DIY Essential Oil Diffuser

Make your room a little more zen with the natural scent of essential oils! Read on below to see how to make your own reed diffuser.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Base oil of your choice (we used safflower)
  • Essential oil of your choice (we used lavender)
  • Wooden reeds
  • Dried lavender*
  • Twine*

*Optional

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  1. Using your clean, glass container, pour in your base oil until glass is 1/4 of the way full.
  2. Add 12 drops of essential oil for fragrance.
  3. Take 6 wooden reeds and dip them into the oil, saturating the ends.
  4. Place the reeds dry end down into the oil so both ends are absorbed.
  5. Switch the ends once a week to ensure diffusion.
  6. Wrap twice around the neck of the container and tie with dried lavender.
  7. Enjoy lasting, natural fragrance!

 

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DIY Yoga Mat Holder

Summertime is ALL about relaxation. You don’t need a vacay to get away—get a reminder to get your flow on with a pretty holder for your yoga mat! Zen up your meditation area with this cute shelf that doubles as a storage spot for your mat.

DIY Yoga Mat Holder

Here’s how:

  1. Start with a simple shelf that goes right onto the wall.
  2. Using a drill, make four holes in the shelf: two on one side and two on the other.
  3. Cut two equal lengths of rope, 20 inches each.DIY Yoga Mat HolderDIY Yoga Mat Holder
  4. Glue the ends of each strand to keep them from fraying.
  5. Thread the ropes through the top of the shelf, knotting at the ends.DIY Yoga Mat HolderDIY Yoga Mat Holder
  6. Hang your shelf in your go-to mediation spot.
  7. Top with plants, books or your an essential oil diffuser.
  8. Place your yoga mat through the hanging loops.
  9. Namaste!DIY Yoga Mat Holder

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DIY Sea Glass Bottles

Brighten up and add castaway vibes to any space with these DIY beauties! See how to make your own below.

DIY Sea Glass Bottles

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Clean, empty glass bottles
  • Sea glass spray paint
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paint tarp or newspapers (optional)

DIY Sea Glass Bottles

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Soak off any labels on bottles and wipe away all residue.
  2. In a well-ventilated area, lay down tarp or newspapers.
  3. Put on gloves and spray a light mist of paint on your bottle from about 2 feet away.DIY Sea Glass Bottles
  4. One coat gives a natural look, two coats will have a more opaque, saturated look.
  5. Let them dry.
  6. Fill with sand or plants, or leave them empty—up to you, castaway!

*Note: Just in case you don’t already know, do NOT drink from the bottles once you paint them! Decoration only.

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DIY Photo Hanger

Capture the castaway vibes at home with our DIY photo hanger! All you need is driftwood, twine and favorite photos to make your own beachy display.

DIY Photo Hanger

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Piece of driftwood
  • Ball of twine
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Scissors
  • Mini clothespins
  • Your fave photosDIY Photo Hanger

DIY_PhotoHangingWHAT TO DO:

  1. One one end of the driftwood, wrap twine around a few times and tie securely.
  2. Depending on how low you want the hanger to hang, tie a loop at the top of the string.
  3. Bring the string to the other side of the driftwood and repeat step 1.
  4. Cut various layers of twine, tying at the top of the wood and letting the excess hang.
  5. Repeat step 4 until you’re happy with the look.
  6. Using mini clothespins, hang your photos on the twine.

DIY Photo Hanger

DIY Photo Hanger

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DIY Boho Baskets

Try a new twist for your Easter or picnic baskets this spring and give them the boho treatment! See how below.

DIY Boho Baskets

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Wicker basket
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Hot glue gun
  • Shells, pom poms, fringe or any other decorations you want
  • Scissors

DIY Boho Baskets

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Hot glue one layer around the width of the basket and place one of your thickest ribbons.
  2. Take the fringe, poms or shells and glue them above or below the ribbon.
  3. Repeat the steps with whatever ribbons or decorations you want!DIY Boho Baskets

DIY Boho Baskets

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Real Talk with Hannah Skvarla from The Little Market

Hannah Skvarla co-founded The Little Market to empower women and support brighter futures for the artisans around the world. We talked with this #AerieREAL Role Model about her non-profit, the positive impact she’s making on the world and what it means to be #AerieREAL. Read all about it below!

Real Talk with Hannah Skvarla from The Little Market

You are Co-Founder of The Little Market. What inspired you to start a non-profit?

Lauren and I have always felt a responsibility to help others. We love traveling and have had the opportunity to meet incredible women who are surviving and thriving because of the help of nonprofits. When we travel, we love to visit local marketplaces and support local artisans.  We realized that if we could bring these handmade products to a wider audience, then the artisans would be able to support themselves and their families while making their beautiful goods.

In 2013, we founded The Little Market, a nonprofit, fair trade shop with a collection of artisan-made goods from around the world. We ethically source products from 60 artisan groups in 28 countries. By bringing these beautiful artisan-made goods to customers, women can support themselves and their families while preserving cultural techniques that have been passed down for generations. Through The Little Market, we can empower women around the world, without a limit by geography.

We work with artisan groups from marginalized, rural communities to share their beautiful products with a wider audience. We seek out partnerships with artisan groups that follow fair trade practices and empower women. Many of the artisan co-ops and social enterprises provide much-needed resources such as job and skills training, access to education, and family healthcare. Every purchase of fair trade goods creates sustainable jobs and a positive, long-lasting impact. By shopping fair trade, our collective efforts generate meaningful opportunities and help to combat poverty, empower artisans, and create social justice.

Being a nonprofit was a clear decision for us because we started it to help others, not to personally gain. As a nonprofit, all profits are dedicated to expanding operations and reaching more artisan groups.

The Little Market is fair trade. Why was this business decision so important to you?

Every purchase of fair trade goods creates sustainable jobs and a positive, long-lasting impact for artisans and their communities. Fair trade ensures that marginalized producers earn a fair, sustainable wage, work in safe and supportive environments, implement environmentally conscious and sustainable practices, and preserve their cultural identity. Through fair trade and equitable trading partnerships, artisans and other small-scale producers have a platform to sell their goods for a sustainable price. It is very important for us to ensure our products are made while following fair trade principles.

We love hearing concrete examples of the positive impact fair trade has on the artisan groups we work with. Earning a fair income means that artisans do not have to keep their children home from school to work to supplement the family income — this allows the children to go to school, often becoming the first in their family to attend middle or high school. Many artisans can purchase more nutritious and healthier food, which leads to fewer medical problems like worms.

Personally, when thinking about the importance of shopping with purpose, I love the quote by Anna Lappé that says, “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” With each purchase, a vote is casted. When purchasing items that are fair trade and ethically made, you are valuing the well-being and story of the individual behind a product. As conscious shoppers, we can make a positive impact through fair trade, ethically sourced goods and show respect for human rights.

Real Talk with Hannah Skvarla from The Little Market

What makes you an #AerieREAL Role Model?

I believe in the power behind empowering women, using our voices to lift each other up, and speaking up against injustices. I love the message and mission behind #AerieREAL — it is incredibly important for women to support each other. Women are one of the most underserved populations. For instance, with the current pay gap, women earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by men in the United States; this is greater for women of color. Women face a greater risk of experiencing domestic violence. And we are underrepresented in government. Knowing the disparities and inequalities women face around the world, we founded The Little Market to empower women in marginalized communities. When we have opportunities to earn a sustainable income, we can work toward a brighter future for themselves and their families. I am honored to be an #AerieREAL Role Model and to support authentic beauty and women empowerment.

#AerieREAL is about standing together and feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin. How do you personally identify with that message?

Encouraging women to stand together and to feel confident and comfortable is very important to me. Growing up, I remember feeling like I would never look like the women I would see in magazines or on TV. The images and messaging that I was exposed to through media made me feel like women were valued based on their looks. As a mother to a little girl, it is more important to me than ever to tell girls and women that they are beautiful just as they are. Each of us is different and that’s what makes each of us uniquely beautiful.

Who is your role model and why?

I have always been fascinated by Jane Goodall. Jane has always done things that prior to her work people believed were impossible. She worked jobs that no woman had ever worked before. Before her years of research, scientists did not believe that animals had emotions. She discovered the complex social behaviors and personalities of chimpanzees during her 50 years of observing them. For instance, her research uncovered that chimps can not only use tools, but they can make them as well. Observations like these led to rethinking our connections with humans and animals. She has been dedicated to activism from animal rights to environmental causes.

As an animal rights activist, she speaks up for those without a voice. I have always believed that it is our responsibility to use our voice to speak for those who don’t have one. Many women around the world are treated as if their voices do not matter. We have learned that when a woman has her own income, this can change. Several of the inspiring artisans we work with have shared with us that now that they have a way to make money, domestic violence has decreased and men treat them more equally.

Jane Goodall has not only made breakthrough discoveries through her research, but she has also taught us the power of using our voices to make a difference. She found causes she was passionate about at a young age, bravely set out to pursue her research, and reshaped our understanding of the connection between humans and animals. We can all learn the power of following our passions, using our voices, and showing compassion for others from Jane Goodall.

 

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