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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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.

DIY Lip Scrubs for Dry, Chapped Lips

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Here is a Beauty Tip Tuesday!

With the change in weather, temperature drops, wind picks up, and the moisture in the air decreases, our lips need extra care to prevent dry, chapped lips. This is also a great way to prep your lips for the great new Fall/Winter matte liquid lippies. I’m wearing Younique’s splash liquid lipstick in “Sizzling.” You can order them here https://www.youniqueproducts.com/CherryO/

Here is a DIY lip scrub that you can make with everything that’s in your pantry.

1 tsp. Brown sugar

1 tsp. Honey *

Pinch of ground cinnamon powder (for lip plumping)-optional but worth it!

*melted coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil can be substituted, or do a blend. Whatever you have available.

A drop of Vanilla extract can also be added, as optional flavor.

Mix everything in a bowl until you get a paste like consistency. Apply to lips with fingertips and gently rub for a few seconds. Rinse with warm water and follow with lip balm or your favorite lip product.

Can be stored in a capped container for a couple of months at room temperature.

If you’re feeling creative and adventurous, you can try these other DIY lip scrubs.  If you’re a fan of that great bubble gum lip scrub from a company that starts with L__H, you can try the recipe on the link below.

10 Great Lip Scrub Recipes