And just like that, summer is right around the corner! Like the rest of the country, we think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer and are pumped to start busting out coolers filled with tasty drinks, wearing sundresses (without leggings!) and playing lawn games with the whole family. We’ve teamed up with HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® to kick summer off with 5 must-makes for Memorial Day weekend.
From a handmade bag that keeps all your beauty essentials on hand to a DIY portable cornhole set, there’s something for everyone in your family on this list — whether you’re heading out of town for the weekend or staying local and kicking it in a park, your backyard or your friend’s party-perfect rooftop.
And on the topic of warm weather essentials, be sure to visit the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® website for tons of tips and information for keeping your family prepared for summer sun and fun! Now, time to start making! :)
Whether you call it a dopp kit, a toiletry bag or your weekend kit, a bag that houses all your skincare essentials is a must. And we’re not just talking about the same falling-apart Ziploc you’ve been busting out for the last three years.
1. DIY Weekend Beauty Kit
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Scroll down to see the full how-to, expertly created by Kelly Bryden, complete with printable iron-on graphics and a list of our skincare musts for summer weekends, parties and everyday celebrations.
Next you need a weekender or tote to pack up your beauty bag, a swimsuit, a layer and any other items you can’t leave home without.
2. Leather Bucket Bag
We created a Leather Bucket Bag perfect for everyday use, or for a weekend that’s all about packing light. And alert to modern moms: You can totally cart around your kiddo’s must-haves in one of these bags as well!
What happens when the American flag meets a hipster? Red, white and blue mustache photo props, of course.
3. Photo Booth Props
Created last summer for the 4th of July, these Printable Photo Props have been a year-round favorite at Brit HQ. We recommend making a lot more than you think you need — kids and grownups alike have a tendency to pocket these funny little props.
Admittedly, this won’t fit in your weekend bag. But if you’re heading somewhere by foot or by car, this lightweight cornhole set is an absolute must.
4. Portable Cornhole Set
We made it using canvases from the art store! For real. It’s not regulation or anything, but it will make for hours of fun pretty much anywhere you go. Plus, because you’re using canvas, you can paint any design you like right on your boards. We even created our own bean bags! Head here to see the full DIY Cornhole Set tutorial.
Lastly, make sure to pack a headband or scarf to keep your hair perfectly styled, even after a windblown ride in a convertible (cue ’90s motivational pop song “Dreams” by Gabrielle) or a day at the beach.
5. Chic Turban-Style Headband
We love the retro style of this Chic Turban Headband for keeping the flyways tamed.
Now, about that DIY Weekend Beauty Kit. First off, here are some of the essentials we always keep in our summer weekend kit. Along with a pair of sunnies and the perfect lip gloss, these will ensure that your skin is protected and beautiful.
Face Scrub: You’ve gotta keep that face of yours bright and sparkling! AVEENO® Positively Radiant® Brightening Scrub is a great scrub with ingredients made for sensitive skin — perfect for days spent in salt water or in the sun.
Moisturizer with SPF: I personally swear by using moisturizer with SPF in it every day, not just in the spring and summer. A bottle of AVEENO® Positively Radiant® Moisturizer SPF 30 goes a long way.
Oil Absorbing Sheets: Clean, clear and under control? Don’t mind if we do. Ever since CLEAN & CLEAR® Oil Absorbing Sheets came out when we were teenagers, they’ve been a go-to for keeping our faces fresh and not too shiny.
Hand Cream: If you’re out and about, we’re betting you’re washing your hands a lot and spending a lot of time in the sun. Keep your hands moisturized throughout your weekend adventures by keeping NEUTROGENA® Norwegian Hand Cream on hand, pun intended ;)
Floss: Always, always, always keep floss in your kit! No matter what the season. LISTERINE® Floss is a great option and comes in a variety of flavors.
Visine: Keep your eyes moist in all that hot sun!
Next thing to do is create a bag to carry all these essentials.
– 11-inch zipper
– iron-on transfer paper
– Brit + Co beauty bag printable (download here)
– sewing machine
– sewing pins
– measuring tape
1. Fold canvas in half, and draw a half circle on the fold line. Ours measured 8 1/2 inches in height x 10 inches in length. Then cut out.
2. Measure the circumference of the half circle. Add two inches to that measurement and cut out a strip of canvas that is 6 inches wide. Our strip measured 26 inches x 6 inches.
3. Cut the rectangle in half and sew back together with a 1 1/2 inch hem.
4. Find the middle of the rectangle and pin the zipper upside down. Sew a complete rectangle around the zipper.
5. Take the seam ripper and removed the seam that covers the zipper.
6. Pin the rectangle to the circumference of your half circle bag. Make sure the good sides are facing in. Then sew.
7. Turn the bag inside out, cut out the iron-on decals and iron onto your new toiletry bag.
Don’t be intimidated by the zipper part of this — we’ll talk you through it!
First, fold canvas in half, and draw a half circle on the fold line. Ours measured 8 1/2 inches in height x 10 inches in length. Then cut out.
Then, measure the circumference of the half circle. Add two inches to that measurement and cut out a strip of canvas that is 6 inches wide. Our strip measured 26 inches x 6 inches.
Cut that rectangle in half and sew back together with a 1 1/2 inch hem.
Find the middle of the rectangle and pin the zipper upside down. Sew a complete rectangle around the zipper.
Take the seam ripper and removed the seam that covers the zipper.
Pin the rectangle to the circumference of your half circle bag. Make sure the good sides are facing in.
Turn the bag inside out.
Then cut out the iron-on decals and iron onto your new toiletry bag!
We also made an all-pink option!
What are your Memorial Day Weekend must-makes? Talk to us in the comments below.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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