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How to Make Lemongrass Spray

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 04:00 PM PST

Lemongrass essential oil is a popular scent for homemade sprays. Its grassy, citrusy flavor combines well with other essential oils, making it effective for insect repellent or room spray. Shake the lemongrass essential oil with other insect-repelling oils before going out in mosquito-infested areas. You can also make a room spray with refreshing lemongrass, spearmint, grapefruit, and rosemary essential oils. Spritz it in the air on or linen to neutralize odors.

[Edit]Ingredients

[Edit]Insect Repellant with Lemongrass

  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 20 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops of geranium essential oil
  • of neem oil
  • of vodka or denatured alcohol
  • of distilled water

Makes a bottle of spray

[Edit]Lemongrass Room or Linen Spray

  • of witch hazel
  • of distilled water
  • 5 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 10 drops of spearmint essential oil
  • 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil
  • 5 drops of rosemary essential oil

Makes a bottle of spray

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Making Insect Repellant with Lemongrass

  1. Pour neem oil, vodka, and distilled water into a bottle. Set a small funnel on a spray bottle and pour in of neem oil. Add of vodka or denatured alcohol and of distilled water.[1]

    • It's important to use distilled water instead of tap water to prevent the spray from spoiling.
    • If you don't like the strong scent of neem oil, you can leave it out. However, if you're specifically trying to repel mosquitos, consider adding it.
  2. Add lemongrass, lavender, tea tree, citronella, and geranium essential oils. Citronella and tea tree essential oils may have strong scents, but they're great at keeping insects away. Pair them with lemongrass, lavender, and geranium essential oils, which smell wonderful and can repel flies, mosquitos, and fleas. Put these oils into your bottle:[2]

    • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
    • 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
    • 20 drops of citronella essential oil
    • 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil
    • 5 drops of geranium essential oil
  3. Screw the lid on the bottle and shake the spray for 10 seconds. Put the lid on the bottle and screw it on tightly so the bottle is completely sealed. Shake the spray for at least 10 seconds to help the oils combine with the vodka and water.[3]

    • Spray the repellent before each use since the oils will separate as the spray is stored.
  4. Spray the lemongrass mixture on your skin before going outside. If you know you'll be going outside in insect or mosquito-infested areas, spritz your skin thoroughly. You might need to reapply the repellent if you'll be outside all day.[4]
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    • Store the repellent at room temperature for up to 3 years. Although you could keep using the spray, the oils will become less effective the longer they're stored.

[Edit]Mixing Lemongrass Room or Linen Spray

  1. Pour witch hazel and distilled water into a spray bottle. Set a small funnel on your bottle and slowly pour in of witch hazel along with of distilled water.[5]

    • If you don't have witch hazel, use vodka. Either of these help release the essential oils when you use the spray.
  2. Add lemongrass, spearmint, grapefruit, and rosemary essential oils. Put all of your essential oils into the small bottle. If you'd like to make an all-lemongrass spray, use only 30 drops of lemongrass essential oil. For a refreshing lemongrass room spray, add all of these to your bottle:[6]

    • 5 drops of lemongrass essential oil
    • 10 drops of spearmint essential oil
    • 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil
    • 5 drops of rosemary essential oil
  3. Close the bottle and shake the mixture for 10 seconds. Put the screw cap tightly on the bottle so the bottle is completely sealed. Then, shake the bottle to combine the witch hazel, water, and essential oils.[7]

    • Shake the bottle before each use since the oils and water will separate a little.
  4. Spritz the lemongrass spray around your home or on linen. To remove unpleasant smells or to just make your room smell better, spray the mixture around the room. Keep spraying until you can smell the lemongrass. If you're ironing linen, spray the surface of the fabric with the mixture until it's wet. Then, iron the linen to remove wrinkles.[8]
    Make Lemongrass Spray Step 8.jpg
    • You can also spray your pillow or sheets before bed to enjoy a calming scent as you fall asleep.
  5. Use the lemongrass spray within 3 years. Store the spray at room temperature and shake it gently before using it. Since the essential oils will become rancid over time, discard the spray after 3 years or if it develops an unpleasant odor.[9]
    Make Lemongrass Spray Step 9.jpg

[Edit]Tips

  • Try combining lemongrass essential oil with your favorite essential oil for a completely unique spray.
  • Use a dark brown bottle to store your lemongrass spray. The dark glass prevents light from reaching the essential oils and degrading them.

[Edit]Warnings

  • Avoid using essential oil products around young children, because their skin and respiratory systems are more sensitive to them.[10]

[Edit]Things You'll Need

[Edit]Making Insect Repellant with Lemongrass

  • Measuring spoons
  • Small funnel
  • spray bottle

[Edit]Mixing Lemongrass Room or Linen Spray

  • Measuring spoons
  • Small funnel
  • spray bottle

[Edit]References

How to Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 08:00 AM PST

The Super Bowl, played between the top two NFL teams in the U.S., is held every February. Often it's the country's most-watched event of the year. If you're not a big American football fan, however, you may find yourself dreading the day as it approaches. Fortunately there's a solution to this problem. By learning to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday in your own way, you can look forward to the game just as much as the biggest fan. Here are some ideas that might help.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Enjoying the Food and Friends

  1. Head to a party for the full Super Bowl experience. Just because you don't like football doesn't mean you should keep yourself from the festivities! If your friends or family are throwing a Super Bowl party, you can go just to talk to the other guests and eat some great snacks.
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 1.jpg
    • If you don't know anyone throwing a party, host one yourself! Invite a few friends, and ask each person to bring some easy-to-share food for a low-key party.
  2. Bring food to the party. Easy finger foods like chips and dip or cookies are the best dishes to take along to a Super Bowl party. You could even take the ingredients to the party and make your dish there. That will diminish the time you have to spend in front of the TV. Some great snack options include:[1]
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 2.jpg
    • Guacamole and a bag of tortilla chips.
    • A veggie platter with carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and dip.
    • Hummus with baked pita chips.
    • Football-shaped sugar cookies or cupcakes.
  3. Spend lots of time in front of the food spread. If you're not interested in the game, don't force yourself to crowd around the TV with the diehards--unless you're eager to learn! There will be plenty of people you can talk to in the back by the food and drinks.
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 3.jpg
    • If there's no one else near you for a second, you can still look occupied by simply eating what's on your plate, or turning around for more food.
  4. Talk to other people who aren't into football. There will probably be other people at the party who don't care about the game either, whether they're not interested in the sport or simply aren't fans of the teams playing. They're likely to hang out near the back or around the food. You can chat with them about the game, the food, the commercials or anything that's going on in their life!
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 4.jpg
    • For example, you can say something general like, "This game is crazy so far." Depending on their answer, you'll be able to tell if they're not a big football fan or just don't care about the teams.
    • If you know they're not into football, make casual conversation about whatever you want. You could say something simple like, "How was your week?" or mention something about the party, like "These quesadillas are so good. Have you tried them?"
  5. Sit at the end of the couch to make a quick getaway. Try to pick a seat near the edge of the viewing area. This will make it easier to escape if you get bored. If you sit near the middle of the gathering, you might get caught up in conversation or feel stuck between others who are talking to each other through you. [2]
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 5.jpg
    • If you do end up sitting in a good viewing spot, try to pay attention to the game. It could annoy other guests if you have a prime seat for watching the game but you're on your phone the whole time!

[Edit]Entertaining Yourself with Commercials and Games

  1. Play "Pick a Player" to have someone to root for in the game. Write the names of the key players on both teams on small slips of paper, one player per slip. Mix them around in a bowl. Ask everyone to contribute a dollar (or more) to play, and pass the bowl around, asking each person to pick one slip of paper. The person who draws the MVP of the game (announced during the post-game celebration) wins the pot![3]
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 6.jpg
    • Look up the key players online before the game, or ask a friend who is familiar with the teams.
    • It's best to draw names before the game starts, but since your guests are picking at random, it's okay to get a late start, too.
  2. Have a game of "Pass the Cup" to get invested in each play. Ask one guest to start by putting a dollar (or any amount you want) into an empty cup and calling out a football play, such as "field goal." If the very next play is not a field goal, they pass the cup to the next person, who contributes the same amount of money and again passes it on if a field goal isn't attempted on the next play. The person holding the cup when the named play actually occurs gets the money! [4]
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 7.jpg
    • The winner of that round gets to start the game again by choosing the next play, such as "touchdown," "interception," or "first down," and putting in the first dollar.
    • Don't worry if you're not familiar with many football terms. Everyone else will be watching the game closely and will definitely let you know when the named play happens!
    • If you don't want to play with money, you can use candy, chips, or cookies.
  3. Watch the commercial breaks for funny advertisements. For a lot of people Super Bowl ads are the best part of the day. If you just can't get into the game, relax and chat with other guests until the commercials come on. There are lots of time outs and breaks during football games, so you'll never have to wait long.
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 8.jpg
  4. Play Super Bowl ad bingo to make commercials even more interesting. Look online for a "Super Bowl ad bingo" card and print out one for each of the guests before the game. When a commercial comes on, watch closely and mark off any square that names the type of commercial that's played. Get a small prize, like a cupcake, or have each guest contribute a dollar for the winner. [5]
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 9.jpg
    • You can also make your own bingo boards. Watch some Super Bowl ads from the last few years to get an idea of some popular themes. For example, there could be squares for "puppies," "car crashes," or "a character crying."
    • Make sure that the squares are arranged differently on each board so that everyone doesn't hit bingo at the same time!
  5. Enjoy the halftime show for mid-game entertainment. The Super Bowl halftime show is a huge performance, usually starring pop and rock stars that everyone has heard of and can enjoy. Grab a snack as the first half winds down and get a good seat around the TV. Other guests often use this time for a bathroom break, so there should be plenty of room for you!
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 10.jpg
    • Keep watching in case guest stars pay a surprise visit on stage (which sometimes happens!)
  6. Tune in for the Puppy Bowl before the game. If you're looking for something to do before the game, and if your host can get Animal Planet on TV, take a look at the Puppy Bowl. It features adorable puppies rolling around on a mini football field, as well as a "kitty halftime show" and a human "referee" to maintain a little order. The show is cute and funny, and a great way to perk up your mood before the game.[6]
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 11.jpg

[Edit]Learning about Football

  1. Look up basic football rules if you're unfamiliar with the game. If you don't know the rules of football but want to follow some of what's going on, look up a few basic points online. You won't be an expert right away, but at least you'll be able to understand some of the plays. This can also keep you entertained and focused on the game. Challenge yourself to understand the major rules before the game's over. [7]
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 12.jpg
    • For example, you'll want to know that the most important player on a team is the quarterback, who throws passes down the field or hands the ball off to the running back.
    • The aim of the game is to get the ball into the endzone to score a touchdown, earning 6 points. A team can also kick the ball between two upright posts, scoring a field goal and getting three points.
  2. Ask a good friend questions about the game. If you don't mind owning up to the fact that you don't know much about football, you can just ask a friend or another guest to explain a few key points to you. Ask someone who's not too invested in the game and who won't mind taking their eyes off the screen for a few minutes to explain different points to you.
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 14.jpg
    • Don't be nervous or embarrassed to ask questions. Your friend will probably be happy to share their knowledge and help you get enthusiastic about the game.
  3. Watch how other people react, and copy them to blend in. If you don't want to learn the complicated rules but would rather not stick out at a party full of football fans, just pick a team to cheer for. Look around the party to see who's supporting that team, and copy their reactions to different plays.
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 15.jpg
    • Avoid cheering too hard, or people might ask you questions about the game that you won't know how to answer. Keep your reactions relaxed and slightly indifferent, like you're just a casual fan.
    • For example, if your team scores a touchdown, just smile and clap, but don't pretend more enthusiasm than you really feel.
    • If someone does ask you why you're pulling for a certain team, just say, "I don't care much either way, but I just wanted to cheer for someone."
  4. Know a few key players from each team (and their jersey numbers). Listen to the announcers, and notice the players they talk about the most. They'll be the players on the screen most, too. You can also use your phone or computer to quickly look up the most important players on either team. You can focus on these players when they're on the field, giving you something to concentrate on when the rest of the field gets confusing. [8]
    Enjoy the Super Bowl when You're Not a Football Fan Step 13.jpg
    • You can also mention these players in conversation to show your working knowledge of the game. Keep your comments vague, like "Johnson is all over the field today," or "No one can catch Simmons!"
    • The key offensive players will probably be the quarterbacks from both teams, the running backs, and a wide receiver or tight end.
    • From the defensive side, key players are often linebackers, cornerbacks, or safeties.

[Edit]Tips

  • If you don't want to watch the game at all, invite other friends who aren't football fans to a non-Super Bowl party. If you aren't a big football fan, chances are that some of your friends aren't either. A few days before the game, tell them you're hosting a party for people who don't want to watch the Super Bowl, and invite them to bring over food or games to play. Getting together with friends will help you avoid feeling left out of Super Bowl celebrations, and you'll have a better time than you would at a Super Bowl party!
  • If you really dislike football, preoccupy yourself with other things during the first three quarters of the game. Have someone call you in for the fourth quarter, and console yourself with the knowledge that you'll be wasting only about 30 or 45 minutes of your life. Maybe you'll see some good commercials.

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

How to Decorate Lanterns

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 12:00 AM PST

On their own, lanterns are great decorative items that bring warmth to an otherwise plain space. However, when a special event or time of year approaches, you may wonder how you can add some personal flair to your lanterns to bring your decor up a notch. This wikiHow will teach you how to decorate these pretty lanterns.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Decorating a Lantern for Different Seasons

  1. Tie an ornament to the handle of your lantern in winter. Purchase a relatively flat holiday ornament, such as a sparkly snowflake, from a local craft store or a local holiday store. Since there should already be a string attached to the top, it should be easy to tie the string to the center of the handle on your lantern to give it some wintry flair.[1]
    Decorate Lanterns Step 1.jpg
  2. Wrap a pine garland around the base of your lantern in winter. Purchase a fake pine garland from your local craft store or holiday store. Wrap the garland around the outside of the base of your lantern. To add a holiday feel to the garland, string some cranberries onto a strand of dental floss and weave it throughout the garland.[2]

    Decorate Lanterns Step 2.jpg
    • You may need to wrap the garland around more than once, depending on how long it is.
  3. Surround the base of a candle with fake fall plants. Get orange and purple fake plants, such as fall leaves, gourds, and berries, from a craft store. Place a container underneath a candle inside of your lantern to act as a base and elevate the candle. Then, spread the fake plants all around the container to hide it.[3]
    Decorate Lanterns Step 3.jpg
    • When the candle is lit, keep a close eye on it to prevent any fire-related incidents from occurring.
  4. Attach a makeshift bouquet of fake fall plants to the lantern's handle. Gather the stems of several different fake fall plants, such as grass bush and berries. Hold them together by the stem and then wrap the stems together tightly with floral wire. Then, use some more floral wire to attach the bouquet to the handle of the lantern so that the bouquet hangs upside down and over the corner of the lantern.[4]

  5. Wrap a green summer garland around a battery-powered candle. Place a battery-powered cylindrical candle inside of your lantern. Purchase a green leafy garland from a craft store and wrap it tightly around the candle inside of the lantern several times to give your lantern a summery feel.[5]

  6. Glue a sheer bow and silk daisies to a corner of the lantern in the summer. Cut a long piece of wired sheer ribbon and tie it in a bow. Then, glue three silk gerbera daisies to the center of the bow with a hot glue gun. Attach the back of the bow to the corner of the lantern with hot glue as well.[6]

  7. Make a resin bird the focal point of your spring lantern. Line the bottom of your lantern with fake or real moss. Place a fake bird's nest in the front center of the lantern's interior. Place a resin bird in the nest and fill in extra space around the nest with pastel-colored silk flowers.[7]
    Decorate Lanterns Step 7.jpg
    • You can get fake moss, silk flowers, resin birds, and fake bird's nests from most craft stores.

[Edit]Decorating a Paper Lantern

  1. Glue fake flower petals to the outside of the lantern. Purchase some white silk flowers from a craft store and carefully pull the petals apart. Attach a single layer of petals to the lantern with a hot glue gun until the entire surface is covered. Then, use the hot glue gun to glue a single sequin to the center of every petal.[8]

  2. Color-block your paper lantern with markers. There should be multiple vertical seams along the inside of your paper lanterns. Decide which 2 colors you'd like your lantern to be. Then, use a marker to trace each seam with one of the colors. Use this marker to color in every other section. Then, use your second marker to color in the remaining alternating sections.[9]

    Decorate Lanterns Step 9.jpg
  3. Put fake flowers inside your paper lantern. Buy some matching silk flowers and ribbon that you like from a local craft store. Flip your lantern upside down and tie your ribbon into a bow around the base of the opening. Then, fill the lantern with your silk flowers and display the lantern on a flat surface.[10]
    Decorate Lanterns Step 10.jpg
  4. Dye your paper lantern. Pour 34 oz (1 liter) of cold water into a big bowl. Separately, stir together of a dye of your choice and 17 oz (½ liter) of tepid water. Pour the mixture into the bowl of cold water. Place your lantern into the bowl on top of the surface of the water and tip it slightly so that the water gets inside of the lantern. Rotate the lantern all the way around so that it gets completely coated in dye, and then hang the lantern up to dry.[11]

[Edit]Decorating a Lantern for a Wedding

  1. Fill the base with fresh flower petals. Hold a wedding flower of your choosing, such as a rose, by the stem and gently pick all of its petals off. When you're done, repeat this process on several different flowers. Then, sprinkle the petals all over the interior floor of your lantern to achieve soft, simple, prettiness. These can be used as additions to centerpieces or you can hang them on small poles along the ceremonial aisle.[12]

    • This may be a great option if you have some flower pieces leftover after you've made the bouquets, boutonnieres, and all other wedding decorations that your flowers were intended for.
  2. Surround the base of the lantern with flowers and/or candles. If you're using lanterns in your centerpieces, embellish them on the outside with 2-3 small candles that match the rest of your decor. Then, put a few flowers into 2 or 3 identical small vases around the outside of your lanterns or wrap them around garland-style. This should help to tie the lanterns into the rest of the decorations effectively.[13]
    Decorate Lanterns Step 13.jpg
  3. Tie a ribbon to the handle of the lantern. This is a quick, simple way to add some personal flair to your lantern. If you're going for a vintage and/or feminine look, tie simple white lace ribbon around the handle. If your decor is centered more around a color than a style, tie a silk ribbon that's one of your wedding colors into a bow around the handle instead.[14]

  4. Place the lantern inside a wooden box. This works especially well for rustic-themed centerpieces. Center the lantern inside of a short, topless wooden decorative box and fill in the extra space in the box with flowers and/or greenery of your choice.[15]
    Decorate Lanterns Step 15.jpg

[Edit]Things You'll Need

[Edit]Decorating a Lantern for Different Seasons

  • Ornament
  • Pine garland
  • Cranberries
  • Dental floss
  • Fake fall plants
  • Candle
  • Container
  • Floral wire
  • Summer garland
  • Battery-powered candle
  • Sheer wire ribbon
  • Silk daisies
  • Moss (real or fake)
  • Fake bird's nest
  • Resin bird
  • Pastel-colored silk flowers

[Edit]Decorating a Paper Lantern

  • Silk flowers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sequins
  • Markers
  • Ribbon
  • Water
  • Large bowl
  • Fabric dye

[Edit]Decorating a Lantern for a Wedding

  • Fresh flowers
  • Small Candles
  • Small vases (optional)
  • Ribbon
  • Wooden box

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

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