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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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A DIY Christmas.  Make your own lip balm for gifts!

For the next 51 days (yep that’s how many days we have until Christmas) we are going to cover a DIY project a day.  From baked goods & recipes to cute ornaments the kids can help make all the way to making your own tree skirts… in 51 days we should have covered something you can handle making.  The goal, is to help us all save a little money and make the holidays more fun!

To start off our projects, I want to point you back to my favorite project we’ve done this year…

DIY Lip Balms

We did this for 300-400 women at Becoming this year, so I know you can handle making a few of these as an easy stocking stuffer or even thank you gifts for teachers.

First get creative with your containers.  They are super cheap, so don’t panic.

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You can grab 24 metal tins with clear or solid lids for $10-$13.  Or go more traditional and get 50 Lip Gloss containers for $8.75.  My favorite, though slightly more expensive, is slide tin boxes.  Get 10 for $9.75 on etsy.

You can decorate any of these with custom stickers and labels.  We used Avery circle labels and were able to print them on the computer.  To make them super cute use PicMonkey, a free go-to for quick design projects.

DIY Lip Balm

Now that the outside is handled, we need the Lip Balm.  Head over and see detailed instructions and pictures to guide you.  It really is easy and something that you can knock out in an hour.

Total Cost:

$15 for balm ingredients – will make a ton!
$10-$13 for containers
$5 for labels

Per lip gloss – 60¢ to $1.25 depending on container

Total Time: One hour or less

Personal Tip: Order more containers then you think you need.  They are usually cheaper the more you get, plus the lip balm ingredients will already be warm and ready to keep filling containers!  Cost wise you won’t need any more ingredients or labels…

    • Tea

      I’ve made my own for years now. I use Petroleum Jelly, Bees Wax, and Vanilla Extract. There are several tutorials and very easy to make.

      • Becky S

        I love bees wax, it has so many healthy and positive qualities. I just wanted to add that soap would be an easy gift to make as well. You can buy plain soap bases, melt it and add your own ingredients. Let it harden in something like a bread baking pan, optionally do it in layers, and cut and section it after it hardens.

    • Daryl Ann Guy

      Can you flavor them?

      • http://www.southernsavers.com/ Jenny

        Yep! I used peppermint to flavor mine. There are tons of essential oils that would be great in it.

    • EnglishRosie

      Is there anything I can use instead of coconut oil? I have a friend who’s seriously allergic to it.
      P.S. Just discovered your site and love it, thanks so much!