I know most bloggers posted their DIY Christmas ideas well before the 25th and that I'm kinda doing things backwards. But how do you not ruin the surprise for recipients who read your blog? Oh well, maybe you can file these ideas away for next year.
DIY Gift #2:
Homemade play dough using Kool-Aid for friends who are mommies to toddlers or almost-toddlers. Recipe can be found here. I made a ducky figure the first time around. For mass production, I purchased every flavor of sugar-free Kool-Aid and made 4 colors at once in 4 huge bowls. I printed labels on Avery stickers listing ingredients for the parents' sake. Each "serving size" was divided into 3 portions and each recipient received 4 different colors. Each lump o' dough was packaged in a small tupperware (Target brand Up & Up were so miniature and irresistibly cute).
It was a play dough factory at home! Oh, what I do when the baby is asleep at night...
So happy that 4 containers stacked perfectly into these mini-craft bags. I made the Christmas tree tags out of FREE paint chips I got from Home Depot. Glue-gunned a button as the tree topper and wrote a a little message on the tree (oh, and decided to add gold stars later on). Not shown: included a Christmas cookie cutter with the the gift for kids to make fun shapes. Purchased metal ones from Trader Joe's (a pack of 3 for 99 cents). I must have made close to 10 bags of these play-dough sets!
DIY Gift #3:
Homemade Granola, recipe from my friend Kim who gifted me with this a few years back. Our house smelled of cinnamon and nutmeg for several days when I was baking multiple batches.
Purchased these canning jars in bulk from Target several months back. They were on the very bottom shelf of the baking section (never saw them before and I LOVE mason jars). I didn't yet know what I would be doing with them but bought them anyway.
Did you know that the red and white striped fabric has a nifty story behind it? I was digging through my mom's laundry room when I found a bag of our old Halloween costumes from elementary school that she had hand-sewn. She had kept in pristine condition leftover fabric from my pirate costume. It looked candy cane-ish to me so I cut circles out of it and I had custom can covers :).
These photos are courtesy of my friend Miny after she took her gifts home to enjoy.
Hint: DIY Christmas gift #4 is on the left (custom plastic ornaments :).