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DIY: Magical Marimo Terrarium

During a recent trip to pick up puppy treats, we noticed a new display. They were strange balls of moss ingloriously housed in plastic cups. It turns out that these unique plants are actually “marimo,” a type of algae that grows into velvety spheres.DIY Marimo Terrarium Image 02Internet legend has it that marimo are the immortalized embodiment of star-crossed lovers, forbidden to be together by tribal rivalry. The lovers’ spirits metamorphosed into marimo, and they lived together happily ever after. A plant that has come to symbolize eternal love and happiness deserves a better home than a plastic cup, don’t you think?

For your terrarium you’ll need a small jar, some sand, and of course a marimo. There are many vendors of marimo online, including Etsy. Here we’ve pulled some of the algae filaments from the marimo we found at our local pet supply store to make a “nano-marimo”.DIY Marimo Terrarium Image 03To assemble your terrarium, fill your container mostly full with tap water. Pour a small amount of sand into the water. You can do it the other way around, but the water will be really cloudy and you’ll have to wait a long time for the dust to settle.

Drop the marimo in. A small piece of coral will make your terrarium more interesting but it’s not necessary. Actually the sand isn’t even necessary, but it adds to the organic aesthetic. Don’t fret about the placement too much, as a happy marimo doesn’t stay put. It will rise to the surface in the right lighting conditions. A sunny windowsill (be careful not to let the water get hot) or room lighting is perfect. Marimo don’t need anything other than water to live. Change out the water every week or so if you feel the need to “take care” of your marimo.

Happy marimo making! You can get really artistic with your marimos. Dress up your window sill by using clear vintage glass containers of various shapes, heights and sizes. It’s a great conversation starter with a romantic back story. This DIY is especially fun for the kids too. Show us your marimo creations on Facebook and Pinterest.DIY Marimo Terrarium Image 04

DIY: Honey & Citrus Foot Scrub

Sandal season is here, and pretty feet are a must for all those upcoming weddings, barbecues and other fun summer endeavors ahead. We’ve discovered an amazing foot scrub recipe that’s refreshing, rejuvenating, and all natural. Super simple to make, and it’s a citrusy delight. Your skin will feel like summer, and it’s the perfect hand-made treat for any bride or bridal party too.



1 tablespoon honey (talk to your local beekeeper to get the good stuff)

1 tablespoon fresh citrus juice (grapefruit, orange, lemon, or lime)

1 tablespoon mango butter (cocoa butter or shea butter can also be used)

1 tablespoon jojoba oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil

1 cup fine sea salt (or use fine-grained sugar for freshly-shaved legs)DIY Honey & Citrus Foot Scrub Image 02PUTTING IT TOGETHER

In a microwave-safe bowl, use half-power to melt the mango butter and oil in short bursts. Blend in the honey, then the lime juice, stirring constantly. Add the salt and stir well. Then simply scoop the mixture into a clean jar. That’s it! This recipe makes one cup of skin-loving scrub. Store your scrub in the refrigerator, and use it within seven days. And be sure to label the jar clearly, this treat is just for feet.DIY Honey & Citrus Foot Scrub Image 03To use your spa-quality scrub, sit on the edge of the bathtub and massage a generous handful onto your legs, feet and especially your heels. Rub gently for a few minutes, then rinse with warm water. Be careful when standing up, as the butter and oil are slippery.DIY Honey & Citrus Foot Scrub Image 04This recipe is easy to customize for every woman in the wedding party. We used Real Salt® which is rich in minerals that are absorbed through your skin. Let us know your favorite formula on Facebook and Pinterest.

DIY: Make Your Own Citronella Candles

Summer is the season of outdoor celebration in Børn sandals, but it’s also prime time for mosquitos. You don’t need nasty chemicals to fight them, though. We love the natural repellant properties of these wonderful do-it-yourself citronella candles. And they don’t just keep the bugs away, they also add fragrance and an indefinable summer ambience to your outdoor fun. Now don’t you want to make your own?DIY Citronella Candle Image 02WHAT YOU’LL NEED

8 oz. beeswax (try your local beekeeper first!)
citronella essential oil (cedar, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon balm, or peppermint oil can also be used)
wick and wick tab
chopsticks – the kind you get with Asian take-out, still connected at the top
8 oz. jar
container with spout (must be able to sit in a pot of hot water)
skewerDIY Citronella Candle Image 03PUTTING IT TOGETHER

Prepare the wax: Melt the wax in a container that has a pouring spout, set in a pot of barely simmering water. Be extremely careful: melting wax is highly flammable. Keep the wax warm as you prepare the wick. Use one ounce of wax for every ounce your jar will hold, and make sure the jar is 3” in diameter or less.

Prepare the wick: For candles 1”-3” in diameter, you’ll want to use a 2/0 square braided wick (the best type for beeswax candles). Cut a piece 1” longer than your container’s height, then dip the whole length into the melted wax to “prime” it. Wipe off the excess wax, then attach the wick tab to one end. Slip the other end of the wick between the chopsticks. Position the wick in the jar, sliding it between the chopsticks until it is centered and straight.DIY Citronella Candle Image 04Pour the candle: Thoroughly stir 7-10 drops of the citronella oil into the hot wax. Start pouring the wax into the jar, but only enough to cover and secure the wick tab at this stage. Working quickly, use a skewer to adjust the wick’s position in the molten wax. After this layer hardens, pour more wax to fill your container. Let it harden, then trim the wick to about 1/4 inch.DIY Citronella Candle Image 05To light the candle the first time, place a lighted match near the base of the wick. The wick will draw a bit of wax up for a good flame, strong enough to take on that summer breeze. A good-sized candle will burn for many hours, to extinguish, simply close the lid.DIY Citronella Candle Image 06Make sure to use tempered glass or metal containers for your candles, for fire safety. We used a vintage Le Parfait jar (available at Fante’s, a Philadelphia mecca for cooks since 1906) and we’re excited to see which jars you choose. Show us your creations on Instagram and Pinterest. #wewearborn

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