Pom Poms are one of the easiest and cutest way to dress up holiday decor, clothing, and gifts. They make great add-ons to gift wrap and tags, banners, baskets, and more. They are very inexpensive, specially if you make them at home using scraps of yarn. Best of all they are so easy to make and are a great project to do with your kids.
I love to add pom poms to my crochet hats, they make them super cute. But since it’s Easter in a couple of weeks I’ve been making these adorable pom pom bunnies and chicks to add to the Easter baskets I’m making for my grandchildren.
I used Pom Pom makers to make the pom poms for my bunnies and chicks but if you don’t have any you can still make pom poms very easily using a fork or toilet paper rolls and a pair of sharp scissors. Here’s a tutorial from Handimania to show you how to make pom poms using a fork or toilet paper rolls. If you prefer to purchase a pom pom maker here’s a link for that too! Sets of Pom Pom Makers start at around $6. Or you should be able to find them at your local craft store like Joann Fabric & Crafts.
Here’s how I made my cute Pom Pom Bunnies and Chicks! I should add that it’s best to use sharp scissors, it makes cutting the yarn so much easier and less painful on your hands and fingers!
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Pom Pom Maker or a fork or toilet paper rolls
Felt (for ears, nose, etc.) – I used stiffened felt sheets, it made the ears stand up better, but you can use regular felt
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Fishing Line for the whiskers
Small White Pom Poms (for tail) You can make your own or use store bought ones.
If you’re using a fork or toilet paper rolls to make your pom poms make 2 pom poms (one large, one small) in your color of choice for bunny, and 2 more for the chick.
If you’re using a pom pom maker read on.
Here is my set of Pom Pom Makers. I got them from Amazon.
The set came with 4 sizes. For my bunnies I used the large pink for the bunny and chick bodies. The small yellow one for the bunny head, and the green one for the chick head.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Open the maker’s arms. It should look like an “S”. You will be winding yarn on both arms. Each curve of the “S” has 2 parts, be sure you hold both parts together and wind yarn around both. There is a gap between the 2 parts, this is where you insert scissors when you are ready to cut. [spacer height=”-20px”]
The object of this tool is to wind the yarn from one end of each curve of the “S” to the other end. So stating on the left side wind yarn tightly towards the right side. You can tuck the loose end under the yarn as you wind. Continue winding until you reach the right end. You can wind yarn back and forth from end to end for fuller pom poms, just be sure you end on the right end so you can tuck the end between the gap that’s on that end . I wound mine back and forth a total of 5 times.
When you are done with the first curve shut it so it form a semi-circle, do this so the yarn you just wound will not unwind.
Remember to wind yarn on the other curve of the “S” the same number of times you wound it on the first curve. This is what it looks like when both curves have yarn.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Turn the maker on it’s side and insert scissors in the gap between the 2 curves. Hold both curves shut as you cut.
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Pull yarn tightly and make a knot to secure the pom pom. I wind the strand of yarn back around the center and knotted a couple of times to make sure it was tight and secure.
Open the arms and pull the top maker off to release the pom pom. Gently work the pom pom off the bottom part of the maker. [spacer height=”-20px”]
Fluff the pom pom and trim the ends evenly. Leave the long middle strand of yarn long for tying head and body together.[spacer height=”-20px”]
To make bunnies:
When you have 2 pom poms made, one larger one for the body and another smaller one for the head, tie them together by knotting the 2 long strands in the center together.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Cut out ears from the felt, I honestly just cut the shape without a template. 2 White and 2 smaller ones in pink.
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Glue the pink part on to the white part. [spacer height=”-20px”]
Glue the ears between the head and body. Glue the eyes in place. Cut 2 strands of fishing line and glue to the triangle for the nose. Glue the nose in place. Also glue the tail in place.
To make chicks
Make the pom poms and attach together like the bunnies.
Cut out a triangle for the beak and top comb from orange felt.
Glue comb to top of head and beak to the front of the face.
Glue on eyes.
Here’s another cute DIY Pom Pom Easter craft. It’s quick and easy, a great way to use any extra pom poms, yarn, and felt.
For these Mason Jar bunnies you make pom poms about the same size as the jar lids. Then cut out the feet, two larger ovals in white, 2 smaller pink ovals. Glue the pink ovals on the white ovals and glue them on the pom pom. Glue on a small pom pom for the bunny tail.
Fill jars up with Easter candy, I used Coconut M&M’s. Tie a ribbon around the jar and it’s good to go.
Great gift idea or a prize for your Easter Egg Hunt!
Buying a gift for your loved ones can be an uphill task. Just finding something that they will appreciate and have it encrypted in their hearts for life be difficult. The situation will be complicated when dealing with men since they don’t openly disclose what they like. I will advocate that you go for something simple, precious and lovable. Beaded bracelets have and will always work for most men. They will love it, and the site of it on their hands giving the memory is priceless. Here are the three royal men beaded bracelets you must consider gifting your man.
1. Superior gold obsidian
A real man is defined with class. They should be a masterpiece in society. As such the gifts should match the credentials and you can stoop any lower than the royalty state. The royal bead bracelet collection should be your thing if you value the man. The Superior gold obsidian royal beaded bracelet is elegant and bold so that your recipient of the gift will appreciate the present.
Made from gemstones combined with karat, the Royal men beaded bracelets will make the man outstanding from the mammoth. They typically consist of between 8 and 12mm beads in particular combination. They will be a suitable gift for that bald man in your life. You will love their exclusive, stylish and modern nature. They are available in different sizes, and you will be spoilt of choices. Getting the tight-fitting size will be a significant plus. It is also possible to customize the Superior gold obsidian bracelets to reflect the particular personality.
2. Superior Gold Tiger Eye
Every man wants to be the head of the social unit; as such, they should be protective and visionary. Well, in the jungle, we understand the traits of the tiger and is one respectable creature in the animal kingdom. For that man, you deeply treasure, you should revere to them. A man is receptive to all that will complement their character and stump their authority.
No gift can match that which will reflect on one’s desired personality. If they are not tigers already, then this bracelet will make them think otherwise and maybe transform them as they get the self-esteem from the gift. The bracelets are durable since they are made from the tiger eye beads stone as well as the 14K solid gold. The award will be with them for life.
3. Superior Gold Sodalite
Sodalite is one of the most precious stones in the world. The dark blue beaded bracelet should stand out at the birthday party for that dear man in your life. Made to withstand the extreme weather, the bracelet will be a companion to them in your absence. If you doubt, then there is a lifetime guarantee to drive away your uncertainties. You will have to get the measurements right so that the bracelet can be custom made to fit their wrist perfectly. Unwrapping the gift from the box will be sensational since they come with a luxurious box that the recipient of the award will adore and store as well.
Spending time with your children or grandchildren can be a real joy, but it’s also a golden opportunity to help them learn without even realizing it. With the latest exam data showing that just 42% of Hawaiian public school students are reaching proficiency targets in Math – the same percentage as in the previous two years – helping your child to be confident in numeracy is really important. Whether they’re following a delicious pancake recipe with you or working out how to make their Lego pieces fit together, kids need numbers. Thankfully there are lots of fun ways to support your child at home and build strong math foundations for life.
Laying fun foundations
Teaching professionals have found that simple math games can help to introduce your kids to mathematical principles in a fun way. Card games like Uno can teach them about matching colors and numbers, and counting the cards you need to pick up. Classic board games such as Monopoly help them learn to count numbers on dice, move spaces and count money; you could even get the Hawaiian edition to brush up on their local knowledge too. These traditional games are also wonderfully sociable and easy to play with less active members of the family too.
Math on the move
In a recent vacation survey, 64% of families were planning road trips as an affordable, easy way to travel. If you need something to keep the kids entertained, having some simple math games to hand can really help. Counting cars of matching colors is a nice easy game for all ages. You could also prepare colorful flash cards to test each other on your times tables as you travel.
Mother Nature’s math class
For a really easy way to make math part of everyday life, simply step outside. As a local study finds that the average Hawaiian youth spends 3 hours a day on video games, make it your mission to step away from screens and get out into nature. Children can learn to spot shapes in nature, count petals, birds or study the shapes of different types of leaves. For a fun craft project, teach them to make a kite.
Math doesn’t have to mean sitting at a table with sums; you can use it when you bake together, make crafts or visit the park. By making numbers fun, approachable and relevant, you can remove some of the barriers which may make children feel less confident about the subject. Whether the child in your life is going to be an astronaut or sell their own paintings, math is at the core of life; help them find a little joy in it.
Last week I made some Eczema Soothing Bath Salts, I loved them so much I decided to get fancy and made these cute Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs! I mean seriously eczema can be such a nasty drag so finding fun ways to soothe the itchiness helps boost my moral.
I made these Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs in a couple of different shapes and sizes. I made large rose shaped and small heart shaped bath bombs. Fun!
Not only can these Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs help calm and soothe your eczema as part of your daily eczema routine, they make great gifts to friends and family suffering with the same conditions! Just make sure your or anyone you gift them too are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Pair them with a jar of the salts and you’ve got a the beginings of a great gift basket or Eczema SOS kit!
In my post with instructions on how to make the bath salts I included basic information on the essential oils I used to make the Eczema Soothing Bath Salts. I used a couple of the same oils for the bath bombs along with some other oils. So if you want to information about Neroli and Helichrysum oils I used in making these Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs or if you just want to know how to make the salts click here! Then read on for more information on the other essential oils I used to make the bath bombs as well as instructions on how to make them at home.
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For tips about using essential oils and how to use them in your eczema routine click here!
Here are the rest of the essential oils used in making Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs.
Eucalyptus Oil is made from the leaves of certain Eucaluptus trees from Myrtaceae family and native to Australia. There are over 500 species of the tree and several including Eucalyptus odorata, Eucalyptus salucifolia, and Eucalyptus globulus are used to make the oil. The oil has antimicrobial, antibactirial and antifungal properties and is an anti inflammatory. It is used to soothe cold congestion and skin irritations from allergies and other causes. It also has a pleasing minty aroma.
These are qualities that make it a perfect ingredient for my bath bombs.
Peppermint Oil comes from the leaves of the peppermint plant scientifically known as Menta Aquatica. It is a hybrid mix of spearmint and watermint. It is cultivated everywhere but is most commonly found in the Brazilian rainforest, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Peppermint oil is very popular is widely used as flavoring, think candy canes, and as medicines, think sports rubs and cold remedies! Its medicinal properties have been valued for centuries with well documented evidence of its use dated as far back as 1000 BC. Evidence of its use has also been found in many Egyptian pyramids!
Among its many healing and soothing qualities such as relieving headaches and sore muscles, easing chest and nasal congestion, and alleviating bad breath, it also helps relieve itchiness making it an ideal herb to use in my Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs.
Tea Tree Oil is made from the leaves and branches of the Tea (Ti) Tree known as Melaleuca alternifolia found in Australia. Its medicinal qualities have been widely known throughout Australia for over a hundred years. It is an antibacterial and antiseptic making it a great oil to treat wounds and skin infections. Its antifungal properties make it ideal for treating nail fungus, ringworm, and athlete’s foot all caused by types of fungi. It also helps relieve itchiness and can reduce swelling, qualities which make it another perfect ingredient for my Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs.
The other oils I used to make these bath bombs are Neroli and Helichrysum, more info on these oils can be found here!
Let’s make some Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs!
By the way I used 5 oils to make my bath bombs, you don’t have to use all of them. You can use a combination of 2 or 3, but if you must you should be sure to include the Neroli Oil, aside from it’s healing qualities it smells divine!
2 Lbs. Baking Soda
10 drops Neroli Oil
5 drops Helichysum Oil
5 Drops Eucalyptus Oil
5 Drops Peppermint Oil
5 Drops Tea Tree Oil
8 – 12 Tbs water
Place baking soda in a large metal bowl.
Add oils and stir well.
Add 6 tbl of water and mix, if it’s too dry add water 2 tbl at a time until you get the right consistency. The powder should feel like fine sand and hold a shape if formed into a ball.
Press into silcone molds I used large rose molds and smaller heart ones.
Place molds in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
Gently release each bath bomb from the mold.
Store in air tight containers until ready to use.
Drop 1-2 Eczema Soothing Bath Bombs into your lukewarm or room temp bath water. Soak and relax!
Eczema, I hate it! Eczema has been something I have had to live with off and on forever until last year when I had a huge flare-up. Up until then my eczema came and went with small spots that were barely noticeable. Last year something we can’t quite figure out (we went down the usual list of – did I change soap, shampoo, detergents, etc. and all answers were no, nothing in my dailing life changed as far as soaps, lotions, etc.) triggered the flare-up and I embarked an itchy eczema odyssey with my dermatologist. That’s how I came up with these Eczema Soothing Bath Salts.
After trying all sorts of prescription lotions, ointments, and even several courses of high dosages of cortisone pills in effort to stop the inflammation, relieve the itching, and heal the sometimes oozing rash and scratch wounds we were pretty much stumped because nothing seemed to work. After months of trying and hundreds of dollars spent on prescription meds only to find the eczema worse than when we started we had to step back and test for allergies. And what did we find? We found out that I was allergic to Propylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone (MCI) and Lanolin. The first 2 are widely used as preservatives in everything from soaps to lotions, and more. And Lanolin is used in creams and lotions to help treat dry itchy skin. Most importantly all the prescription ointments and creams I tried contained at least one of these ingredients; in short instead of treating or easing the eczema we were unwittingly making it worse! So in the end it’s possible that the trigger for the initial flare-up was one of the items I’ve used for years and were already in my home. And yes it’s possible to become allergic to things you’ve used for years! Now pinning down the culprit in my case proved difficult because almost everything we used contained at least one of the items I’m allergic to, specially the Propylene Glycol which is in laundry and dish washing detergents, soaps, shampoo, conditioner, hair color, hand wipes, hand sanitizer, and the list goes on and on! Now I can’t cut out using many of the items on the list but I had to find alternatives that didn’t contain the allergens I react to, that’s why these homemade Eczema Soothing Bath Salts are perfect, I control what goes in!
My doctor and I both agreed that baths containing salt and baking soda would be beneficial in soothing the itchy eczema. The salt would help prevent scratch wounds from infection and the soda would hopefully help with the itch.
So short baths it was, but then it was boring, who wants to sit in a tub of lukewarm unscented water? In my opinion baths are supposed to be soothing and relaxing. My baths did soothe the itching but it wasn’t very relaxing. So I looked into various essential oils, most importantly I tested very small dabs of the oils I was interested in on my skin; no sense using them if I was allergic to them and they cause even more harm. Luckily I wasn’t allergic to any of them and I’ve been using them in my eczema routine ever since.
I find that mixing up batches of bath salts is the best way to include them, it’s much easier to toss in a handful or two of pre-made salts than to haul out all the ingredients and drop them one by one in your bath water. That’s just too tedious! It only takes a few minutes to mix up a batch of Eczema Soothing Bath Salts which I keep in mason jars by my bathtub.
Not only are Eczema Soothing Bath Salts easy and quick to make they’re fairly inexpensive too! Your biggest expense would be the purchase of essential oils if you don’t already have them. But a small bottle of oil lasts a very long time and have multiple uses. I use them in oil diffusers, shower melts, bath bombs, candles, creams, and more. Other than the oils the only other ingredients you’ll need are a bag of epsom salts and a box of baking soda, both of which can be purchases for around $10 to $12 (large size bag and box) at Walmart or other store.
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Now let me tell you about the oils I use and why I use them for my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts.
Made from the flowers of the Bitter Orange Tree, Citrus Aurantium, grown in India, Eastern Africa, and the Himalayas, Neroli Oil is known to lower inflammation and pain and reduce stress. It contains anitmicrobial and antibacterial properties (kills or stops the growth of micoorganisms), and contains antioxidants (compounds that inhibit oxidation which is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, thereby leading to chain reactions that may damage the cells of organisms). Neroli oil repairs skin, heals scars and inflamed skin, and soothes itchiness.
All of these qualities are great for eczema, and the skin in general. The added stress reducing quality makes Neroli Oil a great component of my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts. Oh and did I mention it smells amazing! That along would make me add it to my bathwater!
Bergamot Oil is made from the peel of the fruit of the Bergamot Orange Tree a citrus plant from Italy and the Mediterranean region. The fruit is the size and shape of an orange but is green or yellow in color. Tea drinkers are familiar with the citrus aroma of Bergamot Oil as it is used to flavor the very popular Earl Gray tea, I love Earl Gray tea! Bergamot oil is known to reduce stress and anxiety, probably why a nice cup of tea seems to always be called for in stressful situations. It contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities and is an anti inflammatory as well. It also relieves muscle pains and headaches.
Like Neroli Oil this oil is a perfect ingredient for my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts. It also smells pretty good, real fresh and citrusy!
Helichrysum Oil comes from the yellow flowers of the Helichrysum Italicum Plantm (it’s in the same family as sunflowers) found in the Mediterranean area. The oil is made from the steam distillation of the flower making this oil a bit pricier and less commonly used than other essential oils. But it’s healing qualities should make it part of everyone’s essential oil stock as it’s been used for it’s medicinal qualities for years.
Helichrysum Oil is one of the most gentle oils making it a great oil for almost everyone to use. It’s aroma is difficult to pin down, somewhat earthy, sweet, and a bit fruity. It’s gentle nature and mild scent make it blend well with other oils. It has antimicrobial, antibactirial, and antifungal qualities. It is an anti inflammatory and antioxidant. Among its medicinal qualities it is said to help skin recover quickly. All of these qualities make it a wonderful addition to my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts.
Lavender Oil is made from the flower of the Lavender Plant scientifically known as Lavandula angustifolia. It has been used for its medicinal properties for over 5,000 years. It is known and used for its calming, soothing, and stress relieving qualities. It contains antibacterial and antioxidant qualities as well. It also helps heal cuts and burns, eases headaches and joint pains, and soothes skin irritations. Lavender Oil is the most commonly used and least expensive essential oil today. It can be found as an ingredient in detergent, baby soaps, candles, lotions, and many other things.
It’s also one of the mildest and most aromatic oils out there which makes it very popular. I added it to my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts because it complements the other oils in both soothing qualities and aroma.
Now that we know what oils are in my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts here are a few tips before you start making and using it.
First before you use any oil topically do a skin test by dabbing a small amount of diluted oil (mix it in either water or a carrier oil) on a small area of skin, wait a day or so to see if you react. If the you start to itch or develop a rash wash skin thoroughly and do not use the oil.
Never ingest any essential oil without first consulting your doctor or health care professional.
Never apply oil directly on to your skin. Always dilute it in water or use a carrier oil such as Jojoba, Avocado, Coconut, or other oil. The choice carrier oil will mostly depend on which scents are pleasing to you. (In the case of bath salts, shower melts, or bath bombs you are using the salts and/or baking soda as your carrier and diluting the oils in water)
Do not use essential oils on babies and children without first consulting your pediatrician.
Remember home remedies are meant to help soothe skin irritations, ease pain, and reduce stress. They are by no means cures for any ailments you may have. If your symptoms persist or you develop other symptoms you must consult your doctor or health care professional for medical or mental health care. Only medical professionals can test for, diagnose, treat, and prescribe for your medical conditions. Home remedies are not meant to replace or interfere with what your health care professional. Consult your doctor or health care professional before using any home remedies and essential oils to make sure they are safe for you to use and that they will not interact with any medications you have been prescribed; also tell your doctor about any home remedies and essential oils you are using before any medical procedures.
In my Eczema Soothing Bath Salts I used a combination of 4 oils; you don’t have to use all of them. But at least use Neroli Oil and if you can also either Helichrysum or Lavender Oils. If you aren’t going to be using all 4 oils then increase the amounts of the oils you are using.
When working with Essential Oils use either metal or glass bowls and metal implements. Plastics retain smells and you may not be able to wash them out. You don’t want your next project to have the scents from the previous projects!
For these bath salts I left them white, their natural color. I did not want to add color as I do with other salts I make like my soothing bath salts which have a lovely lavender color. The idea is to soothe Eczema or for that matter any contact dermatitis, color may cause allergic reactions in some people thus defeating the skin soothing effect I’m striving for. However if you want to make your salts pretty and you’re sure you’re not allergic to color you can color your salts by adding some food color in the color you want. I prefer to use either soap colorant or gel based food color.
Use lukewarm or room temp water in your bath if you are bathing to ease eczema itchiness. Don’t use very hot water as it will make you itchier. Spend not more than 15 minutes soaking in the tub. Take no more than 3-4 baths a week.
After your bath pat not rub skin dry. Apply any cream or ointment prescribed by your doctor immediately after bathing. Apply a moisturizing lotion or cream over prescription ointment. I use only Cerave products as it is the only creams, lotions, washes, etc. I know of for sure that does not contain Propylene Glycol, MCI, and Lanolin. It was created by dermatologists and is stamped with the National Eczema Association seal of approval.
It is important to have an eczema routine (bath/shower, ointment- if any are prescribed, moisturizer) twice a day to help stop flare ups and hopefully prevent them from happening again.
I know dealing with eczema is exhausting, but a having a routine, communicating with your dermatologist, and incorporating a healthy diet and exercise regimen in your life will definitely help.
Having said that if you’re ready and able to let’s make some Eczema Soothing Bath Salts! Here’s what you’ll need and how to make it!
2 Lbs. Epsom Salts
1 Lb. Baking Soda
10 Drops Neroli Oil
5 Drops Bergamot Oil
5 Drops Helichrysum Oil
5 Drops Lavender Oil
Place Epsom Salts in a large metal bowl.
Add your oils and mix very well to distribute the oil well.
Add baking soda and mix well until it is distributed throughout the entire mixture.
Move to airtight containers until ready to use.
To use toss a handful or two into your lukewarm or room temp bath water. Soak and enjoy!
Have a cold? Try my cold soothing bath salts and vaporizing shower melts!
Nothing is more relaxing than a hot bath at the end of a long day. So why not make your bath more enjoyable by adding a handful of these Relaxing Bath Salts to the tub?
These Relaxing Bath Salts are made with lavender essential oil and have a wonderful soothing aroma when released into the warm bath water. Lavender is said to have soothing qualities that help people who suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other ailments.
Now you can buy bath salts from most anywhere that sells beauty supplies, but why pay more for commercially packaged bath salts when you can make these wonderfully scented Relaxing Bath Salts easily and inexpensively? These bath salts have just 4 ingredients, epsom salt, 2 types of essential oils, and coloring.
Making it is easy peasy, just combine all the ingredients in a big bowl, mix well, then store in airtight containers like mason jars, and you’re done! They make a great addition to your nightly routine and also make awesome gifts and party favors.
Before you start here are a couple of things you should know about using and working with essential oils:
Never apply essential oils directly on to your skin – always use a carrier oil like coconut, almond, avocado, or whatever you prefer – your choice will mostly be to the scent or scents you like
You can also dilute essential oils in water – this works well for mists and steams as oils mix better when the water is hot – in the case of bath salts the salts will be your carrier, oils dilute so much better when mixed into the salt
Never ingest essential oils without first consulting your doctor or health care professional
Test oils on a small patch of skin before you use it to make sure you aren’t allergic to them
Use metal or glass bowls when making things like salts, melts, soaps, etc. with essential oils. Plastics absorb the scents which you may never be able to wash off.
So if you’ve got a little time, say about 15 minutes let’s go make some Relaxing Bath Salts!
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2 Lbs. Epsom Salt
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Coloring – soap or food coloring whichever one you have will work
Place epsom salt in dry large metal or glass bowl
Add essential oils and mix very well
Add color you want and mix very well
Place Relaxing Bath Salts in airtight containers like mason jars and store in a dry place until ready to use.