Homemade gifts are what makes Christmas fun and memorable for me. I have a few different gifts in mind for this year. None of them are expensive or elaborate. Just some things I have read about this past year as I have surfed through a myriad of blogs and tweets.
The first homemade gift I am going to try to create is vanilla extract. I read a post from Chef and Steward on making vanilla extract from scratch and I immediately added it to my Christmas gift making list. Then the same week I saw an episode of Barefoot Contessa and she was making vanilla extract. The cosmos collided and I knew this was a homemade gift I just needed to make.
This particular creation takes time to steep and mature…I have combined the ingredients; vanilla beans and vodka or rum, its your choice, into a mason jar . Actually I have a concoction of each steeping in the cupboard. I hope I can pick up some vintage jars at the auction house tag sale this weekend that will make my homemade gift complete.
Also over the past year I have noticed in nearly every magazine I pickup and scan through there is a terrarium tucked into the decor. I have collected several containers from tag sales and now I am ready to make a few of these adorable tiny gardens of my own. I will make them over the next several days to make sure they remain healthy enough to give as gifts. I certainly don’t want to give someone a dead plant for Christmas. If that’s the case I may as well give them a fruit cake…
I have also been smitten by the crafters who are making clay tags. There are a couple of crafting bloggers who are touting the ease of using air dry clay to make handmade inspirational tags. I plan on giving this a try…think I will use them as gift tags or maybe even make them in sets to be used as Christmas tree decorations. I also love the simplicity of a clay tag tied around a simple mason jar filled with a fresh bunch of flowers.
I have gathered the supplies for the terrariums and the clay tags…now it’s time to jump in and enjoy making my homemade Christmas gifts. I will post pictures and updates as the projects take shape.
Wishing you and yours a very joyful Chirstmas season!
- Homemade Christmas Gifts (thehappyhousewife.com)
- Holiday Food DIY: Vanilla Extract (blogher.com)
- Christmas crafting: easy clay decorations (decoratorsnotebook.wordpress.com)
- Sweet Giftings: Herb Infused Sugars (notdabblinginnormal.wordpress.com)
- Alma’s Simple Homemade Holiday Gifts (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Homemade Vanilla Extract (wheresmycrown.wordpress.com)
- Homemade Vanilla Extract (thehappyhousewife.com)