Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Craft Time

I had so much fun recently creating some of my own Christmas gifts.
Not only was it fun, but they were also easy and inexpensive.
So, if you are looking for a couple of DIY Christmas gifts,
Here are two for you.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

These were so fun and easy to make!
I simply melted chocolate chips in my microwave,
dipped the pretzel into the chocolate to coat,
and then sprinkled on the sprinkles.
After cooling on parchment paper,
I bagged them individually in pretzel bags
that I purchased at JoAnn's.
I tied them with decorative ribbon
and attached a Christmas tag.
Whalla! Christmas treats for my kids' friends!
(one quick note: all microwaves heat differently. I learned this the hard way.
So, lower the power level if your chocolate doesn't seem to be melting).

Homemade Hand Soap

So, I saw this project on Pinterest
and had to give it a try.

Click here for the instructions on how to make your own.
I will add that I used another brand of soap
from our local bath shop-
Pear Apple, doesn't it sound yummy?!
The bar was 8.8oz and I used the whole thing.
I ended up needing to add a lot of water,
but I saw this as a good thing
as it made for more jars of soap.
I ended up with eleven mason jars full of hand soap!
That's eleven gifts!
I cut a piece of Christmas fabric leftover from the stockings I made last year.
After placing it on the lid, I screwed on the ring
wrapped it with ribbon and a tag.
Oh, and one more thing, the DIY site didn't mention
the cost of the liquid glycerin.
My costs:
soap- $6.90
liquid glycerin- $7.89
I believe I can make about five batches with the glycerin,
so that makes the total $0.77 a jar!

I also want to tell you about a wonderful site that sells downloadable gift tags.
Last year I purchased the set below for under $10.
I printed and used them for all my Christmas wrappings last year,
and now I am doing it again this year.
I punch out the little squares with my scallop punch.
There are so many uses:
gift tags,
dessert toppers,
matching game,
print off 25 for an advent calendar,
address labels,
the possibilities are endless.

Gift Tags - Printable Tweet Holiday Package - The TomKat Studio

Happy Crafting!


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  1. I love the hand soap idea! What a fun gift.
    And the pretzels look yummy, of course!

  2. Thanks for the great ideas! I make my own foaming hand soap, so easy, so cheap! My mom and I make biscotti every year and this year we're going to do the little bag thing, too. Great minds must think alike! :) I just found this site: for great holiday/event tags & such.


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