Scientist Elsewhere: Two Girls Being Crafty for 12 Days of Christmas

In case you missed this, I shared this little tutorial for a lemon hand scrub (with free printables) over at Two Girls Being Crafty (the actual post is here) as part of their 12 Days of Christmas Series. 

I love to make projects using stuff I already have and that don't usually take too long and this Lemon Hand Scrub is a perfect example of that. I actually found the recipe for this lemon hand scrub here at Under the Table and Dreaming last year and made some of it to give as gifts to friends and family members who loved it! It was awesome for everyone, including the super-masculine guys who work with cars and get lots of oil and gunk on their hands because it actually helps get that off. And I think gifts are always more fun in pretty packaging so I'm going to show you how to make the scrub, a pretty label for the jar, and a Martha-worthy ribbon to decorate your present!

For the Scrub
  • 2.5 cups sugar
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice

For the Container & Packaging
  • Free Lemon Printables you can find here (printed out on sticker paper or cardstock)
  • Mod Podge + brush
  • Mason Jars (the scrub recipe is for a 12 oz. jar, but you can obviously recalculate to fit into whatever size jars you want!)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and hot glue

First, you want to gather up all your scrub ingredients. Then, you want to simply mix them together - the sugar, the extra virgin olive oil, and the lemon juice.

You get a sort of egg and sand looking mixture that looks a bit like this...

As you stir, it gets a little bit more like a mixture and less like a sand castle with moat...

You stir it up and put it into a jar (the amounts here will yield 12 oz. or so of the scrub) and seal it. It will separate over time, but if you just shake the jar up or use your fingers or a popsicle stick or something to stir it up, it'll mix up just fine!

Then, you want to download your free printable labels, found here. These actually came from the amazing, super-cute Wendy at Wendolonia (she made orange and lime versions too, originally for marmalade labels)! Wendy gave me permission to share the versions that I made, complete with sugar scrub label, with you all here! You can download the .png or .jpg versions from here and then simply print them out. There are 12 on a sheet and you can print them on some sticker paper or some nice white cardstock.

Then, you just want to grab your 2" circle paper punch and punch them out. You can cut them out by hand if you don't have a paper punch, but I'm not so good at cutting smooth curves so I needed the assistance...

Then I just used some Mod Podge to attach it to the lid of the jar and put some Mod Podge on top of the label so that it's protected from wet hands that might try to open it! (It's held up pretty well over time, but after about a year, this one does look a little dirty, unfortunately, but I promise, yours will look better... at least at first!)

After you put the labeled lid together, you might want to put a pretty ribbon and bow on it. Basically, you want to cut enough ribbon to wrap around the fattest part of the jar and just use a dot of hot glue to secure it. I'm showing you how I made this bow with wire-edged ribbon from the Dollar Tree...

Then, cut two pieces of the same length to make the loops for your bow. Put little dots of glue to keep the loops set.

Then, you want to glue one loop over the top of the other loop.

To make the bow look even more like a real bow, I sort of folded the bottom of the ribbon up a little.

Then, cut another small piece of ribbon and wrap around the middle of your two loops and glue in place.

Then you want to cut two small pieces of ribbon and cut "V" shapes into the ends and glue to the back of your bow.

A bow worthy of Martha!

Just glue to the ribbon you had around the jar and it's a gorgeous little present that you made with stuff you probably already have on hand (and even if you didn't, it costs almost nothing)! (You can see how fast it settles too - I literally stirred it up, made the ribbon and took pictures of that and went to take pictures of the finished product and it had already settled quite a bit, but it mixes up again just fine.)

Pretty, right?

Last year this was a big hit with the friends and family... and I might have even kept a jar for myself too because I loved it so much!

I'll be sharing this with some of my most favorite parties!


  1. I have everything to make this too! This is perfect for co-worker gifts. Making this like probably right now. Seriously. Wonderful. And I bet it smells wonderful.

  2. Oh, this looks so wonderful and easy to make! Thank you, I really want some for myself ;-) Found you on the Six Sisters hop today!

  3. Great, easy gift idea! I pinned it! :)

  4. this must smell amazing when you make it and when you use it! Thanks for sharing, pinned this for later. New follower from Young and Crafty

  5. great gift idea and such cute packaging.


  6. WHat an awesome gift this would make. Thanks for the recipe!

    Coley @

  7. wowwwww This is a wonderfull scrub for these winter season....

  8. This is soo cool. It would make a great gift for my girl scout's to make their mom's for mother's day.

  9. What a great idea for a Christmas gift or Hostess gift! Thanks so much for showing us how to make the bow as well. I have a hard time making them sometime. I featured your scrub on my facebook page this morning.
    Merry Christmas!

  10. I LOVE scrubs!! I just made a Citrus Sea Salt Scrub I found on the linky party yesterday. Now, I need to try this sugar scrub! Thank yoU!! :o)

  11. this sounds incredible I'd love you to add it to my What We Wore and Made Party over at

  12. Pinning this for next year!! Would have loved to give this out to the girls at work! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday! Merry Christmas!


  13. Oh- I forgot to ask- do you know how far in advance you can make it?

  14. Fabulous! I made some scrubs this year too! Great minds...

  15. What a great gift idea and I would bet it smells wonderful. :0 Thanks for sharing this on Motivated Monday at BeColorful.

  16. Hi, Mel! I loved this idea so much, I made my own! I shared the link to this post and how I packaged mine on my blog: Merry Christmas! :)

  17. super cute idea! :) love it! Now i need to get a 2" punch! :) Where'd you get yours?

    found you at the blog hop...check out mine if you get the chance...

  18. Yay! I truly loved this one, Mel! we are featuring it on the blog today. Will be sharing on facebook, twitter and pinterest as well!


  19. Great idea to modge podge the label on! Thanks!

  20. Girl this is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing it at Show & Share!
    I would love for you to link it up to our Beauty Bash!


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