.  I just took some basic ideas from others and came up with my own.  Which saves hundreds of dollars if you bought one.  Make sure you purchase Daylight and not warm light.  I liked the idea of using flexible LED Strip lights with 3M adhesives.  I did not need to use self locking cable ties or a wire wreath.  My total purchase spent on this project is under $25.  I used discounts from the Amazon seller when purchasing multiple items, saved on shipping, and using a 50% discount coupon for Michaels.

Supplies:

Daylight LED Strip Lights 16.4′

Power Adapter Supply for LED strip Output 12V DC, 3 A Max, 36 Watt Max

18″ Floral and Craft Ring 1/4″ thick high density MDF•

  • Can also be found at your local Michaels store, not available online

Foil

Wax Paper (Optional- if you want a diffused light)

Instructions:

 

  1. Wrap the 18″ Floral Craft Ring with foil. Shiny side out. You might even want to tape the back of the foil wrapped craft ring to secure the foil.  Try to make sure that the ends of the foil are on the back side, so that they don’t interfere with the adhesive side of the LED strip lights.

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    Adhere the 3M self-adhesive sticky side of LED strip light onto foil
  2. Take the LED strip lights and adhere them onto the foil, in circular formation.  Starting on the outside ring, and follow along until you get to the inner circle, about 3 rows of lights.  Another feature I like about these LED Strip Lights is that I cut them according to the length I required without affecting the wiring.  Every third section, you can cut where it indicates and if needed it comes with an accessory to connect the strips together. PhotoGrid_1505948994451.png
  3. Connect the LED light strip to the adapter.
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Finished project
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Lighted Ring Light

Now, this is just a ring light that you can hang onto a wall or a tabletop by a wreath holder.  This is light enough that you can use a VELCRO® Brand Fastener or other type of hook or holder.  I’m sure you can be creative, depending on how you want to use your ring light.

 

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Homemade After Bug Bite Itch Treatment

With Summer time and being outdoors, I tend to get insect bites and rashes.  I found this great homemade after bug bite itch treatment that helps relieve the itchiness and it is also cooling, I thought I would share with you all.  With a few simple ingredients you may already have, just mix them up and get instant relief from insect bites and rashes.

This recipe can be scaled up, depending on how much you need.  I store mine in a sealed jar in the refrigerator to keep cool and fresh.  PhotoGrid_1501204745813

2 Tbsp. Baking Soda

1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel

1/2 tsp. Witch Hazel

1/2 tsp water

5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Measure and add baking soda to a small bowl (jar)
  2. Add Aloe Vera Gel and witch hazel, stir to incorporate.
  3. Add water stir to get smooth paste.
  4. Add drops of mint essential oil (optional).
  5. Rub paste over itchy areas, let dry, brush off or wipe away.

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I used the particular Aloe Vera Gel from Green Leaf Naturals in the link because it is a more liquid formula that gel-like, but use whatever you already have on hand.  This is not critical.  I do warn though, that this particular aloe vera gel has xanthan gum as one of the ingredients to help stabilize it.  So do your research, some people are sensitive to xanthan gum and choose another aloe vera gel.  Be careful, as there are some aloe vera gel that are not close to 100%, with lots of other ingredients (preservatives).  This one is 99.75% Organic, with citric acid, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate (preservative), and xanthan gum.

The peppermint essential oil is optional, but it helps with cooling the insect bite or rash as well as being refrigerated.  You can use any mint essential oil or none, it just gives it a refreshing scent as well as a cooling effect.  I’m partial to peppermint, which I already had on hand.

I hope this helps you have more fun enjoying the summertime outdoors.

 

Re-purposing Used K-cups for planting seeds

In celebrating Earth Day, I wanted to share my DIY re-purposing project using K-cups.

I had this brilliant idea of making use of the empty used K-cups as seedling containers.  A way of reducing waste by re-purposing them.

I emptied out the K-cups, cleaned, and dried them.

I then added potting mix and planted seeds in them.  The seeds I planted are lavender hyssop, wild flowers, and Shasta daisies.  I watered my seedlings, hoping they would grow.  I have some little seedlings growing.

Below are pics of my project.

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After the seeds have grown, and are able to be transplanted, they can just be popped out of the K-cups and transplanted to a bigger pot or the ground.

Good luck, enjoy Earth Day, and let me know what you guys have done to help reduce, reuse, and recycle to help  our environment.