To make the scrub, put ½ cup coffee in a bowl and gradually add ¼ cup oil, mixing well with a spoon. (The texture should be moist enough to hold together, but not overly oily.) Add a drop of essential oil (optional).
Note: This makes enough for a single use. To make more, increase quantities at the same ratio. Store made-up scrub in a jar in the fridge between uses.
2. Make a DIY home scent
There's no need to spend a fortune on fancy home fragrances if you have fruit at home! Simply place thinly sliced citrus fruits in a jar with a few sprigs or rosemary and cinnamon and fill with water. Then allow the fruit to infuse the water with citrus-y goodness before transferring to a spray bottle.
WATCH: BHG Editor Dora shows you how to make DIY scents using recycled glass jars
Pickling is one of the simplest ways to preserve vegetables and has become vastly popular with the surge of Kimchi from Korean cuisine and the much-loved Scandi sauerkraut. Unlike chutney making, though, where you can use less-than-perfect produce, pickles need quality ingredients to stay the distance in your cupboard for a few months.
Some vegetables need salting before they meet the vinegar to stay firm and relatively crisp, while others need cooking first. If you follow the pickling recipe and variations below, you’ll be able to pickle just about any veg you like. There’s something wonderful about locking your own produce safely in your old glass jars for seasons to come. It’s a luxury that we can all afford to try, as the basics are simply sugar, salt and vinegar.
How to make your own pickling ginger
Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
* Makes enough for 4 x 450ml jars
- 1 Tbsp whole black peppercorns
- 1 Tbsp whole coriander seeds
- 1 Tbsp whole yellow mustard seeds
- 10 whole cloves
- Pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional)
- 2 fresh bay leaves
- 700ml white wine vinegar, plus 3 ½ Tbsp
- 100g brown sugar
Step 1 Put whole spices in a medium saucepan. Toast over a low heat until they begin to smell aromatic. Add dried chilli flakes and toast for an extra minute.
Step 2 Add bay leaves and pour in all of the vinegar and sugar, let it dissolve, and bring to a simmer.
Pickling tip: Sterilise jars and lids in hot, soapy water, rinse, then place on a baking tray and put in a low oven for 10 minutes or until completely dry. If you want to use rubber seals, remove the seals and cover in just-boiled water. Make sure you sterilise any funnels, ladles or spoons you’re going to be using too.
If you’re short of backyard space or you just want to add some greenery to your home, terrariums are a great option!
Make your own terrarium
You will need:
- Glass jar
- Succulent potting mix (about 1 cup full)
- Decorative pebbles
- Succulent cuttings such as echeveria, crassula, echeveria, sedum and crassula
Step 1 Prepare the container. Add a hand full of moistened potting mix into the base of the glass terrarium.
Step 2 Plant it up. Take the succulent cuttings and place in the position you’d like digging the ends firmly into the soil.
Step 3 Add accessories. Place a few pebbles or decorative stones in your terrarium to finish it off.
Terrarium tip: Succulents originate from arid environments so you won’t need to water your terrariums quite as often as your other plants. When you do water, do not over saturate the soil and allow the soil to dry out between misting.
Last, but certainly not least, jars are perfect for decoration – the options are endless. Brighten up a room by putting fresh flowers in them. Depending on the size of your jar, be careful to trim the stems so that your arrangement isn’t top heavy.
Pick a colour scheme and get creative! Fill or paint your jars with different items of the same colour to really jazz up empty shelves.